Staying with Family at the Vital Hotel Tel Aviv

 

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Tel Aviv is one of Israel’s major cities, sitting along the Mediterranean coastline. Families traveling through Israel have many hotel options when staying in one of the country’s most famous cities. We stayed at the Vital Hotel during one of our visits to Tel Aviv. The hotel is unusual as it shares a building with medical and office suites, and it doesn’t look like any other hotel we’ve seen during our travels. However, the Vital Hotel is still a valid option for some families planning a visit to Tel Aviv.

Staying with Family at the Vital Hotel Tel Aviv room

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The Vital Hotel on 14 Weizman Street is a small and unique boutique hotel in the commercial center of the city. The hotel is in a safe area close to the beach, Weizman Mall, Rabin Square, and several restaurants, galleries, and museums. It is a budget-friendly establishment that caters to families, business and leisure guests, as well as patients from the Ichilov Hospital which specializes in medical tourism.

Families will appreciate the large rooms with opening sofas that can easily accommodate a party of five. The only “issue” is that the hotel doesn’t have the atmosphere of a normal hotel, which some might find lacking, especially since they do not have specific services at all hours.

Our Welcome

We called ahead to request our usual accommodations of a feather-free quiet room. The room was ready by the time we got there, and the staff even left us a  complimentary bottle of wine.

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Hotel Decor

This hotel was clean, modern, and stylish. The decor included parquet flooring throughout and solid, dark wood furnishings. Using hues of creams and browns with accents of black and white, it was functional and pleasing to the eye with views of Tel Aviv skyline. However, it lacked curb appeal and looked more like an office building than a hotel from the outside. Inside, the hotel felt incredibly disjointed, with seemingly no planning to the rooms on each of the floors.

Our Room

We stayed in room 512. The room was quiet and well-lit with clean, no-frills décor in a generous and functional size.
The rooms colors were simple browns, whites, and creams. The flooring was wood, a great feature for those with allergies. It pretty much looked like an average apartment.

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Our closet had basic shelving and a safe to store valuables. The hotel provided us with slippers, which is a nice personal touch in a budget friendly hotel.

Our room had a king sized bed with a nightstand. We were pleasantly surprised to find a full-sized pullout sleeper sofa that could accommodate two additional people. There were ample power sockets, ideal for families with numerous handheld devices. The hotel strives to be eco-friendly, and we found several energy-saving gadgets. We enjoyed complimentary cable TV and WiFi.

The room also had a nice desk next to the TV which was hung on the wall. Under the desk, we found the mini fridge full of purchasable snacks and drinks.

Staying with Family at the Vital Hotel Tel Aviv bed

Our Bathroom

The bathroom was also a good size with no frills. It was almost entirely white tiled, with a small pot of red flowers on the gray countertop.
We had a basic shower with a glass door enclosure. We did appreciate the fact the room had practical amenities like a handheld shower attachment and a non-slip floor surface. However, there was no grab bar.

There was ample place for toiletries and cosmetics on the vanity sink countertop, and the property provided a nice amenity kit.

Staying with Family at the Vital Hotel Tel Aviv kit

Business Lounge

We enjoyed their small business lounge, which had modest offerings and was open between 11 AM and 10 PM. Apart from being convenient for printing and Internet access, they also provided a few refreshments, snacks, and a light dinner.

Dining

The dining room served a typical but modest Israeli breakfast buffet. There was a selection of hot and cold vegetable dishes and salads, a variety of yellow and white cheeses, hot and cold cereals, boiled or scrambled eggs, a smoked and pickled fish selection, bread, and pastries, fresh fruit and liquid refreshments in the form of fruit juices, coffees or teas.

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The hotel did offer room service for those who couldn’t or didn’t want to leave their rooms.

Amenities

Guests at the Vital Hotel can enjoy free access to the nearby mall’s health club. The on-site fitness center is equipped with both conventional and advanced fitness machines. Those flying in can use the hotel’s airport transfer service.

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We found that the Vital staff made an effort to make our stay memorable. They showed us personalized attention and did their best to attend to the guests personally. When we arrived, they asked if we were hungry and they went out of their way to provide something for us to eat and drink. We asked for chamomile tea in the room. Not only did they send four tea bags, but they also gave us crackers and a bottle of water. They were very attentive.

Cost

Pricing starts at $180 per night and includes free WiFi in all rooms and public areas.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • It is important to communicate your child’s individual needs with the hotel staff.
  • If you have a child who is noise-sensitive, do ask for a quiet room.
  • One of the many benefits of having parquet flooring is that it cuts down on allergies, but if your child is feather-sensitive for example, it is critical that you explain this to the hotel so that they can provide feather-free pillows and linen.
  • For those with asthma and other allergies, make sure that you inform the staff not to spray cans of air freshener or bug spray in the room for 48 hours before your arrival. Unfortunately, we had a bad experience with their air freshener and ended up getting sick,
  • The hotel takes safety seriously which is good, but there is no grab bar in the bathroom, so you need to make sure you are there to help your child at all times.
  • If your child is temperature-sensitive, there is a/c in the room which can be adjusted.
  • If your child is light-sensitive, there are double curtains to block out the early-morning sun.

 

 

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families

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Located at 99 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv, travelers will find the beautiful Dan Hotel. This hotel’s multicolored painted front facing the Mediterranean offers magnificent ocean views while the other side shows off the magnificent cityscapes of the White City.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families building

When it opened in 1953, The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Israel and paved the way for the Israeli hospitality industry. Its proximity to the beach, restaurants, museums, art galleries, boutiques, the open-air Carmel market to the north, the unique neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, and the ancient port city of Jaffa to the south makes the Dan Hotel a prime location for all.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families lobby

 

What Makes it Family Worthy?

There are 280 rooms available as well as 41 luxury suites, 84 Executive Sea View rooms, one Royal Suite and one Presidential Suite. Therefore, the hotel is perfect for serving an extensive range of guests. While staying, we saw everyone from vacationing families to business travelers.

The Dan Tel Aviv is part of a small fourteen property chain in Israel that prides itself on luxury and family friendliness. The location of the hotel itself is a central part of Tel Aviv, allowing families to get to the attractions and landmarks easily. The hotel is also right across from the beach.

Families will appreciate the size of the rooms as well as the well-planned layout. Moreover, the chain a prides itself on having an on-site Kids Club called DanyLand.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families beach

Our Welcome

We did let the front desk staff know of our special needs for a feather-free quiet room a week before arrival.
The hotel surprised us by giving us a room on the first floor, facing the street, which we thought would be noisy. However, after staying there, during the Tel Aviv marathon, we can say that we didn’t hear a thing1  The hotel had dual pane windows and fantastic insulation making our room unbelievably quiet.

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Hotel Decor

The colors on the exterior of this flagship building change hues according to the movements of the sun. The interior décor portrays pure elegance and class with its creams and blacks with gold accents. This theme is continued with statues and artwork throughout the establishment.

Our Room

The room had beautiful wooden paneling and lots of lighting. Soothing muted tones of whites and creams decorated the room, and the area was well designed and comfortable. Housekeeping left our room well kept, sticking to the high standards that gave the Dan Hotel its stellar reputation.

Our room was divided into two sections, a rather large sitting/dining area and sleeping area.
The sitting area was roomy, and the artwork on the walls stood out against the painted walls and the thick, plush carpet. They provided armchairs, an opening sofa, a table, television desk and chair which were all very practical and functional. There was even a phone on the desk for guests’ convenience.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families bed

The sleeping area had a King-sized bed and yet another flat-screened TV. The two TVs allowed those in the sitting area to watch something different from those in the bedroom. Another practical touch was that each nightstand has its own phone as well as light controls. For lighting , fixtures ,the room boasted over twenty recesfixtures,as well as standing lamps and nightlights next to the beds.

