Casablanca Hotel Help!
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 1, 2012 4:27 PM Last Post By: travelmaven
Aug 29, 2012 10:12 AM
Casablanca Hotel Help!I seem to be really struggling with coming up with a hotel for a couple of nights in Casa. I think I am reading too many reviews & getting swamped so would love some help please. So.....we need a hotel for a couple of nights in Cas.
This will be at the end of a long trip through several countries. Prior to this we will have stayed in a lot of local type places.
Will be travelling up from Marak by train have 2 nights in Casa before flying to Europe.
Would like, safe, clean, a resonable location for coming in on the train & out by plane (realize taxis will be involved!)
Would like to either walk to restaurants for dinner or have a place in the hotel.
Would like a resonably quiet area/hotel
As I said we will have been staying in riads etc around the country.
Would like to keep the cost at about US$100 or less.
Thanks so much in advance for any help & if there is more info I can provide let me know.
Aug 29, 2012 12:19 PM
1When i stayed in Casablanca it was at Ibis Casa Voyageurs. It was located next to the casa Voyageurs train station, (literally a stones throw), which swayed it for me - some of the other hotels i saw in the centre were a bit hit and miss.
The ibis rooms were clean, the breakfast was superb, the area was quiet, altho get a room at the front to avoid the train noise. It sounds like you have done the Riad experience so at least you wont be missing out on that.
The petit taxi cost about 7MAD on the meter in the day to get to downtown in the daytime.
Aug 29, 2012 12:43 PM
Aug 29, 2012 1:02 PM
Aug 29, 2012 2:04 PM
Aug 29, 2012 2:12 PM
5..... on the Ibis site you find an interactive map, see how close the Hotel is to the Station, its in sight of it, a very short distance. Its a busy area for commuters and for sure a number of police persons will be hovering around the Railway Station.
There's a train at 06.07h. http://www.oncf.ma/Pages/ResultatsHoraire.aspx?depart=CASA%20VOYAGEURS&arrivee=AEROPORT%20Med%20V&CodeRD=0093&CodeGD=00200&CodeRA=0093&CodeGA=00190&heure=0000&date=29/08/2012
Aug 29, 2012 2:34 PM
I stayed in Casablanca in April this year, at the Hotel Mon Reve, 7 Rue Chaouia, it's centrally located in the old French quarter, close to all the main places of interest, the central market, medina and the main street, Boulevard Mohammed 5.
It's an old French hotel, recently modernised, I got a single room on the fourth floor with ensuite bathroom and everything clean and comfortable for Dh100, much less expensive than your projected budget, but next door is the posh-looking Hotel Manar, if you want to go upmarket.
Rue Chaouia is crammed with cheap and cheerful eateries, both sit in and take away, but I preferred to walk the short distance up to Boulevard Mohammed 5, turning right along the new tramway towards Place Nations Unies, and just before McDonalds and KFC, down a side street to the left (Ben Dahan, but not signposted) I found a restaurant with no name, but just checking out the ambience, it looked " the business " and I enjoyed an excellent inexpensive dinner, in convivial atmosphere and surroundings.
The Casa Voyageurs train station is a long way from the city centre, essential for your onward travel, but by staying in the old French quarter you escape Casablanca's night and day frenetic traffic, just trying to cross the wide boulevards is nerve-racking and exhausting, but the small red taxis are the easy way to get around, being in the traffic hell, but not part of it.........!
Enjoy your Casa "experience"......the nightlife is something else !
Aug 29, 2012 3:03 PM
Aug 29, 2012 4:26 PM
I can only speak from my recent experiences in Morocco this year, it was perfectly safe, as a foreign tourist, just walking alone around the streets, even after dark, when surroundings may appear intimidating, the perception of danger is sometimes more worrying than danger itself.....
In any case, my regular, reliable bar-room informants revealed that the Moroccan government has increased street police capacity by fifty percent, in response to recent terrorist atrocities, and in particular to protect the all-important tourist influx, vital to the country's economy.
Most of these new young-generation police are invisible to the ordinary tourist, dressing inconspicuously in smart but casual attire, to blend in with their surveillance territory.
Sometimes, they give the show away by carelessly allowing a set of handcuffs protruding from underneath clothing, at other times uniformed police can be seen on patrol wearing a holster without any visible automatic pistol, but be assured, they have the gun concealed elsewhere on the body.......I think they were all big fans of " Miami Vice "!................
So, feel safe on your Casablanca investigations, I never had a nervous moment, except just trying to cross the roads !
Aug 30, 2012 1:34 AM
9there are some useful info on this link.
Aug 30, 2012 1:50 AM
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Sep 1, 2012 4:27 PM
13We stayed at Hotel Central located inside the medina in Casablanca. It is only a 10 minute taxi ride from the Casa Voyeurs train station. We also stayed one night at the Ibis right next to the train station. While I found the hotel to be very convienent, it was noisy with the trains coming and going.
Hotel Central is cheaper, and they have a really good breakfast, and it is located near the water front and within walking distance to the Hassan II Mosque.
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