This hotel is extremely popular, and difficult to book as it's usually full. I was lucky to get a room on short notice.
I normally book an executive room with check-in on the 18th floor where I simply pass my passport to the counter staff and relax at the lounge. In a nutshell, check in was a breeze at the business lounge for executive rooms. For my recent visits, Eduard was the staff performing my check in and he was efficient and made it hassle free for all the guests. (Numerous flights arrive at around the same time, and I always see Eduard being the only staff serving with at least three customers in queue with ease.)
The rooms are pretty impressive with a balcony. The sound-proof glass kept outside noise to the minimum, including wind noise (Israel is a country with strong winds, no joke.). Honestly, there was once when asked Eduard to send some items to my room. I was at the balcony enjoying the view of the beach while waiting. After an hour, I decided to ring the business lounge to remind him, but lord and behold, the item was nicely placed on my desk just next to the balcony. I did not hear anyone pressing the door bell or entering the room. That is how good the sound insulation is.
The down side was that the WIFI in the room was down throughout my stay. I was supposed to get one hour free every day, with an option to pay for the rest. However, while the WIFI signals were strong, it had technical issues and did not allow guests to log in. As such, we were forced to go to the lobby everytime we need WIFI connectivity.
The prices at Dan Panorama increased steadily over the years from my first stay in 2007. I hope it would stop increasing as the rates are rather high now and I always had to convince my colleagues to stay here instead of moving to other hotels in Tel Aviv that could be better renovated with better facilities, but in a less-favourable location which I do not like.
Breakfast was great as usual with an amazingly large selection and plenty of seatings.
After visiting the gym at another hotel that my colleague was staying at a lower rate, but of a similar size, I have some comments.
The key improvement from my last visit early last year was the gym being opened 24/7 with access through our room card. This was great and not available at other hotels. Previously, it had limited operating hours with a gym caretaker. The gym has good facilities and I would suggest the hotel to remove the electronic cable machine (honestly, of all the gyms that I frequent in numerous countries, this was the only one wiht electronic weight machines) as that is not a good training tool, takes up a lot of space, and as of today, was miscalibrated and desperately require maintenance. Replace it with a space saving multi functional machine, e.g. Free Motion's Cable Machine,etc. The isolation machines are good, less the leg curl machine. This gym still has those knee breaking leg curl isolation machine that other gyms are dumping away. Anyway, in tight spaces, having isolation machines are a waste of space. Why not replace them with mulit-functional gym machines like one with chest press and chess flyes, or with reclinable seats that can allow the user to perform decline, incline and machine bench press? Shoulder machines that can perform shoulder press and deltoid raise? Existing leg extension machine is great. Replace the leg curl with a proper one with thigh stop? Add a multi-function abductor machine. And most importantly, add a reclinable bench that can decline. The current declinable bench is the situp bench, it's those US29.99 bench that breaks easily and not advisable to use for weights training.
Just my suggestion, hoping that my next visit/stay in Apr would be a more pleasant one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A five star deluxe hotel with a beautiful beachfront location, the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv is situated opposite vast park areas with easy access to South Tel Aviv's stunning beaches. Hotel guests can walk to the Jaffa Old City and Port, Neve Tzedek and the new 'Tachana' shopping and entertainment zone. Guests of the Dan Panorama can enjoy the revamped public areas including expansive lobby areas where free Wi-Fi is available. The hotel has an exclusive Executive Lounge located on top floor of the hotel offering complimentary drinks and snacks all day, with outstanding views over the city skyline and sea. Hotel guests can relax and unwind in the newly refurbished indoor spa area with treatment rooms and Jacuzzi. The Dan Panorama Tel Aviv also features a Convention centre, hosting events of up to 1000 people.482 rooms including family units and Executive Suites. Large open air pool and Daniland kids club (both open seasonally) All rates include Service Charge. Tourists with B2 and B3 Entry Visa stamped in their foreign passport are exempt from VAT. Israeli guests are subject to pay VAT. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel Tel Aviv
- Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv
- Tel Aviv Dan Panorama