It seems strange to be listing so many pros and then to give a low score (I am torn between 2-3 stars). But on the most basic thing you want from a hotel - a place you can sleep - it was just unsuitable. Poorly constructed in many ways. If you are already going I strongly suggest bringing earplugs and an eye mask; otherwise sadly I would not recommend it unless you are a very very sound sleeper.
Friendly front of house staff
Good location (neighborhood has hip bars and restaurants)
Double-glazed windows to keep out some street noise
Attractive, peaceful roof garden
Very comfortable beds
Poor sound/light insulation from the hall outside the room (any conversation or noise happening outside the room may as well be happening outside it; staff do not seem very sensitive to this and have loud conversations in hall while cleaning rooms even outside a door with a ‘do not disturb, we’re sleeping’ sign on the door.
Curtains in room do not reach to floor meaning daylight wakes you up as soon as the sun is up
First room we were put in was a non-smoking room but reeked of smoke (to their credit they moved us to another (much smaller) room for one night while it was re-cleaned; after that it was fine, but should have been caught before we arrived)
Wifi unreliable (previously was just very slow; currently no connection and error message “maximum permissible number of server connections reached”)
Sound insulation between rooms terrible. Woken up by shouting and laughing next door at 2:30 a.m. Then woken by construction outside which started before 7. While awake I could hear people’s phone alarms going off in the room next door as though they were on my bedside table. People talking at full voice in the hall carry right into the room because of the gaps between the door and the frame.
Rooms a bit small for the price.
Cleaning and maintenance staff not particularly guest-oriented (loud conversations mentioned above; loud maintenance work (drilling) at 9:30am outside a door with 'do not disturb' on it). And in one case we were walking towards the elevator when a member of cleaning staff saw us coming, got in and shut the door and went off to wherever she was going. Just the opposite of how you expect hotel staff to behave.
We had family staying at another hotel for the same price, on the beach, which was much nicer. (I won't name it because I don't want to look like I am shilling for them.) More spacious, better furnishings, quieter. Though I did like the neighborhood of Center Chic much more and it was good to be away from the beach and more in town.
Good luck - there are some good things about this place, but for us they were outweighed by the bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The recently renovated (2011) Center Chic Hotel was designed to celebrate the culture, architecture, art, and spirit of the century old city, Tel Aviv. The 54-room hotel (most with balconies) is located on Dizengoff Square, a short walk from the beach, in the city׳s cultural and entertainment area. All the rooms feature multi-channel cable TV, coffee/tea facilities, refrigerator and safe. Guests are welcome to relax in the living room-style lobby, enjoy a wide selection of books and albums about Tel Aviv as well as short historic films about the city, free wireless internet access throughout the hotel, and free use of the hotel’s bicycles. The hotel also offers free daily afternoon refreshments at the gallery level parlor. A nearby gym is available for a moderate charge. Breakfast is served in the adjacent Cinema hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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