bTel Aviv is one of those small cities, but one with a big city attitude. With a population under one million, the city feels as big, exciting and overwhelming as New York City or Berlin. So it’s no surprise that Tel Aviv has a thriving cultural scene. But rather unlike other major metropolitan cities across the world, Tel Aviv’s art, culture and upscale living is significantly more approachable. In New York or London, luxury may seem out of reach for many tourists and locals alike. But in Tel Aviv, where the locals are just trying to live and have a good time, many aspects of high society that are normally out of reach, are easy to come by.
Hotel and accommodation prices in Tel Aviv aren’t cheap. Beachfront properties and rooms in sky-rises are hard to come by at a bargain. But that doesn’t mean they’re out of reach. These four boutique hotels in Tel Aviv offer more than just a well-designed hotel room. They’re special because of something else. And even if you don’t shell out the shekels to stay there, you’ll find the properties still easy to access–and far more interesting than your typical hotels.
Just one block from the beach, the Artplus is more than just a hotel for beach tourists. Every floor, room and suite in the Artplus features site-specific artwork, all of it designed by local Israeli artists. If you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still sign up for a gallery visit. And on weekends, the art tour through the hotel includes a meal at their breakfast buffet. The Israeli brunch buffet when I visited included Israeli breakfast favorites like shakshuka, burekas and salad with tehina, all among your basic breakfast foods and juices.
Learn more: atlas.co.il
Room prices from $189 per night
One of Tel Aviv’s more legendary boutique hotels, the Hotel Montefiore is located within walking distance to some of Tel Aviv’s most important streets: Rothschild, Shenkin and Dizengoff. But more than just a hotel, the restaurant at Hotel Montefiore has been a long-time staple in Tel Aviv’s burgeoning restaurant scene. Their business lunch on Sundays-Thursdays offers an appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee all for the price of your entree (from 58 shekels). The seafood pasta and Vietnamese spring rolls I had at lunch were fresh, delicious and authentic. Restaurant reservations are recommended (and can be booked online).
Learn more: hotelmontefiore.co.il
Room prices from $380 per night
Israel’s only Design Hotel, the Brown Hotel is well-designed from top to bottom. Despite clearly being a boutique hotel, the 70s styled lobby, backyard patio/bar and rooftop club are all spacious and provide ample enough room for the many parties hosted in the hotel (including the launch party for Playboy Israel earlier this summer!). Also in the lobby is a small shop-space which rotates among local vendors. The pop-up shop has been home to a chocolate factory and Norwegian cosmetic shop in the past. If whatever’s on in the pop-up store, just head up to the roof of the Brown Hotel for some of Tel Aviv’s hottest parties. Take a walk through the hotel to spot artworks by street artist Pilpeled, or else you’ll find one of his large murals above the bar on the rooftop.
Learn more: browntlv.com
Room prices from $145 per night
A newer boutique hotel on the Tel Aviv scene is the luxurious Alma Hotel. With only 15 rooms and suites, it’s smaller than the other picks on this list, so the hotel is likely to be full even if you’re looking to book one of the meticulously designed (and colorful!) rooms. But on the ground floor of this hotel just off trendy Rothschild Boulevard, you’ll find the Alma Lounge—brainchild of local chef celebrity Yonatan Roshfeld. The Alma Lounge is as famous for its cocktails as its food, so be sure to stop by here and check out the scene in this trendy, bohemian chic lounge. It’s a great place to enjoy on a warm summer evening!
Learn more: almahotel.co.il
Room prices from $380 per night
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Tel Aviv wouldn’t be Tel Aviv if there wasn’t an ever-growing supply of boutique hotels. This little Mediterranean city can’t seem to stop building rooms, and though there are plenty of big-box high-rises, the boutique hotels all seem to offer their own individual charms. One of the newest boutique hotels in Tel Aviv to open up is the AL Boutique Hotel, home to yet another buzzing hotel lounge.
I’m loving the book shelf in the photo of the Brown Hotel. Glad you’re having a great time in Tel Aviv.
Cheers Steve. Yep the Brown Hotel has quite the impressive bookshelf! Here’s another view of that bookshelf :)
I am envious of that book shelf, too. These all look like great places…
Haha – everyone loves a good bookshelf. The Montefiore Restaurant had a bookshelf in the lounge we ate in as well. Even snapped some photos of that one:
LOVE that bookshelf! great tips – thank you!
All of them are unfortunately out of my price range right now but they are stunning! Good finds Adam. :)
Hi Cheryl, yes these boutique hotels can be a bit expensive, but luckily their bars and restaurants are all much more affordable.
Now these are the kind of hotels that are really up are street. Great designs, well thought out and enjoyable to stay in.
Also the kind where I can see myself getting too distracted with the books and not doing any work. Inevitable.
i do hear that it’s very expensive. besides these boutique hotels, how much do hotels average? will have to keep these in mind for whenever we visit.
I’m lovin’ those red chairs and those lemony looking cocktails. I’ll take them both!
I love boutique luxury hotels. The service is almost always more personal.
I love a good hotel so will keep these in mind for when we are in Israel.
Hanging out in a cool hotel lobby is always a great way to rub to live “above your budget”, even for a little while. And I love that these spots in Tel Aviv all have a unique spin on hospitality!
These hotels all look lovely. I’d love to learn about some Tel Aviv hotels with eco friendly initiatives.
Great post… I love the book shelf and the red chair.. interesting hotels.
These hotels are top attractions of every traveler and i would love to stay in these hotels and enjoy the luxury and food of these hotels.
When I want to make the wifey happy I take her to nice boutique hotels. Never been to Tel Aviv before but I am sure those are places the wifey would enjoy as well. Hotel Montefiore seems like a great place but I think my fav would be Artplus.
The boutique hotels are known for their supreme customer services and the best cuisine. The most significant factors of these hotels are that they are situated close to the hub of the city, so it would be very for the tourists to reach entire eye-catching destination without having any trouble.