Our bedroom had a giant closet with full-length mirrors. The closet had four sections of shelving with double hanging space, many hangers, and a room safe placed at eye-level.

Housekeeping and room service were at our disposal. There was a handy feature at the door which allowed us to communicate with the staff through the electronic “Do not disturb” and “Please make up the room” buttons.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families tub

Our Bathroom

The bathroom had tan marble flooring and granite countertops. It was one of the largest bathrooms we’ve seen throughout our hotel stays. A door divided the bathroom into two sections, perfect for several family members needing to use the facilities at the same time.A door separated a tub-sink-bidet area and a sink-toilet area. The tub had an overhead shower as well as a handheld showerhead. There were grab bars in the bath, and it had an anti-slip surface. The hotel provided a lovely amenity kit, towels, bathrobes, and slippers.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families food

Our Breakfast

We enjoyed our breakfast in the Yam Breakfast Hall. The vast dining area was two interlinking halls with elegant décor in black and creams and a magnificent view of the Mediterranean promenade.The drink station of the buffet had cider, freshly squeezed fruit, and vegetable juices as well as mineral water, luxury teas and coffees.

The food buffet was a feast for the eyes. We enjoyed a selection of white cheeses like ricotta, different fat percentage cream cheeses, cottage, aged, French cheeses, goat’s milk cheeses, mozzarella and Bulgarian. There were stuffed grape leaves, a huge variety of fish in different preparation styles: pickled, smoked and marinated like sardines, smoked salmon, herring, and Ikra which is a fish-egg spread.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families buffet

There were capers, grains, dressings, freshly cut up vegetables in brilliant reds, greens and oranges as well as leaves, mushrooms and seed sprouts in the ‘make your own salad’ area.

The ‘sweet’ station was a favorite of ours, filled with croissants and other baked delicacies; orange and chocolate cakes, cut up fresh and whole fruits, and an assortment of the Sesame Halva.
For those with particular dietary needs, there was even a sugar-free section alongside yogurts, cereals, granolas and muesli.

The bread station had a good selection of sliced and whole loaves in an assortment of flours and grains as well as crackers, tapenades, spreads, jams.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families dish

Shabbat Dinner

We had the opportunity to experience the Dan Hotel’s spectacular Shabbat Dinner which followed a moving and special ceremony. The amount of time and effort that went into the preparation of this meal by the staff was noteworthy.

We started at the soup station with its excellent vegetable and meat soups followed by the salad station in which each salad was more appealing than the next. The colors and flavors were a sight to behold.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families meat

The staff prepared the meats so well, and there was something for every taste whether it was chicken, rack of lamb, beef, tongue or vegetarian dishes. There was a whole table of bread slices with sesame and poppy seed challahs, the traditional bread served on this special day of the week. There was a range of appetizers and side dishes including couscous, rice, pasta, potatoes, Gefilte fish, relishes, olives and cold cuts.

The buffet staff went the extra mile by providing a Kids station that served chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and kid-appropriate sides.
Last but not least was the dessert station with individual bowls that served a variety of jellies, crème brûlées and other pastries and baked goods. Travelers who are not planning to stay in the hotel but wish to sample the dinner can still do so by booking their spot in advance with the front desk.

Executive Lounge

We got to enjoy the Executive Lounge during our stay. This hotel’s lounge was a large, elegant, and upscale room facing the Mediterranean Sea. It was open throughout the day and offered guests many appetizers, snacks, and drinks.

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Dining

The Dan Hotel offers two main restaurants – the Hayarkon 99 and the D-Restaurant.The Hayarkon 99 is the hotel’s flagship restaurant. Here, guests could dine on foods made with local ingredients in a comfortable atmosphere.We enjoyed  a fish entree with a glass of local wine for dinner.The D-Restaurant famous for its kosher dairy products also boasted  lovely views of the beach.

Amenities

The hotel had the option of both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a gym which is for the use of the guests. There was a spa but both guests and non-residents needed to pay for this service.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families dessert

The Dan Hotel Kids Club

The Dan Hotel chain has a signature entertainment club for children of all ages called Danyland. It is available during the summer months and various holidays and it is a really beneficial amenity that is ideal for parents who need a safe place for their children to play and be cared for. Over the age of three, children do not require parental supervision to participate in the Danyland program. They cater to youth of all ages with soft play facilities and play-stations and great murals for artwork on the walls.

Cost

Pricing starts at $300 and includes free WiFi in all the rooms, lobby, and public areas.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Welcomes Families bread

Autism Travel Tips:

  • All facilities are wheelchair accessible.
  • For those who are noise-sensitive, the rooms have excellent sound insulation.
  • For those who are heat-sensitive, the room air-conditioning can be controlled by the guests.
  • In the same vein, the vents for the air-conditioning are well placed, so they do not blow directly on the beds.
  • For those who are sensitive to light, there is a double curtain which keeps out the morning sun.
  • There is a great safety feature in all of the rooms. To open the windows, one has to follow very specific instructions. Therefore, children cannot open the windows, so there is no danger of them falling.
  • The hotel does offer loaner tablets for guests who wish to borrow them.

 

 

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv

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Ideally situated within walking distance of the Mediterranean beach at 12 Kaufman Street, Tel Aviv, the David Intercontinental Tel Aviv is hands down one of our favorite places to stay. It is close to museums and cafes, restaurants, galleries, open-air markets, bars and clubs, designer boutiques as well as the ancient port city of Jaffa and the ever so quaint Neve Tzedek which reminds people of Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv mosque

 

What Makes it Family Worthy?

This hotel attracts tourists and locals alike, for those coming to the city for business or a getaway. During the months of August and the week of Passover, the hotel caters especially to children with their very own Kids Club. The establishment also provides babysitting services.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv spa

Families will also enjoy the hotel’s proximity to shopping areas, attractions, the Carmel market, and the old city Jaffa. Finally, the hotel is literally across the street from the beach, which is always a plus for kids.

Our Welcome

We always call ahead to request a feather-free quiet room. Since this was not our first time staying at this hotel the room, we asked whether the room could be ready early in the morning. After our 30 hour flight, we greatly appreciated we could check-in early and take a much-needed nap.

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Hotel Decor

Apart from the natural views, the hotel is very tastefully designed with modern tones and classic lines and beautiful wooden furnishings. The lobby is spacious and done in light colors of natural stone. Huge windows throughout the lobby let in natural light and offer a welcoming seating area for guests.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv bed

Our Room

Our room on the 18th floor was luxurious and comfortable. The room featured subdued colors of creams, light browns, and reds with brown striped carpet flooring.The closet had great hanging space and deep drawers with a large safe that could fit a laptop. We especially liked the fact most things in the closet were at eye level.

We had a king sized bed in the room. Along with the many lamps around the room, we had tiny nightlights attached to each side of the headboard, which we thought was a nice touch. Across from the bed, we saw a 40 inch sized TV and a surcharge mini bar with a selection of cold beverages. However, the cooler fridge under the TV that held the mini bar was computerized to register anyone lifting items out of it. Once a guest raised the drink out of its place, the cost would be charged to their bill.

For travelers needing to work during their stay,  the room had a large working desk with an ergonomic chair next to a relaxing sitting area.  Though the room had adequate electric sockets, we felt more were needed for larger families.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv bath

Our Bathroom

The brightly lit bathroom featured creams and whites. The countertop was a copper color, and quite large. Over the countertop, we found a hairdryer and magnifying mirror.

The bathroom featured a combination shower/tub with a hand-held showerhead and a grab bar which made it safer to use. The tub/shower had a short side panel glass door that we found didn’t pose much of a risk to smaller kids. There was also a retractable clothes line useful to hang wet swimsuits.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv bath

The property provided a comprehensive amenities kit which included shampoo, conditioner, sewing kit, other toiletries and slippers, all great reminders of the service that this chain provided for its guests.

