Hotel looks to be brand new, smart entrance with reception and restaurant. This immediately has the feel of a holiday hotel, as from reception you look out on the pool area. I was a little dissapointed to hear that the pool was only open until 5PM, but I was not here for a relaxing swim.
The hotel is next to the beach, but from the pool area, you wouldnt know it. There is what appears to be a large man-made ridge of soil that totally blocks out any views of the sea from ground level. Is this an attempt of privacy? I would have preferred to be able to see the beach from the ground. Accessing the beach is also not direct, you will have to walk out of the front of the hotel and about 200 meters around a currently unfinished building site to reach the entrance.
The room itself was very nice, I appreciated the 'all suite' rooms. My room however, was on the corner of the hotel and did not have a view over the ocean. Instead, I got views across towards Tel Aviv, which was actually pleasant, particularly in the evening. What wasnt so pleasant was the fact that a nearby airfield has its take-off flight path right over the top of the hotel, so multiple times in the evening, the sound of jet engines disrupted the otherwise tranquil environment.
The room included a main lounge, kitchenette area, with sofa, armchair, coffee table, a small tall table and chairs, plus flatscreen tv which didnt appear to have its input's locked down (useful for those who like to watch their own movies on the bigger screen). The kitchen included a kettle, espresso machine, two hobs and a microwave. The hotel doesnt have a mini-market style shop that sold anything to cook, but there is a market shop around the corner. The bathroom was pleasant with a nice big deep bath, attached shower, toilet and sink. Shampoo, shower gel and body lotion is provided, but I noticed these were not refreshed every day. Also, while a large bottle of mineral water is provided on arrival, this is not refreshed (although the tap water is potable, it tastes strongly of chlorine). The bedroom includes a large wardrobe, with laptop size safe. The bed is firm but not uncomfortably so, it seems to be of decent quality.
I ate the complimentary breakfast, which is mainly local food, not so much the traditional hot food. However, they do offer to cook eggs to your liking, and bring round a selection of pastries. I ordered a tea one morning but it did not arrive.
The room service menu is excellent, although a little heavy on fish. The quality of the food was very good, and it can be ordered via a portal that appears when you connect to the hotel wifi (this could also be used to access the internet at a fee - 96 NIS for 24 hours as of October 2012).
Other than that, the reception were helpful, and organised a very early taxi to the airport. When I asked for a taxi to Herzliya, I was told it would be best to wait outside as a taxi will drive past every 5 minutes. One morning I was waiting for 25 minutes with no sign of one.
All in all, very impressed with the stay, and would stay again, but would prefer a hotel a little closer to town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique blend of city and sea, West, All Suite Hotel is a haven of sophistication and convenience, located on the shores of one of Tel Aviv’s most exclusive and tranquil beaches. Featuring 65 suites of the highest quality, the West hotel provides the ideal escape from the non-stop action of the city while remaining close to Tel Aviv’s business, leisure and tourist centers. ... more less
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