WHERE TO STAY AND WHERE TO EAT IN CASABLANCA
Most of Casablanca is surprising. Modern buildings and businesses line the streets of the city. There is traffic, noise and there are many lovely, ultra-modern hotels in Casablanca. There are also small guest houses along the water. I stayed in the Hotel Royal Mansour which is quite luxurious, although I do not usually opt for extravagant hotels. I like comfort, but I don’t spend that much time in the hotel so if I have a clean, comfortable bed and an ultra-clean bathroom with a shower that has a strong water flow and hot water, I am usually happy. The Royal Mansour is a Starwood hotel.
This hotel left me more than happy. It was an oasis with marble, lush décor and a restaurant with an indoor waterfall. The obligatory mint tea set-up was complimentary and inviting. There is a large lobby with cushy, comfortable sofas to hang out on. The rooms are large and the bathroom was marble, marble, marble.
Dining in Casablanca is easy. There are many fine restaurants. Most of them are located in the better hotels. There are many small cafes including the mandatory Rick’s American Café. Here are a few more places to dine:
1. Ibis Moussafir Casablanca
2. Hotel Kenzi Basma
3. Golden Tulip Farah Hotel Casablanca
4. Melia Riad Salam
5. Club Val D Anfa
6. Barcelo Casablanca Hotel
7. Idou Anfa
8. Crowne Plaza Casablanca
Casablanca is, at most, a two-day stop unless you are just going to come for the beach.