Tel Aviv, Israel

Planning a trip to Tel Aviv? For months, you’ve been dreaming about the beaches, the markets, the galleries, and the chic cafés in Israel’s second-largest city. But in planning all the fun stuff, you’ve overlooked a few logistics—like where to stay. And a cookie-cutter hotel just isn’t going to cut it in this exciting city. Here are three boutique hotels within walking distance of everything you want to see and do in the White City.

Photo: Alma Hotel & Lounge
Photo: Alma Hotel & Lounge

The Alma Hotel & Lounge sits on the corner of Rothschild Boulevard, one of the city’s main streets. The 1920s apartment building was gutted a few years ago and revived as an art-filled hotel. Patterned tiles and frescoes fill the reception area. The friendly staff will loan you an iPad or provide a list of art galleries within walking distance. Herbs and lemon trees dot the interior garden. Individually decorated rooms have bright colors, vintage details, and deep soaking tubs. The roof deck is the perfect place to relax with a glass of white wine. While Alma Lounge, the seasonal restaurant, serves mouth-watering seafood lasagna. Surprisingly, you might decide to stay in your first night in the city.

Photo: Brown TLV Hotel
Photo: Brown TLV Hotel

Your second option is only a few blocks away from the Alma. Brown TLV Urban Hotel is on a quiet street in Neve Tzedek, the SoHo of Tel Aviv. The design hotel has a chic, retro vibe. The softly lit living room has leather couches and books displayed like art. The rooms may be on the small side, though you won’t notice with the chocolate-colored walls, the Italian black marble bathrooms, and the walk-in rainfall showers. Besides, you’ll be spending most of your time on the rooftop anyway. It’s here you find the spa for your deep-tissue massage, the bar for an ice-cold drink, a jacuzzi, and green sunbeds. The view of the city is pretty spectacular, as well.

Photo: The Norman
Photo: The Norman

If retro, bold, and bright isn’t your style, then you’ll feel right at home at The Norman, near the Habima Theatre (the national theater of Israel). Two buildings from the 1920s were combined and turned into an elegant hotel. The interior is mostly white, with a few muted colors mixed in. The rooms have high ceilings, fresh flowers, and organic snacks. Yoga mats and jogging maps are ready for you to stay in shape. Beach totes are already filled with towels and bottled water. White umbrellas and the pool are on the rooftop. Norman Restaurant, inspired by Nice, serves French-Mediterranean fare. Dinings, on the third floor, offers Japanese tapas. While the Library Bar has deep chairs and a colonial vibe. Just don’t forget all those original plans you had for Tel Aviv.

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