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The Best Cultural Hotels In Casablanca

The Best Cultural Hotels In Casablanca
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Updated: 9 February 2017
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Once a pirate’s lair, today Casablanca is Morocco’s most contemporary city. Although not as popular with visitors as tourist hotspots Marrakech or Essaouira, it is well worth exploring on its own merit. It’s the country’s economic and cultural powerhouse, where the biggest art shows are held, where the money is made, and where modern Morocco really shines through. However, despite this contemporary character, it has plenty of history and tradition. One of the best ways to get a taste of this is by staying in one of the city’s historic hotels. Whether it is a road (a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard) or somewhere decorated and run with Moroccan style, we pick the top 5 spots for experiencing Casablanca at its best.

Jnane Sherazade

Hotel, Guesthouse, Riad
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Jnane Sherazade has been operating as a guesthouse since 1953. It’s located in the East of Habbous, a traditionally famous area known for its Royal Palaces. This was one of the first guesthouses in the city and has maintained its charm and elegance throughout the years. There are eight spacious and elegant rooms, decorated in a classically Moroccan style, and the riad is surrounded by beautiful green gardens. You’ find plenty to do nearby, from local bazaars selling olives and olive oils, to the hotel’s own hammam. The restaurant is on request and serves delicious Moroccan food. Price: Luxury
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Moroccan House

Hotel, Riad
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Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA
Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA | © Patrick Nouhailler/Flickr
Moroccan House is one of the more modern hotels in Casablanca, modelled and styled with a traditional riad in mind. Rooms are lavishly decorated, and feature a four-post bed, rich fabrics and colours and contemporary Moroccan furnishings. The central patio is the perfect place to relax after a day’s sightseeing, with a cool fountain, a sauna, and a hammam. The restaurant serves daily buffet breakfast and offers cooking classes if you’re interested in learning more about the country’s cuisine. Price: Mid-range
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Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA © Patrick Nouhailler/Flickr

Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA

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Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA
Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA | © Patrick Nouhailler/Flickr
Located just three kilometres from the city centre of Casablanca and thirty minutes from the Casablanca airport is Riad Salam, known as Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & SPA. There are 202 spacious rooms available, all with A/C and modern accessories – adding a little international comfort and style to traditional riad accommodation. The hotel offers a wide choice of restaurants with Marrocan, Spanish, Italian and International cuisine all represented. They also offer indoor and outdoor pool services, fitness centres and sauna. It has a little less character than some of the other options in the city, but a great place to find the comforts of home while traveling. Price: Luxury
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Interior of Art Deco Hotel Guynemer © Adam Jones/Flickr

Hotel Guynemer

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Situated three kilometres from the Royal Palace of Casablanca is the charming Hotel Guynemer. This 3-star hotel is a family-run establishment and is very popular among travellers and tourists. The hotel is a Mauresque building and has a good blend of renovated rooms along with well-preserved architectural façade. Rooms are well done with cheerful colours and have all the basic amenities as well as traditional Moroccan touches. It’s centrally located and arranges airport pick-ups and city tours. Price: Budget to Mid-range
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Hotel Transatlantique

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Established in 1922, this hotel has beautiful Art Deco furnishings reminiscent of an age gone by – it’s said that Edith Piaf even stayed here. Décor is nothing is not enthusiastic, and could be a little ‘OTT’ for some guests. However, it’s historically charming and comfortable, with friendly staff and good amenities. The hotel boasts a nightclub, restaurant, and cafe that are frequented by locals as well (avoid rooms on the first floor as they pick up the noise). Price: Mid-range
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