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Where to stay in Casablanca? Best districts + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Casablanca?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best areas to stay in Casablanca as well as the best accommodation in this city that we love to visit.

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Here are our 3 favourite accommodations listed by price category:

🚨 Note: These hotels are among the most popular, so don’t delay in booking. Plus, they offer free cancellation, so don’t worry if you change your mind

(€) Ryad 91. Cheap hotel in Casablanca located close to tourist sites: the old medina, the central market and Casablanca cathedral. Book here.

(€€) Exe Casablanca. Located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms with private terrace. (Private parking) Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Radisson Blu Hotel. Located in the travellers’ favourite district: 700 m from Casablanca market and 1.5 km from the medina. Free private parking, outdoor swimming pool and gym. Book here.

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The best areas to stay in Casablanca

To help you discover the perfect place to stay in Casablanca, here’s a roundup of our favourite neighbourhoods.

The centre, to be at the heart of Casablanca

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Casablanca is a sumptuous Moroccan city that has several town centres.

In fact, the centre of Casablanca is made up of four main districts: Maarif, Palmiers, Gauthier and Racine.

This enchanting quartet makes the centre of Casablanca the perfect place to do whatever you want during your stay. Each of these four districts has its good points.

Maarif

Maarif is recommended for those coming to Casablanca to enjoy the pleasures of its nightlife. It is, in fact, the favourite destination for young locals and tourists alike when the night comes.

More importantly, you’ll find residences that combine comfort and luxury, making them the perfect place to stay in Casablanca (even on an average budget).

Located just behind the famous Twins Center, Maarif is also the ideal spot for shopping in Casablanca.

Gauthier

Gauthier stands out for its attractive restaurants, intoxicating bars and, above all, its proximity to the city’s greatest monuments. From here, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the legendary Hassan 2 Mosque.

We therefore suggest that you put down your suitcases in Gauthier to enjoy the delights of Moroccan gastronomy, its exquisite squares and above all appreciate the marvels of its architectural heritage.

Racine

Racine is also an ideal district if you want to spend a night in Casablanca with friends or a loved one.

This district, with its romantic alleyways, is also full of trendy bars and nightclubs.

Palmiers

Palmiers is another of Casablanca’s city-centre districts, ideal for soaking up the sunshine and delving into the depths of its cultural heritage.

Here you’ll find comfortable, affordable flats that make it easy to find accommodation when you land in Casablanca.

So, if you’re keen on the idea of staying in the centre of Casablanca, here’s a list of must-do activities..

5 things to do and see in Casablanca city centre

  • Stroll through the chicest shops in Maarif
  • Take a ride on the famous Twin Centres for a breathtaking view of beautiful Casablanca
  • Dance the night away in one of the city’s trendiest nightclubs
  • Take a romantic stroll through the magnificent narrow streets of the city centre
  • Spend an unforgettable day with family or friends on one of the city centre’s sunny beaches

Here are our favourite hotels in Casablanca city centre

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Casablanca.

(€) Ryad 91. Cheap hotel in Casablanca located close to tourist sites: old medina, central market and Casablanca cathedral. Book here.

(€€) Exe Casablanca. Located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms with private terrace. (Private parking) Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Radisson Blu Hotel. Located in the travellers’ favourite district: 700 m from Casablanca market and 1.5 km from the medina. Free private parking, outdoor swimming pool and gym. Book here.

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Accommodation in the old Medina of Casablanca

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The old Medina is the place to stay in Casablanca for a panoramic view of the city’s fascinating history. This authentic district will allow you to immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals.

After its destruction in 1755 by the Lisbon earthquake, the old Medina was completely rebuilt (in 1771) while retaining its essence.

Let yourself be carried away by the sublime, tangled streets of Casablanca’s historic quarter, while savouring the pleasant scents emanating from the souks.

It’s also worth noting that this charming district contains virtually all the major monuments of Morocco’s economic capital.

To whet your appetite even more, here’s a list of things to do and see in the old Medina..

