Not a bad hotel. Had to stay there for 1 night last minute as needed a place to sleep in Ashkelon. It was either stay at relatives with all that goes with that, or book a hotel nearbye.
Room, bed, and shower facilities are very comfortable and as expected from a Holiday Inn. Public areas also not bad and as expected.The hotel also has a lovely high end restaurant attached to it and the foie gras and steak was fantastic although as pricey as any any rational hotel. Also i asked for foie gras medium rare, but of course they overlooked it and got well done (when you pay 99 shekels /25 dollars for a starter you expect better) but I could not be bothered to return or complain as was tired. If you go there, and like foie gras can you kindly let them know on my behalf so they don't ruin yours too..
No water in the swimming pool in February which is a shame as it was warm enough.
The hotel is also not signposted properly, took me 10 minutes to find my room as seems there are 2 parts to it around a dome. I could not find my room and then realised there was another block next to it. Also, I had a garden room opposite the beach, you can open the window doors, and walk into the garden, but there was broken glass on the grass and gardens were very tired and not looked after properly which is a shame. Gardens are defiantly not looked after with black hose pipes all over and no nice features which I guess gives this beach garden hotel a raw undeveloped feel, it's like what israel beaches were at before mass development so I guess pretty in its own right. Check in also took far too long as they find my booking but not my booked rate so he had to check with a manager. Personally I would give the room key to a customer, and let them relax in the room and then call me down once they find it. Hotel customer service in Israel is usually not great so I didn't expect more.
Internet wifi worked well in the evening but during the next morning it was impossible to use as so slow. What is wrong with hotels nowadays? Don't they know that proper access to the nternet is essential for business travel? Without Internet access business people simply won't travel as much so sort it out...
If they can fix the sign postings, clean up the gardens properly, and get some proper trained staff, improve the internet, this would be a good hotel for a small vacation and not just as a place to sleep.
All in all don't expect any luxury, but at least you will have a rather pleasant and comfortable stay and a good nights sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 40 minutes from Tel Aviv lies Holiday Inn Ashkelon hotel located on the beach near the marina, and is the preferred choice both for business guests and tourists visiting the area. Holiday Inn Ashkelon hotel houses a large swimming pool surrounded by enormous green lawns. The pool is covered and heated during the winter. Hotel guests are welcome to use the hotel basketball and tennis courts.Holiday Inn Ashkelon hotel offers a range of services to business guests. Two floors are dedicated to business guests along with a business lounge that serves hot and cold beverages and light snacks. The lounge also includes direct access to the Internet and Wireless High Speed Internet Access (WiFi) is available. The hotel restaurant serves three meals each day. The rich and varied breakfast includes a salad bar with a wide selection of cheeses and breads. Gazpacho Restaurant - fusion restaurant that combines the traditions of east and west. The menu combines flavors of the Mediterranean basin using ingredients from all over the world. The Spa and health club offers a Jacuzzi, dry and wet sauna, fitness room, pressure shower and a range of pampering treatments. The hotel s entertainment staff offers a varied program of activities including shows, games, workshops, quizzes and dance parties into the early hours ** Check-in time update : for Saturday evenings is 19:00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Ashkelon Hotel Ashkelon
- Ashkelon Holiday Inn