There are accommodation choices to meet every budget and style requirement in Tel Aviv, but the city’s ever-expanding range of boutique hotels includes the most alluring options. The best location for visitors is the wedge of the south city center bounded by Rothschild Blvd, Sheinkin St and Allenby St, which is richly endowed with cafes and restaurants. It’s also within walking distance of most sights. Further away, Jaffa offers some stylish boutique options and a vibrant Arab-influenced street life.
Just like Sleeping in the Old City Jerusalem, this article is about hostels and hotels in Tel Aviv. I believe that all budgets are covered here and there is also a small review for each hotel.
The major hotel chains tend to locate their monoliths on Ha-Yarkon St overlooking the beaches, which is fine in summer but not particularly pleasant in the colder months. On-site parking is rare; instead, most hotels have deals with nearby car parks for around 65NIS per day. In Jaffa, there’s free street parking at the Old City during the day and overnight parking there for 10NIS.
You’ll need to book ahead at weekends and at most times of the year, particularly during July, August and festival periods such as Sukkot, Rosh Hashana, Hanukkah and Passover. During Tel Aviv Pride Week every hotel in the city is full – make your booking as far ahead as possible. Note that we have cited high-season prices in our reviews – low-season prices can drop by up to 50%.
Brown TLV (03-717 0200; http://www.browntlv.com; 25 Kalisher St; budget s US$135, d US$250-350) (map)
Attention all party animals: this ‘urban hotel’ is after your business. It may not be in the best part of town, but scenesters love the rooftop bar with its sundeck and hot tub, can’t wait for Tuesday’s art event in the downstairs cocktail lounge and adore the weekend yoga sessions. Rooms are compact but stylish; some have hot tubs. Other enticements include free bike hire, on-site parking (35NIS per day) and vouchers for a complimentary breakfast in a range of chic Neve Tzedek cafes.
Center Chic Hotel (03-526 6100; http://www.atlas.co.il; 2 Zamenhoff St; s US$189, d US$210) (map)
The name is cringe-worthy, but this 50-room hotel in a Bauhaus-style building is worth considering for its central location, its well-equipped and attractively decorated rooms and its pleasant roof terrace. Breakfast (US$21) is served in the next-door Hotel Cinema, which is operated by the same company, and guests can also enjoy an complimentary early-evening aperitif there.
Hotel Cinema (03-520 7100; http://www.atlas.co.il; 1 Zamenhoff St; r US$240, ste US$300) (map)
Fans of the silver screen will appreciate the decor of this converted Bauhaus-era cinema. Public spaces feature old projectors and cinema memorabilia, and the 83 rooms have movie posters and lights made from tripods. The feel is functional rather than glamorous, though the complimentary early-evening aperitif on the roof terrace strikes a Hollywood note. There’s free parking and bike hire.
Lusky Hotel (03-516 3030; http://www.luskysuites-htl.co.il; 84 HaYarkon St; s/d/ste US$140/200/315) (map)
This family-run choice offers well-appointed rooms featuring large windows letting in lots of light. Most of these have kitchenettes, and a number have balconies with sea view – the pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the one-bedroom penthouse, which has a huge balcony overlooking the beach. Drivers will appreciate the free underground parking.
South City Center
Florentine Hostel (03-518 7551; http://www.florentinehostel.com; 10 Elifelet St, Florentin; dm 88NIS, d 280/300NIS, s/d with shared bathroom 240/260NIS) (map)
On first view, the less-than-pictureque district in which this hostel is located can be off-putting. However, it doesn’t take backpackers long to appreciate the location, which is close to Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Jaffa and the beach. Eight six-bed dorms and nine private rooms are on offer (all small), as is a rooftop bar and busy entertainment program.
Hostel Overstay (057-421 0200; http://overstaytlv.com; 47 Derech Ben Tsvi St; mattresses on roof 50NIS, dm 80NIS, d 260NIS) (map)
Friendly owner-manager Omer knows exactly what backpackers want from a hostel: cheap prices, secure and clean rooms, a communal kitchen, bathrooms with plenty of hot water, a laid-back lounge area (there’s a great one on the roof here) and a busy entertainment program. The location on a busy road in an industrial area southeast of Jaffa is the major drawback.
