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Making Dan Your Home While Exploring Tel Aviv (Or Any Part Of Israel)

Of the 14 outstanding properties in the Dan hotel chain located all around Israel, two are in Tel Aviv— the Dan Panorama and the Dan Tel Aviv.

Chen Michaeli, general manager of Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

We were at the Dan Panorama Tel Avivin January. Even though it was the winter rainy season, the weather cooperated and we stayed dry and warm. The general manager, Chen Michaeli, welcomed us to his deluxe domain where he had recently renovated the lobby to make it more elegant than ever. His team at reception was so cordial and efficient that it was a pleasure to sign in.

Situated south of the hustle and bustle of the city center, hugging the Mediterranean at the border of Jaffa, the Dan Panorama attracts vacationing families as well as the business trade seeking high tech conference rooms. This is a city hotel in a resort setting in Charles Clore Park, phone 972-3-5190190,panoramatelaviv@danhotels.com.

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

The tranquil surroundings induce a relaxed atmosphere, yet you’re just a hop and a skip to the frenzy of the inner city.

We headed to the gym with its aerobic devices with touchscreens and the health club with the dry sauna, Jacuzzi and luxurious treatment rooms. We had it all. Even though the lavish breakfasts fueled us for the day, we often dropped into the exclusive Carmel Lounge on the 18th floor, which serves as the executive lounge for guests on the four upper floors.

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Goodies in the prestigious Carmel Lounge

When we weren’t luxuriating in the Dan Panorama, we explored the White City (so named for its 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings which earned Tel Aviv its Unesco status).

We took a bus — great way to interact with people and see the sights — clear across town to the wealthy suburb of Ramat Aviv. Our destination was Beit Hatfutsot/Museum of the Jewish People, on the Tel Aviv University campus. This most impressive structure houses a diverse array of artifacts chronicling two thousand years of prolific Jewish life in the diaspora since the dispersion of the nation from the Land of Israel by the Romans.

I made a contribution to its Visual Documentation Center. Fifteen images of synagogues and schoolchildren in Tehran, which I made during my trip to Iran in 2008, are now in the permanent collection of Beit Hatfutsot. You can access my unique trove of photographs in the museum’s database at www.bh.org.il. Phone 972-3-7457800.

Tel Aviv is the home of the Israel Philharmonic, so of course we had to go to a concert. It was a most enjoyable experience. We have been covering their annual performance at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for many years, usually with Zubin Mehta at the podium, so we couldn’t miss an opportunity to see the orchestra here at their home base.

View north from my hotel room
Strawberries at an outdoor market
Traffic doesn’t impede a corner lounge
Social networking the old-fashion way
Bet Hatfutsot Museum