5 things to do and see in the old Medina :

  • Contemplate the architectural beauty of the Ould-el-Hamra Mosque
  • Visit the sumptuous Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Let your taste buds jump to the rhythm of a tasty Tajine dish
  • Revisit the wartime history of the city of Casablanca by exploring the last vestiges of its fortifications dating from the 18th century
  • Take a refreshing stroll along the fish and fruit souks while admiring the sinuous yet sumptuous nature of the alleyways of the old medina

Here are our favourite hotels in the old Medina of Casablanca

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Casablanca.

(€) Ryad 91. Cheap hotel in Casablanca located near the tourist sites: old medina, the central market and the cathedral of Casablanca. Book here.

(€€) Exe Casablanca. Located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms with private terrace. (Private parking) Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Radisson Blu Hotel. Located in the travellers’ favourite district: 700 m from Casablanca market and 1.5 km from the medina. Free private parking, outdoor swimming pool and gym. Book here.

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Habous, the quietest corner of Casablanca

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This neighbourhood is one of the nicest places to stay in Casablanca. Quiet and charming, Habous is affectionately known as the new Medina.

The district’s décor is a clever blend of modernity and tradition. You’ll love the exquisite architecture of the buildings, which combine French style with Moroccan flair.

Like a gentle village, Habous is full of lush parks and eclectic souks. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much you can do, see, admire and eat in Habous..

Top 5 things to see and do in Habous

  • Enjoy family time in the gardens of the royal palace
  • Marvel at the sublime mosaics of the Makhama of the Pasha
  • Visit the majestic Notre Dame des Lourdes and its incredible stained glass windows.
  • After a lively stroll through the souk stalls, relax in Isesco Park
  • After visiting the majestic Mouhamed V and Moulay Yousef Mosques, enjoy a tasty break at the Zayna restaurant.

Here are our favourite hotels in the Habous district of Casablanca

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Casablanca.

(€) Ryad 91. Cheap hotel in Casablanca located near the tourist sites: old medina, the central market and the cathedral of Casablanca. Book here.

(€€) Exe Casablanca. Located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms with private terrace. (Private parking) Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Radisson Blu Hotel. Located in the travellers’ favourite district: 700 m from Casablanca market and 1.5 km from the medina. Free private parking, outdoor swimming pool and gym. Book here.

Sour Djid: the best area to stay for the first time in Casablanca?

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The best place to stay for a first visit to Casablanca is the Sour Djid district. Located in the north of Casablanca, Sour Djid is a huge district stretching from the shores of the Atlantic to the city centre.

Sour Djid has absolutely everything to please you: chic, authentic restaurants, attractive bars, historic monuments with a unique architectural style, tourist attractions, and so on.

All these reasons and many more make Sour Djid our best choice for a first encounter with the surprising Casablanca.

5 things to do and see in Sour Djid

  • Take a family stroll in the relaxing Arab League Park
  • Discover the incredible art collection at the Villa des Arts in Casablanca
  • Marvel at the breathtaking architecture of the Beth-El synagogue
  • Feast on delicious seafood while enjoying breathtaking ocean views at Le Cabestan
  • Marvel at the architectural beauty of the majestic Hassan II Mosque

Here are our favourite hotels in Casablanca’s Sour Djid district

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Casablanca.

(€) Ryad 91. Cheap hotel in Casablanca located near the tourist sites: old medina, the central market and the cathedral of Casablanca. Book here.

(€€) Exe Casablanca. Located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms with private terrace. (Private parking) Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Radisson Blu Hotel. Located in the travellers’ favourite district: 700 m from Casablanca market and 1.5 km from the medina. Free private parking, outdoor swimming pool and gym. Book here.

Best neighbourhood(s) for going out in Casablanca

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If you’re coming to Casablanca to have the time of your life, the best places to stay are in the city centre (especially Racine) and Ain Diab.

Running along the entire coastline, Ain Diab, also known as La Corniche, stretches from the Hassan II Mosque to the famous Marocco Mall.

With its postcard-perfect scenery, Ain Diab is undoubtedly the ideal neighbourhood for going out in Casablanca.