Our Breakfast

Served in Jaffa Court, our Breakfast Buffet was a feast for the eyes. It was ample, prepared with only the freshest ingredients and guests could choose from fruits and vegetables, muffins and cereals, white and yellow cheeses and spreads like tapenades that went well with a varied assortment of bread.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv salads

Guests could build their salad from the salad bar, let the chef help them make their own omelet, or enjoy traditional Shakshuka – eggs poached in a spicy tomato dish. There were even lasagnas for those who wanted something more filling for breakfast.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv fruit

There were packaged puddings and jellies for children, chilled champagne for adults as well as cheesecakes, pancakes, and other sweet pastries.

Another excellent example of the attention to detail – we saw miso soup and congee catering to those who have a hankering for the Asian cuisine.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv plate

Executive Lounge

On the 24th floor of this establishment was their luxurious Executive Lounge. It had a spectacular view over the Mediterranean Sea and the greater Tel Aviv coastal area. The executive lounge was open most of the day, and they had a lot to offer.

The breakfast menu was a smaller version of the hotel’s extensive Buffet Breakfast with white cheeses, shakshuka, freshly prepared vegetables beautifully presented in Armenian pottery dishes. They also have an extensive selection of coffees.

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The lounge’s Happy Hour was also elaborate with multiple appetizers, hot dishes, and desserts, along with a fantastic selection of alcoholic drinks, sodas, and juices. Equipped with one of the best-trained staff in the city,t the service was impeccable.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv drinks

Dining

We had breakfast in the Jaffa Court as mentioned above, which was a lovely experience. The hotel also offers two other family-friendly onsite eateries. Aubergine was the hotel’s signature restaurant, where they served kosher gourmet cuisine.

 

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv snack

The Atrium Lobby Lounge was a small place overlooking the Mediterranean where guests could grab light meals while socializing.

 

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv eggs

Amenities

The 5-star rating for this hotel was quite well earned with its outdoor pool and bar, its fitness center on the 2nd floor , and the wellness spa where guests could get a variety of treatments.

Family Stay at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv gym

Cost

Pricing started at $270 a night and included free access to the gym.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Be aware that as it is an older hotel, the heating or A/C is set according to the season. Travelers won’t be able to adjust the settings differently.
  • The outdoor pool does not have lifeguards on duty, so parents should be sure to watch their kids.
  • They do have quiet rooms. Ask for top floor, because the hotel is situated on a busy street.
  • Bring own bath mat/nightlight.
  • Elevators can get busy, so parents to noise sensitive kids should ask for a room away from elevators

 

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel

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Centrally located at 145 Hayarkon street, the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel is the perfect place to make a home away from home. The hotel is comfortable, and the personnel was welcoming, friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic stay!Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel beach

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv is located along what we call Hotel Row, as guests can find hotels all along the beach strip. The hotel is built on the Mediterranean beach, next to Tel Aviv Marina. Guests can go boating, fishing, windsurfing, or play volleyball close to the hotel. The hotel is also centrally located, within walking distance of the many markets, museums, retail outlets, and coffee shops of Tel Aviv. Travelers are only a ten-minute drive away from main shopping streets, Dizengoff and Nahalat Benyamin. Finally, the hotel is not far from the ancient port city of Jaffa.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel sky

This hotel is ideal for businessmen , locals and tourists alike. They have a strict policy of not allowing anyone under 18 to walk around without adult supervision. This fact is ideal for the gym, indoor and outdoor pools and other public areas in the building.

Hotel Decor

The furnishings and trimmings in the hotel were tasteful and modern, complementing the natural focus of the design to the natural surroundings of the sun, sand, and sea. With a combination of fresh flowers and foliage, there was attention to detail in the public areas as well as the rooms – each of which boasted a sea view.

A fun little feature we liked was that each elevator had a theme and digital screen. As the elevator moves, guests could watch themselves going up and down either an aquarium scene or the solar system.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel juice

Our Room

The hotel upgraded us to a spacious Executive Suite in room 1309, situated close to the exit which we prefer in the event of an emergency.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel fridge

The decor in the room was simple and modern, much like the rest of the hotel. Our room had tan carpeting and cream walls with lots of dark brown and black furnishings.

We had a large comfortable king sized bed. There were plenty of night lights providing adequate lighting on the side tables that also featured deep drawers.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel bed

Over the window, we had a double curtain so we could block out the bright early morning light if we wanted to sleep in later. The view of the Mediterranean beach from the windows and the small balcony was stunning!

Our room featured a sizable black office desk with an Apple computer provided, which would come in handy for those who don’t have their own laptops. There were ample power outlets throughout the room for charging gadgets. An unexpected bonus we found was the fact that the safe, which was large enough to store a laptop, had its own power outlet!

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel lamp

The closet felt as big as a whole room, with deep shelving and drawers, a luggage rack, mirror, hanging space, and even an ironing board. We saw complimentary drinking water and mints in the room as well as a surcharge mini-bar fridge with snacks and chocolates. Everything in the room was well thought out, and all needs were taken into consideration.

Our Bathroom

Much like the rest of the room, the bathroom featured modern, basic furnishings. Our bathroom had white and soft green walls with a white topped black counter. The counter had a lot of space and came equipped with a useful magnifying mirror, hairdryer, a Dead Sea mineral gift set as well as a disposable sewing kit, makeup remover, and shower cap.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel sink

We liked that the shower had both an overhead showerhead as well as a hand-held attachment.We were happy to see an extendable and retractable cord for hanging up damp towels or swimming gear – helpful and lacking in other hotels. The water pressure was strong which was remarkable for being so high up in the building.

The Breakfast Buffet

The buffet breakfast was elaborate and a highlight of the day. We had our breakfast in the dining room with a stunning view of the beachfront.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel fish

In the breakfast buffet, we saw fridges full of different yogurts and drinks. There was also a selection of hot and cold cereals near the fridges.

We found pancakes, pizza, and other warmed pastries at the chef station. However, the omelets made to order station proved the most popular.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel dishes

As diners move through the buffet, they will find cheese-stuffed pastries called bourekas. We also saw cheesecakes, kugel dishes, and traditional shakshuka, which were eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce.

Guests could build their own salad with a variety of roasted or raw vegetables and dressings. There was also an assortment of white and yellow cheeses, both local and international, including a yogurt-based cheese called labneh.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel plate

For those who like fish, along with salmon and herring there was even sushi!

Diners with a sweet tooth could enjoy the dessert table, where there are cut up fresh fruits as well as dried fruits, jellies, halva, marble cakes, muffins and even sugar-free cake options.Guests could enjoy a selection of fresh fruit juices, teas or coffees. There was even a traditional rosewater dessert drink called Sahlab, which means orchid in Hebrew and Arabic.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel sushi

All of these great foods could be eaten with a huge selection of bread, pastries, croissants and rolls, crackers and rice cakes.

Shabbat Lunch Buffet

The Saturday afternoon meal was beautifully prepared before sunset on Friday evening and served in the main dining room overlooking the Mediterranean.

The Saturday meals were different than other days of the week because, to maintain the kosher laws, everything had to be prepared before the Shabbat began and kept either cold or hot, with no further cooking done at all.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel bowl

The menu was full, and the options were endless. We enjoyed roasted vegetables, rice, bulgur wheat, chicken dishes, and even huevos haminados or long-boiled eggs. We tried the Hamin, a traditional peasant stew cooked for many hours, and were not disappointed.

The desserts were all non-dairy to maintain the kosher element of the meal. There was no way anybody could leave this buffet hungry or dissatisfied!

