Park Plaza Tel Aviv Hotel Review
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Israel is expensive and Tel Aviv especially so. The hotels along the beach consistently quote between $200 and $300 during regular weekdays. For my stays just before and after New Year's Eve in Israel, the Park Plaza, which is located directly at the beach, displayed rates of $250 a night. I decided to use Club Carlson points and given that I'm a Club Carlson Visa cardholder, I used 44,000 points for a two-night stay (the second night is free for award stays). I arrived at noon, early for my check-in, and my room was waiting for me. The front desk staff were cordial but certainly not overly friendly. No mention of my Gold status or any Club Carson affiliation. In fact I don't think I got more than 3 sentences from the front desk staff. The hotel gives free breakfast (which turned out to be amazing) to Gold members. There is an Executive Lounge which I would have had access to, but I only learned about the lounge and the ability to access it as a Gold member at check-out. Oh well. The rooms are small, though - think Japanese small. The bathrooms work well but are both tiny and old. This certainly doesn't feel luxurious.
The free 20Mbit WiFi was very fast and worked all the time during my stay. The hotel provides free beach cruisers for a stroll along the beach. It was just too windy during my stay though, so I wasn't able to make use of that. The breakfast was awesome with lots of fresh and healthy options like salad and fruit. There was good coffee, freshly-squeezed orange juice and lots of pastry and bread options. The quality was decent - this was no Park Hyatt breakfast, but it's as good as you can expect from a hotel.
The hotel is separated from the beach by just by one (noisy) road and you can walk all the way to the old town of Jaffa. In sum, this isn't a great hotel but the competition isn't exactly much better. I stayed at the Sheraton Tel Aviv last year and it was a very similar experience with good food, great lounge staff but otherwise indifferent staff and tiny rooms. It's a good option to redeem your points for two nights - I can't complain of a value of more than 1 cent for Club Carlson points. Book the Park Plaza Tel Aviv here. If you like this post - subscribe via email or follow us on Twitter.