Concierge.com's insider take:
Owned by the same Israeli chain that runs Jerusalem's historic King David, the Dan is as close as Tel Aviv gets to a true grande dame: a landmark built in 1953 that still lures the city's most important (and deepest-pocketed) guests. But it's a grande dame in the most Israeli of ways: The landmark modernist structure has a kinetic multicolor facade painted by famous artist Yaacov Agam. A 2008 $7-million makeover turned the hotel into one of Tel Aviv's most modern, with Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and LCD TVs in roughly half of the hotel's 286 rooms. Capping it all is an oversized "forest" photo rendered in dramatically illuminated greens. The best rooms to book are the Sea View Executives, which are the only hotel rooms in town literally right on the Med (the others are all set back behind the waterfront promenade). Also on the sea are the Dan's main lobby lounge and new haute-kosher eatery D (with split dairy and meat menus).