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 Some might find the decor to be a little outdated, but people are encouraged to be close together and do socialize which means a lot in this hotel.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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

 

The Family Friendly Sheraton Tel Aviv

 

Located on Tel Aviv‘s crowded tourist beach promenade, The Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel stands out in both quality and service.

The location is perfect for beachgoers trying to decide which beach they should try next, or those adventurous enough to try the unique Tel Aviv water pool, the Gordon Swimming Pool.

Decor

The hotel’s decor in light colors and geometric lines aim only to encompass the city’s Mediterranean vibe and give the public areas an elegant and comfortable feel.

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Most fellow travelers are business people, but that does not mean that the property doesn’t cater to families and special needs travelers as well.

Booking

I booked my stay on points, using the excellent Starwood Preferred Guest website for two nights. I did call the front desk and ask for a quiet, feather-free room.

Our Welcome

I was cordially greeted by the front desk staff and given a choice of points added to my account (250) or free Wi-Fi for the duration of my stay. Since the Wi-Fi fee was high, I chose to take the freebie Wi-Fi.

I wholeheartedly appreciated the bellboy helping me with my carry-on to my room since I had traveled more than 28 hours to get to Tel Aviv.The Guest Room

I was initially assigned a room with a view of the Mediterranean, but as I spent time inside, I realized there was no way I could get used to the city construction sounds coming from the outside (the city is renovating the promenade with construction going on at all hours of day and night.)
The Sheraton Tel Aviv staff proceeded to send a most helpful bell boy to assist me to pack and change my room to a quieter one, incredibly fast.

The next room I was given on the 20th floor (the top floor) was just what I needed to allow me to rest from my transatlantic flight from LAX to Tel Aviv.

Decorated in dark wood tones, it had plenty of shelves for my clothes,  a well stocked mini bar (that I didn’t need to use since I had lounge privileges), and that Sweet Sleeper bed the Sheraton chain is so proud of.
The room also featured a mini living room area with a desk, chair, sofa, and small table. For a complete comfort experience, the room had a huge TV and a Nespresso coffee single cup coffee maker. The room closet is nicely proportioned with a helpful chest of drawers to place any additional luggage items you may need to unpack.

The best surprise

The room safe is HUGE, which can be incredibly useful for families or bloggers sporting multiple electronics.

The room comes with A/C, heating, and lighting controls in both English and Hebrew, and they are right by the bedside to make it easy to manipulate.

The bathroom

The modernized bathroom with a square sink featured the usual tub/shower combo that many traveling families may find very useful. The handheld showerhead is a bonus, but the shower curtain doesn’t prevent the bathroom from getting flooded.

The Sheraton amenity kit is pretty much standardized across the board and includes soaps, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, slippers and the use of bathrobes.
However, what some people don’t know is that the front desk is ready to replenish toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and even hair brushes upon request!

 Safety

The entrance door comes with a lock and latch placed at a higher level than most kids can reach.
The room comes equipped with a balcony, which might be a concern for some parents; however, I was told that parents can request an extra safety lock to make sure their kids can’t open the balcony door!
The bathroom tub had a grab bar as well as a handheld showerhead that parents can use to bath their kidsThe Family Friendly Sheraton Tel Aviv rrom

The Executive Lounge

Probably the number one asset of this hotel (except the pool that was being remodeled during my stay) is its executive lounge.
Their lounge is one of the best stacked and the best service I’ve experienced in the last few years.
The service is continuous and food plentiful – Israeli salads, appetizers, desserts, and several hot main course dishes. During Happy Hour, the staff puts out several juices, alcoholic beverages, and beers for guests to enjoy.

The breakfast

An Israeli breakfast is a true feast for the senses and the one offered at the Sheraton is no exception. Free for SPG members or those booking club rooms, the spread is fantastic, and the restaurant facing the beach front is an excellent choice to start the day.
From white and yellow cheeses, multiple Israeli fresh made salads, to warm local favorites like shakshuka and bourekas, this is the place to start your morning.
The elaborate buffet also offers a made-to-order omelet station, multiple bread choices, and a selection of juices to complement the meal.
Not to be missed are the colorful cut up fruit and dried fruit section, completing the breakfast.

Other amenities

The hotel has a lovely kosher restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, called the Olive Leaf that I have yet to try, as well as a famous spa called Cielo.
Since their rooftop pool was closed for construction, the staff graciously offered me a free alternative coupon for Tel Aviv’s only sea salt outdoor swim pool, the Gordon Swimming Pool, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and highly recommend.

Service

The front desk staff acted very quickly when I complained about the noise in my room (due to city construction) and transferred me to a quieter room immediately.

