Hotels in Tel Aviv are expensive and the Crown Plaza Tel Aviv City Center is no exception. Compared to beach properties it does represent fairly ok value for money though.
Rooms & Hotel Service
The hotel offers spacious rooms, which are beautifully decorated. I couldn't find a single thing to not like about the room, with the expection of the fact that the noise of a departing train at HaShalom railway station could be "felt" and "heard" in my 17th floor room.
There is free WiFi Internet, which requires a voucher from reception. If you have more than one device, they'll happily give you more than one voucher a day.
The front desk staff are ok, not super friendly (very superficial), but not unfriendly either. Somewhere in between.
There is a shuttle taxi every two hours taking you to and from the beach. The destionation of this shuttle is the Crown Plaza at the beach. During rush hour, I would argue that you can walk to the beach just as quickly as the shuttle will take you. Still it is a good and free service.
The hotel is situated right next to HaShalom station, which makes the trip from the airport super easy. Simply take the train from Ben Gurion and leave at HaShalom Station. Take the exit into the Azrieli Center Shopping Mall and you are there. Cheap and efficient.
If you want to get to the beach on foot, it will take you about 25 minutes most. Hotel staff told me 50 minutes, but that is a bit long, after all it is only about 2.5kms. Leave the hotel and take a left to the first big intersection, turn right onto Kaplan Road. Follow Kaplan Road onto Diezengoff Road and after Diezengoff Center (shopping mall) make sure to take Bograshov Road and you'll end up right at the beach. If you get lost, just ask someone, everyone is super friendly.
When departing at night (i.e. no trains available) do haggle with the taxi driver and demand that they switch on the meter. My driver, apparently encouraged by the hotel, demanded 180 NIS for the trip, which is outrageously expensive - but drivers MUST switch on the meter, if requested and so he did.
If you go for a fixed price, don't accept any more than 140 NIS - using the meter likely will get you a lower fare.
The hotel is outrageously expensive, not quite as expensive as most beach hotels, but still very expensive. It offers spacious modern rooms and alright service. Its distance to the beach is a bit of a "let down", but for most business meetings this hotel will get you there more quickly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NEW & EXCITING HOTEL IN TEL AVIV. In the heart of the city that never sleeps, amidst the center of the business, cultural and shopping districts of Tel Aviv, the new Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center Hotel overlooks the entire vibrant metropolis. Boasting an ideal location, the hotel is conveniently situated 12 minutes from the Ben Gurion International Airport, a 5-minute drive from the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center the largest in the city, walking-distance from the city center and adjacent to the Azrieli Mall, one of the largest in Israel and comprising 180 shops. Crowne Plaza City Center Hotel offers an exclusive hospitality experience at world-class standards with modern urban decor. The hotel provides meeting and guest rooms with the most advanced multi-media technologies and state-of-the-art business services. In addition, guests enjoy the convenience of the highly sophisticated and expertly equipped Holmes Place gym and fitness facilities including an indoor pool (the health club services are available for guests above 18 years old only). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Hotel Tel Aviv