Choosing the best boutique hotels in Tel Aviv is becoming more difficult every year. Now, in 2018, six years after our first such article, over forty boutique hotels have opened in Tel Aviv, many in some of Tel Aviv’s greatest Bauhaus architectural gems, particularly in the White City and Neve Tzedek areas. The best boutique hotels in Tel Aviv which are included in this list vary in location, size and price, but all have one common feature – they create their own idea of what hospitality is, and offer an alternative to the mainstream which, if experienced, you will probably never want to go back!
Brown TLV Urban Hotel
On the fringe of the trendy White City to the east, quiet Neve Tzedek to the south, and the beach to the west, the Brown TLV Hotel, with its unique atmosphere and style, has become one of Tel Aviv’s most revered boutique hotels. Styled to recreate the glamour of the 1970’s, the Brown has 30 guest rooms, a stunning Tel Aviv rooftop, happening-bar and lounge garden, spa, and luscious lobby. The extent to which the Brown Hotel has adopted a strong design theme is perhaps unrivaled in Tel Aviv, yet this does not detract focus from providing high-quality hospitality, and the Brown Hotel has been recognized by countless international publications for the way in which it pulls these two aspects together.
25 Kalisher Street, Tel Aviv.
Perhaps the most distinguished boutique hotel in Tel Aviv is Hotel Montefiore. This is a sophisticated property with an air of quality throughout, set in the heart of the White City just a few steps from Rothschild Boulevard. When the Rolling Stones came to Tel Aviv it was at the Hotel Montefiore’s restaurant that they decided to dodge the limelight and spend an evening. In fact, the owners of Hotel Montefiore are some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurateurs, with four other restaurants which have reached the level of local institutions. The quality and high level of service is one of the key elements which separates Montefiore from the competition.
36 Montefiore Street, Tel Aviv.
Opened in 2014, The Norman was the first super-luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv. With its beautifully renovated 1920’s buildings and the charm of a by-gone era, this new hotel certainly did not disappoint. The first boutique hotel in the city to offer a swimming pool (this time, a rooftop pool), The Norman hosts two restaurants, one of which, Dinings Restaurant, is the Israeli sister of one of the most established eateries in London. Beautifully appointed and timelessly elegant, The Norman is a hotel that offers it all.
23 Nachmani Street, Tel Aviv.
Market House Hotel
Located just a few moments away from the Mediterranean Sea, the Market House Hotel is the first boutique hotel to open in the port of Jaffa. This charming hotel is set in a historic building which has been meticulously renovated. As the latest hotel from the Atlas group, guests can expect the usual Atlas hotel’s ‘happy hour’ every evening with free drinks and snacks for all guests to enjoy. For those looking for a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv that is in comparably different location to all other boutique hotels, the Market House is an excellent choice.
5 Beit Eshel Street, Jaffa, Tel Aviv.
Brown Beach House
Whilst the White City area of Tel Aviv around Rothschild saw a huge wave of boutique hotel openings in recent years, the beachfront area barely saw any change away from the larger chain hotels which dominate the scene. That is, until the Brown Beach House, sister to the Brown TLV Hotel jumped in and introduced its rather gutsy design to brighten up the options in this area. This hotel is set in a unique new building which features a huge indoor atrium that is home to one of the city’s most interesting bars. With a fabulous spa, Brown Beach House has quickly become the hotel of choice for Tel Aviv’s beach area, and is set to lead a wave of transformation to one of the city’s most underrated neighborhoods.
64, HaYarkon street, Tel Aviv.
The Poli House
The Poli House hotel is a fun, futuristic hotel with a striking design that sets it apart from the rest. The hotel was the vision of architect Karim Rashid and boasts a beautiful rooftop pool with 360-degree views of Tel Aviv. Each room features a walk-in shower, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary minibar with yummy treats. The contemporary rooms boast bright colors mixed in with black and white furniture for added sophistication. And if you still have enough time after exploring the city, treat yourself to a luxury massage before plunging into the heated rooftop dinner.
1 Nahalat Binyamin St, Tel Aviv.
This quaint boutique hotel is set in a classically renovated villa that dates back to the Bauhaus period. The rooms here take their influence from sophisticated Italian design with white and wooden décor. There are only 18 rooms in the property so guests will receive an attentive and intimate service. A charismatic spiral staircase acts as the spine of the building, taking guests up through the two-floor property. There is also a pretty porch where breakfast is served each morning and guests who stay on the ground floor will benefit from their own private terrace. The White Villa is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is just a short walk from the popular areas off Dizengoff Center and Rothschild Boulevard.
25 Ben Zion Boulevard, Tel Aviv.
If you’re looking for something that’s hipster chic then Dave is certainly that place. A boutique hotel without the pretentiousness, Dave is a place where you can kick back with a pint and share stories with fellow travelers. It’s just a five-minute walk from the beach and an even shorter walk to the thriving Dizengoff Street where you’ll find popular places to wine and dine. Ultimately Dave is all about connecting travelers to local life and so guests have the option of eating breakfast in one of two neighborhood cafes, and, can even use a local gym.
17 Gordon St., Tel Aviv.
Try a new addition to Tel Aviv’s design hotel scene with a visit to the CUCU Hotel. Located directly on Dizengoff Street, when staying here guests can expect to experience the best of the city’s thriving nightlife. With popular restaurants, bars, and shops literally on your doorstep, you will have time to enjoy one of the hotel’s spa treatments which include fabulous options for couples. This hotel is all about Israeli contemporary design and the rooms reflect this with bold furniture and large open spaces. This hotel is dedicated to providing a chilled out place to stay – something that will be truly welcomed after a long day of sightseeing.
Dizengoff 83, Tel Aviv.
A historical hotel in a historical neighborhood, the Nordoy Hotel dates back to 1925 and is nestled in Nachlat Binyamin, home to the popular local arts and craft market of the same name. As the longest running hotel in Tel Aviv, the Nordoy is a destination hotel and a tourist site in its own right. To really make the most of this classic neighborhood, guests at the Nordoy can take in idyllic views of the area from the comfort of the trendy Rooftop Lounge with a specially crafted playlist of soothing sounds. There is also a spa, and the hotel are currently in the process of building a Jacuzzi for added relaxation. From the stylish Deluxe Room to the outstandingly impressive Penthouse Suite, every room has unique interior and luxury toiletries from the Dead Sea. With such a big reputation, a stay in the Nordoy will be an experience in itself – so sit back and relax in this historic gem.
27 Nahalat Benyamin, Tel Aviv.
The Margosa Hotel is a stylish hotel with funky designs and a vibrant location. This quaint boutique hotel is nestled in the popular area of Jaffa, close to the flea market where you will find a range of local handmade products. The rooms at the Margosa are generous in size and include high-quality showers and baths. Jaffa is a popular area in Tel Aviv with plenty of historic sites, interesting shops, and a beautiful port. When staying at the Margosa, guests will not need to venture far to experience the best attractions in the city.
Avraham Even Shoshan 1, Tel Aviv.
It is important to note that in Tel Aviv, the term ’boutique hotels’ has become widely used, to describe almost any small hotel, and not, as in much of the world, to describe a standard of hospitality and design. Our selection of the best boutique hotels in Tel Aviv has, therefore, had to become more and more procedural as we have sought to ensure that only the most relevant, and deserving properties make the grade.