From desert resorts to renovated historical landmarks and urban boutique hotels, Israel boasts a variety of design hotels of all sorts to ensure you get the best out of this little country. With scenery, culture, and amazing design, these are Israel’s top design hotels.
Poli House by Brown Hotels
Designed by world-renowned Karim Rasheed, Poli House Hotel by Brown Hotels is a design lover’s dream. It is colourful, lively, and unique. The rooftop bar is home to some of Tel Aviv’s hottest parties, and the location is optimum, at the beautiful Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian street, minutes from the Carmel Market and in the heart of the city.
Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Resort
Elma Luxury Hotel & Arts Complex, Israel | © Elma Luxury Hotel & Arts Complex
This complex, set in the picturesque Zikhron Ya’aqov in northern Israel, strives to provide inspiration for visitors from all over the world. The hotel offers a concert hall, galleries, and a versatile event schedule with opera shows, concerts and plays, making this luxury resort recommended to anyone visiting northern Israel, even if not staying at the hotel.
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
View of the ancient walls of Jerusalem's Old City from Mamilla Hotel's rooftop | © Mamilla Hotel
Located in the ancient part of Jerusalem, design lovers will surely appreciate this gem. It’s an upscale modern hotel set in a renovated building in an amazing location with spectacular views, right next to the Mamilla pedestrian mall. One of the first luxury design hotels in Israel, it features a restaurant, wine bar, rooftop bar, and the luxurious Akasha Wellbeing Centre.
Resort, Spa Hotel
Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel | © Assaf Pinchuk
Beresheet is the first word in the Old Testament in Hebrew, meaning “in the beginning”. The luxury 5-star complex is all about that – rejuvenation, clearing your mind – and staying at Beresheet is like pressing a restart button. A part of Isrotel Luxury Collection, Beresheet Resort is set in the heart of the Ramon Crate in Southern Israel. Enjoy spectacular desert views while indulging in your luxurious private pool suite.
The Norman Tel Aviv
The Norman's pool | © Sivan Askayo
One of Tel Aviv’s most talked-about boutique hotels, the newly opened Norman is set in a restored 1920s building in Nachmani Street in Tel Aviv. It houses two of Tel Aviv’s favourite fine dining restaurants: The Norman, and the Tel Aviv branch of London’s Dinings, as well as the upscale Library Bar. This hotel has a very classy European vibe.
The Efendi Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Winery with Rooms
Acre, or Akko, a historic-walled port city in Northern Israel, is a cultural gem not many visitors to Israel visit, and that’s a shame. The UNESCO heritage site remains almost intact since 1104, with additions from later times. The port city is home to a citadel, mosques, khans and baths, an old market and a beautiful port. The hotel, set in an old restored building, has its own spa, wine bar and dining room. What really makes this beautiful hotel one of a kind is the unique design, which varies from room to room, so that each guest experiences it a little differently.
Market House - An Atlas Boutique Hotel
Built on the ruins of a Byzantine chapel, the market hotel is located in the heart of Jaffa, minutes from the port and Jaffa’s famous flea market. Part of the Atlas Boutique Hotels group, the hotel is designed to help guests appreciate the history of Jaffa and explore everything it offers.
Cramim Resort & Spa
Resort, Spa Hotel, Winery with Rooms
Cramim means vineyards in Hebrew, and that is exactly what this Isrotel Luxury Collection resort is all about. Located in the hills surrounding Jerusalem, a region home to many vineyards and local wineries, the hotel boasts a wine bar, wine boutique, wine treatments at the spa… sensing a theme? Whether you are a big wine fan or not, the huge glass walls overlooking the mountain scenery are bound to impress you. It’s also just 15 minutes from Jerusalem and 40 minutes from Tel Aviv.
Brown TLV Urban Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Business Hotel
The first branch of the boutique chain of Israeli hotels – Brown Hotels – is set in the heart of Tel Aviv. It’s just between Rothschild Boulevard, Neve Tzedek, and minutes from the beach, the Instagrammers’ favourite hotel is designed like a luxurious ’70s bar, with dim lighting, brown leather seating, and a large lobby library. It’s a perfect choice for exploring the best of Tel Aviv’s stylish urban scene and meeting visitors and locals alike at one of the hotel’s famous rooftop parties.
Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
Staying at a design hotel in Tel Aviv is not cheap. That’s why this Tel Aviv hostel in the heart of the city is so popular. While the dorm and private rooms offer basic and comfortable accommodation without much fuss, the shared spaces, bar and lobby are colourful, vibrant and fun. There are two other, less design-oriented Abraham Hostels (in Jerusalem and Nazareth), as well as an Abraham tour operator.