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel buffet

Amenities

One of the things we particularly liked was the fact the hotel had an excellent 24-hour laundry service. Another unique amenity this hotel offered was their free shuttle running every two hours to and from the Azrieli Shopping Mall and sister property The Crowne Plaza City Center.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel pool

The hotel had an onsite fitness center featuring essential equipment like a stair-stepper and stationary bike. Families who like swimming could enjoy either the indoor or outdoor pool, and the outdoor pool was heated.

Executive Lounge

While we stayed, we got to check out their Executive Lounge. We were not disappointed with all that the lounge had to offer.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel lounge

The hotel kept this lounge open early morning until late evening. They had plentiful offerings for the morning buffet and their happy hour as well as excellent snacks during the midday. We got to enjoy little dessert delights like macaroons as well as coffee from a turn of the century holder.Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel bar

Of course, this was yet another part of the hotel showcasing beautiful views of the beach, although the view felt much more personal and relaxing than in the dining hall. The staff at the Executive Lounge was incredibly helpful and friendly, especially towards our son with autism.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel treat

Cost

Pricing starts at $180 and includes free wifi as well as access to the amenities mentioned above. Self-parking on-site is $20 daily.

Family Fun at the Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach Hotel sunset

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents should remember that this is a mostly business hotel and the rooms reflect this fact.
  • Parents of escape artist children will want to take the necessary precautions. They can make use of the double lock for the room and balcony, or ask housekeeping to remove the handle on the balcony door.
  • Families should bring their own bathmats for the tub.
  • Extra beds are not available in the rooms, as this is more of a business hotel than a family hotel.
  • The staff was autism friendly and understanding, so parents can always ask the staff for any questions they have or anything they require.

 

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv

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Exquisitely situated 150 feet from the Mediterranean at 205 Hayarkon St. Independence Park, the Hilton Tel Aviv is in a prime spot to take advantage of everything Tel Aviv has to offer including beaches, museums, restaurants, cafes, and designer clothing boutiques. Guests can enjoy a short drive to the ancient port city of Jaffa with its ruins and reconstructions and the Carmel Shuk – the well-known cultural treat of an open-air market.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv steel

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The Hilton Tel Aviv caters to everyone from tourists to travelers and families, even offering babysitting services. However, what is most impressive is how they go out of their way to welcome guests who have special needs.
Families will feel welcome at this establishment, especially since the hotel is centrally located, right next to the iconic Tel Aviv beachfront and not far from the eateries in the old port of Tel Aviv.

Our Welcome

We called ahead for a feather-free quiet room, which was ready upon our arrival. We were warmly welcomed and upgraded to a larger room as Hilton Gold members, which we appreciated.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv sky

Hotel Decor

The architecture and design made use of the natural light. Together with the modern interior, the decor gave this “grand dame of Tel Aviv” a luxurious feel. In all the areas of the hotel, the clean lines, and vibrant colors contributed to the well-earned five-star feeling.

The public areas were decorated in stone and marble of light tans and dark browns with splashes of color, giving the spaces an opulent, luxurious feel.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv hall

Our Room

We stayed in room 745. The room was well lit and beautifully decorated in hues of whites, creams, browns, and yellows. We saw the colorful art on the walls and square brown carpeting. The lighting in the room included several side lamps, adjustable reading lamps on the headboard, and a section of lighting above the bed.

The door had three locks for excellent security. For further security, as we always do, we checked the emergency exit map on the back of the door.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv bed

We had ample storage space in the closet and broad chest of drawers as well as a safe. The safe ,neatly tucked in the desk drawer ,was large and could easily store a laptop.

To the left of the entrance hall, we found the mini bar. Below the mini bar was a refrigerator with sodas, snacks, and alcohol.

Our room had a modern king-sized bed. Near the bed was the sitting area with a chair and sofa, which we liked as it contributed to the relaxed atmosphere. We loved the in-room glass desk with an ergonomic chair and access to lots of outlets.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv desk

We enjoyed a lovely view of the old port of Tel Aviv from the balcony. In keeping with this hotel’s attention to detail and special needs, we did see a disclaimer on the balcony requesting parents watch their children at all times.

From the complimentary bottled water in the bar area to the fresh roses in the bathroom, this hotel set a very high bar when it comes to service!

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv seating

Our Bathroom

The bathroom had beautifully crafted light tan stone tiles and lovely mosaics to complement its Jacuzzi tub. Dark browns complimenting the white floors continued the decor throughout the bathroom.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv sink

We saw a shower head attachment and grab bar in the tub and separate shower, which we appreciated. With a hairdryer, magnifying mirror, bathroom scale and toiletries provided, there was no lack of anything and this room was a pleasure to stay in.Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv kit

Executive Lounge

The executive lounge at this property was moderately sized and overlooked  the old port of Jaffa. The lounge was open most of the day, offering ample breakfast choices and happy hour appetizers as well as snacks during the day.

Our Breakfast

We enjoyed breakfast at the Cafe Med. This airy dining room served this sumptuous buffet with magnificent views of the hotel pool and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Cafe featured multiple stations .We saw loaves of bread, pastries, hot and cold cereals, a build-your-own salad bar complete with seeds and nuts and a choice of dressings; and a dairy station with flavored butter, yogurts, international cheeses and local yellow and white cheeses which were a favorite!

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv treat

The fish station had mackerel and herring in smoked, pickled and brined form, as well as salmon and even sardines.

At the cooked food station one could find Shakshuka, a traditional dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce. At the same location, guests could get prepared eggs, steamed and roasted vegetables, quiches, latkes which are the Jewish equivalent of hash browns, pancakes and an order-a-waffle stand with all the toppings that typically go with fresh waffles!

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv food

There was a dessert station with an assortment of cakes, fresh fruit and even fresh honey dripping from the comb, which our son with autism thought to be very cool! Also, there was a large selection of liquid beverages both hot and cold.

Completing the ample selection there was a station with various  liquid beverages to choose from; both hot and cold.

Shabbat Dinner

It was an honor to spend the weekend at the Hilton Tel Aviv and experience a traditional Shabbat dinner. This meal was an enjoyable cultural experience. During the event, we watched guests observing the first lighting of the candles. We also heard praying and singing from the in-house synagogue. Then we moved on to the lavish meal prepared  before sundown in keeping with the kosher laws of Judaism.

The Friday night feast was served buffet style, but extra care was taken to make the dining area feel ultra special. The meal of the week was the American equivalent of a traditional Sunday lunch where the best of the best was served.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv buffet

The hot meals included poultry and beef in a variety of sauces as well as vegetarian and vegan options. There were vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes and side dishes. Not to be outdone, the cold meats and their accompaniments, as well as all the salad options, were beautifully presented and tasty. The desserts ranged from individual parfaits, tartlets, fruit bars and cobblers to fresh fruit salad and whole fruit. We were grateful to have had this opportunity.

Not to be outdone, the cold meats and their accompaniments, as well as all the salad options, were beautifully presented and tasty. The desserts ranged from individual parfaits, tartlets, fruit bars and cobblers to fresh fruit salad and whole fruit. We were grateful to have had this opportunity to share with our sons and help them understand Jewish customs.

Amenities

There was a fully equipped gym available to guests who want to work out while they vacation. Also, this establishment boasted a saltwater pool along with a regular pool, one of their unique amenities. Visitors shouldn’t miss the spa where they can have treatments that suit their budget.

Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv chair

Cost

Room prices start at $400 a night and include free WiFi in the room and public areas. Hilton Honors points can be used to stay at this hotel. Both self and valet parking on-site are $15 a day.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • For those who are light sensitive, the rooms have a double curtain for keeping out the light.
  • For those who are temperature sensitive, the Hilton Hotel is one of the very few hotels that have both A/C and heating options available at the same time
  • The room did come with a balcony, so it is pertinent to ask the hotel if they can lock it or bring a portable alarm.
  • Parents should consider paacking a bathmat and nightlight.
  • Service animals are allowed at this hotel, but pets are not.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto

 

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto (1) pinOne of the highlights for families when visiting Japan is exploring the ancient city of Kyoto. Famous for its iconic Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and royal palaces, the city is a must-see for those interested in history and architecture. Furthermore, the city is well known for its traditional houses on stilts, specialized dining, and the geisha female entertainers. For families wishing to explore the city, the  Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel is an excellent option.

