Staying with Kids at Barcelona’s Le Meridien

Staying with Kids at Barcelona's Le Meridien pin

One of our favorite places to stay while visiting Barcelona, Spain is the Le Meridian hotel. This five-star establishment, located at 111 La Rambla in the heart of Barcelona, contains 231 rooms and is centrally situated in the city.The hotel is a short walking distance from the Barri-Gotic old town, as well as the Picasso museum.

Staying with Kids at the Le Meridien Barcelona beach

What Makes the Le Meridien Family Worthy?

As stated before, the hotel is within walking distance of the Liceo Opera, and the epic Cathedral Sagrada Familia. It is also within 30 minutes of the beach. A wide variety of shops and eateries as well as the city’s famous market are less than five minutes away. The property offers excellent connecting suites, which is an incredible bonus for families that are traveling together but wish to have some privacy during their hotel stay.The property offers excellent connecting mini-suites, which is a fantastic bonus for families that are traveling together but want to have some privacy during their hotel stay.

Décor

Although the hotel’s sleek décor is mostly comprised of dark hues, splashes of vibrant color and metallics are used as an accent throughout the public spaces and rooms. The boutique hotel lobby reminded us of an upscale Starbucks coffee house with modestly padded seating that felt quite uncomfortable within minutes of sitting down.

Staying with Kids at the Le Meridien Barcelona 450

 

Fellow Travelers

Since the property is on a tourist thoroughfare, most travelers are couples and families wishing to experience the vibrant atmosphere.

Suites

Rooms 447 and 450 in this hotel were the best connecting mini suites we’ve ever stayed in. Each of the carpeted rooms was connected via a narrow hallway that also had a separate door leading outside, which could be locked at night.

Staying with Kids at the Le Meridien Barcelona bed

 

The comfortable suites had a modern, minimalistic décor, yet the furniture included in the rooms was quite functional. The large beds were incredibly comfortable with fluffy pillows that weren’t too hard. Our king sized bedroom had a hip orange chair, a convenient place to relax in the evenings. By contrast, the twin bedroom had a desk where guests could work on projects or check social media. Both spaces had good shelving units and sizable closets for storing luggage and all the items we brought along. There were flat screen TVs and coffee makers that helped round out the furnishings. Also, not only were the rooms incredibly well lit, but they also had an adequate amount of outlets for charging electronics.

The Bathroom

Each room had its own bathroom, which was slightly different. The master came with a natural stone shower area, sink, and commode. The kids’ room came with a natural, dark gray-hued stone bathroom with a bathtub/shower combo with a top of the line shower head. Both showers had fixed rain showers overhead. The hotel provided complete amenity kits with nail files and shower caps as well as slippers and toiletries. Our kids loved the fact that each bathroom had a mini TV in it to watch while taking a bath or shower.

Staying with Kids at the Le Meridien Barcelona building

Hotel Amenities

Massages and aromatherapy treatments were available at the hotel’s spa. The Le Meridien also boasted a working gym, hot tub, Turkish steam bath, and sauna. Useful for everyone these days was the fact that complimentary Wi-Fi was available in all the hotel’s public areas and that the reception desk was open 24 hours a day.

Staying with Kids at the Le Meridien Barcelona food

Restaurants & Bars

The property has two main dining venues that serve local Spanish food. The Cent Onze restaurant offers spectacular views and fresh Mediterranean dishes, while the Longitude Bar 02º 10′ has fresh pastries and coffee. In the evening, the Longitude Bar has traditional Spanish tapas for the guests as well. The hotel has an international breakfast buffet every morning, which we were told was excellent. However, we have yet to try it since we always seem to get the early flights out of Barcelona that leave at 6 AM.

Service

While lounging in the lobby waiting for our room to be ready, we ordered coffees and hot chocolates. Our son with autism managed to spill his immediately on the floor. He started to cry since he knew that there were no free refills offered and he was looking forward to having that hot chocolate. One of the employees in the coffee shop immediately jumped to the rescue and made him another hot chocolate with plenty of whipped cream on top to keep him happy.

Housekeeping was impeccable, and the staff arrived within minutes of us picking up the phone and requesting additional towels.

Staying with Kids at Barcelona's Le Meridien market

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Since this is Europe, parents need to be aware that there are hotels with smoking rooms. However, non-smoking rooms are available, and all the public areas are smoke-free as well.
  • Those who are light sleepers might want to request a higher floor to keep any sound from the nearby pedestrian areas from disturbing their rest.
  • Noise sensitive individuals may additionally want to avoid booking rooms that face La Rambla Street. Guests should instead opt for quieter rooms in the back of the hotel with no view.
  • Some of the suites, like the one we stayed in, have handheld showerheads. These are useful for bathing young children or other individuals who require assistance.
  • Other rooms feature tubs with a safety bar on the side. Because of this, a disabled person can enter and exit the bath without slipping.
  • Both rooms we stayed in had glass closet and bathroom glass doors, which may be hazardous for younger kids.

 

Canadian Hospitality at the Pinnacle Hotel

Experiencing Canadian Hospitality at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver pin

If you ever want to visit Vancouver, Canada, there’s a lot of possible hotel options. If you’re looking for a hotel that offers a great location and beautiful views, then the Pinnacle Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Vancouver) is one place you should consider. The Pinnacle Hotel is a well-fitted hotel with many family friendly options.

The Pinnacle Hotel, a four-star property, is located at 1133 West Hastings Street in Vancouver. A member of the Marriott brand it features approximately 442 rooms. The hotel boasts beautiful views of the harbor along with conveniently located close to Vancouver’s landmarks.

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The building is situated about ten minutes away from the harbor area where there are some shops and restaurants. The hotel is in the same neighborhood as the Convention Center, but the Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park are also within driving distance.
At night, Vancouver’s business district grows quiet but remains well-lit and beautiful so walking back to the hotel is a pleasant experience and travelers are assured a peaceful night’s rest. The hotel offers free wifi and one child per family can stay in the hotel rooms free of charge. The hotel is also “pet-friendly,” meaning travelers are allowed to bring their pet for an extra fee.

