The landmark Azrieli Center at 136 Menachem Begin Street Tel Aviv, apart from being an amazing architectural feat in its own right; houses a multi-floored shopping mall and the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center Hotel. Being next to the Ayalon highway with easy access to trains, cabs, buses and the airport, not to mention the museums, clothing boutiques, restaurants and night-life; the central location of this hotel makes it very convenient. Not to be missed is the observation deck on the main tower that gives guests a panoramic view of the city.There is even a shuttle every hour to the hotel’s nearby sister branch at the Mediterranean – The Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach.
For those traveling abroad and locally for business as well as holiday makers, this hotel is a great getaway. There are travelers from all walks of life and from all over the world, highlighting the cosmopolitan feel of Tel Aviv. It is a great hotel for families too, being so close to the mall which has a movie house and other activities for kids, it is perfect for all ages!
Combining cleanliness, convenience and comfort with up-to-date amenities, the interior design makes very good use of both artificial and natural light giving this hotel a modern and vibrant look. With leather and wood finishes, everything from the lobby to the rooms to the bathrooms inside the rooms is designed to compliment the architecture of the geometric trio of buildings that the hotel is part of.
The Superior room – My spacious room on the 18th floor had a great view and even though this hotel is in a very busy area of the city with main throughways and traffic intersections, it was lovely and quiet. The king-sized bed was really comfortable and there was extra seating at the base of the bed which was a nice touch. I got an upgrade to a Junior Suite room one floor up, and this too was extremely comfortable, quiet and spacious. There was a king-sized bed there too, as well as a fold-out sofa – perfect for a family stay. The closets in both rooms were very spacious and I love that a light switches on inside when the closet door is opened. The safes inside the closets are more than adequate in size and even have a power socket inside them which is a great touch. The power sockets in both rooms were more than adequate which is wonderful if you have a few family members who have more than one hand-held device needing charging at one time. I really like the electric panel with two buttons that say “do not disturb” and “please make up the room”; a different take on the card that used to be hung on the outside of the hotel room door. The bathrooms in both rooms were large and with lots of counter space; the one in the Junior suite was larger and with even more surface area which was great. The bathrooms were clean and bright with plenty of overhead lighting. There were bathtubs with handheld shower attachments, and showers in each bathroom with non-slip surfaces in the showers and grab-bars in the tubs which is nice to see. They provide great amenity kits and there are ample mirrors and even a bathroom scale.
With a very spectacular view over the city of Tel Aviv, the buffet breakfast is especially elaborate with a large assortment of tasty and artfully presented foods. From the unusual Asian station with its steamed rice, noodles and soup to the exotic caviar which you can have with an accompanying Mimosa cocktail, there is a plethora of choice in between. Find delicious cakes, croissants, pastries, breads and rolls at one station; eggs boiled, scrambled, and fried with an option of getting the chef to make you a personalized omelet at another. They have Shakshuka; an egg poached in either a spicy tomato or creamy spinach sauce individually prepared. Don’t miss out on the pancakes or mushroom, potato or cheese stuffed bourekas. Of course they have the brightly colored fruits – fresh and dried, and the compotes in large jars, which is a very effective and decorative way to serve. At another station they have a lovely selection of fish; salmon mousse, pickled and smoked herring and mackerel as well as tuna. This goes very well with the fresh salads – Italian, Greek and Israeli to mention a few, and then yellow and white cheeses which come in different percentages of fat and flavors. Cereals, jams, yogurts and halva are also available if you can possibly fit more in.
Pool, Gym and Spa
In the Azrieli Center there is a Holmes Place fitness club and guests of the Crowne Plaza City Center can use their facilities for free. They include an indoor heated pool, spa rooms, saunas, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped gym.
I got upgraded to a Junior Suite room which gave me access to the Business lounge. I was so impressed with the service and the beautiful presentation of the meals. I loved how the colorful macarons, chocolates, truffles, Turkish delight, pastries and more were served from beautiful wooden boxes. Chocolate éclairs and profiteroles even with sugar-free options, gourmet salads and exquisitely prepared savory and sweet dishes in abundance; again so artfully and tastefully presented and with a beautiful view over the city.
Tips for autistic travelers
What’s great about this newer and modern hotel is that it has the option of A/C and heating regardless of the season. In the older hotels one is normally stuck with one or the other so if your child is temperature sensitive, this is the hotel to choose.
Even though it is overlooking a busy highway the windows are sound proofed and even the noisy sensitive kids can sleep soundly.
There’s a mini theme park with a rock climbing wall for kids located between the towers for the over energetic kids..