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Review 4705: Rent Holiday Homes, Suite Blue
2bed/1bath apartment in Tel Aviv, Israel
June 2010, 4 nights
Suite Blue is two blocks away from Ge'ula Beach (Banana Beach) in the south central part of Tel Aviv. The location is convenient, but the immediate neighborhood lacks any charm. That said, the Yemenite Vineyard neighborhood is quite close as is the Carmel Market, Allenby St, and the ubiquitous beach.
There is a small grocery story a few blocks away as were an Internet cafe, pubs, restaurants, and the Opera Tower mall.
The building is relatively new, but basic - no bit of luxury at all - which is not a problem for us. Although it might be peaceful at other times, there was construction going on when we were there - which was unfortunate. Besides the noise, the common areas of the building were pretty dusty. It's a smallish building of six or seven floors, with four or so apartments on each floor. There is an elevator.
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There was no outside sitting area nor was there a pool.
The furniture was in good shape, but it was quite basic. The rooms lacked lamps that would have been good for reading. There were only overhead lights. The apartment was clean. There is no dining room. Rather, there is a bar with a few stools between the kitchen and the living room area.
The beds were comfortable. There are two bedrooms - each with a queen size bed. Again, furnishings are very basic. The bathroom is okay - the shower stall is pretty narrow.
The kitchen was fine - there were adequate plates, glasses, silverware. I didn't use any pots and pans but I think that there are enough for basic cooking.
Problems or Bonuses
I was confused about the front door to the building. During our first day there, I just let it shut behind me when I left, assuming it locked - until I found out that it didn't automatically do so. But I ended up not locking it because it appeared that that was just how the rest of the residents kept it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Booking was very efficient and businesslike. All of my communication with the owner/manager was via email. I did call him when our flight (and thus our arrival at the property) was delayed. He did not get on the phone, but I was told to call his agent who was to meet us. Thankfully, she showed up at the ungodly hour of 4:30am to let us into the apartment. But in the stupor of the early morning, she forgot to tell us how the air conditioning worked, much less to even mention it. Thus, we spent the first day and 1/2 roasting in a hot apartment until I finally figured out that, yes, we had air conditioning and how it operated - I don't fault anyone in this matter, but it was a bit of a drag, since it was June and hot in Israel.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
My recommendation is qualified. If you're looking for an apartment that feels nice and upscale, this is not the place for you. If you're happy with basic and want to be close to Ge'ula Beach, it'll be fine. The price was good - a two bedroom apartment for about what one mid-level hotel room would cost.
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