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What Makes it Family Worthy?

This five-star hotel with its luxurious 499 rooms is located at 1 Higashiyama-Ku Awada Chika-cho. Perched up a small hill its somewhat secluded location provides a peaceful refuge for travelers while still relatively close to the city’s subway system.The property runs a complimentary shuttle service to the downtown section of Kyoto for visitors who need it.
Also, the hotel is only a ten-minute walk from the Nanzen-Ji Buddist temple dating all the way back to the 13th century.

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Fellow Travelers

Though the venue primarily caters to business travelers, it does an excellent job catering to couples and families as well.

Hotel Decor

The hotel’s public areas were decorated in neutral hues with light wooden furnishing giving its lobby and dining halls a classic ‘Old World’ vibe. Plush and ample seating, as well as various spots to work on laptops, helped create a welcoming feel for all travelers.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto bus

Our Suite

We received a complimentary upgrade to a two bedroom suite, which was greatly appreciated.
The views overlooked the nearby gardens, decorated in the Zen style an iconic Japanese tradition. The spacious quarters decorated in muted greens and grays had a full living room area with a velvet plush sofa, two armchairs, two tables along with a flat-screen television. Furthermore, it boasted a separate station with tea and coffee supplies and clean glasses provided.
We thought that the video doorbell at the entrance to the suite was a great safety feature.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto dining

Our bedroom, the parents’ room, boasted a large king sized bed with two nightstands on each side and a modest sitting area with a desk and chair for furnishings. Furthermore, it had a dresser with large drawers with a TV set on top and a separate closet.

Our sons’ room featured two single beds with accompanying nightstands bolted to the wall. This feature was apparently because of all the earthquakes in Japan. Just like in our room, they had a velour lounge chair, a work desk, and a flat-screen TV sitting atop a large chest of drawers.
The only difference between the two rooms was that our sitting area had two live plants as is typical of most Japanese hotel rooms.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto TV

Complimentary kimonos, pajamas, slippers, and bathrobes were provided in each room.

Another important feature of the suite was that each of the room had a separate thermostat prominently displayed on the wall. This feature allowed us to adjust the temperature to suit our tastes and needs.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto bed

Our Bathroom

The suite featured two separate marble tiled bathrooms, one for our sons and one for us parents.

Our bathroom was slightly bigger than our kids’. It included a tan speckled granite countertop vanity, a full tub, and a separate enclosed shower with a handheld showerhead. The room also had a Japanese-style plug-in commode separated by a glass door.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto tub

Our kids’ bathroom had a similar set up with the granite countertop, tub, and separate Japanese-style toilet, as well as a similar shower enclosure.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto plant

Both bathrooms offered top of the line Bulgari amenity kits that included soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. Besides the main amenity kit, the also hotel provided a box that contained some much-needed travel essentials, from toothbrushes and combs to shaving razors. We appreciated the metal baskets in each of the bathrooms where we could place wet towels instead of leaving them lying on the floor.

Executive Lounge

We found the executive lounge in this hotel somewhat lacking.
The actual room was on the small side and had little seating available, which made it quite unpleasant to relax after a day of touring. Moreover, it seemed that the staff only allowed a strict number of appetizers to be sampled each visit, a restriction we had never experienced before.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto sauce

 

Our Breakfast

While disappointed by the executive lounge, we did find comfort in the lavish daily breakfast buffet, which we considered an excellent value.

A wide variety of fruits, juices, cereals, yogurt, and meats were available. Travelers could help themselves to scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables, or even fish stew from the buffet. Numerous condiments were provided for buffet goers to enhance the various entrees.

We saw separate stations set up for rice, soup, homemade tofu, and dim sum. A basic salad bar was likewise available, and guests could choose from several different dressings. There also was a superb selection of meats, bread, some cheeses,  cakes and various types of jams to accompany them.

Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto food

The only thing that we found uncomfortable was the fact that the breakfast buffet was hugely popular and often too crowded the days we were visiting.

Amenities

The hotel had a full spa and skin care salon available as well as an indoor and outdoor pool. For the active travelers, there was an outdoor tennis court to practice their swings.
Guests seeking a quieter past time could walk the picturesque 40-minute walking the trail and explore its wild bird sanctuary or find tranquility in the hotel’s three Japanese style gardens.Experience Japanese Hospitality at the Westin Miyako Kyoto tree

Families with little kids will be excited to discover that the hotel provided a small separate room close to the lobby with a play area for the younger kids to enjoy.

The free WiFi available throughout the entire facility was reliable and fast.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • We found the Japanese gardens, as well as the walking trail,  perfect to help kids with autism relax during their stay.
  • Both rooms had tubs with safety bars so that disabled persons will have no trouble entering or exiting the bath.
  • Due to the large size of the suite with multiple doors, parents to kids with autism that wander off should bring stick on alarms to alert them if the main door to the suite is opened.
  • Parents of children with autism that suffer from pica should inform the front desk and request the live plants be taken out for the duration of the stay.
  • Parents should pack night lights to help everybody navigate the room in the dark.
  • It is advisable to bring bath mats for the shower area to prevent kids from slipping.
  • Parents should explain to their children the plug-in Japanese toilets, so they won’t unnecessarily press buttons and break them.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong

 

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When visiting China, families might want to explore Hong Kong, since it is such a unique destination. When we visited the island, we opted to stay at the luxurious JW Marriott Hong Kong because of its quiet location and proximity to public transportation.

 

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The JW Marriott in Hong Kong is located in an upscale high-rise building at  One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway. This hotel has 602 rooms, including connecting rooms, and is situated just above the Admiralty subway station.

Teenagers traveling with their families would enjoy the freedom of hanging out in the posh mall on the lower levels, while their parents would be relieved that their children don’t even have to leave the premises to do so.
Furthermore, with its proximity to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center as well as the Hong Kong Park this hotel caters to both business travelers and families.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong sky

Hotel Decor

The Marriott Hong Kong boasted mostly neutral and dark colored furnishings, with splashes of color strategically placed throughout the lobby. Many of the public areas featured elegant and elaborate Chinese themed decorations like silk paintings and jade carvings as well as area rugs and koi fish in bowls. And of course, the open hotel design gave guests every opportunity it could to show off the fantastic views of the surrounding area.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong dishes

Our Welcome

As we normally do, we did call the hotel ahead of time to ask for a feather free quiet room. Upon our arrival after a very long haul flight, the staff surprised us by not only having the room ready early in the morning but by sending a welcome gift of sticky buns to our room for us to enjoy.
Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong bed

Our Room

We were assigned a top floor corner room with large 180-degree windows from which we could see the city skyline.
Our room had two comfortable double beds which felt more like American queen sized beds with some white sheets and two fluffy pillows each. Situated between the two beds was a nightstand with a wall lamp and phone. A  sitting area, work desk as well as a safe and mini fridge completed the furnishings.

What we loved about the hotel was in in-room technology that included gadgets which were some of the more elaborate ones we’ve seen in recent years. Not only did we see plenty of outlets to charge our electronics, but the room came with remote controlled window shades, and a doorbell with a do-not-disturb button, which came in handy for communicating with the staff. Our son was so fascinated with the bamboo scroll that displayed the TV channels that he asked the staff if he could take one home.

