If you ever get the chance to fly to Israel, you should definitely make a stop in Tel Aviv.

The coastal city boasts a world-class culture, arts, and dining scene that’s definitely worth checking out. From exploring the vibrant history of Old Jaffa to suntanning on the beautiful beaches; hitting the thriving nightlife hubs or diving into the city’s inspiring start-up scene — there’s no shortage of memorable experiences to have in Tel Aviv. The booming metropolis on Israel’s coastline is filled with distinct pockets that all boast their own unique characteristics, with flashes of modernity juxtaposed with ancient neighbourhoods and historical buildings dating back thousands of years.

In this city of intrigue, you can easily spend a week exploring everything Tel Aviv has to offer, discovering hidden pockets, savouring the local cuisine, and pounding the pavements steeped in history. But while the city may be filled with ancient landmarks, there’s no shortage of modern, luxurious accommodations to enjoy a dose of 5-star hospitality at the end of the day. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to rest your feet, from boutique stays to grandiose hotels that offer the full spectrum of Western-style comforts.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong. 

Carlton Tel Aviv

Set along the shoreline, The Carlton Tel Aviv is one of the city’s ritziest destinations, complete with a stunning rooftop pool and 270 plush guestrooms and suites. Go for a dip in the pool overlooking the marina, then head to the all-day buffet to indulge in delicious Middle Eastern fare complete with caviar and champagne. The conveniently located hotel is close to the business hub of the city, as well as nearby attractions such as Gan Haatzmaut Park, while the major train station is a 5-minute drive. World-class amenities include a sauna and spa, bespoke Carlton-scented toiletries in the bathrooms, and friendly touches such as complimentary popsicles for guests lounging by the pool.


Royal Beach Hotel Tel Aviv

One of the finest hotels in Israel, the Royal Beach by Isrotel Exclusive Collection resides on the Tayelet Boardwalk. Although walking distance to gourmet dining and shopping (don’t miss Carmel Market and Nachalat Binyamin Street Market), you may find it hard to leave the comforts of this posh stay, starting from the sprawling outdoor pool. An Executive Lounge caters to well-heeled travellers, while a spa and fitness centre highlights 70 treatments ranging from soothing massages to Turkish baths. Feeling hungry? Pop by the kosher West Side Restaurant and indulge in the gourmet Israeli breakfast buffet, or simply order in from the comforts of your king-sized bed, with room service available 24 hours a day.

The Drisco

Old-world heritage meets modern comfort at The Drisco, a 5-star hotel inside an iconic building dating back to 1866. First built by brothers John and George Drisco outside the gates of Jaffa, the place used to be the city’s most prestigious hotel. Dormant for decades, The Drisco has since gone through an extensive renovation to return to its former glory, led by architect and interior designer Ari Shaltiel. Luxuriously outfitted for the modern-day traveller, the hotel re-opened to the public in 2018, with stylish guestrooms featuring large private terraces, complimentary mini bars, Carrera marble bathrooms and Egyptian linens and bedding. Those seeking a unique stay should book into the Attic Room on the top floor of the hotel, with sloping ceilings and windows overlooking The Emmanuel Church.


Vital Hotel

For a modern business hotel in the centre of the city, look no further than Vital Hotel, an elegant choice for both business and leisure travellers. Stylish guestrooms are outfitted with a residential touch, featuring smooth wood furnishings, cosy leather armchairs, a writing desk and flat-screen TVs with cable channels in a sleek palette of black and grey. Fill up at the Mediterranean breakfast buffet, or hit the state-of-the-art fitness centre for an energetic start to the day. Free high-speed Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel, while Club Rooms also come with a complimentary welcome gift and access to the business lounge. Stroll just 5 minutes to visit the Tel Aviv Opera House and Museum of Art, while the airport is less than a 30-min drive away.

