Most people who are familiar with Marriot brand Renaissance hotel will agree that one in Tel Aviv does not meet its usual standard. Well, yes and no if you ask me. This was my 5th visit to Israel and I have tried many popular hotels ranging from $250 - $400 per night because many of them didn’t meet my expectations. Let’s face it. For what they have to offer, it sure is expensive in Tel Aviv and most hotels are not modern in Israel so leave that expectation at home and you’ll do just fine. I for one, have completely lowered my expectations and afterwards, I actually felt right at home. If this Renaissance was in Hong Kong or Singapore, I would not recommend it. However, considering where it is, I do recommend this hotel.
Location: This hotel is near beach and view/access to the beach is convenient. However, due to the location, it is not so easy to access this hotel if you drive or need to park your vehicle. Location is somewhat bizarre as you have go through the underground building and go up a ramp and through another hotel lobby to get to this hotel if you are driving a rental car.
Check-in: Hotel staff was courteous and friendly. This may be due to I am platinum member but overall, the hotel staff seem eager to help guests based on what I saw. My room had fruit basket arrival gift waiting when I got in which was a nice touch for a frequent guest.
Room: Room has been renovated but hotel property is old and it is difficult to hide that fact. My room did not have thermostat for some reason and it only had three antique looking manual switches to turn the heater on and adjust the fan speed setting. There is a LCD TV on the wall which had a digital clock included but it wasn’t legible so if you need to wake up, I would set an alarm on your phone or morning call from the hotel. Work desk was adequate and chair was fairly comfortable. However, internet is slow which seems to be connecting at maximum of 54mbps and don’t even think about streaming anything. Don’t forget to bring a power adapter as no universal power outlet available. If you do forget, you can borrow one but leave 20 NIS deposit at the lobby desk.
Bathroom: All bathroom in Israel is about the same. The shower tub is small and it has swing out glass partition but due to this the shower nozzle height is about 5 feet high and I have to bend down to wash my hair. Why this way is beyond me but most of them are the same. Toiletries are okay but considering Dead sea minerals are plentiful, this Renaissance did not splurge on the toiletries. I tried it once and ended up using toiletries from another hotel I brought with me just in case. Toilet is old and did not flush well which may require upgrade soon.
Lounge: 16th floor has executive lounge and if you have an access to it, you might try it. Hors d’oeuvre is available from 6-8 PM along with beer and wine. Liquor is available for purchase but it is expensive. Lounge is not comfortable but it does its job. Wi-Fi is not free or open and you must have code to access it which is available from front desk during check in.
Restaurant: I only had a breakfast at the main level and most food are very good. Buffet selection is limited due to it is Israelis breakfast, but egg station is available.
Parking: There is no parking spot readily available and recommend to leave the car to the valet parking attendant. I use 10 NIS tip per exit which is about $3 dollars in the U.S. Daily parking fee is added to the hotel bill which was about $14 dollars per day.
Overall impression: I would stay again at the Renaissance as I have concluded that most hotels in Israel is just about the same. Certain hotels are better than the other hotels but I have yet to find a great hotel in Israel. I think the Ritz Carton just opened so I may try that hotel later if price is within my budget. Just think of this way. Hotels in Israel isn’t Singapore or Hong Kong.
- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Tel Aviv
- Tel Aviv Renaissance
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