I just spent a few days in Tel Aviv—and even though it’s winter here in Israel, I still managed to have a lot of fun in one of my all-time favorite Mediterranean cities. On this particular visit, I stayed at the Melody Hotel directly on HaYarkon Street (that’s the one that runs along the beach). While many of the beach-front hotels in Tel Aviv are big-name brands, the Melody is part of a boutique/design hotel chain specific to Israel: the Atlas group.
Each hotel in the group has a different theme and the Melody Hotel‘s style is all about allowing guests to both work hard and play hard. Which, if you’ve been to Tel Aviv before, is pretty much how the city runs. With a thriving start-up scene and a creative, entrepreneurial spirit, Tel Aviv is all about creating and doing. But, being a coastal city with legendary nightlife, it’s also quite hedonistic. At the Melody Hotel, the staff goes out of their way to make sure you can both work hard and play hard during your Israel visit.
Each room is stylishly and simply designed. It’s not over-the-top design, but instead the rooms feature a simple palette with a splash of color. Like this bright red chair that sat in the corner of my room near the floor-to-ceiling window (which opened wide so that I could let in fresh air).
Work hard at the Melody Hotel
Each room in the Tel Aviv hotel has a wide desk space with basic office supplies—things you never expect to find in a hotel room (see below). With a mini-fridge and a tea kettle, I was able to make as much tea as I wanted. The fresh Mediterranean fruit (kiwi, orange, pear and some other orange fruit I still haven’t figured out) was a nice touch and made for an excellent midnight snack when I was too lazy to leave the room. And on top of it all, the Tel Aviv hotel has free wifi throughout—from the reception to the rooftop (and yes, even in the rooms). Very few boutique hotels offer the same amenities!
Play hard at the Meldoy Hotel
Tel Aviv is as much (if not more so) about having fun as it is about doing work. And so the Melody Hotel goes out of their way to make guests’ stay easy and enjoyable. When I checked in, the guy at reception offered me chocolate and apple cider while I waited for my room key. And, for guests, the hotel has a DVD collection available for free! Each room has a DVD player making it quite an easy option when the rain just got to be too much. There are also board games and a regular happy hour in the hotel lobby every weekday with free wine and snacks. Yes, FREE WINE AND SNACKS!
The vibe at the Melody Hotel was friendly and casual. There were plenty of single travelers while I stayed there which made it easy to meet people, but the general atmosphere was social and open regardless. And it’s probably only easier to be social at the hotel in the summer when the rooftop bar is open. (Did I mention the amazing view of the Tel Aviv skyline from the roof?!) The morning breakfast buffet was also excellent with Israeli food options: shakshuka, burkeas, Israeli salad in addition to your regular breakfast hotel options.
With a room as nice as the one I had at the Melody Hotel, it was hard to venture out in the bad weather for some proper partying. But I did manage a few good nights out in Tel Aviv so stay tuned for more…
Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv boutique hotel
220 Hayarkon Street, TLV
@melodyhoteltlv or @atlasisrael