I had to contact housekeeping and ask them to replenish my towels, and again this was done in a very timely manner.Special thanks extended to  Estie Rreider, the property’s concierge who helped with great tips and suggestions.
The Family Friendly Sheraton Tel Aviv lounge Autism travel tips

Be sure to request a top floor facing the Mediterranean Sea – it is a bit quieter. With that said keep in mind that Tel Aviv is one of those noisy cities that is bustling 24/7.

Bring your anti-slip mat or get one from the nearest ‘super pharm’ on Ben Yehuda Street that is just ten minutes away.

Do your best to access the lounge since it will save you quite a bit of money and running around to procure snacks and drinks for your kid. If you can’t book a club room, ask the front desk about ways to upgrade your current booking with cash or points.

Family Stay at The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo

 

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo is located in the Shirokanedai district in Tokyo, which is well known for it’s lush greenery.

The hotel is also located within walking distance of famous landmarks such as Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, The Institute for Nature Study, and Platinum Street.

It is also within minutes from Shirokanedai Station (Nanboku Line/Toei Mita Line) and the Shinagawa railroad station. The hotel provides a morning shuttle to Shinagawa until 10 am and then to a subway station that you can go to Shinagawa from via a subway line.

The website describes the hotel as a “Japanese and modern Asian-sensibilities fused with modern Western-style” and promises the familiar comforts of a Sheraton experience.
The hotel offers suites, non-smoking, and Japanese style rooms, all of which come with complimentary high-speed internet and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.

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General Thoughts:

The architecture was pleasant, and the hotel was geared more towards the business traveler than families, although it does not have an executive level.

The Sheraton has three restaurants; a sit -down Chinese venue, a fancy Japanese/French Fusion one that was quite pricey for our American budget and a sandwich and coffee shop in the lobby, where we ended up dining several times. The hotel also featured a spa, gym, and mini Japanese garden to walk through, which is a great attraction for antsy kids.

Location:

The hotel is in a more residential area, but a  convenient location, nonetheless. It is minutes away from many public transportation stations, two 7-11 convenience stores,  three major grocery stores where you could get meals to go and five minutes away from the 100 Yen store (a major favorite with us.)

Families staying at the hotel who want budget friendly meals, with unlimited sodas like in the U.S., should try a food chain called Jonathan’s right around the corner.

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There is a kid-friendly park five minutes away if your child needs to let out some  steam or is just profusely jet lagged and wakes up at ungodly hours,
(Note: the park is locked at night).

Price:

The hotel offers specials from time to time, so be sure to check the website first. Otherwise, the standard rate is around $147.00/night and goes up from there depending on the particular dates.

Parking:

Covered self-parking – JPY 1,500 per day

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Rooms:

The Sheraton has several rooms types available: Suites, Japanese-Style Room, Garden View Room, Starwood Preferred Guest Room, Balcony, and Connecting Rooms.

Be sure to mention allergies especially feathers at booking since Starwood has the “heavenly bed,” which is feather-based (down comforter and pillows).
Also, Make sure you request a non-smoking room at booking if any of your family members suffers from asthma as. Japan, unlike the US, still both smoking and non-smoking rooms available.

Our connecting rooms were spacious for Tokyo standards, and we were upgraded to the 11th floor, with a view of the city.

Our rooms, decorated with dark wood furniture  had comfortable beds.

 

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The sitting area, with a lounge chair and ottoman had a huge plant that was taking up much-needed space.Also, each room had a desk with a comfortable chair, perfect for anyone who needed to work.

The A/C system and windows were excellent: we did not feel the heat outside, and windows the city sounds out while keeping the chilled air in.

The bathrooms were a decent size and featured japanese (electric ) commodes which we had to unplug after our son with autism became apprehensive thinking he would be electrocuted when using it.

Like many Japanese hotels ,the property supplies slippers, bathrobes, and even kimonos for guests, so guests don’t need to pack any from home.

The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo amenity kit

Front Desk/Concierge:


Both the front desk and concierge were fluent in English and provided excellent customer service support.
The front desk volunteered to call the next two hotels on our itinerary and remind them we needed connecting rooms with hypoallergenic bedding while the concierge skillfully arranged our day trips and advised us how to get from place to place using the exceptional Tokyo public transportation system.

Housekeeping:

We benefitted from Impeccable housekeeping, and always received our requested items within 5 minutes.

Special Perks:

  • Great breakfast buffet spread! Our family enjoyed the different dishes offered and liked trying the Japanese breakfast delicacies.
  • Excellent bathroom amenity kit that included not only the regular shampoo and soaps but hair brush, comb, toothbrush, and toothpaste.The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo breakfast


    Autism Travel Tips:

    We found the neighborhood setting calmer and less overwhelming than other neighborhoods for the autistic traveler.
    The hotel is within walking distance to a large train station with the quintessential Mcdonald’s, Starbucks, and Baskin Robbins that will make most kids feel right at home!.

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