Beit Immanuel (03-682 1459; http://www.beitimmanuel.org; 8 Auerbach St, American Colony; s/d 200/390NIS) (map)
This convent-style hostel is located in an 1884 building opposite a pretty Lutheran church. Operated by an evangelical congregation known as CMJ, who aim to convince Jews that Jesus is the Messiah, its rooms are clean and comfortable and it has a private garden and a free car park. Unfortunately, the atmosphere isn’t particularly welcoming. The building once housed a fashionable hotel – German Kaiser Wilhelm II stayed here in 1898 – owned by Baron Plato von Ustinov, grandfather of the actor Peter Ustinov. It’s located on a quiet street just off Eilat St (the continuation of Jaffa Rd).
Hotel Montefiore (03-564 6100; http://www.hotelmontefiore.co.il; 36 Montefiore St; s/d 1420/1560NIS) (map)
A truly classy choice, the Montefiore occupies a heritage-listed 1920s villa in a tree-lined street running between Rothschild Blvd and Allenby St. The 12 elegant rooms have high ceilings, wooden floors, an armchair, a generously endowed bookshelf, double-glazed windows and a spacious bathroom. As is the case in the fashionable downstairs bar and restaurant, contemporary Israeli art adorns the walls.
Shenkin Hotel (03-600 9401; http://www.shenkinhotel.com; 21 Brenner St; s US$240-350, d US$300-380) (map)
Its mantra is ‘Locals Know Best’, and the excellent recommendations supplied by the Shenkin’s friendly staff certainly prove the point. A small and stylish place in a great location behind Sheinkin St, it offers four attractive room types, common areas showcasing local contemporary art, a roof terrace and a lovely rear terrace where complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available.
Rothschild 71 (03-629 0555; http://www.the-rothschild.com; 71 Rothschild Blvd; r US$300, ste US$350-750) (map)
Housed in a 1934 Bauhaus-style apartment block, this luxe hotel offers 32 sleek and stylish studios and suites with good amenities (Nespresso machine, iPod dock, work desk). Located in the centre of the inner-city action, it’s a great choice for couples as it doesn’t accept guests under 16, has an attached cafe and offers unobtrusive yet efficient service. Guests have free access to bicycles and a nearby gym. Breakfast isn’t included in the room charge, but croissants, biscuits, tea and coffee are available in the small lobby lounge.
Diaghilev (03-545 3131; http://www.diaghilev.co.il; 56 Mazeh St; d US$190-280) (map)
Paintings, prints and sculptures decorate every wall and common area in this ‘Live Art Hotel’, which occupies a handsome Bauhaus-style building off Rothschild Blvd. The spacious rooms have sitting area, kitchenette and separate bedroom. Top marks go to the quiet location, on-site parking (US$15) and helpful front-desk staff. Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate.
Rothschild Hotel (03-957 8888; http://www.rothschild-hotel.co.il; Rothschild Blvd; s 1070-1350NIS, d 1100-1400NIS, ste 1700-2800NIS)(map)
Ofra Zimbalista’s sculpture of choral singers on the exterior is but one of many whimsical features at this exemplary boutique hotel. Pre-dating Tel Aviv’s recent boutique-hotel boom, the Rothschild’s decor has worn extremely well and the place still leads the pack when it comes to service. The in-house restaurant serves what it describes as ‘Zionist cuisine with a French accent’.
Alma Hotel (03-630 8777; http://www.almahotel.co.il; 23 Yavne St; s/d deluxe US4420/470, executive US4440/490)(map)
The lovely 1920s building, theatrical decor and on-site restaurant and tapas bar are the main draws at this recently opened boutique choice just off Rothschild Blvd, but the rooftop bar and pretty rear courtyard garden provide additional inducement. Both room types offer plenty of space, a huge bed, an espresso machine and a lovely bathroom with luxe Sabon toiletries.
Townhouse Tel Aviv (03-944 4300; http://www.townhousetelaviv.com; 32 Yavne St; s/d US$200/240, ste US$350)(map)
Reasonable prices and a good location mean that this 19-room place deserves consideration. Though not as stylish as many other boutique hotels in this area, it offers comfortable rooms with large beds, airy white bathrooms and espresso machines, and has a small downstairs lounge where breakfast and all-day tea and coffee are served.
Tel Aviv Beach & Port
Beachfront Hotel (03-726 5230, 03-744 0347 ; http://www.telavivbeachfront.co.il; 78 Herbert Samuel Esplanade; dm US$30, s US$80, d with/without bathroom US$99/79)(map)
The beach-party vibe is one of many reasons to stay at this hostel opposite Trumpeldor Beach. An array of clean, well-maintained dorms and rooms – some with views and private terraces – awaits, as does a rooftop bar serving free sangria nightly. Free wi-fi and beach towels are provided for guest use, but internet costs 60NIS per hour. No breakfast.
