|The taxi drew up to a
high rise building of several wings, gleaming like an
illuminated promontory on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Before us was the great open space of the lobby lounge that
even at this late hour was a bustling, busy affair. There
would be much to take in here, we thought. But that would be
After a long and tiring
day of travel, nothing would do as much as a deep,
comfortable bed with endlessly down cushions at the head,
and a long silky sheet down the length of it.
Of course, all of that changed the
following morning when we awoke to a heart-stopping sight --
the sea, radiant and glorious in early daylight rising up
from the southern end of Tel Aviv's beachfront promenade
that ran along the shoreline. Already it was taken up with
Later that day, we would stand on the
beach and look back to the splendor of the 25-story David
InterContinental, home to 555 luxury rooms (including 39
suites), a grand ballroom, a range of culinary outlets from
a fine-dining restaurant, a sea-view terrace
bar, a buffet and cigar lounge. There was also the
full-service fitness center and spa –all accoutrements
enhancing the hotel experience.
Top rated ssecurity is another
hallmark of this bigger-than-life property. The David
InterContinental features extremely highest security
standards, one of the reasons it is a hotel of choice with
celebrities like Madonna and Richard
Branson, heads of states, diplomats, international
companies, airline crews.
Almost a city unto itself, the David
InterContinental is a place of many plusses. Two business
lounges accommodate all the needs of those who frequent it.
The exclusive Club InterContinental on the 24th floor and
the Executive Lounge are prime places of rest and recharging
and also tending to business.
The David InterContinental also sports THE
Spa, open to the public. Tailor-made Holistic Experience is
the idea behind the name. Guests can select all kinds of
services - the kind of salt for a treatment, background
music, a cocktail’s flavor at treatment’s conclusion. The
900 square-meter peaceful space is an exclusive and upscale
facility showcasing holistic traditions and modern spa
Awards and praise have come easily and repeatedly to the
David InterContinental. Chosen as just one of three
InterContinental hotels globally –alongside the London Park
Lane and Paris Le Grand –for a groundbreaking marketing
approach, the new positioning enables the iconic
luxury brand to show off its dedication to an even more
exclusive luxury experience.
“We were honored to be chosen alongside
our sister properties in London and Paris to showcase the
InterContinental’s dedication to luxury as an authentic
experience,” said David Cohen, the affable and animated
General Manager of the David InterContinental. “It is
testament to how far Tel Aviv has come as a leading tourist
and business destination, and we are delighted to offer our
guests a unique and authentic insight into what makes the
city so special. We look forward to altering the global
perception of the city and exposing the best kept secret of
the Middle East that is Tel Aviv.”
Names the “Insider Experience,” the carefully conceived
super luxury approach features tours and adventures for a
small number of guests. They explore the local dining scene,
nightlife, culture, design, architecture or fashion.
The David InterContinental is also a
multiple award winner of the title of “Israel's Leading
Business Hotel.” The recognition is courtesy of Word Travel
"We are very proud to have won the award
for the Israel's Leading Business Hotel,” said a smiling
Cohen. “The competition was steep as we were up against five
of Israel's leading hotels; for us, this is valuable
recognition that our hotel continues to provide our guests
with unrivalled service in the best location in Tel Aviv."
Location is everything in Tel Aviv. And
the David Intercontinental has bragging rights to that. It
is ideally located near the
fashionable Neve Tzedek district and 2.1 km
from Old Jaffa.
Neve Tzedek was the first
neighborhood to be built outside the walls of the ancient
Aviv, the first modern Hebrew city, grew up surrounding it.
Then there were the lean years of decay, disrepair.
David Cohen, General Manager
|By the end of the
1980s, change characterized Neve Tzedek. It became
fashionable and expensive. As with SoHo in
Manhattan, old buildings remained, re-imagined with
new establishments. Rebirth went hand in hand with
gentrification. Neve Tzedek, on virtually the
doorstep of the David Intercontinental, became a
place of trendy cafés and bars, boutique hotels,
smart shops offering hand-made and expensive goods.
just a 20-minute or so seaside walk away from the
David InterContinental along the promenade or a
short taxi ride, is a mixed
neighborhood, a place of many delights and
attractions. It is located on the sea with an
ancient Old City, galleries, great eateries and
“We were debating among ourselves what is it in Tel
Aviv that blows people away?” GM David Cohen
explained. “We realized it appeals to the senses. We
asked hotel guests to describe the city in a tagline
or one-liners. One called it the Capital of Cool and
another The Little Big Apple.
Cohen, a biking and running enthusiast, said his
favorite was - -Tel Aviv is the Love Child Between
New York and Miami.
David InterContinental Tel Aviv,” Cohen says,
“ideally combines the magic of Israel’s
Mediterranean coast and a perfect metropolitan
setting in the “SoHo” of Neve Tzedek, the heartbeat
of Tel Aviv.”
No matter what language and what words one
uses to describe the dashing David InterContinental - -it is
truly a one of a kind hotel in a one of a kind city.
The Pool as Night Falls
Front desk area