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“Nice Apartment on Shenkin”

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Tel Aviv Apartments
Reviewed 20 July 2012

Four of us rented a three-bedroom apartment in July 2012. Finding an apartment with a full working kitchen was a priority as one member of our group has dietary restrictions that required cooking at home. When we spoke to Ralph, we were very clear about this and he confirmed all the apartment's amenities. We also double-checked the price of the unit before we left.

I arrived first and was told by the building manager that we were being upgraded to the best unit in the building for some unspecified reason. In deed, the terrace was on top of the building with a fantastic view of Tel Aviv, including the Mediterranean. The apartment looked nice so I didn't mind the switch. Only problem was that the stove was missing. Just gone. I was told they were replacing the old one with an improved unit. I explained to the manager what I had told Ralph -- that we wouldn't have rented the apartment without a working kitchen. Within an hour, the old stove was reinstalled as a placeholder for the new model. A couple days later they made the switch. In any event, both worked fine.

When we did have issues (needed more towels, no remote for downstairs A/C unit, a leak from the upstairs A/C unit), they responded within a couple hours of contacting them to resolve the problem. They were also cool about letting us leave our bags in their office after checkout since we had several hours before our flight.

I was given a basic rental agreement and security deposit form when I arrived. None of it was unreasonable (though be aware that in Israel full payment for a unit is due upfront, which is standard everywhere). The price did not change when we were upgraded. They were straight-shooters about the actual price of our stay.

The location on Shenkin St. is great if you want a taste of a fun, young neighborhood in Tel Aviv. The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes. Our apartment 11B (Duplex 6) was a pleasant duplex apartment with working appliances and a killer view from an enormous terrace. It definitely met our expectations.

Room Tip: Try to get Duplex 6 at 10 Shenkin. Best view on top of building. Huge terrace.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

I was in Tel Aviv about a month ago on holiday with my friends, we were a group of nearly 15 friends and as soon as we arrived in Tel Aviv we were greeted and taken to see the apartments we had booked. we were given two copies of keys for each apartment and also gave us all an extra bed for each apartment. the apartments were really fantastic and the service was excellent, and Ralph was very helpful for everything he was asked. the rental Apartments were clean and the cleaning service was excellent. for all 11 days of our holiday we really enjoed our apartment so much! I recommend everybody to use the agency run by Ralph, because as for me and my friends and was really a fantastic experience!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Iosi Z
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

We rented two "Luxury Apartments" in early June for a week. First they told us that the units we had reserved months before with a 20% deposit were not available so they upgraded us to beach from apartments. If these were upgrades than the original units must have been in hell. Let me start off by saying these apartments were dirty, grimy and smelly, with few of the amenities were were promised. There was garbage laying around in parts of the unit when we checked in. Our water view might have been fine if we could see through the dirty windows. Linens were of the poorest quality and stained. Towels were thin as rags. They had promised beach towels but none were there. No toilet paper or paper towels (we bought our own). There was night construction going on outside our building which kept us all up till 5AM. No hot water for two days. Every time we made a request we were told yes they would take care of it.. which they never did. The worst customer service and attitude.. I can't remember how many times they lied to us (even to our faces when we went to complain in person). So if you like dirty, slimy, grimy,smelly and gross accommodations with customer service from hell than this is the place for you to stay. Otherwise you would be better off anywhere but here...

Room Tip: Tip for the day: Go elsewhere!!!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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8  Thank JonnyBeGood
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

I arranged an apartment a few months in advance for my parents. We paid 20% up front ($350) and received beautiful pictures of the apartment. I was in contact a few weeks before and a few days before my parents arrived. I was assured both times that everything would be ready for them and someone would meet me with the keys when my family arrived. THE SAME DAY my parents were to arrive in Tel Aviv I went to the apartment to pick up the keys and walked in to find it still under construction. The builder assured me that it would be finished before my parents arrived (4 hours later).

When I took my parents to the apartment we arrived to find there was no door handle on the outside of the front door. Also, the key they had given me earlier in the day did not work. We had to call the rental office and wait in the hallway while someone came to bring us the correct key. When we got into the apartment it smelled of paint and nothing was finished. The beds were unmade, there were no toilets in the bathrooms and the furniture was not arranged.

I was on the phone with the rental agency and they informed me that they could move us to another apartment in the same building. They showed us into a smaller apartment with none of the amenities we were paying for (2nd bedroom, sea view, balcony, etc.) Eventually we checked my parents into a hotel.

I called the next day to ask for my $350 deposit back and they promised me that they would take care of it that day. A few weeks later I checked my credit card statement and the deposit had still not been returned. I left messages at the office several times and spoke directly to the owner on the phone. They kept promising that the deposit would be returned.

We left for vacation and came back and still the deposit was not refunded. It is now 7 months later. 7 months of back and forth on the phone and e-mails promising the deposit would be returned. Today we went to the office to pick up the check they promised would be ready when we arrived (it was not) and they informed us that they could only give us 12% of our deposit back as was their policy. We spent 30 minutes in the office arguing with the secretary before they agreed to refund us in full.

I am sure that the apartment would have been beautiful had it been finished.

I would not recommend this company. If something goes wrong - which it will - they are slow to help and slow to admit their own errors.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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9  Thank Sara B
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Thank you for best service!! and nice pretty flat where we stayed!! i will recomend to all my friends!! thank you again! and see you

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Anna S
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

I arranged, and received written confirmation, a holiday rental through a website, for a 1 bedroom apartment near the beach-front in Tel Aviv. Despite numerous attempts to gain information about entry to the apartment on the day prior (and the day of) travel, I eventually received an e-mail 15 minutes before flight departure with a ‘change of plans’. We had been moved to a different location, mid town and without parking. As there was no option to re-arrange, and monies had been paid, we had no choice but to accept.

