The Four Seasons Casablanca will open in a few months, late 2015. The hotel is located within the affluent ANFA mixed-use residential, shopping and entertainment waterfront community, and was designed by leading edge London architects, Foster + Partners.
Intimate in scale, the five-story Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is carved into the beachside cliff, beneath street level. As a result, the lobby entrance is on the fifth-floor rooftop, while the accommodations and amenities are located on the four floors beneath. The Four Seasons Casablanca is oceanfront, yet only 10 minutes away from the city center, and the Habous Medina, a local shopping area, combining high end brands with local artisanry.
It is also close to the famous landmark Hassan II Mosque, which is the world’s second largest religious building opened in 1993. The exceptionally ornate minaret is the world’s tallest, standing 656 feet high while two laser beams reach 18.5 miles towards Mecca. The Four Seasons Casablanca location defines a multi-cultural identity, that certainly reflects the culture and personality of the city itself.
Casablanca means white house, and the city is often called the White City because of its white buildings. Casablanca, on the north coast of Africa, was founded and settled by the Berbers in the 10th century BC and was used as a trading port by the Phoenicians and later by the Romans. Since then, it has been occupied by the Portuguese, the French, and of course, Hollywood, more or less. The great 1942 film Casablanca, made the mystery and beauty of the city famous, even though it was filmed in Hollywood.
Within this exceptional cultural mix, The Four Seasons Casablanca fits in well. The 157 guest rooms and 29 suites are oriented to cool breezes and open views, with a resort-style pool oasis in the Hotel’s garden.
The three-bedroom 4,220 square foot Royal Suite features 180-degree floor-to-ceiling ocean views plus a private terrace with an indoor-outdoor fireplace.
The Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca features three restaurants where Executive Chef Thierry Papillier leads the international culinary team. Three restaurants and bars include Bleu, the Hotel’s signature restaurant, Mint, a lobby lounge with Atlantic views offering an all-day Moroccan cuisine menu; and Latitude 33, that will open in Spring 2016, will be a resort-style poolside bar and lounge named for the city’s geographic location, with a menu inspired by other countries on the 33rd parallel, Algeria and Tunisia, among others.
Le Spa at The Four Seasons Casablanca defines the wellness and relaxation components. Le Spa will feature cedar and local stone textures, with Argan oil-inspired gold accents within the perforated Moroccan lanterns. Le Spa has 10 treatment rooms, including two for couples. There are men’s and women’s relaxation lounges, sensory showers, ice fountains, a Balneo hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms and saunas.
As regards social events and conference facilities, there is 12,400 square feet of state-of-the-art event space accommodating up to 800 guests, including the impressive 6,243 square foot Atlantic Ballroom for up to 400 guests for dinners, with custom-made chandeliers with hundreds of clear crystal rods illuminating the space; the ballroom is also divisible for flexible conference and event options.
There are also seven additional rooms for board meetings and breakout sessions, including the Lighthouse Room with its own private terrace and views of the famed El Hank lighthouse, built in 1919, to help sailors steer their ships away from the shore.
It is a rare occurrence that such a significant brand fits so well with the ancient culture of the region, but the Four Seasons has done this, again, well. Combining ancient with contemporary, The Four Seasons Casablanca honors the ancient history and significant elegance in a contemporary way.