Many of the most prominent hotels in Tel Aviv are located in the bustling and trendy district of Lev Ha’ir. Housed within renovated eclectic and Bauhaus buildings, visitors can rest, relax and recharge in luxurious surroundings before stepping outside to enjoy the ambience of this non-stop city in Israel. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Lev Ha’ir – all bookable with Culture Trip.
The Vera’s metamorphosis from run-of-the-mill 1950s office block to uber-cool design-shrine is astonishing, and the result of intense dedication to Tel Avivian talent. Virtually everything, from organic skin-care products to chairs and consoles, are Israeli sourced or designed. The trumpet-like wall feature at reception, walls lined with mock drawers and words stencilled into bannisters set a playful tone. Rooms are rather more sober yet swanky, with creamy colour wash walls, hemp rugs and bubble lamps.
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 the top hotels in Israel.
Named after Russian art critic, Sergei Diaghilev, this 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.
In a prime position on Yavne Street and 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 respite on the rooftop terrace and sample French cum 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, the hotspots of Rothschild Boulevard and the fashion 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. A spiral staircase takes guests to an open rooftop patio for a peek at the street action below.
Situated on Tel Aviv’s trendy Lilienblum Street, this 1936 Bauhaus gem opened its doors in 2015 as a cosy boutique hotel exuding 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, served daily between 6pm and 8pm.
Amar Grover contributed additional reporting to this article.