The Park Plaza Orchid (also known as the Yamit to locals and taxi drivers) is a medium priced hotel on the beach in Tel Aviv. It's not as pricey as the larger hotels to the north and south of it, and if you can get a room in the front tower it has super views of Tel Aviv beach which is an excellent beach.
If you get put in the rear tower then the views are less predictable and it might be better to book a lower cost hotel the other side of Hyarkon street as the views are about equivalent and the prices are about 10% lower.
The lobby has been recently refurbished, with nice views of the beach, and the desk staff are mostly friendly and courteous. Parking is below the hotel and spots are tight and not for the faint hearted. Parking is 55NIS per day and you can come and go as you wish.
The rooms and bathrooms are a nice size. Maid service is spotty. Two days on my stay they forgot hand towels, and they never replenish the free tea/coffee. You can get this by asking the front desk, so it's not a big deal. The room was kept clean which is the most important thing.
The breakfast buffet is mediterranean and OK. Try the fresh-squeezed orange juice in season.
Like many of these hotels they have a fridge in the room but it's an automatic vending fridge so there is no way to keep your own drinks cold. I think that's a bit mean. It's OK if you like coke and are willing to pay over $4 for a can, but I don't and won't..There is a convenience store across Hyarkon street where they charge slightly less outrageous prices. You can't miss the bright lights!
The internet is good and reasonable bandwidth. The free international calls are a nice benefit.
I recommend that you borrow one of the free bikes and take a ride along the sea front to the harbor and Jaffa. They don't have bike helmets for loan which is a problem I think. It's really busy on the bike paths and if you are not a regular cyclist it could end in tears. Bring your own if you want to borrow a bike.
My favorite thing to do here is to go to the fleamarket in Jaffa. Go on Thursday evening. Great restaurants all along the beach. Favorite restauarnt is Benny the Fisherman in the old Tel Aviv harbor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing tall on the best location of the lively beach front is the best 4-star hotel in Tel-Aviv. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Whether you’re on vacation or on a business trip hotel is close walking distance to restaurant, cafés ,bars, nightlife attractions and Tel Aviv business centers., The Park Plaza Orchid always delivers a superior experience and is in the center of it all.Accommodations at the 182-room Park Plaza Orchid are the ultimate in comfort and style. Newly renovated rooms that are elegantly furnished. Awaken each day refreshed from an exceptional rest in our spectacular king-sized beds with top-quality comfort mattresses, fitted with luxurious linens, and fluffy down pillows. Rooms with “shower only” bathrooms are available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Plaza Orchid Tel Aviv Hotel Tel Aviv
- Park Plaza Tel Aviv
- Tel Aviv Park Plaza