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.
For those traveling abroad and locally for business as well as holiday makers, this hotel is a great getaway. There are travelers from all walks of life and from all over the world, highlighting the cosmopolitan feel of Tel Aviv. It is a great hotel for families too, being so close to the mall which has a movie house and other activities for kids; it is perfect for all ages!
Combining cleanliness, convenience and comfort with up-to-date amenities, the interior design makes 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.