Tel Aviv is one of the largest cities in Israel and the perfect destination for families to travel when exploring the Middle East or enjoying the Mediterranean coastline. For families wishing to explore the city, there are over 60 hotels from which to choose. The Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, located on 145 Hayarkon Street, is a sound option for traveling families who want to stay right on the beachfront and enjoy a variety of water sports and activities while visiting the city.
What Makes it Family Worthy?The five-star hotel contains approximately 246 rooms and is situated right on one of the liveliest beaches in all of the Middle East. The hotel not only is next to many eateries and shops but also within a short drive from the historic Old Jaffa City area. The Hayarkon beachfront promenade is a popular destination for families couples and business travelers.
Our WelcomeSince the property’s room occupancy was limited to three persons in a room and we were a family of four we had to book two connecting rooms. As always, we requested a feather free quiet room for our allergies and our son with autism. Upon our arrival after a five-hour flight from London, we were checked in and given the room keys within minutes. Moreover, we were thrilled to see the staff had treated us to a small liquer bottle and chocolates.
Hotel DecorFor the most part, the hotel was decorated in the warm, neutral colors typically seen in a luxury hotel. Large chandeliers hung in the large open spaced lobby area which boasted comfortable, bright leather seating for guests to relax in. In both the lobby and breakfast areas ceiling to floor large windows gave the spaces a welcoming feel letting in plenty of natural light.
Our Connecting RoomsWe stayed in the newly renovated rooms 401 and 403 on the fourth floor. Our room was decorated in lots of creams and whites. We had wood flooring, perfect for those with allergies.Our room aka the parents’ room had a comfortable king-sized bed with ample pillows along with a small seating area. Our kids’ room separated from ours by a door, featured two twins beds, a chest of drawers, a small sofa, and a work desk. Both rooms had lots of storage space, with the closet in our room boasting a standard safe. Each room also had its own large flat screen TV, perfect when the parents want to watch something different from the kids.Moreover, both rooms also had balconies boasting great views of the surrounding beach areas. We found the balcony incredibly difficult to open with two locks, which was a nice security layer.
The BathroomsThe Crowne Plaza Suites and rooms had nicely renovated bathrooms. The bathrooms of the rooms we stayed in were decorated in beige and tan hues.The bathrooms had a tub/shower combo with a handheld showerhead, grab bar, and shelf for towels. Furthermore, the tub/shower combos had a partial glass enclosure. We found plentiful toiletries and hair dryers on each of the sink counters.
DiningThe hotel boasted two on-site restaurants; The Bellisima and The Pacific Bistro & Sushi Bar. At the Bellisma, diners could appreciate lovely sea views from the huge windows while dining on delicious meals. The Pacific Bistro & Sushi Bar served delightful French and Asian fusion cuisine. However, it was only open for dinner. Unfortunately, we only had five days in Israel and took long day trips. Therefore, we didn’t get a chance to try either.
Our BreakfastWe tried the Crowne Plaza’s Israeli breakfast, and it was one of my personal favorites in Tel Aviv. The breakfast room featured comfortable chairs to sit in and enjoy the beautiful sea views out of the large bay windows. The selection was plentiful and diverse. For the morning meal, we tried a vast assortment of meats, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. We also saw some salad fixings including radishes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, mushrooms, and lettuce mixes. Several premixed salads and different yogurts were provided as well.We enjoyed their many pastries, cereals, and bread at the buffet. Our drinks options included orange juice, chocolate milk, lemonade, water, teas, and hot coffee.
AmenitiesGuests who want to relax or enjoy swimming without going to the beach can enjoy the indoor pool, which is open on a seasonable basis. The hotel provides plenty of other great amenities, such as a spa, gym, sauna, game room, and even a Turkish steam bath. Guests who book the club rooms or suites have free access to the comfortable business lounge. The property offers free bike rentals for guests who wish to exercise during their stay.
ServiceWe found the staff attentive and helpful. We wanted to give a special mention to Ami at the concierge desk and Ivo the assistant manager. They both did their best to assist our special needs son and us!
CostPricing starts at $175 a night. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all parts of the hotel. Guests can park their own car for $20 a day or use the valet service for the same price.
Autism Travel Tips:
- We recommend families who deal with allergies request a room with hardwood flooring, which is a valid option at this location.
- Like many others in Tel Aviv, this hotel has open balconies. Therefore, it might be a good idea to bring a safety lock for the balcony door to prevent children from wandering out on their own. Parents can also request a room without a balcony.
- Since the beach can be noisy at various times, families who deal with sound sensitivities should ask for the highest floor possible to prevent sounds from reaching their room.
- Travelers should be aware that, due to Kosher laws, the only meat items offered on the buffet are fish products. On Saturdays, only cold foods are served at breakfast, which might be an issue for children who are used to hot chocolate or freshly cooked eggs in the morning.