Hayarkon 48 Hostel (03-516 8989; http://www.hayarkon48.com; 48 HaYarkon St; dm 113NIS, r without/with bathroom 330/385NIS)(map)
Just two blocks from the beach, this hostel has decent facilities including communal kitchen, rooftop terrace and lounge with pool table and TV/DVD. Dorms are mixed and female-only, and the simple private rooms have double bed and cable TV. All dorms and half of the private rooms have air-con.
Embassy Hotel (03-679 9999; http://www.embassy-hotel-telaviv.co.il; 76 Hayarkon St; d US$150-160, d US$160-170, ste US$180)(map)
A decor reminiscent of Mad Men (series one) and a location directly opposite Trumpeldor Beach mean that this small hotel will please summer style-meisters whose budgets can’t quite stretch to the prices charged by boutique hotels in the Rothschild enclave. Opt for a suite if possible, as these are larger than the slightly cramped standards and come with a kitchenette.
Port Hotel (03-544 5544; http://www.porthoteltelaviv.com; 4 Yirmiyahu St; s/d US$150/160)(map)
This self-titled ‘mini hotel’ near the Old Port offers something that is very rare in Tel Aviv – stylish accommodation for those on a budget. Though small and without views, rooms are clean and comfortable. The roof terrace and proximity to the beach are major assets.
Mendeli Street Hotel (03-520 2700; http://www.mendelistreethotel.com; 5 Mendeli St)(map)
In summer, the living is both easy and glamorous at this hotel close to Bograshov and Frischmann Beaches. The hotel lobby and restaurant are design magazine chic, and the rooms are similarly stylish, with contemporary fittings and good amenities. The standard room is compact, so consider opting for a deluxe or superior version. Staff are young, charming and extremely helpful.
Shalom Hotel & Relax (03-542 5555; http://www.atlas.co.il; 216 Hayarkon St; standard/superior r US$263/303)(map)
Styled as a beach house – albeit one with 51 rooms – this spa hotel offers a free 15-minute massage to every guest at its rooftop treatment room. Rooms are attractive but small, so you should opt for a superior one if possible. Common areas include a rooftop sundeck and a welcoming lobby lounge where a delicious breakfast is served.
Art Plus Hotel (03-797 1700; http://www.atlas.co.il; 35 Ben Yehuda St; s/d/ste US$265/280/310)(map)
The interiors at this five-year-old art-themed hotel haven’t aged particularly well and are definitely in need of refurbishment. Fortunately, a new gym and spa provide compensation, as does the free parking and complimentary afternoon aperitif. There’s a roof terrace with sun lounges, though most guests prefer lazing on the nearby beach.
Old Jaffa Hostel (03-682 2370; http://www.telaviv-hostel.com; 13 Amiad St; dm US$25, s US$70-98, d US$80-105)(map)
Occupying an Ottoman-era house in the flea market, this hostel is definitely the most atmospheric option in its price range in Tel Aviv, but it’s not the most comfortable. Dorm beds are reasonably priced and there is a generous number of communal bathrooms, but the private rooms are overpriced. There’s a communal kichen and a roof terrace with sea glimpses. In summer, guests can sleep on the rooftop for US$21.
Old Jaffa Khan (052 866 6232; firstname.lastname@example.org; 5 Mazar Taleh St, Old Jaffa; d US$350)
Hidden in an quiet enclave of artists’ studios in Old Jaffa, these studio apartments are perfect for a romantic getaway. Two have a sea view and two have private gardens – all are gorgeous. Amenities include hot tub, cable TV, music system, and kitchenette with kettle and espresso machine. Breakfast is served at a nearby cafe.
Market House Hotel (03-542 5555; http://www.atlashotels.co.il; 5 Beit Eshel St, Jaffa; s US$285, d US$300)(map)
There aren’t many opportunities in life to stay in a building incorporating remnants of a 8th-century Byzantine chapel, but that’s what’s on offer at this recently opened hotel in the middle of the flea market. Rooms are stylish, soundproofed and equipped with kettle and fridge; the standards are a bit cramped, so opt for a superior or penthouse if possible. Breakfast is enjoyed in the downstairs lobby and there’s a complimentary aperitif session in the upstairs lounge in the early evening.