Situated just off the busy seafront (a two-minute walk away, but you can’t hear any noise (except for the ocean of course)), the Club Val D’Anfa Hotel is gorgeous.
The ‘bell boys’ were in traditional costume and very helpfully took our luggage and saw us to our room. Room 239 to be precise – it had the amazing view that I blogged about here as well as a deep bath, stocked mini-bar, fantastic high-speed internet connection and a ridiculously huge and very comfy bed. We also had a welcome gift of complimentary bottle of water, pastries and selection of fruit.
We took breakfast on our second morning, which was a buffet in a Restaurant overlooking the pool. It had everything you could wish for – bread, meet, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, pastries and sausage. A chef was on standby to prepare your eggs to order – fried, scrambled, poached or an omelette. There was also a rather bizarre offering of sweet and sour chicken and beef in black bean sauce, which neither Boon or I fancied trying at that time of the morning, but I’m sure it was lovely. Tea, coffee and fruit juice as you’d expect. (Priced at 120 dirham (€12/£10 per person)
There was a lovely pool, unfortunately it was just bit too chilly to take a dip, but we did have some of the strongest cocktails I have ever tasted sat in the bar next to it and watched the sun setting.
I really do not have a bad thing to say about this hotel. After just two days I left feeling completely relaxed.
- We were quoted 300 dirham (€32/£25) to get a taxi (the white cars) from Casablanca airport to the hotel – we negotiated it down to 200 dirham (€21/£15)
- For a petit taxi (red cars) from Ain Diab to Casablanca we paid prices that varied from 32 dirham to 80 dirham. It can be really hard to negotiate, especially going back to the hotel at night.
- There is a new tram system that runs all the way through Casablanca – it isn’t in any of the guide books yet, but is a great way of getting to the train station (Casa Voyager)
- There are a number of great restaurants within a minute or two of the hotel – don’t be afraid to explore. If you come of the hotel and turn left, then left again, you are on the main ‘Corniche’.