Experiencing Canadian Hospitality at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver food

Arrival

At all the hotels we stay at, we ask for a quiet room and feather free pillows because of our son’ autism and allergies to feathers. We love the Marriott chain since it has always proven to be an autism-friendly company. The hotel staff respected our requests in this regard and put us in a  room at the end of the corridor to ensure a tranquil environment.
Upon our arrival, management sent up a little welcome gift which included pretzels, chips, and drinks.

Décor

The upstairs hallways outside our room were painted in bright hues, with equally eye-catching geometric patterns on the carpets. Most of the rooms, including ours, were decorated in warm, neutral tones with brightly colored accents.
The bathroom featured neutral colors, but it also had a strip of iridescent multicolored tile on the wall for embellishment. The black topped, wooden dresser and gleaming silver bathtub spigots helped round out the bathroom décor.

Experiencing Canadian Hospitality at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver bed

Rooms

We stayed in the impeccably clean room on the fourteenth floor, number 1435. The incredibly comfortable beds had plentiful pillows and silky sheets. We found the beds to be much bigger than the average double beds we are accustomed to.
The room additionally had a small sofa and a rollaway bed. Although the closets were standard size, there were nonetheless plenty of dressers and additional places to store our luggage. There was a nicely sized safe in the closet that could easily hold a 13″ laptop, which was a pleasant surprise for us as we travel with multiple devices. The room further contained a mini fridge, a work desk, and a large, flatscreen television.

As was the case with the closets, the bathroom was fairly standard but completely functional.The bathroom was small with the tub, toilet and sink all next to each other but included a grab bar and a bath mat! The decor was basic in beige tones accompanied by a few fun touches like the rainbow tiling on the bathtub wall.The amenity kit included shampoo, soap, and conditioner.

We did, in fact, see the magnificent views from the balcony windows overlooking the harbor area. We could see the nearby water and ships without obstruction, other than another hotel at some distance away, which didn’t affect the beautiful scenery.

Amenities

The hotel had an indoor pool, a gym, and an executive lounge area for guests. The breakfast served in the lounge was plentiful however guests could also order breakfast in the hotel restaurant if they wish.

The reception desk stayed open at all hours to better address the needs of those staying here.
.The friendly professional concierge staff at this location was well-versed in answering any questions about dining options and spots to entertain kids.

Dining

The hotel lobby featured the P2B, a fancy bistro, Hour menu and bar with dining options on the Vancouver waterfront. Here visitors can choose a  breakfast of smoked salmon on a bagel, eggs benedict, or blueberry pancakes. Other food items include crab cakes, prime rib dip, Atlantic lobster and BBQ baby back ribs. P2B haHour menu on weekdays from three to six pm which includes $5 food items like fish tacos. While their dishes were delicious, we discovered that P2B was on the pricier side.

Experiencing Canadian Hospitality at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver scene

Cost

Romm prices start at $250 a night. As mentioned before, patrons bringing their pets will have to pay an additional fee, usually around $25 for staying. 

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The bathroom tubs have safety grab bars, making it easier for disabled persons to get in and out of the tub without slipping. There is also a mat in the bottom of the bathtub to increase traction and keep people from falling when leaving the bath.
  • Be aware that, as a pet-friendly hotel, there is the possibility of having a neighbor with a pet. If this would be a problem for you due to allergies, let the staff know.
  • There are allergy-free accommodations available at this hotel so, if you need this service, don’t hesitate to ask!
  • The elevator areas are typically loud. Try to get a hotel room away from the elevators if someone in your party is sound sensitive.
  • Since there is a glass sliding door opening to the balcony, be advised they are easy to open. This fact can be a risk for children stepping outside and even leaning over the banister.
  • Bring your own nightlight since there is none provided.
  • There is a fixed shower head in the bathtub, so you can’t move it around to shower yourself or young family members.

 

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton

 

The Sheraton Buenos Aires Convention Center Hotel, featuring 740 rooms and 33 suites, is located at 1225/1275 San Martin Street in the Retiro neighborhood of  Buenos Aires, Argentina, a twenty-mile cab drive from EZE Buenos Aires’ international airport.
The hotel is part of a larger complex housing another luxury Starwood property ‘The Towerz’ and boasts three restaurants, a coffee shop, and a mini shopping mall.

Several blocks from Puerto Madero for easy access to cruise ships terminals, the Buquebus system, and the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, Calea Florida; the Sheraton Buenos Aires is a sound choice for visiting families.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton clock tower

Fellow Guests

Most of those making a stop here are couples or business travelers, but families and other groups traveling together are not unusual guests at this establishment.

The chain’s policy of offering one child per family free accommodations if they will be using the beds that are already in the rooms and suites is helpful for families traveling with small children that are looking for budget friendly options.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton lobby
Décor

The hotel’s spacious lobby with comfortable furnishings gives the property an airy uncrowded feel even when it is full to capacity.
Moreover, the marble columns and flooring, granite counters and dark colored wood furniture as the backdrop to neutral colored sofas, lounge chairs, and curtains throughout the public areas give the establishment an elegant, classy and inviting look.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton beds

Rooms

We stayed in rooms 1807 and 1809, which were standard connecting rooms with lovely harbor views. The queen sized bed in our room was comfortable and clean.The room, decorated in dark toned browns, also contained a work desk area, an enormous flat screen television, a sitting area, and a nightstand beside the bed.Our sons’ connecting room held two double sized beds, but otherwise had much the same furnishings as our bedroom.
A family of four probably could get by with booking a room like our sons’ that had two doubles sized beds, if folks don’t mind doubling up and sharing with young kids to cut on lodging costs.

Each room came with a closet area and small safe and small coffee maker. As SPG members, we were given free water bottles for the rooms daily,  free wifi and access to the executive lounge.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton rooms

The moderately sized bathrooms came with a commode, bidet, sink and tub shower combo separated by a curtain, which unfortunately didn’t prevent the floors from becoming slippery after taking a shower. Parents should remember to ask housekeeping for extra towels to keep the floor dry!

Our tan marble bathrooms come with the usual amenities that included shampoo, conditioner, soap and body lotion. The bathrooms were equipped with the quintessential hairdryer and a small mirror that was helpful to apply makeup or shave.

The hotel does provide complimentary robes for guests to use during their stay however unlike other places we’ve stayed in; the robes were in the room closet.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton kit

Facilities

The reception desk, open all hours of the day and night, made it a breeze to arrange an airport shuttle or car rental at even the oddest times.
Guests staying here should keep in mind that they are in a Spanish speaking country and, as a result, not all of the hotel staff is fluent in English. However, most of them were quite happy to assist us in any way they could after we explained how our son with autism could be accommodated.

