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TODAY IS PURIM! Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating how Queen Esther saved the Jews in Persia. People both young and old dress in festive costumes. We saw many cavemen, princesses, superheroes, and of course, Queen Esthers.
We spent today touring Tel Aviv and Jaffa with our guide Eva, who will be with us for the rest of the trip.
We just arrived at our hotel in Tel Aviv.
The trip was entirely uneventful, and the flights were lovely.
Collectively, we watched: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Austenland, and An Adventure in Space and Time.
On our flight to London, we saw many familiar faces, as …
... and customs, we went outside and grabbed a cab to the hotel. We apparently got the angry driver because he said a few times how terrible it was that he waited for 3 hours to get a customer and they "only wanted to go to Avia" and he should just go home. Between the complaining and the very erratic driving, I was a little nervous we wouldn't ever get to our hotel, but we managed to make it.
We then waited to check in because ...
... of a little girl (not dressed appropriately per religious standards) searching a soldier.
Across from the famous graffiti was a famous hotel. It was fancy. We didn't get a tour of it, but the bathrooms were very nice.
We made a stop at Solomon's Pools. These pools were built (supposedly by Solomon, but if not, by somebody around that time period) to supply Jerusalem and nearby cities with water. The three of them collect the water, and then it ...
... mexican afficionados, were impressed. I am sure you are not surprised when I tell you we had to have a pitcher of margaritas, and they went down real fine.
From there we walked north up BY, stopping along the way for a coffee and pastry as this new corner bakery, very trendy, very good. We cut east one block to Dizengoff Blvd, which sort of runs perpendicular to BY. It is lined with great bars and restos, and trendy stores. Something ...
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Nice hotel but very dated
I'm wondering if we were in an older section of the hotel than the other posters. Our room was "deluxe" so it was large, but we felt like we were in a hotel from the 1970's. Lots of formica, and the decor was very out of date. The staff was friendly. The breakfast was good but we were spoiled from the King David and Dan Eilat breakfasts. The juices are fresh squeezed at these hotels, so getting what tasted like Tang at the Dan Tel Aviv was disappointing. Overall the hotel was clean and pleasant, but really in need of an update.
My wife and I had a great time at the Dan Tel Aviv, we went to Israel with a small group and we extended our stay at the Dan Tel Aviv for few nights. we had such a good time that we wanted to send the message to everyone. we came in the evening and the guys at the front desk waited for us. it was a very warm welcome, they upgraded us to the sea view room that the bathroom is bigger then our bedroom at home.
It was so great we cannot even express our feelings in words.
What a great stay..
Not even close to 5 stars.
My advice is to skip Tel Aviv. Stay at the King David in Jerusalem instead. This was our first trip to Israel and my 29th country to visit and I have fallen in love with Jerusalem. We started out at the Dan King David for 5 nights and had exceptional rooms overlooking the YMCA which is a gorgeous historic building, and we also felt that the service, breakfast, rooms, and ambiance of the King David was worthy of 5 stars. We asked the King David concierge for dinner recommendations and reservations were made at wonderful amazing restaurants. When we asked the concierge at the Dan Tel Aviv for dinner recommendations, she sent us to really BAD touristy places that were terrible, notibly Chez Romy, where not only was the food bad but the wine was too! They had a wonderful wine list--but it was ONLY on paper. When we started ordering wine, we found out that they didn't have any bottles older than 2004, which in our opinion, was a scam. We were dissapointed in the Dan Tel Aviv. The rooms were much smaller, the shower leaked and we ended up with a small pond afterwards on the floor -and we were in the remodled, superior rooms. However, the service and selection for breakfast were almost identicle to the King David, which is saying a lot. Next time, we will skip Tel Aviv and stay in Jerusalem because compared to it, Tel Aviv is just another big city.
This hotel is a member of the supposed 'Leading Hotels Of The World" club.
Yet it fails in almost every respect to be labelled as such.
It is a tired old building with a 1960's theme throughout. The lobby is possibly the most un-interesting in any hotel i've ever visited, whilst the rooms are of Travel Inn quality, the only redeeming features being the comfy beds and good shower. The swimming pool's are cold and there is a general air of neglect everywhere( For instance the glass covered passageway to the hotel's pool is covered in thick dust and clearly has'nt been cleaned for ages, this simply shouldnt happen in a 'Leading Hotel'.
Now onto the staff. At the front desk my colleague tried to check in using his leading hotels of the world preference card.... the staff looked at him as if he had just told them he had a horrible disease. We booked a trip by taxi to Jerusalem via the concierge and the driver couldnt be bothered to show up. The list goes on and on and we only stayed for 4 days .
Tel Aviv is a great place, but this is not a 5 star hotel, or even a 4 star hotel ( I stayed in a deluxe room by the way). To be honest most of the big named hotels like this on the beach look tired and of the 1960's era, with the exception of the Intercontinental which i would suggest should be looked into, ( i only saw the exterior mind).
Looking forward to revisiting T.A but not in the Dan.
Looking forward to the Leading Hotels of the World excluding the Dan from future membership too.
Beware that this hotel has two wings one 5 star and one 3 star
We went to this Hotel and reserved a Standard Room. We did not realize until we checked in that the Hotel has two wings. Old wing which is 3 Star, that is where all the Standard Rooms are located, and a new wing which has all the other room types.
Needless to say, that we paid a 5 star price for a 3 star rooms in the old wing. I complained to the staff about this and they really had nothing to say except you reserved a standard room. My problem was that a 5 star hotel has 3 star rooms and they sale it to you as if they are 5 star. If you look on the web site they never show the Standard Room pictures.