We were shown into a dingy apartment which clearly had not been cleaned adequately. Later in the day, (14 hours later) when we had unpacked and decided to make the best of it….we were moved to a smaller, dingier and less appealing apartment in the same building. The remainder of the money was then demanded. He also attempted to ‘renegotiate’ the rate, with an extra cleaning charge. I could not understand the urgency for the money demand, but though best to pay and get the ‘owner’ ‘operator’ or ‘manager’ of my back. I soon realised why he was so eager.

The apartment was not fit for human habitation! The one bedroom, had the exhaust duct from the building’s air-conditioning blowing directly through a large whole into it!. We managed to tape this up and avoid inhalation of the fumes. We likewise, managed to reduce the noise and thus sleep in the room.

The noise that we could not avoid (and at that stage did not know about) was that the building was in the process of renovation. Re-tiling started at 8.30 and put an end to sleep. Even worse, the building materials were housed in the stairwell, effectively creating a death trap should a fire have broken out!

In short, the practices of this company are putting the reputation of Israel at risk. Israel’s ability to ensure that its tourists will be looked after and can expect safety and a risk free break are called into question. This operation does not honour the basic requirements of the travelling public and should be halted. This is also a company that does not take feedback on board.

This organisation disregards basic consumer rights, the advertised product is not the one offered, not only in terms of ‘last minute change of plans’, but also, the website does not show the true product on offer. Full information (the renovations – is not given!). Additionally, the manner in which the company works is that you get put into a position of accepting what is available as alternatives become impossible due to the late communication of the change – also, money was not offered as a refund option. This is clearly not only taking advantage of people in distress, but causing them distress to take advantage of them!

Room Tip: Avoid at all costs.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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10  Thank hotelschooolgrad
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

Where to start? The pictures are very flattering, this was originaly a great apartment and expensively fitted out but has not been maintained in years, the reality is NOTHING close to what you see on the web site. Damp patches on the ceiling, lights falling out of their fittings are just a minor thing compared to all the other problems we encountered.

We arrived and when finally someone came to let us in and show us where everything was we found the apartment was filthy. There were MAGGOTS all over the filthy dustbin under the sink and although the the Agent maintains the kitchen was 'Fully Equiped' there was not so much as a proper salad bowl, and not a single teatowel, kitchen cloth or mop. Paper towels were then provided. The BBQ was beyond filthy and nothing was properly cleaned. Everything was scrappy apart from the one and only knife in the kitchen - this was a marvelous piece of kit and later on we were given a small kitchen knife too. We are assured there was a safe and an alarm in the apartment, neither were in working order!

On our arival the bedding and the towels stank - I was assured there were ample towels including beach towesl but these were threadbare and fit for the bin. These were then replaced.

There were problems every day and every day there was another reason to have to go to see the useless, rude cowboy of an agent!

The electrics were a hazard and blew out the entire system on a daily basis and especially/always when the dishwasher (also ancient and rubbish) was put on. The electrician came on a number of occasions but only seemeed to make something else stop working, we had no lights, no hot water on varying occaisions depending which wires the sparky has played with that day.

As for 'Fully Equiped' this may be an apt description for a student doss house but this was not student doss-house prices. The washing machine was on its very last moments and one fine day the door completely came off in my hand. There was no iron or ironing board and when these were provided they were of the lowest possible standard

The second bedroom stank fearsomely of baby pee/dog pee - we don't know, but it was most unpleasant. Even Ryan the agent's assistant said how awful it was - he was helpful and very apologetic but sadly was unable to be very much about it though he did go out of his way to try to resolve some of the problems.

The sliding doors of the wardrobes in the main bedroom would get stuck with regularity and the doors of the bathroom cupboard were hanging off the hinges.

The masterbedroom shower looks terribly impressive but if you're looking for a great power shower this wall to wall marble shower with 3 variation could just about muster a feeble though adequate stream and sometimes this reduced to just a trickle.

We were regularly promised cleaners who failed to turn up or would turn up and be wanting to clean when we needed to get ready for Shabbat or go out for dinner. When they did come the apartment was cleaned to a reasonable standard.

It was certainly not as per the description and we were very disatisfied. The location is great and all this appartment needs is some maintenance. Don't spend your well deserved vacation here as there are far too many problems and issues to deal with on a daily basis.

The apartment is worn, old and shabby. In our experience the Agent was very economic with the truth and became very unpleasant when confronted with the facts that nothing was as per his representations/descriptions.

Save your self the bother - dont stay here! DO NOT USE THE AGENT RALPH ROKACH or TEL AVIV APARTMENTS

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank alizareger
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Additional Information about Tel Aviv Apartments

Address: Kdoshi Ashoa 19, Tel Aviv 63301, Israel
Region: Israel > Tel Aviv District > Tel Aviv
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 98 Speciality Lodging in Tel Aviv
Price Range: £131 - £165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TelAviv-Apartment is a brand-new furnished vacation apartment rental facility for long or short term apartment rentals. We provide fully furnished apartment rentals furnished to the highest standards of luxury in an ideal location. Tel Aviv-Apartment is a great accommodation for corporate travelers here on business, families, and singles. Located just 50 meters from the famous Tel-Aviv promenade in one of the most serene and tranquil environments in all of Tel-Aviv. ... more   less 
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