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Our Bathroom

Our luxurious bathroom, tiled in tan colored marble, had a separate shower with a glass enclosure and tub sectioned off from the toilet area, leading to overall greater privacy. Furthermore, it was well- stocked with an array of toiletries, such as nail files, Band-Aids, and bath salts along with the usual shampoos and soaps.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong pork leg

Amenities

The Marriott had a helpful concierge service and a tour desk that could assist travelers in arranging various activities in Hong Kong.
The property featured was a spa, an outdoor pool, and a state-of-the-art gym for guests to use. The provided Wi-Fi was free, fast and quite reliable.

Executive Lounge

This hotel had one of the best executive level lounges we’ve ever seen in the course of our travels. The tri-level venue had an extensive selection of reading the material available for travelers, and the gorgeous city views provided the perfect complement to dining.
Not only was the service outstanding, but a plethora of well-prepared dishes were served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong hall

For breakfast, we found food stations with stacked with salads, baked goods, cheese, and waffles. There were also cereals, yogurts, eggs, and smoked meats as well chicken porridge, fried noodles, and barbecue pork buns.
For Happy Hour, the various dishes and appetizers along with the drinks were so filling that we usually skipped going out for any additional meals.
We loved the fact that guests could choose from the two available seating areas, with the upper deck somewhat quieter than the lower level.

The Marriott Hong Kong lavish Sunday Brunch

We did get to enjoy the pricey hotel brunch while we stayed, and it was superb.
The brunch boasted a dedicated sushi station. Next to this station, we saw other seafood such as crab, lobster, tiger shrimp, and caviar.
There was a carving station with a ham under a heat lamp and sauces. Near this station was a salmon section with three types of salmon, lox, and trimmings.
We enjoyed the egg station with hardboiled eggs and Eggs Benedict. This station had a make your omelet section where guests could put caviar or ham in their eggs.
Travelers could make their salads with different toppings and dressings, or choose a pre-made salad such as potato or pasta.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong shrimp

Also, the buffet offered round, beehive shaped containers that held pork dumplings and buns and Peking duck with toppings like cucumber and onions. Near this area was a Foie Gras table where travelers could watch the chefs prepare the delicacy.
Other food items at this buffet included baked scallops, vegetarian soup, Indian curry, baked cheese Boston lobster, and lamb chops.
Topping this elaborate food fest was the dessert table with plenty of danishes, chocolates, beautiful cakes, and baked flan.
For drinks, patrons could pick from watermelon, mango, grapefruit, orange, guava, and strawberry juices or opt for wines and champagne.

Dining

Tasty meals could be had at the many onsite eateries.
The Fish Bar served up fresh, delicious seafood at reasonable prices while the Flint Grill & Bar offered steak and seafood. Authentic Cantonese dishes were on the menu at the Man Ho Restaurant.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong juice

The hotel had three bar areas which provided guests with a variety of drinks from which to choose. Coffee lovers might instead want to check out Dolce 88, which served delicious cups of many different coffees.

Service

By far, this hotel had the best service we have experienced.
Every time that we picked up the phone to ask anything of housekeeping, the staff would race to our door in five minutes or less. Furthermore, the staff worked diligently to ensure that our son with autism had his needs met and enjoyed his stay.
Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong chef

 

 

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The bathrooms have tubs with a safety grip on the side, making it easy for disabled persons to enter and exit the bath without slipping.
  • There is a separate shower with a hand-held showerhead, making baths less complicated for those who require assistance.
  • The hotel had built-in nightlights to help navigate the room in the dark.
  • The staff showed great autism awareness and was instrumental in making our son with autism very comfortable during our stay.Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong stick

 

 

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo

The Family Friendly

 

Any family wanting to explore Japan and expose their children to Japanese culture will want to visit Tokyo. When staying over in the city, travelers have some quality options. We decided to stay at the  Westin Tokyo, and we were pleased with our decision.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo GATE

What Makes it Family Worthy?

Travelers can find the Westin at 1-4-1 Mita Street in the Meguro-Ku area of Tokyo. Though the location may not be in the more popular and touristy areas of the city, its main advantage is the peaceful neighborhood it is in along with the fact it has a giant mall and Ebisu subway station nearby.

Families will appreciate the location of this hotel, about 30 minutes away from the local airport as well as the city center. This five-star hotel contains approximately 438 rooms, with 20 suites.

Fellow Travelers

This hotel caters to business travelers as well as couples and families on vacation.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo LOBBY

Decor

The lobby, decorated in opulent dark blues, reds, and hues of brown and black had an understated elegance. From the massive marble pillars to the shiny floors and the plush seating, the luxurious feel of the hotel was evident. These colors complimented the neutral tones throughout the building.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo PIANO

Our Room

Our rooms 1616 and 1617 on the 16th floor had lovely city views.The boys’ room had two twin beds, each with an adequate number of pillows, and a nightstand between them. A cabinet containing complimentary kimonos and a sizable flat screened television faced the beds. There was also a well-equipped vanity area in their room, as well as small sitting area with two armchairs and a table. In addition, the room’s furnishings included a work desk with all the usual paraphernalia.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo BED

The well-lit, large closet in the boys’ room had an excellent array of amenities including a clothes brush, iron, and an ironing board. Plentiful tea and coffee making supplies were provided in the room as well. There was a mini fridge for guests to use, which we found very convenient for holding leftovers and other edibles. In one of the drawers beside the mini fridge, we found drinks and snacks available for purchase. Directly below that particular drawer was the in-room safe, a feature which always comes in handy for storing valuables.

The room that we, the parents, stayed in had similar furnishing but a much larger sitting area, as well as a king-sized bed. Our room also featured a tea and coffee making area with ample amounts of counter space.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo CHAIR

The Bathrooms

Both suites had bathrooms with black granite counter-tops and white porcelain sinks. The bathrooms both had separate tub and shower units, each with raised sides so that the bathwater didn’t splash out and cause the floors to become slippery. In both bathrooms, there were water glasses, fresh towels, and all the usual toiletry supplies such as soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Additional useful items, including toothbrushes and makeup sponges, could be found in the kits that were provided in each bathroom. Extra bath supplies were provided in the tub and shower areas, so travelers won’t find themselves hopping out of the tub and soaking the floors while they hunt around for the toiletry items. An excellent privacy feature in both bathrooms was the frosted glass shower door that obscured bathers from view.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo SINK

Our master bathroom somewhat differed from the boy’s bathroom. The tub and shower area in our room was paneled in black marble, adding a touch of elegance. Our bathroom also contained a linen basket for wet towels, which we thought was a very good idea.

The kids’ bathtub had a shelf behind it to hold extra towels and their toilet area was sectioned off from where the bathtub was, lending extra privacy to those who needed it.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo CHEESE

Our Breakfast

The breakfast area was a beautiful room decorated with red carpeting and white chairs around set tables. We noted an outside area where travelers could eat if they desired.

The breakfast buffet had the typical American fare of scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage, with a pancake and build your own omelet station. In the pancake station, guests could top their pancakes with chocolate and banana sauces. There were several options for vegetarians and vegans, including tofu and a salad buffet.

There was a section dedicated to Japanese foods, which included rice, wontons, boiled fish paste, smoked salmon and soybeans. Visitors looking for drinks could choose from fresh grapefruit or orange juice.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo PLANT

Dining

The hotel featured several onsite restaurants. Diners had the option of selecting from French, Chinese, and Japanese cuisines without leaving the building, or even their rooms with the Westin’s 24-hour room service.

Those dining at the Compass Rose on the 22nd floor could experience stunning city views with dark wood decor. There, diners could enjoy live jazz with a nice alcoholic beverage and even a Cuban cigar. Guests who ordered a cocktail could watch the unique method the bartenders employed for spinning ice in a glass.

