Cool down in The Norman Tel Aviv’s infinity pool | Courtesy of The Norman Tel Aviv / Hotels.com
Tel Aviv has a mix of stylish, upscale and quirky hotels and boutique properties, each encompassing its unique take on the city’s trendy vibe. From rooftops with 360-degree views of the Tel Aviv skyline and out-of-this-world dining spots to the most swanky rooms in town, the hotel scene has stepped up its game in recent years.
Spread across the city and its beachfront promenade, many of Tel Aviv’s most prominent hotels are located in the central and bustling district of Lev Ha’ir. Housed within renovated eclectic and Bauhaus buildings, and intermixed with quintessential Tel Aviv apartment blocks, the hotels offer visitors the chance to recharge in luxurious surroundings, before stepping back into the local scene in this non-stop city.
Here are the best hotels in Lev Ha’ir to rest, relax and recuperate in true Tel Aviv style.
The Norman Tel Aviv
The guest rooms and suites at The Norman Tel Aviv are elegant and contemporary in design | Courtesy of The Norman Tel Aviv / Hotels.com
Contained within a meticulously renovated 1920s modernist, eclectic mansion, The Norman Tel Aviv brings luxury to the heart of the White City. Oozing with elegance and complementing the contemporary Tel Avivian backdrop, the hotel has 50 state-of-the-art rooms and suites kitted out with the latest technology. It is, no doubt, one of the most upscale accommodation offerings in the city. Boasting two fine-dining restaurants, a library-themed bar, a rooftop infinity pool with a sun deck, and a spa, The Norman continues to reign as one of Israel’s top hotels.
Named after Russian art critic Sergei Diaghilev, this uniquely renovated Bauhaus building functions as a hotel, art gallery and co-working hub. Located on Maze Street just off Rothschild Boulevard, The Diaghilev is one for art lovers. It offers guests individually designed suites decked out with creative elements, such as handmade rugs and paintings. Works by local artists adorn all areas of the hotel, acting as an open exhibition to guests and the public.
As one of more than a dozen properties in the Atlas Hotel chain, 65 Hotel stands out proudly in a striking cylindrical glass oasis on Rothschild Boulevard and infuses a contemporary-retro design. The hotel’s playful charm extends from its sleekly decorated bedrooms with broad views of the city to its lobby dining spot, Café 65, which serves creative Middle Eastern breakfast dishes. A happy hour, including a free drink and snacks, is served daily to hotel guests between 6pm and 8pm.
Dominating a prime position on Yavne Street that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from the southern end of Rothschild Boulevard, the Alma Hotel and Lounge grabs the attention of passers-by with its captivating renovated 1925 townhouse. Maintaining many of the building’s original elements – think colourful stained-glass thermometer windows and preserved floor tiles – the property has 14 individually designed suites, featuring a collection of furnishings from around the world. Guests can enjoy a respite on Alma’s rooftop and sample French-Middle-Eastern cuisine at its chic restaurant.
Peace and serenity are the buzzwords at White Villa, a meticulously restored 1948 Le Corbusier-inspired house. The hotel is a stone’s throw from Habima Square, Rothschild Boulevard’s abundance of hotspots and the fashion and lifestyle stores on and around Dizengoff Street. White Villa’s collection of 18 beautifully decorated rooms incorporate a clean, contemporary design with comfortable bespoke furnishings. A signature scent, created exclusively for White Villa, permeates each light-filled room, some of which include a private garden or terrace. White Villa’s spiral staircase leads guests to the open rooftop patio for a peek at Tel Aviv’s street action below.
Residing on Tel Aviv’s trendy Lilienblum Street, this 1936 Bauhaus gem opened its doors in 2015 as Lily and Bloom, a cosy boutique hotel holding on to its timeless charm. Presenting urban-style rooms, a charming and spacious lobby, sun-soaked terrace, solarium with sweeping views of the city, and a 1930s-themed bar, Lily and Bloom is just steps from the White City action. Guests are also treated to a decadent breakfast spread and a ‘Snacks & Cava’ happy hour to start the evening, served daily between 6pm and 8pm.
In a prime location on the renowned Rothschild Boulevard, the iconic Rothschild Hotel, built in 1922, was named in honour of Baron Edmund de Rothschild. The hotel contains stylishly designed rooms incorporating French parquet tiles, black iron furniture – a nod to the iron gates typical of Parisian homes – and classic paintings depicting the many endeavours of the baron himself. The hotel’s most exclusive rooms offer a private rooftop terrace and jacuzzi. What’s more, its elegant bar has a special wine menu with a repertoire of boutique Israeli wines, as well as a selection of cocktails. Enjoy a complimentary drink at check-in as you settle into the hotel that styles itself as the most romantic in the city.