Hotels in Israel
The wide range of Israel hotels includes plenty of luxury brands, guest houses, B&Bs (called zimmers), “hospices” (which are actually small hotels, geared to Christian pilgrims) and kibbutz hotels (popular with big groups). Over the years, most lodging options have not been known for their character or flair, but there are exceptions, among the best hotels in Israel:
The King David Hotel. It's not for the budget-minded, but this member of The Leading Hotels of the World may be the best, or at least one of the best, hotels in Israel. Dating back to British colonial times, the plush hotel boasts views of the Old City, a lush pool area and great service. It's also part of the small Dan hotel chain, which has more economical options in other parts of Jerusalem and Haifa.
The InterContinental David. This Tel Aviv hotel has reasonable rates but plenty of luxury perks (like personal sitting rooms) and is located on the beachfront promenade, with the beach, shopping, and restaurants an easy walk away.
Dan Eilat Hotel. This mid-range resort in Eilat, by the Red Sea, sits on a private beach with views of both sparkling blue water and mountains.
Rooms have minimalist, design-forward décor at this hotel in the heart of the city.
1930's property with a location a stone's throw from the Old City and rich interiors (redone by Adam Tihany in 2011) that are steeped in glamour: a long list of heads of state and celebrities have graced its halls.
Stocked with custom wood furnishings and bold, Art Deco–inspired textiles, the five suites at this stylish property fit right into the city’s artsy Neve Tzedek neighborhood.
The 55-room Savoy Hotel is a stone’s throw from Tel Aviv’s famous white-sand strands, as well as the city’s bustling markets, cafés, and nightclubs. A recent renovation added 10 rooms (seven with Jacuzzi baths), balconies, and hardwood floors.
A shorefront hotel built in the late 1950's, recently renovated to preserve its original Modernist design. The property has 280 rooms and a popular new dining room, D Restaurant.
Israel found the perfect complement to its new architectural icons (the Santiago Calatrava–designed Jerusalem bridge; Ron Arad’s Design Museum, in Holon) in the angular, elegant Mamilla Hotel by Moshe Safdie.
Houses in a Bauhaus-style building that was one of the first movie theaters in the city, this film-themed property now has 82 rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, and bikes for guests’ use.
Opened in 2010, the hotel features black marble showers in the suites, leather couches in the library, and views of the Mediterranean.
Guests enter the terra-cotta-paved lobby to the smells of jasmine and honeysuckle. The resort stands near a tiny artists' colony in Galilee, a peaceful area on good terms with both its Jewish residents and Arab neighbors.
Housed in a Bauhaus building from 1937, the Gordon Hotel & Lounge is a bold architectural statement on Tel Aviv’s waterfront. Israeli design firm Studio B6 kept the original whitewashed façade—the better to appreciate the views of the sea.