Brand new hotel and an excellent and friendly staff
We stayed 3 nights over New Year at the Port Hotel. At about £80 a night for a double with a reasonable breakfast included, it really is very good value, as Tel Aviv is by no means a cheap city, and the location is very good, 2 minutes walk from the restaurants of the Port area and the beach. Wifi is free and there are free bikes to borrow.
It must be said the rooms are not super-modern or clean, and it was annoying being asked to pay every morning, as if they didn't trust us not to run away, but all in all a good base for exploring a great city.
When I first arrived in Israel I stayed at the new Port Hotel. The rooms are spotless, if not tiny. Brand new bathrooms with great showers, good wifi, comfortable beds. But because this hotel is new it feels like they haven't worked out some of the kinks, like if you want to make an outside phone call you have to get reception to call for you and then they call you back. Also if you are here on business request separate floors from your colleagues, the hotel is very small.
I really loved the neighbourhood this hotel is in, slightly north of the downtown action in a very nice middle-class neighbourhood with good restaurants and great cafes. Everything is ealsy accessible by taking the #4 sherut or bus down Ben Yehuda or if you are feeling adventurous take one of their bikes. Right on the corner is Cafe Idleson, with amazing coffee and the best pastry in Tel Aviv.
Excellent location, good breakfast, clean room, nice employees
We stayed in the Port Hotel for just one night. The hotel has a number of strengths:
- excellent location, about 5 minutes walk from the trendy port area, with plenty of restaurants and seaside promenade to enjoy.
- comfortable bed and decent-sized room.
- friendly staff
- a lovely roof garden
- air conditioning (which is a good job because this is not a quiet location. The air con itself was really quite noisy, and could only be on full blast or not at all, which was a shame).
However, the hotel could improve on the following:
- the bathroom left a bit to be desired - it was pokey, the windows didn't open, the shower door stuck. But the shower itself had plenty of oomph.
- rubbish breakfast - barely continental - none of the delights of an Israeli breakfast, with the fresh fruit and veg one might expect
- decent air con (see above)
Overall, we would probably stay here again because of the excellent location and reasonable price of the room. But I wouldn't book breakfast, and I probably wouldn't stay here mid-summer.
We were in T.A. for only 4 nights and didnt really want to pay $200+ for one of the main hotels on the promenade so opted for the Port Hotel.
Let's start with the positives. the location is FANTASTIC. moments away from the new port and a nice beach with good bar. The lobby is very nice and the staff are lovely and accomodating - even ensuring a VERY early check in having given them prior notice. Also, compared with other hotels - the price is good.
Now the downsides.. the rooms are small although v clean and the bathrooms are nice. you have to pay upfront, pay a deposit for a safe key (which i found rather bizarre), you have to leave your room key with the hotel eveyrtime you go out and there is a down-trodden hotel right next to the hotel, which i unfortunately feel ruins it a bit.. Oh the breakfast is rather poor although i was happy with the muffins they had at reception every day!
so, to conclude. I think if I was making a short trip to Tel Aviv, i would settle with staying at the Port. It's a good price, great location,. and it's clean. However, if you're going for a long trip and want somewhere that feels like a proper hotel with spacious rooms and VIEWS (our view was a wall ) then go elsewhere.