The hotel also has a heated swimming pool indoors and an unheated one outdoors, allowing guests the option of using whichever one they prefer. This hotel additionally features a tennis court, a sauna, a spa, and a gym. All these facilities were quite clean though we didn’t get a chance to use them since it was raining on the days we stayed.

Those hoping to dine onsite will be glad to hear that they can choose from international fare at the El Ajibe Restaurant or Italian style entrees at the Cardinale Restaurant. Likewise, the hotel bar is a great stop for cocktails and other adult beverages. For more budget friendly options guests should venture outside and try the many restaurants and pubs in the immediate area.

Travelers will additionally be happy to learn that the Sheraton has an onsite currency exchange and ATM, so they can stock up on pesos before leaving the building.Alternatively, visitors can exchange money in the nearest bank branch (a five-minute walk) to get a better rate.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton breakfast

Executive lounge

The lounge, on the twenty-fourth floor, is a combo of three connecting rooms with views of the St Martin clock tower.
The breakfast offering included; fresh fruit, cut vegetables, an assortment of cold cuts and cheeses, freshly baked pastries along with the regular American staples of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage ham, and potatoes.
The lounge also offered a delightful spread for their ‘Happy Hour’ as well as scrumptious cakes, mousse cups and petit fours for their afternoon time which needless to say were our kids’ favorites.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton cakes

Service

The service we encountered could be described as patchy at best.
Originally I had called to ask the hotel for connecting quiet and feather free rooms to accommodate our son’s allergies. When we arrived at the hotel after two long haul flights; we had to wait for the housekeeping crew to strip the beds and change the linens because there were feather bedding items on the beds which took over an hour.
Another issue that wasn’t adequately addressed by the hotel management was the fact we encountered several maintenance problems during our stay when the room door locks showerhead, and bathroom towel rack fell off the walls on their own and barely missed hurting us, on three unrelated incidents.It took multiple calls to the front desk to get the items put back, but hotel officials extended no apology.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton view

Autism Travel Tips

  • If travelers need to book a cab from the airport, they should know that many of the cars are small and will not accommodate more than three passengers.
  • The bathtub in our both rooms didn’t have a safety bar on its side, so travelers that have mobility issues may want to ask and see if this feature is available in other rooms before making a reservation.
  • No anti slip mats were supplied, so travelers who are are accustomed to using one should make sure to pack one.
  • Like many other countries, Argentina has both smoking and nonsmoking rooms in hotels so if your kid suffers from asthma or allergies make sure to call the property directly and reiterate your needs.

 

 

The Buenos Aires Sheraton is conveniently located near the city's main shopping areas and the cruise terminals for easy access.

Family Stay at the Sheraton Montevideo,Uruguay

Located at in the Punta Carretas neighborhood in Montevideo, Uruguay, this hotel centrally located hotel boasts 207 guest rooms, nine one-bedroom suites, and aPresidential Suite.

What makes it Family Worthy?

The property is an excellent choice for families that need connecting rooms when traveling with several family members.

As with other hotels in the Sheraton chain, one child per family under the age of 12 can stay free of charge if they will be using beds that are already in the rooms. The Sheraton Montevideo is close to the city’s center, and a large mall that includes several fast food joints, a supermarket, and a drugstore, useful when traveling with kids.The Punta Carreras Mall also has a children play area and a movie theater in the case to entertain the kids.The local beach, less than five blocks away is family friendly with mild waves that even young children who can’t swim can negotiate.

Décor

Overall the décor veers toward neutral hues combined with darker accent pieces to enhance the property’s public spaces appearance.

Family Stay at the Sheraton Montevideo,Uruguay

Our Connecting Rooms

We stayed in Starwood Preferred Guest Rooms number 1817 and 1819 on the eighteenth floor. The rooms were identical in size and layout, but one had a king size bed while the other came with two double beds for our sons.Despite being located near the elevators, our rooms overlooking the Puente Carreras Mall ( a converted prison) remained peacefully quiet.
Both rooms had plenty of safety features. Our exterior door had an additional locking mechanism and the door that separated the connecting rooms came with a heavy duty lock.

The large closet in each room had plenty of hanging space and an in-room safe for storing electronic devices. Each room had a large flat screen television, a large chest of drawers, ample power sockets, and a work desk area. There were also two shelves that pulled out from the wall, which we used to store some of our suitcases and other luggage. The leather chairs placed beside the work desks were more comfortable than the usual wooden ones that are found in so many hotels.
The rooms boasted small sitting areas each compiled of a brown chaise with small, square pillow along with a footrest and a separate standing lamp.
Complimentary slippers, as well as phones and bed lights, were supplies in the nightstand areas.The temperature controls were also located on the wall and were quite easy to find.

We appreciated the fact that each room came its’ private doorbell and a do-not-disturb switch, which is an unusually helpful feature. This feature prevented housekeeping from unintentionally waking up guests in the early morning hours.

The Restrooms

The bathroom facilities in our connecting rooms were decorated in neutral tan marble colors with contrasting black countertops and silver embellishments and included a tub shower combo and a bidet.
The towel racks in both bathrooms were placed rather high up on the far end of the shower, so guests will want to exercise caution as it is easy to drop the entire pile in the still-damp bathtub.
The amenity kit on the sink countertop included the usual shampoos, soaps, and conditioners.
A small mirror was likewise provided so that shaving or applying makeup is made easier for travelers. The area below the sink contained a rack to put hand towels on, which was a nice touch.

Family Stay at the Sheraton Montevideo,Uruguay

Executive Level

The Executive Level on the twenty-third floor was on the small side with views of the city’s coastline.The executive level served a hot breakfast that included made to order sunnyside-up fried eggs (my son’s favorite) and omelets.The ‘Happy Hour’ between 5pm-7pm included an assortment of pastries, cheeses and cold cut with area wines and champagne.

It was disappointing to see the lounge wasn’t open between ten AM and five PM  at all, not even for water or sodas.

Amenities

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the hotel’s public areas along with free parking for travelers who arrive with their cars.For SPG Gold members, WiFi in the rooms is also free.

