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Casablanca: Where to Stay and Where to Eat

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. Royal_MonsourHotel.jpg
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. Ready_for_tea.jpg There is a large lobby with cushy, comfortable sofas to hang out on. The rooms are large and the bathroom was marble, marble, marble.
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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.

Posted by teethetrav 15:27 Archived in Morocco Tagged lodging Comments (0)

Escape to Deia

La Residencia Mallorca Spain

Mallorca (also spelled Majorca) is one of the Balearic Islands . They are Spanish and Catalan and are a quick plane ride or a longer ferry ride from a number of coastal cities in Spain. I went by plane from Barcelona and it was 30 minutes and about 45 euros.

La Residencia is one of the loveliest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Deia (which is listed in 1000 Places to See Before You Die) is about a half an hour away from the airport and from the major city of Palma. There is a bus that stops right outside the resort or you can rent a car. Beware the winding mountain roads and especially beware of the roundabouts!

The hotel is like staying at a friend’s very upscale home. It’s warm and gracious with wonderful amenities. There is a first class restaurant called El Olivo (Sting has been known to eat here…yes, that Sting!).

There is also a spa and an indoor pool. The spa treatments are the best and every single person who is employed in this resort makes you feel welcome. Off-season rates are extremely affordable and the weather is not hot in winter, but is definately mild.

The scenery is stunning. You can see the mountains above you and the Mediterranean below. It’s hard to imagine a better place to spend a quiet week. This is a perfect escape venue.
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Posted by teethetrav 12:34 Archived in Spain Tagged lodging Comments (0)

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