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In a city where luxury hotels are constantly pushing the limits, the InterContinental David shines. Basically, coming here is like walking into a business-class airline cabin: for a while at least, you can blissfully forget about the rest of the plane. Unlike most of the hotels along Tel Aviv’s seafront, this one is of more recent construction, meaning despite its large size the rooms are spacious and quiet, and most come with stunning sea views. Even standard rooms exude refined luxury, and from gleaming bathroom fixtures to work stations nothing ever feels worn out or dated—the same which can’t be said for all the city’s luxe addresses. Some rooms on lower floors have sea-facing balconies while Club Premium rooms on the top two floors boast floor-to-ceiling windows, all-marble bathrooms, and access to the Club InterContinental with all-day fresh snacks and stupendous views.

The hotel is just south of Tel Aviv’s central beach area, but in reality it’s not far and there’s a fine stretch of beach literally across the street. Moreover, this end of the sea promenade puts you within easy walking distance of Carmel Market, Neve Tzedek, and Jaffa. That said, because of the array and quality of services on offer, this is also a great hotel to simply linger at the beginning or end of your trip. The pool lounge area is arguably the biggest and best in Tel Aviv. You can nosh away in the Atrium Lobby Bar, casual Jaffa Court restaurant, or the gourmet Aubergine (dining at the hotel is kosher). Under legendary General Manager David Cohen, the InterContinental David has deservedly earned a reputation as a hotel with some of the finest service anywhere: From parking attendants to guest relations and concierge staff, affability prevails and it seems there is no guest request, whether it’s a hot restaurant tip or bucket of ice in the middle of the night, that can’t be met. More than most, this hotel truly does Tel Aviv proud.