Getting There: Gett is better than a metered taxi which only accepts cash.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
My $49/year loyalty scored me this sweet suite upgrade.
The room was nice, but the view sealed the deal.
If you’re looking to burn your certificate in style, go to the IC Tel Aviv David.