My girlfriend and I flew to Israel in the beginning of August 2012 and stayed the first 3 days in Tel-Aviv.
If you want to stay in Tel Aviv I will definitely recommend you to stay in the long line by the beach. It’s a long promenade where all the hotels are located (Sheraton, Dan Panorama, King David and so many others).
Savoy Sea Side Tel-Aviv is right in the middle of that long promenade in front of Geula Beach. The rooms are ok, not tiny not large, though very clean, modern decorated and refurnished and with air-conditioner.
From here, you can go by walk to other places in Tel-Aviv that worth visiting, for instance, Carmel Market (about 10 min. walking) or the Independence Hall, where the independence of the State of Israel was officially announced (it is a around 25 min. walking).
The breakfast is served in the lobby, which might sounds strange in the beginning. The lobby is white-colour decorated and extremely neat, so one quickly gets used to it. The breakfast food is Israeli based with no pork or ham because of the “kosher rules” (according to the Old Testament pork is an "impure animal" and therefore Jewish people are not permitted to eat it). The breakfast works on a self-service basis and offers small croissants, toasts, scrambled eggs, vegetables and fruit salads, orange juice, milk, self-served coffee directly from the machine and several types of cheese. It is not a full continental breakfast, but is enough for our purposes.
The hotel provides two excellent services to its guests.
First, the hotel provides you with a free-charge bike (3-hours maximum) which allows you to bike in the promenade and, in particular, to go to the lovely city of Old Jaffa (it takes only 15 minutes) and is an extremely pleasant ride, especially if you do it in the end of the day, when the temperature is a (bit) lower!
Second, the hotel provides free water, orange juice, coffee and fresh fruit 24-hours a day. This means that when you are back from the beach or from a walk or guided-tour in the city, light food and drinks are immediately available.
The three negative remarks I make on Savoy service are:
1. You must call before your arrival to confirm the reservation. I called the day-before and was told that they had no rooms available and I would be transferred to a "sister hotel". I promptly refused this offer and they were forced to give me a room in the Savoy.
2. The lack of information given by the staff. The receptionists welcome on your arrival, but are totally unhelpful. I asked for advice and information on restaurants, places to visit and transportation and they have no clue on any of them! So, we had to check ourselves for places of interest and good restaurants (by the away, try the pitorquesque and trendy restaurants in Old Jaffa, like Puah or Flea Market Restaurant; if you are looking for a more sophisticated ones, go to "Herbert Samuel").
3. It seems that the air-conditioner fails to work at night during the sleeping-time. Sometimes we wake up with the room very hot, indicanting the air-conditioner 26º. In the morning, we asked the managment to fix the air-conditioner, but I don't think they fixed it properly as it happens the same next night.
Finally, just an historical note to say that in this hotel, in 1975, a group of Arab terrorists took over the control of Savoy, taking all guests and staff as hostages. During this action, 3 Israeli soldiers, the hotel doorman and 7 guests have been killed. Outside the hotel is a plaque paying tribute to those who passed away during this attack.
Overall, and despite the three negative comments, this a hotel I recommend to stay in Tel-Aviv.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, World Independent Hotel Promotion, Travelocity, Despegar.com, Odigeo, TripOnline SA and Tingo so you can book your The Savoy reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- The Savoy Hotel Tel Aviv
- Savoy Tel Aviv