Old Nov 10, 17, 3:34 am
  #213  
sultanbinaber
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: FRA
Programs: LH HON, IHG RA, random stuff at Hyatt, Hilton, SPG, Hertz, Sixt
Posts: 490
IC David Tel Aviv

Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Absolutely

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked lowest category as reward night. Upgraded to their new Executive Premium category...

How are the rooms?
...with most recently refurbished rooms on high floors. Nothing to do with the 90s feeling of the old rooms.
Apart from the stunning sea view these rooms feature a modern decor with a nice sofa, additional lounge chair, and a desk which is only semi-appropriate for working.
Bathrooms are fully refurbished as well and now have a separate walk-in shower in addition to the tub. Small downside: rather low water pressure.

How is the exec. lounge?
Nice views and attentive service. Food feels a bit basic (esp. in the evening) but is available more or less throughout the day (long breakfast hours, followed by lunch/cake, followed by evening spread). Alcoholic beverages are available in the evening only but with a large selection. Only local wines though, which I did not enjoy very much.
Downside: The lounge was very crowded at peak times and very noisy, sometimes no seats available and/or food gone very quickly. Staff overwhlemed by "particular" guests who gather full buffet plates on their tables, take large bottles of spirits from the lounge, etc. - felt a bit like anarchy

Did you receive a welcome gift?
Some cookies and a bottle of very mediocre local wine.

How was the minibar?
Good selection of soft drinks plus some beers, local wine and basic spirits. Minibar included on reward stay.

What was good and what was bad?

-Good
- Upgrade on reward night
- Amazing views from high floors
- Great improvements through refurbishment
- Convenient location for Beach, Old Jaffa, Rothschild, North; easily accessible by foor or bike (city bike rental station right next to the hotel)

-Bad
- Lounge very crowded, lacking relaxed atmosphere at most times
- Pool closes end of October even though weather would be fine to use it (not heated)


Value for $ or Priority Club Points?
Best redemption ratio I had over past 2 years. Property was fully booked throughout my stay due to large conferences taking place; rate at time of booking was well beyond USD 500 - with upgrade and lounge access this was amazing value for 40k/night!

Would you return?
Absolutely, at any time.
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