The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Tel Aviv, Israel

Take in the view of Tel Aviv’s skyline from your terrace at the Jaffa
Take in the view of Tel Aviv’s skyline from your terrace at the Jaffa | © The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv / Expedia

Basing yourself in a boutique hotel is a great way to experience Tel Aviv, Israel, which has unique places to stay, including a former French hospital by the Mediterranean and a Bauhaus-style ex-printing house near Rothschild Boulevard. Make sure you explore Carmel Market, the bustling street of Nahalat Binyamin, and the chic Noga and Neve Tzedek neighbourhoods when you stay at one of these excellent boutique hotels in Tel Aviv – bookable on Culture Trip.

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1. Hotel Saul

Boutique Hotel

Double room at Hotel Saul, with neutral furnishings including a sleek mid-century desk, chair and mirror, and a leafy ground-floor terrace area.
© Hotel Saul / Expedia

You are steps from the popular Carmel Market and near some of Tel Aviv’s best beaches at Hotel Saul. The 34 rooms have modern decor and design features, such as exposed concrete and restored street lamps. You can snuggle up in hand-woven Turkish linens while sipping a Nespresso coffee before heading out to the lounge, restaurant and rooftop sundeck with views of the city skyline.

2. A23 Boutique Hotel Tel Aviv

Hotel

Stylish terrace area at A23 Boutique Hotel Tel Aviv, with a shaded dining table set for four, and two grey sofas to relax on.
© A23 Boutique Hotel Tel Aviv / Expedia

This hotel blends Italian style with Israeli service and was designed by an interior designer who previously worked in Rome’s fashion industry. A23 Boutique Hotel Tel Aviv has a bistro-bar, a spa and a cute outdoor hangout space behind the hotel called the Secret Garden. The hotel is in the heart of Tel Aviv, near the main attractions and the beach.

4. Hotel Nordoy

Boutique Hotel

Rooftop sun terrace at the Hotel Nordoy, with pale pink walls and comfortable rattan seating, and a lead-roofed ceiling dome to one side.
© Hotel Nordoy / Expedia

Hotel Nordoy dates back to 1925 and has been updated with modern amenities while preserving its heritage as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Tel Aviv. This makes it worth a visit even if you aren’t staying here, as it’s considered an important landmark, with its distinctive dome and unique style. The dome now contains the Dome Spa, and there’s a rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi, which is a great chill-out space.

5. Fabric Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Sun terrace at the Fabric Hotel, with an eclectic mix of funky mismatched seating and a lush selection of potted plants.
© Fabric Hotel / Expedia

This 43-room hotel, whose industrial furniture and design contrast with fun and colourful murals on the walls, offers free bike rental, free wifi and a free happy hour. It’s a popular spot to gather on the bustling street of Nahalat Binyamin, within walking distance of Carmel Market. Bunk beds in some of the rooms come with individual TVs. The hotel’s Bushwick bar will sort you out with a coffee in the morning, cocktails in the evening and everything in between, including great food.

6. The Vera

Boutique Hotel

Contemporary restaurant at the Vera, with floor-to-ceilings windows, exposed concrete architecture and black-and-white photography on the walls.
© The Vera / Expedia

The Vera puts locally handcrafted products, including soap, scents and wines, front and centre. From the yoga teachers to the maintenance workers, the hotel makes it a priority to hire locals. The Vera bills itself as environmentally friendly and offers plenty of extras, such as complimentary wine on tap, a rooftop sundeck, a spa, 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton linen, organic bath products and hand-woven hemp rugs.

7. The Drisco Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Twilight view of the rooftop terrace at the Drisco Hotel, with comfortable grey seating and potted plants.
© The Drisco Hotel / Expedia

The Drisco’s building dates back to 1866, more than four decades before Tel Aviv was established as a city. The building sat empty for years until it was renovated and transformed into a high-end, modern boutique hotel while preserving its historical value. There’s a bar and a restaurant, a spa and views of the city and surrounding Noga neighbourhood from the rooftop.

8. Lily and Bloom

Boutique Hotel

Chic bar area at Lily and Bloom, with mid-century-style seating ranging from green sofas to dark-wood bar stools, and minimalist pendant lights.
© Lily and Bloom / Expedia

In the heart of the city near the popular Rothschild Boulevard, Lily and Bloom has multiple gathering places. The terrace offers a sunny sitting area with plenty of greenery, while the solarium provides views of Tel Aviv. For a drink, visit the ’30s-inspired lounge-bar. This vintage hotel also has an excellent concierge, a restaurant and laundry service. Guest rooms run from simple and clean basic options to larger deluxe rooms, with a Nespresso machine, bathrobe, slippers, complimentary drinks at the bar, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning.

9. Hotel Montefiore

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

View of a white and grey double room interior at the Hotel Montefiore, from a bijou, monochrome tiled balcony, with wrought iron balustrade.
© Hotel Montefiore / Expedia
Hotel Montefiore will take you back to the 1920s with its elegance and luxury. It has 12 rooms, each with an individual style, state-of-the-art furniture and a mini-library. Whether you’re staying in or visiting, you must try the breakfast, with a mix of French and Asian specialities. With its privileged location a few steps from Rothschild Boulevard, the Hotel Montefiore is also a great spot for drinks.

10. Alma Hotel and Lounge

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Rooftop terrace at the Alma Hotel and Lounge, with glass balustrade, teal upholstered chairs and lush potted plants.
© Alma Hotel and Lounge / Expedia

The Alma Hotel and Lounge is only a few blocks from the beach and the chic quarter of Neve Tzedek. The building dates back to 1925 when Tel Aviv was a young city and has eclectic architecture and stained-glass windows. As well as 14 rooms and suites, the hotel offers fine dining in its restaurant. If you’re in the area and want to grab a drink, the Alma Lounge has a relaxed atmosphere and a great cocktail menu.

11. The Diaghilev

Boutique Hotel, Apartment, Hotel

Large lounge area at the Diaghilev, with 1920s furnishings that include two dark leather sofas huddled around a glass coffee table, and a large painting of children in a paddling pool on the wall.
© The Diaghilev

The Diaghilev showcases a unique selection of artworks by Israeli artists throughout the communal areas and suites. It also houses a design studio where local artists collaborate and create unique pieces to display and sell, along with a lively cafe and bar. It occupies a Bauhaus-style former printing house built in 1934 and is within a short walk of Rothschild Boulevard and around 3km (2mi) from the heart of downtown.

12. The Norman Tel Aviv

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Aerial view of the rooftop infinity pool at the Norman Tel Aviv, where swimmers can enjoy city and sea views through the glass balustrades.
© The Norman Tel Aviv / Expedia

The Norman Tel Aviv captures the elegance of the 1920s in the city centre. In two Bauhaus buildings with both renaissance and Asian elements, the hotel has 50 rooms and suites, each with splendid views of the White City. There are two excellent restaurants on-site — Alena and Dinings. The former serves Mediterranean cuisine, while the latter offers izakaya-style Japanese tapas and modern European dishes. On the fourth floor, there’s an open-air infinity pool overlooking the city.

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This is an updated version of an article originally written by Salomé Chemla.

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