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Sleeping in an Art Gallery: the ArtPlus Hotel in Tel Aviv

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The hotel lobby is filled to the brim with all the books that I can never afford

Ever since I read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a kid, I’ve had a slight obsession with the idea of sleeping in a museum. So when Atlas Hotels reached out to me this summer about staying at their Artplus Hotel in Tel Aviv during Gay Pride, I didn’t pass up on the opportunity. With a name like “Artplus” you’d probably expect an art-themed hotel, maybe with some well-designed rooms and a bit of art. While not a “museum,” the Artplus can definitely be classified as an art gallery. They’ve specifically curated their art pieces among Israeli artists and even offer tours to the guests that stay there as well as tourists & visitors.

Walking through the art gallery errr hotel, you can’t turn a corner without running into a new piece of art. The stairwell features video screens playing a constant loop of modern video art (not always my cup of tea). Each floor of the hotel also features exclusive Israeli art — sometimes even wrapping around guest room doors!

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The front lobby of the hotel (photo at top) is a large open space conducive to meeting other travelers and guests. It also helps that they offer refreshments all day and night (helpful for when you’re returning from the clubs) and with a happy hour most evenings. The rooms in this hotel aren’t exactly spacious but what’s missing in room size is made up for in the atmosphere. The breakfast dining area features several private tables, but also one large communal table perfect for solo travelers (or late-risers). More art books than you can imagine are on the shelves throughout the ground floor, even in the bathroom!

The hotel’s terrace is simple and sunny, but the real treat about the hotel’s location is its proximity to the beach. It’s one block away and the hotel will happily provide you with beach towels and maybe even a bicycle so you can get the full benefits of Tel Aviv’s beach promenade.

Tel Aviv ArtPlus Hotel

Showing some love during Gay Pride!

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The Artplus Hotel’s roof terrace is walled off so it’s not the best views, but still good for a sundowner


The room might’ve been small but the bed was big!

For my purposes (and I suspect most first-time visitors to Tel Aviv), the hotel’s location was just what I needed. Super close proximity to the beach (and really — is there much else to do in Tel Aviv??), the hotel was also within walking distance to the Carmel Market, Dizengoff Center (and it’s surrounding streets) and the Ben Yehuda bars in North Tel Aviv.

The highlight of my hotel experience, though, was definitely the in-room amenities. Fresh fruit and candies were in my room when I arrived — which was a lifesaver considering I arrived in Israel at 3am and slept through my first morning’s complimentary breakfast. Once I got past my chocolates, though, I noticed the one thing that I never knew I always wanted in a hotel room: coloring pencils & paper! This was taking the concept of an art hotel to a whole new level! I considered leaving the front desk with my masterpiece (not pictured), but I didn’t want to detract from the Israeli artists who have their work showcased in the hotel.


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All the Atlas Hotels in Israel offer in-room fresh fruit and candies for guests. The Artplus also left a bag of delicious chocolates.

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The absolute coolest part of my hotel room (and any hotel room?) — coloring pencils and drawing paper!

Artplus Hotel
Standard rooms from $189 per night
Watch this video about the hotel concept (Hebrew with English subtitles)
35 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv

  1. Franca says:

    Coloring pencils to let your creativity go wild? Awesome! I wish every place I stayed had some :)

    • Adam says:

      I know right? It was the most surprising thing in the hotel room – fun, funky and definitely made me smile!

  2. Staying there on my next visit for sure! Love it!

  3. Love the colored pencils and stationary. Its little things like that which add real style to a room!

  4. Sarah says:

    Okay, I might have to revamp where I’m staying in Tel Aviv, as The Mixed Up Files was one of my favourite books as a child!

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