February 12th – 22nd 2014…
We resided in the “Cinema Hotel” for a week in April 2013. We have enjoyed it very much then and thus promised, the Hotel Director that we will return. Indeed, that exactly what we did with the sentiment of coming back Home far away from Home!
The “Cinema Hotel” is a pearl of a boutique hotel which has been built within the building that once has been the Esther Cinema of our youth. We both have been kids in Tel Aviv of the 50’s and we have watched there many classics (not to mention Gone with the Wind which we watched at least five times...)
The transformation of the cinema to the present hotel has faithfully reserved its beautiful Bauhaus structure of the 30’s, which is an aesthetic joy. The hotel is ornamented with the old projectors, electrical boards, posters, advertisements and many other relics of the old cinema days. There are many quite mythological pictures depicting the history of Tel Aviv and the neighbourhood.
This time we came for ten days and were accompanied by our daughter during the first five days. We were surprised to discover that after we last seen the hotel, it has been beautifully renovated, and tastefully decorated (as we found out later – under the design of the architect that has originally transformed the Cinema to the hotel, with the efficient supervision of Hotel Director.) Not only that the hotel got a remarkable face-lift – there has also been a thorough attention to every detail that would make the stay in this hotel even cozier and more pleasant - within the room, the bathroom, and everywhere around the public areas. The hotel is Wi-Fi covered everywhere and last, but not least, the hotel offers local and long distance calls in very attractive rates – there is no more need to look for public phones or use cumbersome telephone cards or expensive cell phones.
This gem of a hotel is centrally located: within a leisurely walking distance to the seashore, to the Dizengoff Center shopping mall, to the King George V street with all the small coffee houses and restaurants. There are, near the entrance to the hotel, a bank with an ATM machine, a post office and a great pub, and across the Dizengoff circle a there is a Supermarket. To add to the attraction - every Tuesday and Friday there is an exotic flea market in the circle itself, offering everything possible from all over the Middle East – and the depth of Russia and the old soviet republics (a great place to hunt for Red Army medallions…) A very colorful and picturesque event!
Let us not forget the breakfast! It was superb and became the centerpiece of our daily dining in Tel Aviv. The variety of food is enormous: many kinds of fresh salads, breads, cakes, eggs, fresh cheeses from the Galilee, smoked fish, fruits, fruit salads etc… hard to count it all (Breakfasts in Israeli hotels are quite famous. However, as we have found out during the years, usually the emphasis there is about extravaganza of quantity. In the Cinema Hotel the emphasis is on quality!) It is indeed one of the best Breakfast buffets in Tel Aviv. No wonder that we have made it our meeting place for our invited friends.
Let’s not forget the Happy Hour on the roof veranda, overlooking the Dizengoff circle with the Agam dynamic fountain in its center. Every afternoon we spent a great time there (again – sometimes with our guests) with a variety of wines, snacks, fruits, coffee and tea.
All the members of the staff were friendly, helping, and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Many thanks to the director of the hotel, the manager of the dining room, and the entire staff: from the helpful front desk personnel to the meticulously cleaning ladies.
Thank you - Cinema Hotel You have made our stay in Tel Aviv very enjoyable.
We unquestionably will come again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cinema Hotel, Tel Aviv, will appeal to film buffs. Located in a Bauhaus-style building that originally served as a movie theater, the Cinema Hotel has been thoroughly renovated and turned into a stylish Tel Aviv hotel whose design features old-fashioned movie projectors, cinema posters, and theater chairs. Guest can enjoy complementary popcorn while watching classic movies in the lobby. Guests at the Cinema Hotel also can enjoy tanning on the rooftop terrace, dining on the rich breakfast buffet Israel hotels are known for, guests will also enjoy complementary refreshments and snacks served in the business lounge each evening. The Cinema Hotel is located in the heart of Tel Aviv next to the famous Dizengoff Square with its multicolored fountain, the Dizengoff Center shopping mall, and the designer boutiques and popular bars and restaurants that line Dizengoff Street. The Cinema Hotel has a special offer for guests for the use of the nearby Holmes Place gym at a discounted price. The 83 guestrooms at the Cinema Hotel all have satellite TV, a private safe, free wi-fi internet, coffee and tea facilities, and a mini-fridge. Guestrooms with private balconies also are available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cinema Tel Aviv