This Sheraton also has an indoor pool, two hot tubs, a beauty parlor and a state of the art gym for their guests to enjoy.’Las Carretas ‘ is the property’s restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet with international and local dishes worth trying.

The reception desk never closes, which makes it easy for those staying here to get any assistance they might require at all hours of day or night. Room service is similarly available around the clock. The hotel also has a concierge service so that guests can easily arrange for tours of the nearby area.

Autism Travel Tips

  • Parents need to be aware the windows on high floors open so guests that plan to stay with special needs kids should ask the front desk ahead of time about any possible locks they can provide.
  • Those staying here may want to bring along their skid-free shower mat if they need it, but the hotel tubs do have safety handles.
  • There are also double curtains in the room that help block out any ambient light from the surrounding areas so that travelers who are light sensitive can still get plenty of sleep.
  • Remember that this hotel, like many others in the South America, has rooms allocated for people who smoke.Non-smoking and feather -free rooms are available upon request, so make sure you reserve such accommodations in advance!
  • We found the staff quite helpful and autism friendly: especially Sebastian at the front desk who made sure our rooms were feather-free and quiet.

Isrotel’s Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv chairs

 

The  Royal Beach Hotel Tel Aviv is part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection of resorts, and it is not difficult to see why.
The address of this 23 story establishment, a block away from on the white sandy beach is Herbert Samuel Street, and the Royal Beach can proudly boast that all its rooms face the azure Mediterranean Sea. Central to all the tourist attractions, restaurants, museums, markets, galleries and business districts that Tel Aviv has to offer, this has been one of our favorite places to stay.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv drink

 

Décor

First impressions are everything and the introduction to this hotel spoke volumes.The lobby looked inviting and uniquely, vastly spacious with seating in the form of benches and chairs that could easily accommodate one hundred people or more.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv drink

We were welcomed by a staff member with a refreshing beverage infused with cinnamon and citrus.The hotel also had a bar that provides a good spot to meet friends or business acquaintances and a smaller whimsical area complete with a cello just for decoration.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv whimsy
Furnished in tan leather, gold, burgundy and an imaginative use of marble and wood; the lobby colors contrasted well with the black and metallic accents and the arrangements of orchid vases and light fixtures.

 

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv lamps
The property’s dramatically broad corridors with big black curtains between room doors gave the impression of curtain calls as one walked between the rooms and elevators, with each floor displaying a unique art piece by the mirrored elevators.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv curtains

The Room

Our room on the 12th floor was beautifully decorated in a minimalistic and elegant style. Hues of tans, light wood, and bronzes gave the room a very modern and open feel.
From the coffee maker and minibar to the more than adequate power sockets generously and practically situated near the bed, desk and 45 inch TV; it was clear that guests’ comfort and needs were a priority in this establishment. The maximum occupancy of this room was two persons, but the property does offer bigger rooms for families.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv bed

There was a big nightstand next to the comfortable bed, reading lamps as well as a very functional desk with a lamp making the room comfortably lit. Furthermore, The room boasted double sliding door curtains for both light and dark settings according to guest preference.s

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv side table

The hardwood floors rendered the room aesthetically pleasing and easier to keep clean; eliminating dust and dirt; all good news for allergy sufferers.
Neatly situated behind a texturized sliding door made from plexiglass was the room closet, while the safe was hidden in the shelving section of the wardrobe with additional storage space.

 

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv amenity kit

As guests opened the door to the room, the bathroom was located on the right with an original door set up separating the facilities from the room.

Large, bronze textured subway tiles and textured wallpaper line the room gave it an elegant urban feel. The well-appointed amenity kit and a top-of-the-line rainshower showerhead along with a handheld attachment completed the luxurious feel.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv mirrors
From the room, there was a door leading to a small balcony complete with outdoor furniture.
I would recommend that children be accompanied by an adult at all times since some might lean over the banister and be in danger.
As you might expect; the views were spectacular, and as Tel Aviv is known as the city that never sleeps, guests would enjoy looking at it both in the day and night time

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv sower heads

Executive Lounge

And speaking of views, the Executive lounge too, had a  splendid view of the Mediterranean and the ancient port city of Jaffa to the south. The food, as well as the décor in that room, was luxurious and my breakfast there was memorable.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv shore executive lounge

The morning spread included a variety of crudités, dried fruit, cut fresh fruit, white and yellow cheeses, fresh fruit juices presented in old fashioned bottles, smoked and pickled fish and jelly filled danishes.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv The Executive Lounge also had a Happy Hour that extended well into the evening and boasted a lavish display of appetizers, desserts including cheesecakes and malabi along with selected wine, beers, and hard liquor choices.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv tables

Dining

The dining room is enormous and luxurious decorated with artifacts in boxes which makes for a lovely touch.
Just like the other public spaces in the hotel, the dining hall is spacious and well lit, and since the kitchen is open visitors can watch the staff preparing the food.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv restaurant

Like most properties in Israel, this is a hotel with a kosher license, so this means that patrons can’t have meat and dairy products at the same meal.
Generally speaking, the morning meal is dairy and the evening meal meat. There are selections for everyone including for travelers who follow vegan and vegetarian diets.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv bar

Breakfast Buffet

The Breakfast Buffet was sumptuous and delicious.
The lavish display included pastries, dried fruits, juices, cut up fresh fruit, vibrantly colored salads, cereals, milk, yogurts, an assortment of nuts and a honeycomb which was not only decorative but also dripping with syrupy goodness.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv kitchen

 

The hot food station offered eggs prepared in different ways well as shakshuka which is a poached egg in a spicy tomato sauce.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv salads

The buffet also featured a variety of yellow and white cheeses and an assortment of smoked and pickled fish like herring, mackerel, and salmon. The bread baskets were overflowing with rolls, bagels, challah and pita.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv pastries

Pool, Spa, and Fitness

This hotel sports a unique outdoor partial covered shallow swimming pool with an enormous cement deck area, where guests can comfortably spend time admiring the Tel Aviv sunsets after their day trips.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv poolThere is also a full-service spa and a fully furnished gym available to paying guests with state-of-the-art equipment.