Also on the 22nd floor, travelers could enjoy the Teppanyaki grill of the Yebisu. Diners could watch their meal be prepared right in front of them. The Yebisu offered three private rooms that could seat up to 10 people for a quieter dining experience.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo FLOWERS

The hotel’s Ryutenmon, a Cantonese restaurant, received a Michelin Star in the Michelin Tokyo 2010. This restaurant on the second floor boasted Chinese inspired decor. Parents should be aware that this restaurant had a smoking and nonsmoking sections in the restaurant as well as five private dining rooms. Noteworthy is the restaurant’s Shark Fin Soup which, though controversial, some travelers might like.

Also, the Westin had an onsite sushi restaurant, Mai, where guests could experience a Japanese Afternoon Tea with traditional tea cakes. Diners could sit next to each other at the sushi bar, or a family with up to four members could enjoy their meal on a private counter. The restaurant also offered a weekend Japanese Buffet.

Even all the way in Tokyo, visitors could enjoy authentic French dining at Victor’s. Executive Chef Toshio Numajiri, using local produce and meats, was able to create delicious French dishes such as bouillabaisse. While dining in the restaurant, patrons could enjoy fantastic views of the city in the main dining hall or the “Rococo” private room.

Travelers looking for a quick meal on the go could try out the Westin Deli, where they could get coffee, croissants, and even banana bread.
The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo APPETIZERS

Amenities

The hotel had a spa, a beauty salon, and concierge services available for guests. The reception desk was open at all hours as well. We had to purchase In-room wifi. However, public areas of the hotel had complimentary wifi.

Executive Lounge

The lounge featured elaborate decor with dark blue carpet and beautiful furniture. We loved the fantastic city views as we sipped our morning coffee in the lounge.An assortment of teas, coffees, and sodas were available throughout the day. In the morning, the lounge served breakfast for guests. During Happy Hour, the Lounge had a plethora of hot and cold appetizers as well as a variety of libations.

The Family Friendly Westin Tokyo SALMO

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The bathtubs at this hotel have safety handles, but bathmats are not provided, so travelers should plan accordingly.
  • There is a handheld head in the shower, which makes bathing easier for disabled persons.

 

Why the Sheraton Tel Aviv is Still Family Friendly

1-Why the Sheraton Tel Aviv is
The Sheraton Tel Aviv is a beachside hotel on 115 Hayarkon, Israel, right next to the beautiful Mediterranean sea. Other than its spectacular views, what is most significant about this hotel is that it is the first hotel in Israel to offer vegan-friendly food in all its restaurants. The Sheraton has a lot to offer for any guest staying in its luxurious rooms.
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What Makes it Family Worthy

The hotel is within short driving distance to the most popular attractions of Tel Aviv, including the Diaspora Museum, Luna Park, and the Ramat Aviv Mall. This hotel is a great location for any family wanting to explore the best parts of Tel Aviv. It is also, as previously mentioned, literally on the Mediterranean beachfront so that families can enjoy fun in the sun and lovely views.

Special Requests

 We called ahead and requested a feather-free quiet room. They gave us a room facing the Renaissance Hotel, which is in a quieter area of the hotel.
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Our Arrival

We arrived in the evening at 9 PM and were thrilled to discover that, after a 30-hour flight, the hotel catered to our every need and pampered us. They sent us additional towels, shampoos, and soaps, so we didn’t need to call housekeeping for any reason.

Lobby Décor

Those who enjoy 80s aesthetics will love this area. Some might find the decor to be a little outdated, but people are encouraged to be close together and do socialize which means a lot in this hotel. Travelers from France, the US, and Israel all kind of sit together and, due to the proximity of everything, socialize and get to know each other while waiting for different services.

Fellow Travelers

In the past, the Sheraton was more of a business type hotel. However, because of its beach location, its value has lessened since business travelers need to be on the fast highways. Nowadays, the Sheraton, like its neighbors, is more of a hotel that caters to families and tends to be, as such, more crowded during the Jewish holidays and the summer.

Our Room

We stayed in room 1314. We noted the wood floors, a welcome feature especially for those with allergies. The décor was mostly tan wallpaper and dark wood. The floor between the bathroom and the main room was slightly different in level, so there was some risk of tripping. There were two closets in the room, one with more hanging space, the other with more shelves. They gave us fluffy towels, bathrobes, and slippers as well as an ironing board, for which we were grateful.
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The room had a big safety deposit box, large enough for us to store a tablet and a 15-inch laptop. There was a coffee machine with Keurig pods on top of the dresser, which we use every morning. They closed the executive lounge early, but guests could instead indulge in purchasable drinks or chocolate in the room’s mini-fridge. The 40 inch TV near the dresser was attached to the wall and, unfortunately, immovable. Right under the TV was a bench where kids could sit or parents could leave luggage.
Our room had a comfortable king-sized bed and two nightstands with little drawers. There were night lights attached to the leather headboards. The air-conditioning was blowing slightly on our beds, and it would have been nice to see it elsewhere. However, there was a control panel for the AC right next to the bed, which we liked.
While most of the room had very nice lighting, there was a pitch dark area in the corner with the lounge chair. A standing lamp in this area would have been appreciated.
The room had a large desk with a lamp featuring three strength settings and several convenient outlets nearby. However, the chair was not comfortable to sit in for extended periods of time, and the lamp did not light up the entire desk.
Why the Sheraton Tel Aviv is Still Family Friendly toilet
Over the windows were both thick and sheer curtain. There was an opening balcony with a secure lock that took a lot of strength to open, so younger kids could not do this on their own. On the small balcony, guests could stand and take in a lovely view of the Mediterranean sea.

Our Bathroom

The bathroom was decorated in tones of silver, gold, and bronze. The first thing we noticed was the magnifying mirror, a very nice feature. The hotel gave us an amenity kit that included Dead Sea mineral products, with a shower cap, mouthwash, and shaving package. There was a slot with tissues just under the countertop, and we didn’t like the fact that one had to dig their hands into the groove to get tissues. The entire bathroom was nicely lit, with a light up mirror perfect for those needing to shave or apply makeup.
Why the Sheraton Tel Aviv is Still Family Friendly amenities
There was shiny rainbow tile all around the bathtub area. The shower had a grab bar, an overhead rain shower, and a handheld head. The shower was also above floor level to prevent flooding, although this fact can be dangerous for an older person who might be unaware of the step. The toilet had two options to flush depending on the type of waste as a means to conserve water.
We appreciated that the door could be locked, though wary that it was glass. The primary factor that we didn’t like was the fact there was a window facing out into the room. From the room itself, one could see people showering. While it’s understandable that this was planned to allow in natural light, many families want a certain amount of privacy while they shower. The hotel should at least provide a curtain to block the window when needed.
Why the Sheraton Tel Aviv is Still Family Friendly view

Restaurants

There are several dining options onsite for any family at any time of the day.
Visitors who want some Mediterranean cuisine can visit the Olive Leaf Restaurant. Those who want a nice meal with a beautiful view should try the Kum Kum Restaurant. There’s the convenient Deck 115 for poolside dining. And finally, for a la carte snacks and drinks, guests can go to the Lobby Lounge Bar.
When we were there, the hotel’s Olive Leaf Restaurant was hosting a Peruvian Festival celebrating Peruvian culinary traditions. The Restaurant served both traditional and contemporary authentic Peruvian dishes.
Why the Sheraton Tel Aviv is Still Family Friendly chef

Our Breakfast

The Kum Kum, where we had breakfast, featured fantastic views of the Mediterranean. Numerous windows showed off the view and allowed in natural light. The breakfast hall consisted of many different stations with all sorts of options.
In the cold section alone, travelers could get several different kinds of milk, including skim and soy. There was an entire selection of cheeses, such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and French cheese. We saw various dried fruits and cereals at all the stations. Included in the hall was a salad section with all the standard vegetables and dressing options as well as pickled olives, herrings, and salmon. The venue offered gluten free cookies, a nice touch.
In the warm station, visitors could find various porridges, oatmeal, and rice. We saw the typical American fare of potatoes, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, and a make your own omelet section. The venue also had Shakshuka, a Mediterranean dish of poached eggs in tomato sauce. True to its claim as the first restaurant to offer vegan options, there was an entire vegan section. This area included sweet potatoes, potatoes latkes, and eggplant.
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For sweeter choices, we saw pancakes with syrup, baked cheesecakes, chocolate croissants, homemade jams, spreadable chocolates, and even many different types of donuts. There was also a section for bread and yogurts.
Regarding drinks, the hall offered many choices. Guests could start their day with a cup of coffee from an authentic turn of the century holder. They could drink a refreshing orange juice, grape juice, apple juice or pomegranate juice. Those who love tea would find plenty of options here. And breakfast goers could even start the day with a nice glass of champagne.
From going through this breakfast hall, its becomes pretty clear that the Israeli breakfast is all about delicious white cheeses and fried donuts.

