It’s not hard to understand why American travel magazine Jetsetter voted The Norman the best boutique hotel in the world soon after its opening in 2014. Set in two restored 1920s buildings overlooking the charming King Albert Square on Nachmani Street, the Norman has been leading the pack when it comes to luxury hospitality in Tel Aviv. In addition to its 50 luxurious rooms and suites, it houses two of Tel Aviv’s favourite fine-dining restaurants: The Norman and the Tel Aviv branch of London’s Dinings. Besides fine dining, guests can enjoy the upscale Library Bar for delicious cocktails.
Set in a restored building erected in 1922, and nestled just off Rothschild Boulevard, this 12-room luxury hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv is perfectly positioned for anyone wishing to explore Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife and culinary scene. Its flagship restaurant in the lobby is highly recommended and the bar serves a curated menu of classic and original cocktails.
This opulent hotel chain from Miami opened its Tel Aviv branch in 2017 and has raised the bar for luxury accommodation in the city. The Setai, a five-star urban resort, is located in a meticulously restored, historic compound, which was once a fortress and an Ottoman prison, and next to the famous Clock Tower in Jaffa, a beautiful and ancient port city adjoined to Tel Aviv. The Setai offers 120 luxurious rooms and suites, some with breathtaking views over Jaffa’s ancient port and the Mediterranean Sea, and a rooftop pool.
A new addition to Tel Aviv’s hospitality scene, Fabric Hotel has been rising in popularity. Located in a former textile factory, the hotel design pays homage to the building’s industrial past with exposed red bricks and wood panelling. Located in the Lev Ha’ir neighbourhood, in the heart of the city, Fabric Hotel is just a five-minute walk from Carmel Market, the Yemenite Quarter and Rothschild Boulevard. Onsite is a New York-themed, all-day café-bar, which is run by the famous Imperial Cocktail Bar and is a great spot for evening drinks. For those seeking a stylish yet more economical option, there are rooms with bunk beds, which are perfect for those travelling in a group or with friends.
When the work of Tel Avivian artists, designers and artisans are pooled together, a gem like The Vera is born. This 39-room boutique hotel, located in a former office building, features a retro-industrial design and showcases the talents of homegrown artisans and artists, from its bespoke furniture to the bathroom soaps and liquor in the bar. Situated on Lilinblum Street in the Lev Ha’ir neighbourhood, The Vera is ideally located for travellers seeking to explore the best of Tel Aviv.
Hotel Saul is nestled on a residential street near Tel Aviv’s top attractions, including Carmel Market. Inside, the industrial-chic design is an ode to the hotel’s former life as a 1940s office building. Restored street lamps, exposed white brick walls and quirky artwork adorning the walls give a contemporary flair to the hotel. The 34 rooms have high ceilings, pale walls and a modern design where exposed concrete and steel contrast with walnut furnishings. Comforts include hand-woven Turkish linens, toiletries from local artisans and flat-screen TVs equipped with Netflix. From compact, cheaper options to rooms with patios, this hotel caters to a range of budgets. For food, it is home to Barvazi, a gourmet sandwich shop run by one of Tel Aviv’s leading chefs, Raz Rahav.
Located in a restored Bauhaus building, with its trademark white, curved exterior, the Poli House is right next to Carmel Market. Inside, expect a bold, bright and modern interior, with futuristic red pods in the lobby. The 40 light-filled rooms are minimalistic and compact, featuring large windows, stripped floors and colourful furniture, while bathrooms have walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. Upstairs, the large, panoramic rooftop has a cocktail bar (which also offers lunch and dinner), a heated swimming pool and a spa, and guests also receive access to a nearby gym. Breakfast is served next door at the popular Loveat cafe, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine.
This luxurious boutique hotel is nestled in the picturesque streets of Neve Tzedek’s American Colony. It was originally built in 1866 by two American Christian brothers, John and George Drisco, who arrived in Tel Aviv as part of the New England Church of the Messiah’s mission to prepare the land for the second coming. The Drisco is the product of over a decade of restoration work by architect Ari Shaltiel. The 42 elegantly furnished rooms and suites are all different in style, but white walls, wooden floors and marble bathrooms are common features. Some rooms overlook the Mediterranean sea, the suites offer private terraces with views of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and a charming standalone villa can also be booked. Breakfast at the hotel’s Zada Restaurant features gourmet egg dishes and brioches, with toppings such as home-cured salmon and poached eggs. For dinner, a contemporary Ottoman culinary experience is on offer, while the Drisco Bar in the hotel’s lavish lobby serves classic and speciality cocktails, wines and small bites.
This luxury boutique hotel is set in the tree-lined Ben Tsiyon Street in the heart of Tel Aviv, an easy stroll from Dizengoff Street, Rothschild Boulevard and the beach. Inspired by architect Le Corbusier, the property was initially designed in the Bauhaus style as a private residence in 1947. Inside, a spiralling marble staircase takes guests up the two-floor building. The hotel offers 18 light-filled rooms, with a white-on-white colour scheme complemented by elegant Italian furnishings and fireplaces. Some of the rooms offer balconies and patio access. A daily breakfast, with gourmet brioches, fresh cheese and bread, is served on the quaint porch.
Nestled on a small side street off Rothschild Boulevard, this boutique hotel offers 23 small but comfortable rooms with a warm colour scheme. On the ground floor, there is Bellboy, the coolest speakeasy bar in the neighbourhood with superb, quirky cocktails and delicious bites (such as the shrimp dim sum). Breakfast is served at the nearby Nehama VeHetsi café, which serves platters of spreads, salads, eggs, fresh juices and coffee. For a treat, indulge in a massage (couples’ packages are also available) in the hotel’s spa, which also offers a jacuzzi and sauna.