Tel aviv Beaches
Most Tel Aviv hotels are clustered along the beach line, all priding themselves on sea views, balconies with breezes, and the short time it takes from the moment you leave reception to the moment your toes touch the sand (2 minutes, give or take). If you’re looking to save some money, you better pack your belongings and try Ben Yehuda or more central streets. If you don’t mind the prices and just want the best option available – enjoy the luxury and boutique options on Herbert Samuel or Ha’Yarkon. Most Herbert Samuel hotels seem to be a carbon copy of each other, offering the same kind of clean but uninspiring rooms, ok-to-good food, and superb panoramic views of the Med. The Ha’Yarkon hotels are more varied and include all kinds of gems.
Prime examples for the latter (good but uninspiring) are Renaissance (121 Ha’Yarkon) and Crown Plaza (145 Ha’Yarkon), comfortably placed on the little hill by the northern end of the promenade. A little more to the north, you’ll find Hilton inside Independence Garden, opposite Arlozorov St. and the UK embassy. Gordon Hotel (Ha’Yarkon corner of Gordon) is a new establishment that combines location and design, but doesn’t fall into the boutique category.
If you’re looking for more luxury, go to Dan Hotel (99 Ha’Yarkon), the place where the rich and famous go to when they’re in town. It doesn’t look the part from the outside, but inside its much better, and there’s a splendid sea view from most rooms.