After a good first experience a few months ago, we decided to take another weekend break at the David Intercontinental in Tel-Aviv. We keep choosing this hotel primarily because of the wonderful sea views from the rooms and the convenient location.
Basd upon our previous experience I booked a corner suite (they exist only between floors 2 and 8), as the best balance between room size, view and price. I requested a room on the 8th floor, if possible. Upon arrival, we learned that they had only prepared a 5th floor room. This slight disappointment was immediately defused by the wonderful reception staff who informed us that they had decided to upgrade us instead to a "Jaffa suite" on the 14th floor.
The Jaffa Suite is a good sized one bedroom suite with a large living area, both rooms with wall to wall windows with magnificent sea views. Good furnishings, although they do not look totally new (and the small cigarette burn in the sofa did detract from the overall impression), great king size bed, with the most comfortable sheets and blankets I have ever found in an Israeli hotel. Very good sized bathroom, with separate bath and wonderful "rain" shower stall. Lots of cupboard space.
All in all, a perfect room for a weekend getaway.
As always - some minor glitches, to remind us that there is always room for improvement:
1) I ordered a cheese platter for a light dinner. When it arrived, I pointed out to the (very nice) waiter that he had forgotten to bring any bread or crackers with the cheese plate (not only does the cheese plate not make much sense without them but they also specifically appear in the room service menu). He quickly came back with a full plate of crackers. Only after he left did I realize that he had brought the cheese plate without any cutlery or even a napkin! Apparently they thought we would eat everything by hand (which we did). Defeinitely room for improvement there.
2) The wonderful rain shower stall has a door which annoyingly keeps opening when you're in the shower. However - if you push it hard so that it "sticks" you may discover (as we did) that it won't open again unless someone pushes against it (very strongly indeed) from the outside. A humorous incident for us, which could have been very uncomfortable if the person taking the shower was alone in the room at the time....
Bottom line - for me still the best luxury hotel in Tel-Aviv, with very warm service. Some minor incidents do not detract fromt he fact that we had a very restful and enjoyable weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm Israeli welcome awaits you at your home in the 'SoHo' of Tel Aviv. Ideally located between the city's main cultural centers, Neve Tzedek, the beach, and Old Jaffa, the David InterContinental offers the perfect starting point to exploring the city. Spend the day experiencing Tel Aviv like a local and return to the serenity of the David InterContinental boasting the best of Israeli hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental David Tel Aviv Hotel Tel Aviv
- Intercontinental Tel Aviv
- Tel Aviv Intercontinental