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv sunset

 

Autism Travel Tips

  • As mentioned before the room doors to open air balconies should be a concern for parents.If you are traveling with young kids or kids on the spectrum, contact the front desk to ask for help or bring your door lock
  • The property does not supply an anti-slip mat for bathrooms, so you need to bring your own.
  • Be aware that the executive lounge staff does enforce the age restriction rule, so kids under 18 aren’t allowed in.

 

Family Stay at Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel ,Tel Aviv view

Family Stay at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise

Almost three kilometer-long, Brussels’ Avenue Louise lined with department stores, galleries and fancy boutiques is adjacent to the posh Sofitel Brussels Le Louise Hotel where we had the privilege of staying last month.
The upscale property with 169 rooms including ten suites offers unique hospitality and a welcome reception from the beginning to the end of one’s stay.

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise chandalier

The Area

Conveniently, the hotel is central to most of the city’s landmarks as well as Brussels’ airport and Gare Midi (railroad and Eurostar station) that is three metro stops away. Brussels has so much to offer regarding what to do; whether you are on a romantic getaway, a business trip or vacation with your family.
Regardless of whether you want to visit the Royal Palace, the Unesco World Heritage Grand Place, the Atomium or explore the trendy Sablon neighborhood with its restaurants and outdoor cafes; you will not be bored.

 

 

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise sofa

Especially if you are traveling with children, one can’t go to Belgium and not have chocolate. Of course, everyone has their favorite brand, and the options are endless, but one of the popular destinations is Neuhaus that has a chocolate gallery close to the hotel.
During the summer months, hotel guests can participate or watch the T-Man Roller-Bike Parade on Friday afternoons when hundreds of cyclists, skateboarders, and rollerblade enthusiasts head for the streets escorted by local law enforcement.
Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise mirror

 

Hotel Décor

Entering from the street, one takes the escalators to the hotel’s lobby where the 3-dimensional textured ‘Lace look’ wall and glass jewel droplets of pale burgundy chandeliers highlight the reception area.

The eclectic mix of whimsical furniture and decorations in muted pinks, purples, browns, and silvers make guests feel like they have stepped through the looking glass into a modern version of Alice’s Wonderland. Visitors can easily picture the Cheshire cat perched on one of the overstuffed ottomans or a chaise lounge with its curlicues!

 

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise lounge
The unique and beautiful theme is carried throughout the public areas and can be seen in the meticulous selection of flooring, decorated walls, and even the ceilings.
In one of the corners of the hotel’s restaurant, there is a giant silver leatherette sofa facing smaller seats across the table. This would be the perfect spot to envision Alice having her “eat me” and “drink me” moments with light snacks, refreshments, and beverages from the bar.

As one continues down the ‘rabbit hole’ away from the lobby, there’s an outdoor courtyard terrace with sculpted plants, a globe fountain and an eclectic mix of chairs. With its shaded areas and cushy seating, it is a good place to enjoy one of the hotel’s specialty cocktails that come accompanied by specialty macarons

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Our Welcome

The timing of our visit couldn’t have been better because, on Fridays, guests are welcomed to the property with a champagne drink to start the weekend, and we were no exception.
For guests who do not wish to have champagne; citrus and herb-infused water carafes filled with refreshing and delicate flavors are available in the lobby on a daily basis. My favorite was lemon with fresh cardamom.

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise welcome

The Room

Our room decorated in hues of browns, grays and purples with white and tan accents was the perfect blend of quirky functionality and elegance.
The king sized platform bed with the white leather headboard, and Fornasetti cushions were very comfortable to sleep in. We found both the desk area and sitting area boasting a pod seat standing convenient spots to watch TV and work on my laptop.
Closet space was ample with hanging space, separate shelves and a built-in chest of drawers. The bar area featured a Nespresso machine with diverse coffee pods, a mini fridge and a safe that could easily hold several electronic devices.
Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise bed

Like several other modern properties, our room had multiple outlets as well as an extra one in the safe so guests could charge expensive devices while safely stored.

The bathroom with its fun peekaboo window had more of an elegant, minimalistic feel to it with tan-colored tile flooring and a glass-enclosed shower boasting both a rain showerhead and a handheld shower attachment.
The vanity and sink area had adequate space to put personal cosmetics and medicines we pack for travel. The Hermes ‘Eau d’orange Verte’ amenity kit provided a luxurious touch along with slippers and fluffy towels and plush bathrobes.

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise room

We liked the fact that even though the shower had no moving glass door, the bathroom floor did not flood like other hotel bathrooms we’ve stayed in.

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise bathroom
Special Touches

We were impressed with the finesse, little touches and special attention shown by the staff. A little peach-themed snack with jam and smoothie, along with an infomercial card telling us all about the fruit and how it was the favorite of Louis XIV was sent to the room upon our check-in. On the little platter there were also macarons; one pistachio and the other coffee – all extremely chic and delicious.
The next day when we left for the airport at four A.M, the front desk staff not only woke us up in a timely manner but also sent up an impromptu breakfast of a fruit salad, yogurt, macarons and a very necessary coffee.

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise jam

Amenities

The establishment’s elegant Crystal Lounge’ restaurant overlooking the boulevard serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a scrumptious brunch on Sundays.
Apart from the outdoor terrace fitted with assorted comfortable seating, guests can relax in the hotel’s library, right off the lobby area, read a magazine or use the hotel’s free Wi-Fi to go online.

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise bar

        What works for families

  • Central location
  • Close to attractions and public transportation like the metro and buses
  • Next to multiple malls with food venues and movie theaters
  • Free Wi-Fi that can occupy kids
  • Rooms have hand held shower heads that are useful in bathing younger kids
  • Attentive and accommodating staff

What might not work for families

  • Rooms can only accommodate two guests  and a child so you will need more than one room when traveling with several kids.
  • Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise corridor

    Autism travel tips

  • TMOM-Travel-DisclosureCall in advance to ask for a feather-free room if you need one.This hotel unlike some we have stayed totally understands disabilities and how to make patrons welcome.
  • If your kid is noise sensitive, you might want to request a room facing the back of the hotel. Away from the street, patio area and bar.
  • There are double curtains that block out the light that is great if your child has sensitivities to that.
  • The hotel can supply a rollaway bed upon request.
  • There is an adjustable air-conditioning system in the room, so if your child has sensitivity to heat, they won’t have a problem.
  • There is a handheld shower attachment that makes it easy for parents to help their child to shower.

