Choosing the best boutique hotel in Tel Aviv is becoming more difficult every year. Now, in 2016, four years after our first such listing, over twenty 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, and creating intimate, and high quality accommodations. 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, will probably never allow you to go back!
We first wrote our guide to the best Tel Aviv boutique hotels in 2012, when the city had just a few properties, notably the Brown TLV Hotel and Hotel Montefiore, in our opinion, the pioneers of this new wave of hospitality. Since then, these two properties, who have maintained their standards as being among the best, have been joined by over twenty new hotels.
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.
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 travel of the 1970’s, the Brown has 30 guest rooms, a stunning rooftop, happening-bar and lounge garden, spa, and luscious lobby which truly does take you back in time. 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. Read more
Perhaps the most distinguished boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, Hotel Montefiore is far removed from the brashness of some of its competitors. This is a sophisticated property with has 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 service is one of the key elements which separates Montefiore from the competition.
36 Montefiore Street, Tel Aviv. Read more
The first super-luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, The Norman opened its doors in late 2014 and has not disappointed with its beautifully renovated 1920’s buildings regenerating the charm of a by-gone era. 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 London’s most established eateries. Beautifully appointed and timelessly elegant, The Norman is a hotel that offers it all.
23 Nachmani Street, Tel Aviv. Read more
Market House Hotel
Located in Old Jaffa, just steps from the sea, the Market House Hotel, which opened in late 2014 is the latest hotel from the ‘Atlas’ group. The first boutique hotel to open in Jaffa, the Market House is set in a historic building which has been meticulously renovated. One of the greatest selling points of the Atlas group is that all hotels have a great ‘happy hour’ every evening with free drinks and snacks for all guests to enjoy. For those looking for a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, in a slightly different location to the majority of properties, the Market House is a great choice.
5 Beit Eshel Street, Jaffa, Tel Aviv. Read more
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 beach front area barely saw any change away from the traditional big chain hotels which dominate the scene. That is, until the Brown Beach House, sister to the Brown TLV Hotel, one of the Tel Aviv boutique hotel scene’s pioneers, jumped in and introduced its rather gutsy design to brighten up the options in this area. With an impressive design in a unique new building featuring a huge indoor atrium which is home to one of the city’s most interesting bars, and all of the facilities such as a spa, which you would come to expect from a beach club in Miami, St Tropez, or Nice. The 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.
15 Hevrat Shas Street, Tel Aviv. Read more