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Tel Aviv’s David InterContinental: One of a Kind

Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer

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 for tomorrow.

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 strollers.

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 techniques.

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 Awards. 

"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 Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the walls of the ancient port of Jaffa. It prospered. Tel 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.

Jaffa, just a 20-minute or so seaside walk away from the David InterContinental along the promenade or a short taxi ride, is a mixed       

Arab-Jewish neighborhood, a place of many delights and attractions. It is located on the sea with an ancient Old City, galleries, great eateries and boutiques.

“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.  

“The 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

Renovated Room

Front desk area

(Photos courtesy David InterContinental) 

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

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