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InterContinental David Tel Aviv: Worth Burning the Cert

The InterContinental David Tel Aviv Hotel Review is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.


Getting There: Gett is better than a metered taxi which only accepts cash.


Hotel Itself 

After two nights at the Hotel Indigo, I switched to the InterContinental to burn my stay certificate. The hotel goes for $500 a night during peak season, a price that is only reasonable when quantifying the value of the redemption.

a sign on a brick wall a tall building with many windowsa spiral staircase in a building

Location 

Unlike the Hotel Indigo which is in the business district, the InterContinental David is located right on the beach and only a few paces for Banana Beach, a great place to spend Sunday Funday.

a tall building with a tower in the background

a building with a tall tower
The hotel is located next to this beautiful mosque.

Welcome Gift

I always enjoy when I arrive at an IHG hotel and they thank me for my $49/year loyalty. I received a free welcome drink. While it was a nice gesture, the drink was terrible. Tip to the bartender: dirty martinis are not made with tequila.

a bar with many glasses and bottles of alcohol a lobby with a large wall and columns a room with many tables and chairs and a pool in the backgrounda menu with black text and white text a glass of liquid on a table

Pool

Getting into David’s pool is a hot ticket. My room was not ready and the doorman initially refused to let me through. When I finally was granted access, I found a pool littered with children (see Should Kids Be Allowed in The Hotel Lounge?).

a man and woman standing at a table
The look of shock that a platinum was being denied entry.

a large umbrella on a beach a group of people in a pool a group of people in a pool a group of people in a pool

Room

My $49/year loyalty scored me this sweet suite upgrade.

a bed with a lamp and a chair a room with a bed and a television a hotel room with a bed and a table a hotel room with a bed and a chair a television on a desk in a room a hotel room with a bed and a chair a room with a couch and a sofaa group of water bottles with a label attached to them a table with wine glasses and fruit on it

Bathroom

a group of towels and a box of shampoo a shower with a shower head a bathtub and towel rack in a bathroom a bathroom with a sink and bathtub a bathroom with a shower and sink

View 

The room was nice, but the view sealed the deal.

a city with a beach and a tall towera road with cars and a beach a city with a beach and water a city with a beach and buildings a city with many buildings and trees a city with many cars and buildings

No Breakfast 

Like the IC Bora Bora, the IC David did not offer free breakfast. Why pay for a standard buffett when you can go to Benedict on Rothschild?

Overall

If you’re looking to burn your certificate in style, go to the IC Tel Aviv David.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. I think the comment about the pool being littered with children was a touch unfair. It looked hot outside and unless there was a no-children pool as well as an urchin-friendly pool, the kids were kinda lacking in alternatives. I guess the parents could have locked the kids in the closet in their room, but if the maid came in to clean the room, there would have been a huge fuss.

  2. I hope if you don’t like children in the pool you don’t go to this hotel on a Friday night. Sabbath family time usually includes tons of kids in the pool and this hotel lobby is usually super busy and crowded on Sabbath. Great hotel really though. Ambassador and Spires usually are treated well.

  3. I love the perspective you got on the building itself in the second photo. Its awesome, the way the building get broader the lower you scroll!

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