Family Luxury Stay at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise garden

 

 

 

The Family -Friendly Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center

 

 

The landmark Azrieli Center at 136 Menachem Begin Street Tel Aviv, apart from being an incredible 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 nightlife; the central location of this hotel makes it very convenient.
Not to be missed is the observation deck of 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.
The Family -Friendly Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center views

Guests

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!

Décor

Combining cleanliness, convenience and comfort with up-to-date amenities, the interior design makes excellent 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 Family -Friendly Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center room

Room

We got to stay in two different rooms in the hotel, so we could compare which accommodations would work better for families with autism.
For our first night, we stayed in a Superior room on the 18th floor which was quite spacious and had an excellent view.The king-sized bed was comfortable, and there was extra seating at the base of the bed which was a nice touch.The property provided a rollaway for our son.
The following night we upgraded 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 we loved that a light switches on the inside when the closet door is opened to help see what is in the closet right away. The safes inside both closets were more than adequate in size and even had a power socket inside them which is a great touch.The power outlets 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.

We also appreciated 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 even more convenient for a family.The white tiled washrooms were clean, bright with plenty of overhead lighting.
The property ‘s attention to safety features was noted with handheld shower attachments in the tub areas and non-slip surfaces grab-bars for the glass-doored showers.The property provided great amenity kits and even a bathroom scale.The Family -Friendly Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center breakfast

Breakfast

With a very spectacular view over the city of Tel Aviv, the buffet breakfast was extraordinarily 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 guests can have with an accompanying Mimosa cocktail, there was a plethora of choices in between.Visitors can enjoy delicious cakes, croissants, pastries, bread and rolls at one station; eggs boiled, scrambled, and fried with an option of getting the chef to make visitors a personalized omelet at another. They also offered Shakshuka; an egg poached in either a spicy tomato or creamy spinach sauce individually prepared.And no one should miss out on the pancakes or mushroom, potato or cheese stuffed bourekas.

Of course, the buffet also sported brightly colored fruits – fresh and dried, and compotes in large jars, which was a very efficient and decorative way to serve. At another station they had a lovely selection of fish; salmon mousse pickled and smoked herring and mackerel as well as tuna.
All that went very well with the fresh salads – Italian, Greek and Israeli to mention a few and then yellow and white cheeses which came with different percentages of fat and flavors. Cereals, jams, yogurts and halva were also available if guests wanted to sample more.

Amenities

Guests of the Crowne Plaza City Center are allowed to use the Azrieli Center Holmes Place fitness club for free.The Club includes an indoor heated pool, spa rooms, saunas, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped gym.

The Family -Friendly Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center executive lounge

Executive Lounge

  • Being upgraded to a Junior Suite room gave us access to the executive lounge, which was a lovely add-on. We were impressed with the service and the beautiful presentation of the meals.
  • We all had our lounge favorites! I loved how the colorful macarons, chocolates, truffles, Turkish delight, pastries and more were served from beautiful wooden boxes for afternoon tea.
  • Our son loved the Happy Hour choices from the Chocolate éclairs and profiteroles even with sugar-free options to the gourmet salads  (yes, he starts his meals with desserts)  and exquisitely prepared savory dishes; all artfully presented and with a beautiful view over the city.

The Family -Friendly Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center happy hour

Autism Travel Tips

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 typically stuck with one or the other since it can be switched only centrally, 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 to play in.
Families that want to go to the beach can use a free shuttle the hotel provides on the hour or grab a cab for under $10.

 

 

 

Hotel Ambient Brasov,Romania

The Ambient, a family friendly property in Romania’s mountain area city of Brasov, is the perfect hotel to serve as a home base for travelers wishing to explore the Transylvania region.
This hotel is not only on a quiet street but also away from the busy center of town, unlike other properties located in the city’s center square.
However, it is within walking distance to the main attractions; the Black Church, Citadel, Rope Street and pedestrian area.

Our Stay at the Hotel Ambient Brasov,Romania view

We chose this hotel as it offered exclusive duplex rooms, unlike many other neighboring locales that do not accommodate more than two people in the room.
The hotel website didn’t describe the duplex room well, so I had to contact the hotel staff several times to clarify details and ask for a feather-free, quiet and no -smoking room.(In Romania visitors are still permitted to smoke in hotel rooms as well as public areas.)
When we arrived, the multilingual staff warmly welcomed us, and the check-in was efficient and quick.

Decor

The hotel décor is an interesting spin on a 70’s disco feel, mixed with ultra modern, almost futuristic vibe, and lavish use of dark reds and metallic.
The hotel’s public areas are on the small side so a bit disproportionate to the hotel size.

They include a bar, breakfast area and a busy restaurant along with the reception area. The hotel’s elevators, like all other public spaces, look funky and unique; made of metal and glass so guests can catch a glimpse of the city as they go to their room.

Our Stay at the Hotel Ambient Brasov,Romania room

Our Room  Duplex Suite

Our duplex suite in the main building was composed of two rooms; a living room area with a standing closet desk and TV on the bottom floor, and a bedroom with a queen bed and an opening sofa,(with a second television ) on the top floor, both more than adequately lit.

The room amenities we found were robes, slippers, safes and electric kettles. Separated by a carpeted staircase, both rooms were spotless, spacious and quite comfortable for a family of four.

Our Stay at the Hotel Ambient Brasov,Romania bathroom

The duplex boasted two bathrooms; one downstairs with a commode, sink and shower enclosure that was slightly elevated to prevent flooding, and the other upstairs with a large Jacuzzi jet tub with a hand-held shower head perfect to use after skiing in the wintertime.
Toiletry kits and towels were generously supplied, so for the first time in many years, we did not need to call the front desk and ask for extras.

There were plenty of areas that had outlets to plug in our devices, and the free Wi-Fi was reliable but only on the bottom floor.

Our Stay at the Hotel Ambient Brasov,Romania single

I had originally called and asked the hotel to arrange for a hypoallergenic, feather-free room but somehow the request fell through the cracks.
It was the perfect opportunity for me to observe the hotel’s housekeeping service first hand, and it was impressive.
Unlike in other hotels where housekeeping puts extra bedding on the floor, the maid politely requested that I remove my bag from a chair so she could place the additional sheets and blankets she had brought there.