You’ll be amazed by its world-famous restaurants, bars, numerous private beaches and trendy nightclubs.

But this district is not only attractive for its exciting nightlife. It’s also a cosy nest for daytime family activities.

Here’s a list of 5 things to experience that will give you a taste of the beauty of Ain Diab..

5 things to do and see in Ain Diab

  • Family shopping at the monumental Marocco Mall
  • Enjoy a moment with the family or as a couple in the magnificent Sindibad Park.
  • Dance the night away in one of the city’s surprising private clubs
  • Spend an unforgettable day at the best-known beach in the area: Ain Diab Beach
  • Experience a memorable film night at the IMAX at Marocco Mall.

Here are our favourite hotels in the area to stay in Casablanca

Note: Don’t delay booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Casablanca.

(€) Ryad 91. Cheap hotel in Casablanca located near the tourist sites: old medina, the central market and the cathedral of Casablanca. Book here.

(€€) Exe Casablanca. Located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms with private terrace. (Private parking) Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Radisson Blu Hotel. Located in the travellers’ favourite district: 700 m from Casablanca market and 1.5 km from the medina. Free private parking, outdoor swimming pool and gym. Book here.

Where to stay in Casablanca to visit

The best place to drop your bags in Casablanca to visit is the city centre.

In fact, Casablanca’s city centre districts (Maarif, Gauthier, Racine, Palmiers) are nodal points that allow you to make all the visits you want during your stay.

We sincerely hope that you will find pleasant and affordable accommodation here, so that you can discover the history, charm and pleasures of the night in Casablanca.

The area to sleep in Casablanca for lovers and couples

If you are travelling to Casablanca with your loved one, the best place to sleep is in the old Medina.

The narrow streets of this district are the ideal backdrop for a romantic stay in Casablanca. Gentle and charming, the historic quarter is also packed with monuments of striking architecture.

Better still, its magnificent beaches mingled with the sensual scents coming from the souks make the old Medina our favourite spot for a romantic break in Casablanca.

Where to stay in Casablanca as a family with children

If you’re planning a family holiday in Casablanca, the best area to stay is Habous.

Soothing and attractive, this neighbourhood with its reassuring decor is the ideal place to stay with children in Casablanca.

You can enjoy visits that are both enriching and fun, or enjoy a good picnic in one of the city’s parks. There are plenty of activities in Habous to delight young and old alike.

Casablanca’s tourist districts

In fact, there are several districts in Casablanca that can be described as tourist areas. Between the city centre, the Old Medina and Sour Djid, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

But if we had to choose, we’d probably recommend staying in one of the city centre districts for Casablanca tourism.

Because of their proximity to Sour Djid and the old Medina, these districts, including Maarif, are ideal for a memorable tourist stay in Casablanca.

In Maarif, you can experience a multitude of tourist activities: shopping, visiting historic monuments, enjoying a breathtaking view at the Sky 28 lounge bar… and even watching a match in the legendary Mohamed V stadium.

Neighbourhoods to avoid in Casablanca

Casablanca is a wonderful city to live in or stay in. However, not everything is sunny in Morocco’s economic capital. There are some neighbourhoods in Casablanca that are not very popular because of the prevailing insecurity.

These include Derb El Kébir, Derb Ghallef, Hay Lalla Meryem, Hay Moulay Rachid and part of the old Medina district: Bousbir.

We strongly recommend that you avoid these areas during your next stay in Casablanca.

Where to stay near Casablanca?

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El Jadida

Casablanca may be a sunny city that shines with a thousand lights, but its surroundings are also worth their weight in gold.

In fact, the towns close to Casablanca are perfect places to stay.

Among these towns, we suggest El Jadida or Azemmour. These idyllic regions have some wonderful surprises in store for you..

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Azemmour

Now you know almost everything about the best places to stay in Casablanca!

We really hope that this review of the best districts in Morocco’s beautiful economic capital will help you prepare for your future stay. We hope you enjoy your trip!

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