To level set, I'm a lifetime Platinum member, meaning I've stayed in a Marriott over 750 nights. I've stayed in many, many Renaissance hotels and they are usually a fantastic brand, one of my favorites in the Marriott portfolio.
Unfortunately, this hotel does not live up to the brand. You will see that immediately as you pull up to the door and see the peeling paint on the ceiling and walls. The building is old and it shows. The interior is aged and is nothing like you'd expect from a Renaissance. The 'updated' rooms are actually very nice, and I was happy with it.
Overall, I would have been OK except for a couple key issues:
- We never received all of our towels/wash cloths after service...something was always missing and we had to call or go without.
- Executive Lounge was just ok - does not live up to the brand. The repeated signs saying "DO NOT TAKE BEVERAGES OUT OF THE LOUNGE" was ridiculous...they don't want me bringing a bottle of water back to my room? Really? Only Renaissance in the world that does this. It screams 'WE ARE CHEAPSKATES'!
- The thing that made me the most upset - the hotel REQUIRES you to pay for breakfast, even if you don't want it. In all my years of Marriott stays, my wife has come on most of the trips. Every single time she gets a light breakfast in the Executive Lounge included. Not at this hotel! They REQUIRED that I pay $30 extra PER NIGHT for my wife's breakfast in the restaurant. When I said she didn't want it, they refused and still made me pay! Only time this has ever happened in over 750 nights in a Marriott.
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Tel Aviv
- Tel Aviv Renaissance