Tel Aviv’s hotel scene is heating up. Here, the latest arrivals and the classics we love.
New and Noteworthy
Alma Hotel & Lounge: This tiny newcomer close to Rothschild Boulevard has 15 airy, boho-chic rooms inspired by the 1920’s: stained-glass windows; handwoven carpets; dark tiled floors. Yonatan Roshfeld, the chef behind the nearby tapas restaurant Ahad HaAm, oversees the hotel’s Alma Lounge, where the city’s style crowd gathers. $$$
Brown TLV Urban Hotel: Hidden between the White City and Neve Tzedek, the Brown is housed in a restored 70’s-era bank building that pays homage to Midcentury Modern design. The cozy lobby is done up with clubby leather sofas and a vintage Playboy cover on the wall. Upstairs, rooms are chic (canopied beds; black marble baths), but on the small side. Still, the rooftop lounge and complimentary bikes more than make up for it. $$
Hotel Montefiore: With its original Bauhaus-era furnishings, Juliet balconies, and Arabesque dome, this revamped 1920’s mansion in the White City lures tastemakers and designers. A small but capable staff is at the ready to handle everything from picnic lunches to reservations at Tel Aviv’s hottest tables. $$$
Intercontinental David Tel Aviv: In Neve Tzedek, the mammoth InterContinental David Tel Aviv is where political power brokers like Condoleezza Rice and A-listers such as Madonna and Sacha Baron Cohen stay when they visit. With 594 earth-toned rooms and suites, the hotel is far from intimate, but it has one of the best beachfront locations, not to mention the standout Aubergine restaurant. $$$
Dan Tel Aviv: Contemporary Israeli artist Yaacov Agam’s multicolored, Modernist façade sets the tone for the Dan Tel Aviv, a 280-room grande dame that opened in the 1950’s. The property is spread out among a group of additions that now occupy nearly an entire seafront block. Book a Deluxe room, decorated in neutral beiges with elaborate paintings of trees on the ceilings. $$$
Hilton Tel Aviv: Just north of the city center, the 48-year-old Hilton sits high on a bluff facing the water. Its boxy, 60’s-era exterior may feel dated, but the property remains a favorite of business travelers, who come for the spacious rooms and large fitness center. $$$
One to Watch: This October, Ritz-Carlton is set to open its first Israeli property, the Ritz-Carlton Herziliya, overlooking the area’s yacht-filled marina.
Trips Out of Town
Acre: A 90-minute train ride north of Tel Aviv, this ancient port city was conquered by the Romans, Byzantines, Turks, and Crusaders, and has a wealth of archaeological excavations to explore. Make your base the Hotel Efendi ($$), set in a pair of 19th-century palaces.
The Negev: Staying in Israel’s stark Negev desert used to mean roughing it in tents and low-key guesthouses, until the opening of the Beresheet Hotel ($$). Abutting the 200 million-year-old Ramon Crater, the resort’s rooms and villas are crafted from ipe wood and local stone.
Galilee: Leave time for a trip to the holy region of Galilee, site of Mount Tabor and Megiddo, a two-hour drive northeast. The Scots Hotel ($$), in the town of Tiberias, is the perfect jumping-off point.
Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000