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“Oasis in the centre of Times Square”

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Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection
Ranked #4 of 466 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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“Oasis in the centre of Times Square”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

Our decision to stay recently at the Casablanca for 7 nights was based on its location and excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed.

It doesn’t have all the amenities of a typical 4/5 star hotel such as restaurants, swimming pool etc. What it does have however and which is why I think it deserves the number 1 rating on Tripadvisor is style, personality and personal touches such as the wine and cheese evenings and free refreshments through the day, perfect after a long day out sightseeing.

The king room we had was perfect in size and the bathroom was bigger than many I’ve seen in hotels around the world. Little touches such as the bathrobes and evening turn down service confirm its 4 star rating. The location was great, only metres from Times Square yet it felt quiet and secluded once we were inside. The free Wi-Fi was reliable and very fast.

My only reservation about staying here during the height of summer would be the wall mounted air conditioners. Ours was quite noisy and my wife is a light sleeper and could not sleep with it on. Luckily it wasn’t too hot when we stayed so we managed with just the ceiling fan.

If we ever return to New York we would certainly consider staying here again.

Room Tip: Maybe ask for a room at the back of the hotel if you are a light sleeper
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We stayed 2 nights at this wonderful hotel. We parked right next door to the hotel in a parking garage that was only $25 per day once validated by the hotel, which was quite a nice surprise for parking 50 feet from Times Square and right on the hotel's doorstep!

Location, rooms, cleanliness, staff were all 5 stars. Not much more to say on those.

The free wine and cheese reception from 5-8 every night truly sets this hotel above its peers. Also fresh cookies, fruit, coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day. Breakfast was pretty good, although not the selection that some big hotel chain buffets offer.

Thank you tripadvisor for allowing us to find this gem among the hundreds of options!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

The hotel is conveniently located - only a few meters from Times Square - and the staff are super friendly. We were welcomed with cheese and wine, as we checked in at 8pm (they offer it to guests from 5 to 8pm). Our room was not very large - we stayed at 303 and could see the billboards at Times Square. The problem was we could also hear the noise outside (not soooo bad, since we'd had dinner, had wine and were totally tired but this can be annoying). In the morning, we heard doors, carts, etc. Too much noise for 327USD a night. Again, it could only be our room. Everything else about the hotel is fine!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

Steps from the center of Times Square. Very nice, clean hotel with excellent service. This hotel had the most comfortable king bed we have ever slept in. 24hr Walgreens 2 mins away. Tons of great restaurants and shows within easy walking distance. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Only issue we had was hotel staff booked a tour that no longer accepted reservations unless you were a group of 21 ot more. We paid a deposit and left fof lunch with the tickets. Someone from the hotel called a short time later and told us the tickets would still be good but we needed to be there earlier to make sure we had a seat. We wanted a confirmed reservation as we were originally told and did not want to stand in a long line in the heat. There was confusion on both sides as what to expect. We respectfully declined and the hotel promptly refunded our deposit with an apology. All hotel staff were extremely professional. House keeping staff handed me chocolates in the elevator and house keeping manager saw me with ice bucket and took care of that. You won't get that at most hotels. The free Wi-Fi, DVD, robes and safe in the room made things even better.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

I booked the Casablanca hotel on the basis of other reviews on trip advisor.

The hotel is located just off Times Square easy reach of everything in Manhattan.

No question - the hotel is definitely small and 'boutique'. Check in and welcome was fine. And my room was more than acceptable. Bathroom was great. I think I had a larger than average room and it was very comfortable. I slept well!

Loved the cheese & wine - complimentary each evening! Inclusive breakfast was good too!

Staff were efficient and charming (with one exception).

Having not experienced other NY hotels, I think I'd try a different hotel next time, but overall my stay was good - a definate 7+ out of 10 and I would recommend to others.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection

Property: Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection
Address: 147 West 43rd Street, New York City, NY 10036-6575
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Times Square / Theater District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#3 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#3 Family Hotel in New York City
#7 Business Hotel in New York City
Price range (per night): ₹ 17,404 - ₹ 31,069
Hotel Class:4 star — Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the magic of Times Square just steps from our door, and then escape from it all at this oasis of hospitality, The Casablanca Hotel. Guests are welcome to unwind in Rick’s Cafe with complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day, including the Library Hotel Collection’s signature Continental Breakfast Buffet each morning, wine and cheese receptions each evening from 5PM-8PM, and coffee, tea, cookies and fruit served throughout the day. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and bottled water is provided daily. ... more   less 
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