Our Stay at the Hotel Ambient Brasov,Romania food

The hotel offers an ample breakfast with an assortment of cheeses including the Telemea (the Romanian version of Bulgarian white cheese,), scrumptious cold cuts, fresh-cut fruits, and vegetables included in the room charge. The breakfast buffet served in the restaurant also offers coffee, hot chocolate, and different juices. We found the Romanian home made  Zagousca eggplant salad noteworthy.

Autism travel tips:

  • Make sure you ask for a non-smoking room at booking and a top floor in the main building to minimize the street noise if your child is sensitive to that.
  • If you are traveling with younger children, I wouldn’t recommend this room at all since the stairs can be dangerous for them.
  • The hotel doesn’t seem to supply its rooms with any Kleenex tissues so head on to the nearby Billa grocery store and get a box of two for your convenience.

 

Why the J W Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

Initially constructed as a luxury complex for the capitol’s military elite, the five star J W Bucharest Marriott  Grand Hotel features 379 stunning rooms and 22 suites.
The hotel, located at Calea 13 Septembrie 90 in its namesake city, is a short walk from the Romanian parliamentary building known as the People’s Palace, which was finally completed over a decade after the 1989 revolution.

 

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

Neighborhood

The hotel is in an excellent location less than a 10-minute cab ride from the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, Calea Victoriei and the old town area of Bucharest with its famous Lipscani dining area.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

 Why We Choose It

As parents to a son with autism, opting for a quiet and less busy location tops our list of requirements when choosing a hotel. The JW Marriott hotels are also well-known for their beautiful and spacious rooms and comfortable bedding. Thus, they are an ideal accommodation choice for a family of four.Furthermore, we have come to know and appreciate the high-quality service provided by the JW Marriott chain on our journeys throughout the world so selecting the JW Marriott Bucharest looked like a perfect combination.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

What Makes It Family Worthy

Many stores and local restaurants can be found near the hotel, and there is a lovely public park across the street from the building.
Families traveling with children will be pleased to learn that there are laser tag and ice skating rinks available at the local Cotroceni Mall, which is only a  five-minute cab ride away.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

Booking

We booked our room online with Marriott points and contacted the hotel a week or so before arrival to ask for a quiet room with feather-free bedding and pillows.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

 Décor

The opulent grand stairway in the lobby serves a reminder of a bygone era, and the hotel is elegantly decorated with light colored marble. However, darker wooden furniture pieces are scattered throughout the property to give it an overall modern appearance.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

Fellow Travelers

The hotel’s patrons are mostly business people and large groups from cruise ships, but solo guests and families are welcomed too.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

 Our Welcome

Upon entering the building, we were greeted by a helpful bellman. The check-in procedure was very efficient, but it seems that our request for a feather-free room was “lost in the shuffle”.
This minor problem was speedily remedied by the front desk attendants who immediately sent the housekeeping staff to change the bedding.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

 Room

We were assigned a spacious 8th floor carpeted room that was decorated in shades of brown, green, and burgundy.
The spectacular city’s skyline and the nearby People’s Palace were visible from the windows. Our suite had ample seating and more than adequate storage space.
The room also contained multiple power sockets that we immediately put to use by recharging all of our electronic devices.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

The suite’s mini-bar area featured a fridge filled with specialty drinks as well as snacks and souvenirs for purchase. The customary bottled waters and coffee supplies were also provided, but we ended up not using them because we were upgraded to the Marriott’s wonderful executive lounge that was only a few doors away from our room.
The two queen beds were comfortable, and the room had an additional opening sofa that we liked to lounge about in front of the TV after a long day of sightseeing in the city.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

Bathroom

The well-lit marble bathroom boasted ample counter space and two mirrors to make getting ready in the morning a breeze.
Guests are also provided with an excellent array of luxury toiletry products as well as beautiful, fluffy towels. We also liked the fact that both the shower and tub areas came with handheld shower heads. This makes it easier to wash small children and persons with disabilities.
The robes and bathroom slippers that were included among the many room amenities were likewise a lovely touch.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

 Safety Features

We liked the fact that the JW Marriott even provides an anti-slip mat for the enclosed shower. While this detail is often overlooked by some hotels, we applaud them for having included it.

 

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

Facilities

The hotel boasts several high-end stores, a beautifully appointed gym, a swimming pool, and a luxurious spa.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

 Dining

There are two restaurants, a coffee shop with noteworthy pastries, and a bar located on site.
Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

The breakfast buffet offered at the hotel restaurant is outstanding, and if you happen to stay over the weekend the Sunday Brunch, at 70$ per person, is one of the best in the city though a bit pricey.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

The Executive Lounge

As Marriott Gold members we were upgraded to the executive lounge and were pleased to discover that the service and food quality were outstanding.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families
This is an upgrade worth paying extra for especially for families as it is replenished continuously and has food out throughout the day.

 

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families

 Service

The service at this property was excellent.
From the waiters to the desk attendants, everyone on staff was eager to help us enjoy our stay. Our requests for housekeeping service took less than 10 minutes on average. For a hotel of this size and caliber, that is quite impressive.

 

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families breakfast

The ladies that work in the executive lounge deserve a special mention for helping with some different reservations. They even remembered to return the hand wipes box we had left behind when we returned to the property a few days later from our Transylvanian trip! Another outstanding employee, Ovidiu, personally brought tasty breakfast buffet items to our table when he noticed that we weren’t helping ourselves.

 

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families meat

Areas That Could Be Improved

At the time we stayed, there were some difficulties with the Wi-Fi, but the staff did all they could to assist us in fixing the problem.
We were told that the hotel is working on changing their internet service provider so the problem will hopefully be resolved in the very near future.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families wines

 Autism Travel Tips

As I previously mentioned, the hotel staff did everything they possibly could to make sure our son was comfortable, and we had an enjoyable stay.

Why the JW Marriott Bucharest is Perfect for Families crepes
Our room faced away from the street and was located on the highest possible floor, which helped eliminate any outdoor noises. Moreover, it was also far away from any noisy interior areas of the hotel such as elevators, restaurants, and the executive lounge, which helped assure it provided a quiet and stress-free environment for our son.

 

Review of the Renaissance Tel Aviv

Location

The Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel at 121 Hayarkon Street, on the Mediterranean beachfront, is in a prime spot; central to businesses, shops, cafés, museums, restaurants, open-air markets as well as white, sandy beaches.

