Casablanca has a new Moroccan five 5 star hotel that graces the grand Mohammed V Boulevard. Set among historic Art Deco buildings, the global, upscale chain Radisson Blu has officially opened. In sync with the burgeoning art community in this bustling cosmopolitan city, artwork by one of Morocco’s known modern artists, Mohammed Melehi is featured in the property. Melehi is a revolutionary painter that linked Bauhaus to Islamic art and took a head position at the Casablanca Fine Arts School.
The Radisson Blu Casablanca was designed by world-renowned Chilean architect Jaime Beriestain. The property has joined the ranks of the city’s most chic hotels. It boasts 120 rooms and 16 suites, a 180m2 ballroom, and an events area that spans a total of 450m2. Also onsite are restaurants and shops. These include the French brasserie La Collection, the Japanese restaurant YUZU, and the panoramic Caprice Sky Bar that graces the fourteenth floor. Guests can also enjoy the Cinq Mondes Spa for both its indoor pool and a jacuzzi.
Formerly called Casa Branca, meaning “white house” the city was once primarily known as the setting of the 1942 American romantic drama film Casablanca. Directed by Michael Curtiz and based on the unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid placed this city on the map. Today, Casablanca has garnered a new reputation offering a wide variety of design events, gallery openings, and gastronomy.