Casablanca, Morocco’s commercial centre, tends to come lower down on the tourism list, behind the likes of Marrakech and Rabat; however, the city’s French colonial legacy, entwined with the traditional Arab culture makes for beautiful art deco buildings, and old stone medina alleys in which visitors can find museums, palaces, and the second largest mosque in the world. Discover the best cultural places to base yourself in this city.
Moroccan House Hotel
An elegant hotel, the Moroccan House Hotel is located in the vibrant city centre and boasts a homely and comfortable ambiance in a truly authentic and traditional environment. The Moroccan essence can be felt not only through the spectacular décor, boasting traditional and intricate Moroccan tiling and mosaics, as well as inviting lounges filled with heavenly cushions, but also in the hospitality. Moroccans are renowned for being excellent hosts, and this hotel is no exception; guests can feel at home here and enjoy an authentic experience.
Price: Mid-range/High end
Watch out for: A 100% Moroccan experience
Address: 04 Rue Mohamed Smiha, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
A hotel with a rich history, Hotel Guynemer is housed in a stunning Mauresque building and dates back to 1909. It was renovated in 2009 to make all 29 guest rooms top notch to give guests the most delightful stay. The homely dining room is available for guests to enjoy breakfast and other meals, and the hotel is ideally practical with other services such as a laundry service and bicycle hire. This family run hotel retains its small, modest, and independent ambiance, offering guests a simple yet comfortable experience.
Watch out for: A homely feel
Address: Foncere, Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5222-77619
A charming hotel right in the city centre, Hotel Maamoura is aptly suited to everyone, including shopaholics given its ideal proximity to all the major shopping centres, and avid explorers with its proximity to the top tourist spots. This is a hotel which is widely regarded as being excellent value for money, with all 55 rooms and 5 suites boasting all the necessities, and tastefully decorated with a simple and common theme. It may not boast period detail and elaborate detail, but if price and comfort are your main concerns, Hotel Maamoura certainly fits the bill.
Watch out for: Great value for money
Address: Rue Ibn Batouta, Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5224-52967
Hotel Astrid boasts 27 complete and pleasant rooms, each with a private bathroom, and a central location in the heart of the city, not far from any of the main tourist attractions or the idyllic port. The on-site restaurant serves a popular and fulfilling continental breakfast by morning, and plenty of choices by night, including many of the local favourite dishes. Despite its central location, Hotel Astrid is ideally tucked away on a quiet street, meaning that guests can enjoy the proximity to all the sites, whilst also enjoying a sense of escape.
Watch out for: Quiet location
Address: 12, Rue 6 Novembre, Casablanca 20130, Morocco, +212 5222-20224
Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA
Formerly known as Riad Salam, Hotel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & Spa is a fantastic 4 star hotel in a privileged location less than 5 minutes from the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, on the refreshing Casablanca coast. Inside, guests can admire the décor that has been spared no detail, and head on outside for an energizing dip in their luxurious outdoor pool, only to stick around and enjoy the spacious entertainment area. This hotel offers an all round holiday experience, where guests can immerse themselves in an oasis in the centre of a commercial city and appreciate tropical gardens, sea views, and excellent service.
Price: High end
Watch out for: Beautiful outdoor complex
Address: Boulevard de la Corniche, Casablanca 20180, Morocco, +212 5229-52580
Gray Boutique Hotel and Spa
Moroccan culture normally calls to mind tajines, colourful tiling, and other historically traditional Moroccan gems, which, although still present today, don’t represent the modern culture of the country. Casablanca is the perfect stamp of Morocco’s commercial development, and even the independent hotels reflect this, demonstrating the modern and international fusion of cultures. The Gray Boutique Hotel and Spa boasts all the modern favourites, including an extremely popular 600m2 spa with fitness suite, sauna, and massages available. Visit the nearby Hassan II Mosque to delve into the history and traditional culture of the city, but enjoy the modern influences in this Golden Triangle Hotel, complete with a popular restaurant and even private dining suites.
Watch out for: Well equipped spa and fitness suite
Address: Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5224-27800
Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa
Another representation of the strong international influence on this industrial city, Idou Anfa Hotel and Spa is located right in the heart of the business district and boasts an extremely high standard of service and quality in everything they do and offer. With unrivalled views of the vast ocean, as well as the iconic Hassan II Mosque, guests can be sure not to forget where they are, but be able to enjoy the comfort of a fantastic outdoor pool complex, and comfortable and contemporary rooms with all the best facilities, from a gym to a spa.
Watch out for: Unrivalled views of the sea and Hassan II Mosque
Address: 85 Boulevard d’Anfa, Casablanca 20000, Morocco, +212 5222-00235
Enchantingly set in one of Casablanca’s architectural stamps of pride, this 1922 hotel still retains its authentic period décor, and prides itself onbeing that little bit over the top. Very popular is the snack bar, and even more popular is the refreshing outdoor seating area. Indeed, the rooms are simple, but for a budget price you get everything you need to base yourself whilst you explore the fantastic city of Casablanca.
Watch out for: The luxurious entrance
Address: Rue Chaouia, Casablanca, Morocco
Riad Jnane Sherazade
Just to the east of the Habous Quarter, this is one of the best riads you’ll find in this area of the city. Riad Jnane Sherazade blends the Moroccan with the French to create a comfortable and welcoming boutique hotel with an ideal location. With its very own restaurant, guests can enjoy typical Moroccan cuisine made from the freshest of local ingredients, whilst marvelling in the spectacularly intricate indoor dining room, or eating al fresco on the inviting terrace. On top of all of that, guests can tick another thing off their Moroccan tourist list -the hamam – as Riad Jnane Sherazade has its very own, inviting guests to enjoy a traditional bathing experience, complete with body scrub or massage.
Watch out for: On site hammam
Address: 88 RUE 8, Casablanca 20000, Morocco, +212 5228-24444
Hotel Les Saisons
A city centre hotel which is just far enough away from the old town to offer guests that much needed feeling of escape, but just close enough that guests are free to wander down and explore without exerting too much energy, Hotel Les Saisons has the perfect location. The rooms are spacious and decorated with inviting and comforting wooden furnishings. The hotel also features a popular little bar and lounge from which guests can enjoy a drink in a safe and welcoming environment. A comfortable hotel with all the standard facilities, offering a much more personal and intimate experience than can be found at a chain hotel.
Watch out for: Intimate lounge and bar