Executive Lounge

The hotel’s executive lounge is truly one of its selling points, as it offers quality food as well as engaging ambiance overlooking the Mediterranean. The lounge has plenty of seating space and offers an ample breakfast and happy hour buffet as well as snacks throughout the day with a plethora of snacks and beverages. Best part is the friendly and efficient staff running the lounge.

Pool

The hotel features a pool with a separate toddler’s splash pool. Guests can dine at the poolside restaurant bar, Deck 115. The pool area also has free wifi, a welcome feature for many families.
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Gym

For patrons who want to stay fit while they travel, there is an onsite gym open 24 hours per day. The gym includes standard equipment, such as treadmills, bikes, and other machines, as well as a TV.

Spa

Guests looking to relax should come to the Cielo Spa. Here, patrons can get a massage, facial, and mani/pedis. They can also indulge in hammam treatments, a dry sauna, hair removal, and Dead Sea treatments.

Cost

Rooms start at $290 and include free wifi throughout the hotel as well as access to the spa and fitness center. There is 24-hour parking costing about $17 for the night

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The hotel supplies plenty of amenities for those with disabilities, including an accessible check in desk with special sound devices, evacuation chairs, accessible pool chairs, and parking.
  • Families who need certain accessibility features, such as an emergency bathroom button, special shower chairs, or roll in showers should request these when booking the room.
  • The hotel allows pets up to 25 kg. Pets are given a welcome pack, including a Sheraton dog bed. Those who have problems with pet dander should let the hotel know during booking.

 

Beachside Relaxation at Marriott Rio De Janeiro

Beachside Relaxation

 

 

Last month, while visiting the beautiful Brazillian capital of Rio, we stayed at the JW Marriott Rio De Janeiro. The five-star property, located at 2600 Avenida Atlântica in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, contains approximately 245 rooms and suites and faces the famous Copa beach front.

We chose to stay at this hotel for both safety and location reasons. After hearing stories of security challenges in the Brazillian capital, we wanted to make sure that we stayed in an upscale spot that was filled with tourists and well guarded by the police. Moreover, since this was our first time and we had heard about Copa beach, we wanted to experience it firsthand by staying nearby.

Beachside Relaxation at the JW Marriott Copacabana sunset

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The hotel is close to several shopping areas and a fifteen-minute drive to major shopping malls in Rio, as well as various eateries along Avenida Atlantica. This establishment is a short walk away from the famous Copacabana Beach, and a private section of the beach is reserved for Marriott guests. The local subway station is likewise only a few blocks from the building.

Fellow Travelers

This hotel mainly hosts vacationers, solo couples, and families that wish to be close to the beach and enjoy the waterfront.

Beachside Relaxation at the JW Marriott Copacabana chair

Décor

The spotlessly clean public areas of this building had darkly hued neutral colors enhanced by elegant touches of metallic colors. Patterned chairs and carpets in other sections of the hotel gave the building additional “old world” pizazz.

Welcome

Because of the safety concerns, I had called the front desk and asked for a hotel limo to pick us up at the airport. Somehow, the order was lost. After realizing the mishap, we ended up booking a cab straight from the airport when we arrived at night, which sped on the freeway like a bat out of hell. It got so bad that we were all praying to get to the hotel in one piece since the driver did not pay attention to our pleas to slow down. When we finally arrived, the personal was apologetic and checked us in as soon as they could. The hotel also sent us a small welcome dessert plate as an apology, which we thought was a nice touch.

Beachside Relaxation at the Marriott Rio De Janeiro drink

Room

We stayed in connecting rooms on the 16th floor, 1620 and 1618. Both rooms had excellent views overlooking the beach area.

The cozy rooms contained fluffy pillows and comfortable bedding. The furnishings in both rooms were similar, with the only significant difference being that one had two double beds and the other featured a king sized bed.

The nightstands in each room held an alarm clock, a phone, and some complimentary bottled waters. There were also lamps over the beds with several electrical outlets near the nightstands that were excellent places to recharge both our phones and our I-pods. We were grateful that, as Marriott Gold members, we were provided free wifi.

Beachside Relaxation at the Marriott Rio De Janeiro bed

One of the main perks of staying at this particular Marriott was the copious amount of storage space provided for us. Both our rooms had well-lit, wooden paneled closets that contained irons, hangers, and bathrobes for our use. A large cabinet that also housed the in-room safe was provided to hold even more of our personal belongings. There was a small foldable luggage rack in the room as well, but we had plenty of places to put our gear and didn’t even need to use it.

The rooms had a desk area with a large chair and well as a small sitting area with a lovely armchair and footrest. Hotel guests should also take note of the coffee making supplies and large LCD televisions provided in the rooms.

Bathroom

The bathroom was fairly standard for the Marriott and contained the usual amenities of soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotions. The room’s walls were in hues of brown with speckled granite tile floor that matched the sink and countertop. There was a combination shower/bathtub with a curtain and a grab bar.

Beachside Relaxation at the Marriott Rio De Janeiro bathroom

Amenities

The hotel has a 24-hour reception desk. It also is home to an especially detail oriented concierge service that has won several international awards. However, we commend the professional staff at the Marriott Rio for their stellar service and the way they accommodated our son with autism.

Patrons who tire of going to the beach may want to check out the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool instead, or book treatments at the luxurious onsite spa. Those trying to stay fit will be happy to know that the hotel has a gym overlooking the nearby beach so those exercising can do some “people watching” while on the various machines.

Beachside Relaxation at the Marriott Rio De Janeiro sink

Should hunger strike, travelers can dine at one of the two onsite restaurants for some delicious snacks or Italian grub.

Executive Lounge

The executive lounge at this particular Marriott is fabulous. From the incredible breakfast spread that it offered with colorful fresh cut up fruit to the elaborate happy hour, we never went hungry. The Happy Hour had so many different appetizers and complimentary drinks to choose from that we never made it to a sit-down dinner in the city.

On the day we stopped by, the lounge staff was serving a vast assortment of finger foods and sandwiches. Those with heartier appetites had the option of enjoying spicy chicken soup or stew and rice. A large tray of bread served to round out the repast.

Beachside Relaxation at the Marriott Rio De Janeiro food

The executive lounge also provided to go breakfasts and snacks, which is an unusual feature for these lounges. We loved the fact that even if we took an early morning tour, the lounge supplied us with a boxed breakfast to go.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The room bathtub has grab bars, but bath mats are not provided so travelers should pack their own.
  • The rooms have thick drapes that do a good job blocking out the light. Therefore, light sensitive individuals should not worry about getting plenty of sleep.
  • The hotel is not pet-friendly, so allergy sufferers need not worry about pet dander in the rooms.
  • Although it has incredible views of the Copa beach, the room windows are small and do not open.
  • There is no lifeguard at the pool. Because of this, visitors need to be watchful if their kid can’t swim.
  • If your kid is an escape artist, ask for a room that doesn’t face the atrium since it can be dangerous if they lean over.

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