Combining a personal touch with the efficiency of an international chain, this hotel is an attractive option on the beach of Tel Aviv. The nicely renovated sun deck, with its own heated outdoor pool and adjacent bar, is a great place to escape from the crowds. The marble-tiled lobby is contemporary and elegant, with opulent flower arrangements by the in-house florist, and has sea views through massive windows. The rooms are contemporary, with an espresso machine in each.
Sleek and stylish, all rooms feature the Sheraton brand's signature linens and mattresses, and most offer sea views. In-room espresso machines are standard, and a nice touch. All of the rooms are newly renovated -- a refreshing surprise after walking the hotel's tired and worse-for-wear hallways.
Upon reserving, ask to be upgraded to a room with a full sea view -- for only an extra $35, it's an easy indulgence to justify.
Roomy and kitted out with locally-made Dead Sea toiletries, custom tiling and rainforest showerheads, this is a WC that you'll want to linger in.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Most rooms don't have a bathtub. If you are a soak-only kind of scrub-a-dub-dubber, request a room on the 16th floor, where all the powder rooms are outfitted with new, marble-lined tubs.
Spacious and clean, with soft boxy chairs and a massive floral arrangement, this lobby is old-school but elegant. Its crowning glory is the sweeping sea view offered from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The lobby bar offers coffee, light fare and cocktails, but prices are more inflated than a waving air man at a used car lot. The view is lovely, but buyer beware if you're thirsty.
Open year-round, the heated pool is ringed by deck chairs and offers both swimmers and sunbathers unbeatable Mediterranean views. There's a separate kiddie pool for the small fry set.
If you prefer the sea to the swimming pool, take the elevator to floor B -- you'll be offered beach towels and escorted across Herbert Samuel street and right to the sand.
Privately operated and with a Thai touch, the spa at the Sheraton is newly renovated and offers a full range of body treatments.
Standard but fully functional, the gym has no frills but every range of cardio machine.
The Sheraton's on-site fine-dining restaurant, the Olive Leaf, has tasty food but stiff and formal service at a high price tag. An elaborate, highly Instagrammable breakfast buffet is offered to all guests at the more relaxed Kum Kum restaurant.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is kosher, which means that during the Jewish sabbath -- from Friday night to Saturday night -- cooking is prohibited. That translates to reheated buffet dishes and instant coffee only, or in other words, a good reason to eat elsewhere if keeping the Sabbath is not your thing.
The Lobby Lounge Bar and Deck 115 at the pool both offer a full range of cocktails, beers and wine.
Finding parking in Tel Aviv is like hunting the holy grail, so leave your car at the Sheraton's covered lot and hop on a green city Tel-O-Fun bike (pay by the hour or a flat fee for the day) to coast up and down the pancake-flat beachfront. Taxis are plentiful and easy to hail on bustling HaYarkon Street, or walk one block east to Ben Yehuda for major buslines and the easily-flagged, bright yellow Route #4 shared taxi vans, which run a predetermined route into the heart of the city.
At Shila (15-minute walk), it's hard to decide what's more eye-popping: the exquisite seafood dishes, or the impossibly beautiful young crowd; Brasserie (10-minute taxi), Tel Aviv's original 24/7 spot, is a chic French-inspired bistro with a reliable menu of mouthwatering favorites; at Port Said (10-minute taxi), you'll have to queue for a table and shout over the hipsters to flag down a waitress, but once the delectably fresh Mediterranean fare hits your table, all will be forgiven.
Bellboy (10-minute taxi) is a speakeasy hidden inside the quaint Berdichevsky Hotel; Juno (10-minute taxi) is a postage-stamp-sized wine bar with a perfectly curated selection; Spicehaus (10-minute walk) offers creative cocktails and cheeky presentation, plus a reliable menu of tasty small bites to help wash it all down.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sometimes there's strength in numbers: The brand power of the Sheraton means excellent amenities and reliable service, all offered in full view of the sparkling Tel Aviv seafront.