I stayed here 3 nights and 3 nights at the David Intercontinental. In the Intercontinental's favour are that it is close to the beach and has a pool. However, overall I preferred the Shenkin. It is a very new boutique hotel, clean and hip. I found the staff better than at the Interconti. The staff I interacted with at the Shenkin were all very friendly and helpful. I would like to single out Tehila who checked me in - pronounced "Taylor"; at least to my ears :). I had read that the rooms were small (as seems to be the case at many hotels in Israel) so I booked a Junior Suite. (The room at the Interconti was larger, but I also paid much more for it). I liked that the Shenkin provides free Wifi. I did have free Wifi at the Interconti, but that was only because I am an Ambassador member. It would have galled me to pay at the Interconti though because the Wifi reception was quite poor in my room. In contrast, I never had any issues with the WiFi at the Shenkin. (Unlike the Shenkin there was no free WiFi in the lobby at the Interconti which was a pain when I had checked out, but still had a few hours to kill before going to the airport). The Shenkin also provides FREE international calls. That's a first. I tried it a couple of times and it worked great. The hotel provides breakfast coupons redeemable at a choice of two nearby cafes. Both cafes provided typical Israeli breakfasts which will keep you going for many hours. I like the location of the Shenkin which is nearby trendy Shenkin Street and Carmel Market. There is an Art & Crafts market (twice a week?) next to Carmel Market. The hotel provides free coffee all day and cake in the afternoon in a lounge area on the ground floor. They also have a nice rooftop lounge which I checked out for the view one night, but didn't have time to linger at. My only quibbles are that because it is new some hotel drivers might not know where it is. The tricky part is that it is actually on Brener Street which runs PARALLEL to Shenkin Street. I got lost one night because I had assumed it was on a side street to Shenkin Street. I was "rescued" by a local girl who found it on her iPhone. (BTW, don't be put off Israel by stories of poor service and/or unfriendliness. It does exist there as it does in most countries. However, i experienced numerous acts of kindness from random strangers during my week long stay). The good news is that every taxi driver will know Shenkin Street. I usually asked to be dropped off at the corner of Allenby and Brener Streets which is a 2 minute walk to the hotel. The hotel is always happy to call you a taxi which generally comes very quickly. Alternatively, I found it just as quick and easy to walk to Allenby Street and hail a taxi. Doing so means the taxi doesn't have to negotiate the numerous one-way streets that abound in Tel Aviv. (BTW, I felt perfectly safe walking around the area at all times of the day and night). My only other suggestion for improvement would be a better shower curtain. In my room the shower was in the bath tub. The shower itself was great, but water would often spill out on one side and gradually seep across to the other side where the bath mat was. Overall, I had a great stay and would definitely stay here again.
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- Situated in one of the most attractive neighborhoods, Shenkin Boutique Hotel provides an urban oasis steps from the epicenter of the White City’s arts, dining and nightlife scene. The hotel offers a unique combination of casual luxury and beautiful design, yet, it is the service that we provide our guests that truly distinguishes Shenkin Hotel from other boutique hotels. Personalized service executed by a team of professionals ensures that each guest receives the type of knowledgeable service that transforms stays into unforgettable tailor made experience. ... more less
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