Travel Blogs from Tel Aviv
Of all of the border crossings that we are doing on this trip, I was expecting the entry into Israel to be the tough one because of the necessary security. However, it turned out to be a breeze. We left ourselves almost 3 hours to get processed in Jordan, but due to checking in online we were able to avoid the queues, dump our baggage on the belt …
Not much time to write this evening, but we had a good day in Tel Aviv. All but three of the group arrived yesterday to participate in this morning's walk from Tel Aviv to Jaffa and back. Weather was very pleasant, in the high 60's and low 70's. The route took us along the Mediterranean coast - a wide boardwalk with a bit of time directly along the …
I'M BACK BABY! Al Davis has nothing on me as I put my feet back in the wonderful Mediterranean Sea for the first time since 2007 (yes, I keep track of weird statistics like this). We arrived in Tel Aviv around 5:00, ate dinner, and then went to the beach where the Mediterranean let out a whimper when it recognized the feet of its master.
... view of the ocean.
cleaned up & changed, we went to the Tel Aviv port for Kabbalat Shabbat
services with Beit Tefilah Israeli.
There were hundreds of people there.
Watching the waves crash against the rocks, feeling the slight spray of
water, watching the sun slowly set, ...
... with side salads- a custom I think Americans should pick up- a basket of bread, literally six or several different (N->M) types of freshly baked rolls served with apple cinnamon jam, soft butter and Nutella on the side. Nick had the Shakshuka described as “A steamy hot casserole of tomatoes, onions, red bell peppers and 2 eggs served in a hot pan (mildly spicy).” I had the Mughrabi Morning described as “Minced meat with potatoes, pine nuts and baharat ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Metropolitan Hotel Tel Aviv
Very good value and good service
The Metropolitan Hotel, in central Tel Aviv about 2 blocks from the beach, offers very good value at a great location. I stayed there because my favorite hotel in Tel Aviv is undergoing renovation. The rooms are not fancy, and are indeed a little worn, but they were clean and fine. The hotel staff offers excellent service; Patrick was particularly helpful. And you can stay there without blowing your budget wide open.
I recommend it as a good moderate-range option in the city.
We booked a ten day break at the Metropolitan in Tel Aviv as it suited our budget, and having visited the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv before we knew the star ratings with hotels was not entirely accurate.
The hotel's location is perfect, next to the beach and the Opera, close to main downtown attractions. But then this is an advantage shared with many other hotels in the area. Rooms a little worn out, no balconies, windows only open partially (so that you can't jump, I suppose). From higher floors you have a nice view on the sea, but also on the parking lot and dirty side street underneath. Copious Israeli breakfast served in a cramped and not particularly pleasant environment. Reception staff very helpful (Patrick gave great tips about going to the market, Jaffa and how to save time by taking the bus to Jerusalem in Arlozorov St. rather than in Tel Aviv's central bus station). All in all,; if you get a good rate as we did, I would recommend this hotel. But there are probably more modern and luxurious properties in the same area.
Metropolitan Hotel - Tel Aviv - Great value
We spent 6 days at the Metropolitan in May. We found the hotel excellent. The rooms are older but spotlessly clean. The location of the hotel was great, very near beach and main streets. The staff at the hotel was amazing.
I definitely would go back to this hotel. It is very good value for money.
Great Price & Location
Hotel Metropolitan is an older hotel, but has clean comfortable rooms and only two blocks from the beach area. If you are lucky, like we were, we had a room with a view of the Mediterranean, where you can witness the most fabulous sunsets. The price, especially for tourist, is amazing inexpensive and it includes breakfast. There is a parking garage for a small fee ($5) per day. It was very easy to walk to the beach area, restaurants, shops, and sites from the hotel. We would definitely stay here again.
I enjoyed staying at this hotel. Like many Israeli hotels, it looks a bit tired but wasn't bad. The room was OK with a good shower and clean. Good size. I didn't have breakfast there, so I can't comment on that. Staff was friendly and helpful enough. I had two different rooms - the first was on one of the highest levels, which was great, as it diminished the noise (mostly street noise) and offered a good view of the ocean. The second was a middle-level floor, but it was still OK in terms of noise and had a view as well, although more obscured. The location is great for the beach - a five-minute walk. It's also right by a couple major streets. It's quite a long way from the Jaffa older city (couldn't walk it but could probably drive easily) but is fairly central for the more modern area of Tel Aviv. Overall, I enjoyed staying there.
The cosmopolitan metropolitan
We really enjoyed this hotel. For the price, $127 a night for a sea view room, it was excellent. The bed was comfortable, there was a tea maker and a deep bath, plus a shower with great water pressure. All things that I find important.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet is huge and will keep you full until late afternoon. The location is perfect a short walk to the beautiful beach or the exciting markets. I loved Tel Aviv.
Nice hotel. Close to the beach, but not all rooms have sea view. Outdoor pool with sun deck, small fitness room with sauna.
Visited this hotel in March of 2005.
Excellent location just minutes walk from the seafront not far from Dizengoff main shopping area. Rooms were pleasant with BBC/CNN/Spanish etc on TV; bathroom small but adequate. Well stocked gift shop in foyer area, and excellent Israeli breakfasts in dining room. We ate Friday night diner and Saturday lunch, both meat & fish buffets, range and quality of foods on offer was excellent, 'just like mama used to make'. Pity the gym did not open until 10am, too late for a pre breakfast workout! The outdoor pool was not open as March is still classed as winter season. Underground car park useful for hired car! Staff generally helpful & friendly, we would stay at this hotel again, excellent value and reasonable price for city centre location.
Metropolitan Executive Suites are the Best
Recently stayed at the Metropolitan Hotel Executive Suites. The rooms are clean, new, and big. The bathroom is huge and spotless. Clean towels everyday. Robes, slippers, wine and figs in delivered to the room. On my daughter's birthday they brought in a birthday cake. Free internet access, snacks and drinks in the lobby through out the day. Excellent service, excellent location. Raves about this place