- Rude and crude desk resident (noted by other travelers here)
- Photos of place must be photoshopped to hide how discabably DIRTY this place is!
- Dirty - do they ever clean the rooms? Floor looks like never mopped as my bare feet was dirty.
- NOISY! Car alarms going all night and early morning since above the parking lot. Oh yeah rooms have zero soundproof - you will hear whenever people open their doors and neighbors all the time.
- AC turns off when you need it most in order to sleep.
- Smelly Carmel market fill of RIP OFF con artist so be aware.
- Ghetto AKA Dirty and Questionable neighborhood. Don't walk alone at night!
Negative: No clear directions to the place. Nobody at reception. Stuff is not polite at all (will disturb you at 11:30 AM to remind about check-out which is at 12:00). The floor was not very clean. Absolutely no sound isolation. None. You can hear everybody in this hostel (yes, not only guys from next room).
Positive: Comfortable bed, good Wi-Fi, plasma TV, AC (must in the summer); great location (old Carmel market - 3 mins away, Alenbi str. - 3 mins, beach -10 mins); small kitchen with basic equipment.
Summary: weird overpriced mix of cheap hostel with plasma TV, WiFi and AirCon.
Located in a central spot in Tel Viv, they are not for everybody. It is in the old yemenite quarter, which until recently was a shady area but is now and up-and-coming neighbourhood. This means construction sites, nice restaurants and torn down houses. The suites themselves are a building at the back of a parking lot, a disturbing location that may easily be confusing. Once inside, however, my experience was quite nice: a cleaan and modern room with a small kitchenette. The bathroom was all right. In all, if I return to Tel Aviv I would look for other options but would not discard coming back.
Upon arrival I was greeted by no one. After 10 minutes a young man came to the reception desk and took my credit card info, passport and within a minute I was in my room. He wasn't either pleasant or unpleasant. The kitchenette was reasonable and had enough utensils, etc. Flat screen TV had many stations. The only one in English was strangely enough, The Travel Channel. The bed was fine as well as the bathroom. The only huge problem, other than no staff and no one to complain to in the event of a problem was that the walls are paper thin. If you're a light sleeper or don't want to hear detailed goings on of your neighbors, (not only next door) but everywhere, don't stay here. As far as value for money, I have no idea to be honest. The location is OK. Restaurants in the neighborhood and generally speaking, other than some funky spots on Allenby( direction beach). Probably not advisable for a woman late at night. Lots of people down and out also on the Mogen David Square, nearby. Don't plan on going back but at $80 a night, I have no idea if it was a good deal or not.
This was my last stop in Israel, after a wonderful two weeks backpacking in Israel, on my way to Europe. And it was my first dissapointment concerning overall accommodation. They had no clear directions to the place. Nobody seemed to know where it was, not even the local busdrivers! and after walking for 45 min with a backpack, I got hold of a taxi. The driver wanted to know if I am sure that I wanted to go there.
It is a very old part of Tel Aviv. A public carpark invites you to the entrance of the Ateret Suites that you can only reach by following a stairway alongside the carpark.
There was nobody at reception (about 2pm in the afternoon) and after waiting for some time, I was helped. There was a misunderstanding about a possible shuttle service. The receptionist phoned the owner and handed the phone over to me. The owner was terrible rude and kept repeating to me that "You are a mistake"...I do understand that his English might not have been very good.
I was only going to stay for a couple of hours, until about 11 pm, so I had to take the room as I would be charged for it because it is not cancelled well in advance.
The sheets on the bed was crinkled and the shower had some shampoo/soap/shaving dirt marks on the tiles. Obviously it was not washed after the last customer checked out.
The aircon is a positive attribute to this room, as well as the bed, which is comfortable. It is extremely noisy with the other guests coming in and out all hours. The assistant that is working at the reception, was staying in the room directly opposite mine. He had a two plate stove in his room and making food with the heavy, nausiating foodsmells hanging in the air constantly.
I find this place a HUGE dissapointment. If you are always backpacking and used to sharing, this room might be a step up, but consider the price for the "luxury" compared to living in dorms. I think is is overpriced for what is on offer. Good to have all the 'extras' but what about a basic clean room with clean bedsheets?
A plus?...the Old open air market only 5 min away from the Ateret Suites. There I bought the cheapest, best sharwma in Israel, filled with 3 kinds of meat. The beach is within walking distance. I have not eaten at the corner restaurant where they advise their "guests" to eat breakfast, as I checked out at 11pm to go to the airport.
I have to thank the receptionist, a guy from the Ivory Coast. Thank you!... He saw how destressed I was when I checked into the Ateret Suites and he went out of his way to help me. I travelled alone and I was worried how I would get hold of a taxi to take me to the airport at 11pm at night in THAT neigbourhood. He told me to take a good rest, then walked with me to the main street to get hold of a taxidriver. He arranged with the driver to come back to that specific point at 11pm that evening. He even took the taxidriver's cell number and negotiate a cheaper rate for me.
Just before 11pm, I had a knock at my door, and there the receptionist was waiting for me, carrying my heavy backpack all the way to the pickup point that he arranged for me.
Thank you to him, it was not a total disaster.
My final thought...be prepared for a possible dirty room, but with "luxury" items such at aircon, plasma tv, wi-fi...not good surroundings but close to everything you want to be close to.
I will not stay there again.