Part of the Review of the Tel Aviv Renaissance Hotel-room

Guests

The establishment caters to tourists and locals alike; business men and women and families who want to be close to the idyllic waves when not working, or seeking a retreat on weekends and holidays.

Décor

Generally speaking, the décor in the Renaissance Tel Aviv uses muted colors with neutral tones from the lobby, through the corridors and in the rooms.
It is quite straightforward and reminiscent of the 70’s  decade the hotel was built in though there is a more lively bar area with a more modern vibe on the ground floor.

Room

Upon our arrival, we were greeted and shown to our executive level room on the 14th floor. Because of our Gold Status through Marriott, we were upgraded to a larger room and got access to the Club Lounge.

The doors to the rooms can open in two ways; with a magnetic card as well as a standard key for those who observe particular electricity usage rituals of the Sabbath.
The standard emergency plan is posted on the back of the door, so it’s good to familiarize oneself with the layout of the hotel and know where to go in case of an emergency. Our room was located close to the exit which made it more convenient in the event of any emergency.

The room was comfortable and came with a king size bed and a rollaway for our son. We found the nightstands comfortable; with lots of space although there was no reading or night-light. There was a radio built into the headboard, and a standard flat-screen television hung on the wall providing the primary channels. If one were staying here on business, the desk and chair would come in useful for catching up on work.
The closet was quite spacious with adequate luggage and hanging space, a closet organizer and drawers. There was no light in the closet, so I had to strain my the eyes to see what is happening inside.
There was a coffee/tea making corner with a kettle and a mini-bar fridge (extra charge)  stocked with bottled water and snacks which would come in handy if one were jet-lagged, awake and hungry when the dining hall was closed.

There was a small safe provided, but it was located low down in the closet, so one had to lay down on the floor to put valuables in it.It couldn’t fit anything larger than a basic camera and some documents, so if a guest needed to keep other things safe, the only others option would be storing valuables in the safe in the front desk of the hotel.Luckily I carry my electronic equipment around so I didn’t need to use it all.

The bathroom was standard sized with a non-slip stone floor which is good for safety, and the marble countertop had ample space for cosmetics.The hotel provided vanity and sewing kits, hand cream, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner, as well as shower caps, though, I did have to request replacements for the shower cap as the staff did not do that automatically.
An anti-slip mat was provided for the combined bath/shower, and the hand-held showerhead was very convenient.

Breakfast

For $28, the Buffet Breakfast at the Renaissance Tel Aviv is a recommended experience.
The dining room is an awesome space and has a stunning view of the Mediterranean waterfront.

Review of the Tel Aviv Renaissance Hotel buffetWe started off with our morning coffees; a Macchiato for my husband and a Cappuccino for me.The restaurant offered Espresso, Decaf and regular as choices. Close by, they had a fridge with yogurts, juices (cranberry, apple, orange, and grapefruit), and cold milk for the hot and cold cereals were stored.

At the hot food station, they had pastries called breaks filled with different cheeses, mushroom or potato, blintzes, and waffles.Also, the buffet had a made-to-order omelet station along with mini pizzas, boiled eggs, traditional Israeli tomato Shakshuka, scrambled eggs and roasted vegetables.

Up next was one of my favorites–the white cheeses.There was an excellent selection of sheep, goat and cow milk cheeses from soft white, to the cottage to Israel’s version of Philadelphia and one of the local cheeses made with a method dating back to the 1800’s called Tzfatit; a semi-soft and salty cheese which is similar to Feta. The soft white cheeses also came with olives, garlic, and herbs.

Not to be outdone, there was an impressive spread of the yellow cheeses, and they, in turn, were surrounded by salads, hummus, tahini, different dressings, tuna salads and other sliced fish like herring and mackerel.

The dining room was sizeable and in the middle of the buffet section there was another large table island with a vast selection of cut up vegetables, fresh and roasted from which guests could make their salads with different dressings.
Topping it all was the bakery section with freshly baked artisan bread and pita bread, rolls, and various grain crackers and the dessert area with  Dates, sesame halva, assorted fruits, cakes, baklava, traditional rosewater flavored malai and individual cups of crème brûlée.

The venue also a Continental breakfast option for $15 and a Grab-n-Go breakfast for $25.

The Club Lounge at this property also serves breakfast with several salads, eggs and coffees and light ‘Happy Hour’ menu with several salads, a hot dish, and some pastries along with beer and wine.

Spa, Pool, and Gym

The Renaissance Health Club offers a steam room and massages  (by appointment only.)
The Renaissance Fitness Club has complimentary access to all in-house guests, and the facility provides standard cardiovascular equipment and free weights as well as a jogging trail, whirlpool, sauna, and solarium. Guests should take advantage of the saltwater Gordon Beach swimming pool in the nearby Marina.

Autism Travel Tips

The Renaissance has a smoke-free policy which is beneficial for those with allergies and sensitivities.Review of the Tel Aviv Renaissance Hotel breakfast

The rooms are fitted with double drapes which help to block out the light.

If you have a problem with feather pillows, do make sure that you arrange with the hotel in advance to make sure your room is feather-free. We didn’t find the staff well trained in regards to allergies so ensure that you double check and clarify the accommodations you need.

If you have noise sensitivities, request a higher floor or one that isn’t directly facing the beach as the hotel is located directly over the area where locals play market – a bat and ball game that sounds like a ping pong being hit against a wall. Hearing that especially early in the morning if you are jet lagged is no fun.

As this establishment was built in the 1970’s, like many other Tel Aviv properties one can be restricted to either heat in the winter and A/C in the summer, so if your child is temperature intolerant, it might be an issue as there are often very hot days in the winter.

The balcony is potentially dangerous for younger and special needs children so if it is a concern, do ask the staff to lock the balcony and keep it locked.

Could Use Improvement

  • There is no place to hang wet things in the bathroom, which would be useful to have if one has gone swimming and needed to hang up bathing suits.
  • Even though I had access to WiFi, it was not reliable. There were several evenings when I needed to be online and couldn’t get the connection to work.
  • Because times have changed and travelers have more handheld devices requiring charging nowadays, there is a shortage of electrical sockets, which would not have been an issue, when the hotel was built. In the same vein, being an older building, the infrastructure could do with some improvement, renovations, and remodeling.

 

 

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