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“Business trip in Israel” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Ashkelon
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   9 Yekotiel Adam Street | PO Box 944, Ashkelon 78100, Israel   |  
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Aloha,Oregon
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“Business trip in Israel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Business trip in Israel and I stayed in Holiday inn in Ashkelon, south of Tel Aviv. The hotel itself is wonderfull. You have a full blown breakfast, from 15 different salad to variety of cold cuts to pickled veges, bread galore and all you can eat buffet. Best part is part of your room fee. You can order for a fee to include your dinner. The location is walking distance to the huge park over looking the Mediterranean sea where you can walk around for relaxing. My wife and I every evening we sat down in one of the benches with our wine and hummus, cheeses. Their is a restaurant near by walking distance from the hotel w/c is great food and atmosphere/ambiance. Dead sea trip..We started taking the north route and I got lost after three hours. Go back to the hotel and best to take the south route from the hotel and was a pleasure drive. Dead sea is the lowest part of the earth 1600 below sea level. Sat on the sticky salt water (two third is pure salt) and went for a mud bath, its quite an experience. Went to Jerusalem for a day and I will not tell you that experience because you have to do it first hand.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

The only thing we disliked in this hotel was a small swimming pool. The hotel has plenty of free space outdoors, and they definitely could offer much larger pool. The parking outside was quite busy on the weekend. The food was good, our room on the 2d floor was very spacious, with a huge balcony. The room has been cleaned every day. If you are in Ashkelon, it's the best hotel to stay in.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

This weird building which does not look very well kept from the outside, is a pleasant surprise on the inside. There is a lovely view from every room towards the sea, the rooms are clean, the food was surprisingly good. This isn't a fancy hotel, but a pleasant place to stay.
On the down side - loud air conditioner, crowded pool area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The Holiday Inn in Ashkelon is a bit tired but homly enough for a short stay. Food is good and the beach is also ok for a swim.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

When I come to Israel I usually stay at this property, because hotels in Tel Aviv are really overpriced and I don't like to stay in Jerusalem, coz no see there. The hotel is located 50 km South of Tel Aviv (it's just 9 km from Gaza Sector, which gives you feeling of adventure), directly on the seacoast, which provides you amazing views from rooms. Ashkelon is a nice small wealthy town, where is pleasure to walk and etc, there is very good public beach (5 min by walk from the hotel). It's 20-25 min drive from Tel Aviv and 45 min from Jerusalem. The hotel itself is a little bit outdated and It's better to make renovation, especially for public areas, but rooms are big enough and quite comfortable. The staff is unstable, they could be really nice, friendly and helpful once and completely indifferent next time. Free parking on site.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Located on Ashkelon's seafront promenade, this imaginatively designed building provides sea views for most of the rooms. The hotel itself disappointed.

First, the good stuff: Rooms are a decent size, with a balcony. There was free internet (which didn't work most of the time). The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was clean. And finally, the breakfast was excellent.

Now, the negatives:

The bed -- a tired box spring, with a fraying bottom to the box -- it looked like giant pieces of dental floss working themselves outward from the bed. The bottom sheet didn't quite cover the mattress (just a bit too narrow).

The bathroom: The bathtub/shower was the narrowest I have ever seen...I had to stand at attention, with feet pressed together, if I wanted to face the shower head. There was no shampoo. The two tiny discs of hand soap crumbled in my hand. There were no wash cloths.

Annoyances: Vacuuming the hall outside the room at 7:30 in the morning -- who decreed that?

For $160 a night and up the guests deserve more.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, IHGCare at Holiday Inn Ashkelon, responded to this review, March 22, 2012
Dear Dwe,

Thank you for your review and being so detailed in the good, the bad and the very good! Whilst I am pleased with the good and the really good comments, I truly value the bad comments as this gives us the opportunity of improving what we already do. We will address these points and I hope that when you return you will see the improvements that have been made.
Thank you again for your review.

Lin S.
IHGCare
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Caesarea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We spent a weekend in February 2012, in typical Israeli fashion checking in around 2PM on Friday and checking out around 4PM on Saturday. We could have checked out later but we wanted to avoid the checkout and traffic rush just after sundown. The coastline in Ashkelon is dominated by a very pleasant and amusing promenade located on the cliff above the sandy beach. At the southend of the promendade is the marina and the northend the iconic cone shaped structure of the hotel. Along the promenade are two outdoor fitness centers, a modern sculpture, a medieval tomb of a sheik, two breathtaking lookouts and other great landscape architecture. There are no other hotels along the promenade and the area is quite open. We started our walk around 8AM on Saturday morning, had a drink of freshly squeezed orange juice at the marina and returned around 9:15 for breakfast. This was the high point of our stay. You can only enter and leave the hotel through the main entrance and the gate leading directly to the promenade is closed, in typical Israeli fashion. To reach the promenade you have to walk along a sandy trial from the parking lot. If you like beachfront wild flowers this is an interesting walk - a few a Israeli bluebonnets were coming into bloom. Friday evening meal was also a very interesting event. The dinning room was full of young religious couples and family groups all dressed in their Shabbat finest coming from prayers in hotel's synagogue. The meal was punctuated by singing ancient melodies from one long table that was countered by another table at the opposite end of the large, very pleasantly decorated dinning room. The buffet provided a great opportunity to sample delicious Jewish North African dishes, such as Mafrum and couscous, along with traditional Jewish Polish Ashkenazi dishes. The service was extremely attentive. We asked for a room with seaview and got a room on the ground floor overlooking a grassy area. Since there were children playing outside our window on the lawn, we had to keep the curtains closed. When we wanted to take our Shabbat afternoon nap, our neighbors sent their children out to courtyard on the otherside to play soccer. Their wild banter was amplified by the Guggenheim-like architecture. Their parents probably got some much needed rest, but we didn't. The hotel management probably realized this would happen, so on Friday afternoon they showered us with wine and a free pass to the spa. If you expect to wake in the morning and check your email for the first time since checking in forget it. When you try to log on you have to pay - up to around $24 for 24 hours, unless someone had told you before that when you check-in you should request a 24 hour password for free WiFi. Altogether our stay was a pleasant experience and provided a convenient base for taking the wild flower trail - Adom Darom or Red South.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9 Yekotiel Adam Street | PO Box 944, Ashkelon 78100, Israel
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Location: Israel > Southern District > Ashkelon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Ashkelon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Ashkelon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 215
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 40 minutes from Tel Aviv lies Holiday Inn Ashkelon hotel located on the beach near the marina, and is the preferred choice both for business guests and tourists visiting the area. Holiday Inn Ashkelon hotel houses a large swimming pool surrounded by enormous green lawns. The pool is covered and heated during the winter. Hotel guests are welcome to use the hotel basketball and tennis courts.Holiday Inn Ashkelon hotel offers a range of services to business guests. Two floors are dedicated to business guests along with a business lounge that serves hot and cold beverages and light snacks. The lounge also includes direct access to the Internet and Wireless High Speed Internet Access (WiFi) is available. The hotel restaurant serves three meals each day. The rich and varied breakfast includes a salad bar with a wide selection of cheeses and breads. Gazpacho Restaurant - fusion restaurant that combines the traditions of east and west. The menu combines flavors of the Mediterranean basin using ingredients from all over the world. The Spa and health club offers a Jacuzzi, dry and wet sauna, fitness room, pressure shower and a range of pampering treatments. The hotel s entertainment staff offers a varied program of activities including shows, games, workshops, quizzes and dance parties into the early hours ** Check-in time update : for Saturday evenings is 19:00. ... more   less 
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