When our taxi dropped us off in the heart of glittering Times Square, New York, we thought he must be mistaken with the address of our hotel. However, located on 43rd Street, the Casablanca Hotel really is a stone’s throw from New York’s most famous and iconic tourist attraction.
Struggling from the street with our heavy bags, we were warmly welcomed by the concierge, who checked us in quickly and gave us a helping hand to book the very last table at one of the hottest restaurants in town – which we were extremely grateful for! We were shown to our room – a seriously comfortable king-sized bed fitted with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets sat in the centre of this traditional and cosy room. With a large flat screen TV mounted on the wall, this African inspired haven couldn’t be more perfect for our last night in NYC. An array of Baroness Cali Tarocco bath amenities lined the bathroom. These products, famous for their powerful antioxidants and rich Vitamin C content were a joy for our tired and weary New York battered skin.
The inspiration taken from the movie ‘Casablanca’ is clearly felt throughout this lovely boutique hotel. The warm Moroccan colours transport you away from the bustle of the City to tranquil North Africa. I was also pleasantly surprised at how quiet the hotel was – despite the loud honking of taxis, chattering of tourists and bright flashing lights on the outskirts of the hotel, the Casablanca manages to retain its serenity at all times.
A continental breakfast buffet is served every morning in Rick’s Café. Guests can also indulge at the wine and cheese reception evenings, held daily from 5pm-8pm. Complimentary hot drinks, fresh fruit and cookies are also available 24 hours a day for guests that need a quick refuel.
I never thought it would be possible to find such an oasis of calm in the heart of Times Square, however the Casablanca Hotel offers just that and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone heading to the bright lights of New York City.
Written by a Thoroughly Modern Miss, Susie Hemsted.