David Intercontinental Needs New Carpeting!
The David Intercontinental in Tel Aviv is in desperate need of new carpets. The rooms are okay but startinfg to look shabby. The carpets are absolutely filthy! We were offered a beach view which was lovely until midnight. In the evening until 4am there is really loud music from the clubs on the beach (prepare to get no sleep on the weekends!). Some positives were the kids club and the pool area they were btoh very nice. The location is also very nice.
We stayed for 4 nights in the David Intercontinental. We arrived in the middle of night, and the receptionist wasn't very friendly. The room, a suite, was OK but uninspiring. It is a big hotel with unpersonal big hotel service. The pool area was nice, but also a little bit lazy staff. On Saturday the food options are very limited; you won't get an fried egg for breakfast or a burger for lunch/snack. It was certainly not bad, and according to locals, the best available in Tel Aviv.
Pretty much OK
My wife and I stayed for a week at the David Intercontinental. The place is huge. Since we were staying at the executive floor we checked in over at the executive lounge (floor 25 or something like that) and it took no time. The room was big, clean and all right. The beach is right across an avenue, but I must say the hotel is on the southern edge of a nice promenade with shops and restaurants, so you're not really in the heart of the action. We would walk at night to a restaurant or just to get a stroll. The concierge at the hotel was very helpful, all the restaurants he reccomended were great, actually on sabath he directed us to a nearby restaurant that was fantastic. The hotel was all right, if only it felt a bit cold maybe because of it's big size but don't feel intimidated by it.
Just an average experience
My wife and I stayed at the David Intercontinental for 3 nights. Overall, I found it to be a very average large hotel.
The room was spacious and we had a terrific view of the beach and downtown Tel Aviv. The bathroom was very large, but my one my complaint here was that there were not enough places to hang your towels, just a small bar in the shower and one hook on the door.
Even though we were up on the 18th floor, in the evenings we could hear the low thud of the house music playing at the nearby dance club. I personally found this annoying because while I was able to get to sleep fine, the moment I woke up in the middle of the night to go the bathroom, I found the noise made it very difficult to get back to sleep.
The pool area was nice, with attentive waiters serving drinks and food from the pool side grill.
The breakfast buffet had a very nice variety to choose from.
Good Hotel, Poorly Operated!
The David Intercontinental is to me very much a 'standard' hotel within its class, i.e. nothing more, and nothing less, than one might expect from a 'branch' of an international hotel chain.
The hotel is very well located in Tel Aviv, with good access to commercial parts of the city and right opposite the beach. If it's a sunny day you can either take advantage of the beach - which gets VERY busy in the summer, especially during shabbat - or make use of the outdoor pool area.
Rooms are spacious and comfortable enough but lacking in any kind of character, but I suppose that might be expected from an international chain brand.
Minuses: No mini-fridge, (it's one of those horrible electronic things again!), no ironing board/iron in-room, bed is rather hard, (which might be to your taste!), with quite thin pillows - I had to request extra from housekeeping!
Pluses: Big bathroom with lots of space for all your bits and pieces, powerful aircon, plenty of space for working, good storage.
My big bugbear with this hotel is its levels of service. First of all I should say that I often stay at the David over Shabbat, or the sabbath, which runs from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. I appreciate that this has implications for certain aspects of service and absolutely respect that - I certainly would not expect, nor want, people to go against their religion just to accommodate me! I mention this only as it might be some kind of explanation for what follows.
Standards of customer service are not what one might expect within this price bracket. Everything seems to take a long time, be it food service, getting hold of an iron, accessing the internet etc. While Calls to the guest service centre are answered promptly enough, they are often a little curt and not very responsive. As I have said, I don't know whether the fact that it was Shabbat has any implications re. this. It's really a shame as the hotel is pleasant and well-maintained otherwise. It's not something which would deter me from staying here again, and I would be happy to recommend the hotel, but just something to be aware of and prepare for!
A little tip for those who like to stay connected: Internet access in the rooms is intermittent and the connection poor. Charges are also relatively high. I suspect the hotel is aware of this as there is much promotion of the coffe shop which offers wifi. I'd advise you to take advantage of this!
David Intercontinental hotel at backround