A Royal Welcome at the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv
My days of being a Royal Ambassador are at least two years gone and I no longer have any status with Intercontinental. Yes, I’m an IHG Platinum, but you need to be an Ambassador or Royal Ambassador to get special treatment. I normally avoid Intercontinentals now, but for a one night stay on points, they had the best deal.
I saw IHG Elites get free internet and knew I wasn’t going to be there but to sleep, so figured it wouldn’t matter. Boy was I wrong. I wound up wishing I had several days there.
I had to wait a few minutes to check in around 8PM, but once at the counter things moved quickly and they were really friendly. I was never made to feel like my rate, and in fact, received a nice sized room far from the elevators with a great view of the beach.
And when I walked into my room, the first thing I saw (other than the fact it appeared fully furnished, unlike the Le Meridien) was a welcome gift of water, half a bottle of local wine, fruit, chocolates, and a welcome note.
Wow! All this for a lowly IHS Platinum. Kind of made me wish I was still a Royal Ambassador!
The bathroom had a similar color scheme as the Le Meridien, but was gigantic.
They also had really nice Dead Sea amenities — mud soap, mineral based body lotion, etc.
I was originally going to grab a drink at the highly reviewed bar downstairs with my friend, but instead chose to stay in my comfortable room and enjoy the complimentary wine. I know on my next trip to Israel I’ll definitely be wanting to stay here!
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