This spacious apartment has been totally renovated in the Bauhaus area which itself is undergoing extensive gentrification. There is a totally new kitchen, new appliances, and new bathrooms. The kitchen is reasonably well equipped although it would have been helpful to have a microwave which is in the listing but is absent. Bialik Street on which this apartment is located is a quiet street however the facade of the building next door is being replaced because the stucco with which much of Tel Aviv has been constructed has not aged well and some mornings the construction guys started at 6 AM. If you do rent this place make sure the owner provides written instructions for everything. We met him when we arrived late because our El Al flight was delayed and it was somewhat rushed because he was leaving for the airport. He provided an overview of the apartment and some brief instructions about the TV and the air conditioning. Unfortunately the air conditioning instructions were wrong and we couldn't get it to work. He also left no password information for the wifi and failed to tell us that there is a timer that has to be turned on for the hot water resulting in cold showers the following morning. Fortunately he left a local contact who knew everything about the apartment and was able to provide the information we needed. Thankfully the air conditioning, hot water and wifi worked well once we knew how to use them. We called this to the owners attention in an email once we left and he responded that " there are instructions for everything" but not that we ever saw. The major flaw in the apartment is the second bathroom which is very small with a tiny sink, a toilet in about as much space as an airline toilet, and a shower that flooded the floor the one time we used it. The owner told us the shower is being fixed. It's also on the third floor of a walk- up which didn't bother us but would be for people who have problems with stairs. If you rent a car, you really have to park in a parking lot. There is one about four short blocks away for 25 shekels. However they have no in and out privileges so if you take the car out and then return it they hit you up for another charge. Parking restrictions are indecipherable and you will get a ticket if you park on the street. The positive is the parking lot is the next block from the beach.
Tourists without a Car,
Owner's Response: Dear Rich and Virginia,
After all of our correspondence, I felt like I was welcoming old friends. As frequent travelers, you forewarned me you have rarely given more than a 3 star rating. I felt confident that our exceptional apartment would stand out. Indeed it did. Thank you.
As for some specifics, you and your mother were clearly too exhausted to review the written instructions for AC, TV, WFI etc. that I gave you. I knew our delightful manager Udi would assist you further after you rested. I will share your commendation with him.
While your satisfaction is my only concern, in fairness to our future guests, I have to respectfully disagree with you about the size of the second bathroom. I shared your comment with the artisan craftsman who designed this beautiful hand tiled bathroom. He actually cited the International Plumbing Code (2006 IPC) which gives minimal WC dimensions. This big gracious bathroom far exceeds those standards. By comparing this lovely expansive windowed space to an airplane bathroom, I know you are being tongue-and-cheek, I observed your incredible sense of humor when we met --- but I am concerned it could inadvertently mislead some folks. I also had the leak you referenced checked. It turns out that the architectural glass door needs to be pulled firmly shut when showering.
Like all cities, there is ambient noise in Tel Aviv. Bialik Street is an historic preservation district. Unlike most parts of the city, there is no heavy construction permitted. Ours is probably the quietest street in the City.
There is a parking lot 3 minutes walking from the apartment. As I explained to you, in and out privileges can be negotiated with the operator, but in either case, parking in these lots is fairly inexpensive. It sounds as if you opted for a more distant lot that was closer to the beach. I do want to apologize for the microwave. It was of course replaced for you after the weekend. While I am grateful for your comments, I am committed to offering our guests a 5 star experience, whether that experience is reflected in the gorgeous fruit bowl that was left for you for which you expressed great appreciation, the imported towels and linens that far exceed the standards of most hotels and apartments in the country, or the essential beauty of this exceptional Bauhaus apartment. And to answer your question, -- of course we look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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