Standard, $209-$439; queen, $229-$469; king, $249-$499; mini-suite, $299-$539; premium with two double beds, $279-$519
1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.
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Stepping into the Casablanca is like stepping onto the set of the movie with the same name. Think vibrant Moorish mosaic tiles, a colorful mural of a sun-drenched North African city, tropical plants, rattan furniture and a slowly whirling ceiling fan. Such décor provides a unique, exotic escape from the touristy Times Square scene nearby, and continues in each of the 43 guest rooms. Ample amenities include custom-made rattan furniture, a full mini-bar, luxury bathrobes, cable TV, DVD players and babysitting services. Guests can sample the variety of teas at Rick’s Café (a nod to Casablanca’s Bogart) or take advantage of free access to a nearby New York Sports Club. An in-house lounge features a crackling fireplace, 41-inch movie screen and impressive bookshelves stocked with all things Bogart. Best of all, there’s a piano. We dare you to say, "Play it again, Sam" and burst into song: "You must remember this. A kiss is still a kiss..."Pros
Free wine-and-cheese reception nightly in the second-floor lounge. Guests can also request a nightly turndown.
The Casablanca is so popular that the hotel is known for overbooking. Don’t fall for that "water damage on the sixth floor" excuse.