The Jaffa

Another homage to 19th century glamour, The Jaffa is located in the historic confines of the old Jaffa’s French Hospital. With arched colonnades and alleys, a verdant green courtyard, stone walls and stained glass windows, The Jaffa exudes a simultaneous sense of serenity and grandeur, designed by British-born John Pawson. Mid-century furnishings combine with colourful artwork, while a spacious outdoor pool is lined with comfy loungers for sunbathing in the afternoon. Gourmet options range from all-day dining at Golda’s Deli, which tips a hat to Manhattan with dishes like bagels and lox, to the Italian-American Don Camillo with handcrafted pasta and a spiffy wine list.

The Vera

Five-star boutique hospitality manifests in fine form at The Vera, a 39-room offering that offers a more intimate and personalised experience away from big-name hotel chains. Infused with a touch of local Tel Aviv hospitality, The Vera is everything you’d expect form a cosy hideaway, from the artisanal amenities made by local purveyors to a private rooftop sundeck and bespoke concierge services. Rooms feel akin to a chic Brooklyn eco hideaway, with soft beds, stylish desk lamps, aged-oak desks, and hand-woven hemp rugs to drive in the homey feel. The hotel also supports several sustainability initiatives — great for those looking to travel with minimal footprint.

Setai Hotel Tel Aviv

A former maternity ward in the 1940s, the Setai Hotel Tel Aviv offers an eclectic mix of hand-crafted furniture, artwork and contemporary comforts. Sitting at the crossroads of old and new Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the Setai is an ideal choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the city, while still relying on plush creature comforts at the end of the night. A palette of rich reds, metallics and mahogany bring the interiors to life, whether you’re savouring a Mediterranean feast at all-day Jaya, or sipping happy hour at the Sunset Lounge by the pool. Speaking of the pool, it’s without question one of the most coveted in town — with breathtaking ocean views of the sun dipping below the horizon.


Brown TLV Urban Hotel

The Brown TLV blends a hip urban hangout with luxurious pampering to offer the city one of its best hidden gems. Find the diverse mix of guests here lounging about the library, sunbathing on the roof deck, or whiling away the afternoon in the leafy garden bar. A trendy speakeasy is a popular gathering spot for residents, while morning foregoes the typical breakfast buffet for a choice of dining among locals at three nearby cafes. Retro-inspired rooms are outfitted in a handsome array of leather furnishings and crisp linens, with a number of ‘Solo’ rooms for those travelling alone. Naturally, you’ll find an array of the city’s best culture, art, dining and nightlife at your doorstep.


Hotel Nordoy

A 10-minute walk from the beach, this modern hotel sits in a renovated 1920s building, and is amongst one of city’s oldest hotels. The crown gem of the hotel is the beautiful rooftop lounge, where guests can enjoy a quiet afternoon overlooking the city panorama with tea or a glass of wine. Once the sun sets, head back indoors to Café Nordoy, the all-day affair which transforms into a cocktail den at night with live jazz, craft tipples and a European-leaning menu of bites from fresh oysters to cacio e pepe. Rooms offer complimentary bathrooms and slippers, flat-screens with satellite channels, Wi-Fi, antique desks and comfy low-lying beds with a distinct Parisian-style vibe. Thoughtful touches such as Nespresso machines and free snacks complete the feel of a home away from home. Take advantage of the rental bikes to visit nearby Shenkin Street, Nachalat Benyamin Crafts Fair and Independence Hall Museum.

The Norman

Stylish to a tee, The Norman caters to well-heeled guests and cosmopolites on the historic Nachmani Street in the Unesco-listed White City district. Enjoy the in-room arrival service with coffee and tea facilities, fully stocked mini bar, fresh flowers, a selection of books and shoeshine service. High-tech amenities ensure you always stay plugged in, while bathrooms offer rainfall showers and free-standing bathtubs. The Bauhaus boutique stay transports guests back in time, with old-school barkeeps shaking up classic cocktails at the bar, and personalised guest activities such as crafting your own perfume scent or visiting the nearby artists’ studios. Grab a seat on the terrace at Alena for breakfast, and tuck into Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-leaning fare from shakshuka to eggs Florentine.


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