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“Thieves” 1 of 5 stars
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The Ophir Hotel
2.5 of 5 Inn   |   43 Dizengoff, Tel Aviv 64282, Israel   |  
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Ranked #26 of 36 Tel Aviv B&B and Inns
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“Thieves”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

I'd be careful at the Ophir hotel. Upon arrival, they often say they did not receive financial payment online for the room. The staff will claim the online company only reserved the room and cash is needed to pay for it. TA has a shortage of hotels, so one naturally comes up with the cash. Later on, one finds they've paid for the room twice. Getting Ophir to fix this problem is like trying to grow hair on a bald head. They pocket the money and claim they're working it out with the online organization. You leave the country having paid for a room two times for one stay and as many times as you write the Ophir, you will not hear back. The rooms are typical two star rooms in Israel. Somewhat clean with dust in the corners, cigarette burns in the bathtub, very old, stained towels, etc... You're lucky if your room's air conditioner works, etc... It's a shifty place, which is why it is normally the cheapest hotel in TA. Israelis won't stay at the Ophir and many tourists know better. But if your desperate, just make sure to only pay cash. Never charge a room online.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

i stayed at the Ophir Hotel in its hostel type dormroom. i have come to expect certain things at hostels. One is snorers and farters and the other is a mattress that feels like a board. And i have nothing but nice things to say about their dormbeds mattresses. i have traveled many places and stay at hostels and have just come to expect the dormbeds to be nothing but 'hard'. Like sleeping on wood.
But NOT at Ophir. Since leaving the USA on October 29th, 2011 i have found only two (2) hostels with great matresses to sleep on. On in Basel, Switzerland and now the second in Tel Aviv at the Ophir Hotel. And believe it or NOT i think both properties bought their bunkbeds from the same vendor because they look the same and feel the same.
Next the free breakfast in fantastic. i had a made to oder egg omelet that then i put in the fix-ins i wanted from the fixins bar. The meal was hot and fresh. The Ophir needs some items like a shower system that gives hotter water and sooner. The dorm bathroom needs some rebuilding some day but i is o.k. And i wish the Ophir had some type of simple kitchen for lite cooking. But my experience was nothing but positive and that bed mattress was fantastic. In all my trip the one thing i remember of Basel, Switzerland was that wonderful bed and now Ophir's wonderful bed.

Room Tip: If you want a dormbed you have only one choice. It is, as i say, a No-brainer.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Nice hotel, very well located, in front of center mall, restaurants and stores. All can be done by walking.
Room are nice but very simple, old toillets with just the minimum necessary.
Staff was very gently and nice.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

The hotel is - prima facie - not realy perfect nor even comfortable. In particular the pay management did not work (no cards accepted, just cash - why!?), could be much cleaner and the breakfast is actually less than nothing. BUT the manager Avi is the most frendly hotel manager I met. And he always looked for any issue I mentioned and he helped at onve! One can wish that he should become the "owner" and upgrate the hotel soon.

Dr. Ralph Kray, there from 1 - 8 Jan. 2012

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011 via mobile

The problem is the owner's culture. He feels like he is doing you favours by charging $120, turning on the a/c or fixing a leaking pipe and makes you feel cheated.
If you can get the room for $60 then it is ok as long as you accept paying in cash upfront and asking for a/c at reception and getting evil looks from mates of Ophir at the lobby.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

Hello. I stayed in this hotel for a few days in September 2011 (Bed & Breakfast). There are the good and the bad things.
The good thing is location and the price. I would also like to thank both Ms Mirrah and Mr Danny for their help. They both were nice and friendly, especially Mirrah was very helpful and professional person. Thank you Mirrah again. You were great.
The bad things are as follows:
- the cleanliness and dirt in the buffet !!!
- very poor service during breakfast, just 1 person to serve many people, who had to prepare meals, clean all dishes, tables etc, which caused queues. I doubted about health and safety.
- lack of variety of food during the breakfast. Everyday the same i.e. tuna from the can, yoghurt, omelette, tomato. Often none hot water was provided to make simply a cup of tea during the breakfast.
- the guy who introduced himself as "a boss" who wanted me to pay more for my room after the payment being agreed and already paid with another member of staff ! This is completely unacceptable, frustrating and unprofessional when the staff tells you that you have to pay more, once you have your receipt in the pocket, especially when you return from the beach.
- the noise from the corridor. I was unable to sleep and felt as if somebody was walking in my room when the customer from the next room came in to his room.

Summary. For urgent not demanding visits up to a few days (3 or 4) it might be good value for money. Otherwise try to find something better.

Room Tip: Think twice before you pay and make a written confirmation of the deal you pay for.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Ophir (the owner!) is one of the biggest S*B ever that manages a hotel... it is not a hotel.
he asks for the money upfront in a rude way (shame on me that i didn't read these other review before i stayed!) The rooms are dirty, the staff steals things from the room. They promised a room with "jacuzi" for x$ but when you get there they give you another room for the same x$ (cash of course!). When you complain they say ok we'll move you tomorrow...
tonight someone was fighting with them because of the same reason (fist fight!)...
avoid at all cost!!! it is one of the worst hotels ever and i'm on the roads for more then a quarter of a year!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 43 Dizengoff, Tel Aviv 64282, Israel
Location: Israel > Tel Aviv District > Tel Aviv
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Tel Aviv
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Ophir Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in heart of the city, rooms fully airconditioned, cable t.v., free wireless internet, refrigerator. Find our hospitallity, the synthesis of comfort and efficiency. ... more   less 
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