When we arrived we were given a room where the carpet was wet. After 45 min we were moved to another room. The new room was dirty, old, and the view we had was a dirty wall.
I will not return you are better off at other 5 star resorts.
Average Hotel at above average prices for Tel Aviv
I booked a "City View" room at this hotel for 2 nights as the "sea view" rooms were a lot more expensive. I paid US$230 p/night (booked on Expedia).
I arrived at the hotel at 6 am (due to the fact that most flights arrive in Tel Aviv in the early morning). The Reception manager said that I would have to pay for an extra night as I had arrived too early. I responded by saying that in that case, I should get a refund if I check-out early... after all , we are paying per night). I refused to pay an additional night and said I will wait for the earliest check-in, and will go have breakfast some place in the mean time. Lo and behold, a room suddenly becomes available. It is such a turn off that some hotels try to swindle the guests in this manner. The Receptionist told me he was doing me a favour by giving me the room this early for free, but told me that I was not entitled to breakfast that day... Very tacky statement for a hotel aspiring to be at the top end of the market.
The room I was given overlooked an internal light-well/courtyard. So much for the "great City view" as stated on Expedia! When I queired the room, the receptionist said that it was a "city-side" room, and not a city view room. In fact, despite the advertising, the hotel does not have acity view at all. It is the low rise 6-storeyed building shown in the picture and NOT the high rise modern block next to it that is shown in all the advertisibg pictures. Future guests... BEWARE... don't be fooled by the hotel's misleading advertisements.
The room was merely adequate. Apparently it had been recently updated/renovated. If that was the truth, I would sack the decorator. The room was very circa 1980's, although clean and comfortable.
I decided to cancel my reservation for the second night and moved to the Ramada Renaissance Hotel on the beach front for US$170 p/night. Much better value for a much nicer hotel. The room at the Ramada had a magnificent view along the beach and the City, although needed updating.
I was disappointed that Trip Advisor Reviewers had got this hotel so wrong. The Dan Tel Aviv was OK for what it is - clean and comfortable 3 or 4 star hotel, but I resent being cheated and warn people to look out for the false advertising.
Hope to Return Soon
We just spent two nights at the Dan Tel Aviv in a room with a view of the Mediterranean Sea and access to the King David Lounge. We found this hotel to have an excellent, professional staff and our room to be extremely comfortable. The hotel is extremely well maintained. Our rooms included complimentary amenities of a bottle of wine, candy and water, as well as bath products. The lounge was well staffed and included free internet access. On the morning that we checked out at 5:00 am, we found hot coffee and fresh orange juice waiting for our party of four in the lobby. We would definitely stay here again.
Friendly hotel - nice pool
Accompanying my husband on a business trip, I recently stayed at the Dan, Tel Aviv.
I really liked this hotel. It is well located on the sea front, (but with a road between the hotel & the beach) while also close to shops, restaurants etc. However, our room was quiet. We had an executive room, with the bed facing the windows, so in the morning, you could open the curtains by electric switch & see the sea. Executive rooms also have access to the King David Crown lounge where light refreshments & drinks were served until 11 pm. We opted to have breakfast (included in the rate) in the hotel dining room with a lovely view of the sea and a magnificent buffet. The indoor pool is a good size for a city hotel, with large windows. There was a smaller outdoor heated pool also, with great views of the seafront & Jaffa. The staff were friendly & helpful. Overall, I found the hotel unpretentious & unstuffy.
Great old school business hotel, very nicely maintained, but some downsides
The Dan Tel Aviv reminds me of an old school business hotel. Its very nicely maintained on the inside, but wouldn't be my first choice for my next visit. However this is the only hotel I've stayed in Tel Aviv.
Pros are great location right on the beach, attached to the King David Hotel (one of the best hotels in Israel), proximity to some great restaurants (try the Italian restaurant just across the street from the lobby entrance), friendly hotel staff and nicely updated rooms.
Cons are half the rooms face the courtyard and don't have any view, beach view rooms are significantly more expensive (I was quoted an additional $115/night) and the parking garage smells terrible. However if you don't care about these, its certainly a great choice.
I have recently returned from yet another stay at this hotel.
It is primarily used for visiting businessmen, dignitaries and celebrities however all who visit are given the same welcome and service.
It is well situated, right opposite the beautiful Hayarkon Beach (one needs to cross the road to get to the beach) and five minutes walk from the main shopping street of Dizengoff , Ben Yehuda and Allenby.
The hotel has a large swimming pool which has an indoor and an outdoor section. Ample space to sit outside on free sunbeds and towels.
The pool is on the first floor so it has a lovely view of the beach, a newly finished remembrance park and down to Jaffa.
There is a Dan Lounge for guests who pay a supplement, this entitles the guest to unlimited complimentary drinks soft and alcoholic + hot and cold, as well as a large selction of snacks. Such as fruit cakes sandwiches etc. all depending on time of day.
usage of a pc connected to the internet is also complimentary.
It is well worth paying for the supplement as hotel residents can bring in their own guests to use the Dan Lounge. Particularly useful for visiting businessmen.
The rooms are large and spacious and well equipped. rooms facing the beach are preferable as overlooking the hayarkon Street can get very noisy.
There is a broadband facility for an extra charge for hotel guests.
Only negative which is slowly being rectified, is that due to current situation the hotel does need some refurbishment in certain areas. This does not detract however from the overall experience.
I have also stayed at the DAvid Intercontinental and the Sheraton. both are also nice howver the Inter con is slghtly further down the road making it in not such a central position and the Sheraton is also in not such a good position.
Would thoroughly recommend this hotel.