We at ISRAEL21c are so excited to see visitors coming back to Israel after a very long absence that we’ve decided to help travelers choose hotels for their next trip.

Below are 18 hotels in Tel Aviv-Jaffa to start you off. As anyone who’s been to the White City knows, there are hotels everywhere – 11,600 rooms in 181 hotels – in addition to many Airbnb rentals.

Thousands more rooms are planned in the next few years, with new properties such as the 880-room Sarona Hotel now under construction.

Let’s start off with two of the newest options.

BEST NEW HOTELS

Ink

Tel Aviv’s Ink Hotel is designed like a stack of books. Photo courtesy of Ink

This 52-room boutique hotel, opened in July 2021, was designed by Yoav Messer in homage to the 1950s-era I.L. Peretz Library and bookstore that once stood here as a center of Yiddish culture. The building itself resembles a stack of books. Inside, interior designer Yaron Tal installed old inkwells and a neon library sign in Yiddish. A huge typewriter hangs above the lobby’s Asian fusion restaurant, and even the rooms feature newspaper-printed wallpaper.

Address: 14 Brenner St.
Amenities: Spa, restaurant, rooftop pool
Parking: Onsite automated parking and valet service
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The David Kempinski Hotel

The David Kempinski Hotel in Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of David Kempinski Hotels

Open as of March 28, The David Kempinski offers 250 luxury rooms and suites with expansive views of the Mediterranean Sea. The property’s triplex penthouse suite, the largest in Tel Aviv, spans more than 4,000 square feet including a rooftop terrace and infinity pool.

Guests of the hotel’s top 14 suites will have exclusive access to the 34th floor outdoor lounge that is open seasonally and boasts a private rooftop pool, relaxation area and fully serviced lounge restaurant and bar. After dark, this lounge will transform to Cloud51 for a buzzy nightlife experience.

Address: 51 Hayarkon St.
Amenities: Spa, gym, salon, infinity swimming pool, Whiskey & Cigar Bar, five kosher dining venues, conference and banqueting facilities
Parking: On premises, for a fee
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BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS

The Norman

The King Albert Suite at The Norman, Tel Aviv. Photo by Sivan Askayo

Since opening in December 2014, this 50-room boutique hotel continues winning awards for setting the standard in all that is refined and aesthetic. Its prime location in two restored 1920s Bauhaus buildings at King Albert Square near Rothschild Boulevard, 10 minutes from the beach, allows visitors to experience the breadth of the White City.

Address: 23-25 Nahmani St.
Amenities: Rooftop infinity pool and deck, Japanese tapas restaurant, chef restaurant, Library Bar, spa
Parking: Valet parking in secured private lot
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Vera Boutique Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Vera

The 39-room Vera collaborates with local talent (such as furniture designer Tomer Nachshon and lighting designer Ohad Benit) to introduce guests to Israel’s unique creative talent and craftsmanship. The interior, designed by Yaron Tal Studio, combines the industrial raw floors and unplastered walls of the original 1950s office building with high-end design and an abundance of greenery. The hotel has a zero-plastics policy and offers organic skincare products.

Address: 27 Lilienblum St.
Amenities: Lobby cocktail vending machine, cocktail bar, complimentary wine, spa, rooftop sundeck, yoga instruction
Parking: Limited on-site spots and public lot nearby
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BEST HISTORIC HOTELS

Poli House

Poli House Hotel in Tel Aviv. Photo by Assaf Pinchuk

This 40-room boutique hotel originally was built in 1934 as an office building called Polishuk House. It housed the clandestine Etzel printing press during the British Mandate, and later the famous Naaley Pil (Elephant Shoes) children’s shoe store. After lying dormant and graffiti-covered for years, the building was painstakingly restored by Nitza Szmuk Architects and whimsically designed by Karim Rashid. Opened in 2016, Poli House is next to Carmel Market and the Nahalat Binyamin craft fair.

Address: 1 Nahalat Binyamin St.
Amenities: Rooftop heated swimming pool and cocktail bar, spa, breakfast garden café, 24-hour concierge
Parking: Public lot nearby
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The Drisco

The Drisco Hotel in the American Colony, Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Photo by Assaf Pinchuk

The Hardegg Jerusalem Hotel, built in the 1860s by John and George Drisco, was the region’s first luxury hotel. It later served as a British military headquarters and a shelter for World War II refugees. A $35 million investment and 10-year restoration project brought the hotel back to its former glory, and then some, in 2018. Situated in South Tel Aviv’s American-German Colony, The Drisco has 42 rooms, some offering views of the Mediterranean and others overlooking Jaffa or the hotel’s courtyard. A second historic building, a three-story wood structure renamed The Villa Drisco, has a five-room suite and Maine-style porches.

Address: 6 Auerbach St.
Amenities: Lounge bar, rooftop bar, and chef restaurant Zada featuring a contemporary spin on the Ottoman cuisine
Parking: Valet
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BEST LUXURY HOTELS

Setai Tel Aviv

Setai Tel Aviv opened in Jaffa in 2018. Photo by Assaf Pinchuk

This luxury hotel in Jaffa is the result of more than 20 years of preservation work led by the Israel Antiquities Authority to maintain the building’s original Ottoman-era character. The structure was built as a fortress in 1886 and served as a prison and police station, but workers dug up artifacts dating back to the Crusader period. Stone and marble corridors connect the property’s five buildings, featuring 120 rooms around a central courtyard.

Address: 22 David Raziel St. (top of Clock Tower Square)
Amenities: Spa, Turkish steam bath, infinity rooftop pool, chef restaurant, sushi bar, lounge
Parking: Valet
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Hilton Tel Aviv

Evening view of the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90

The combination of five-star rooms and suites, direct beach access, onsite parking, a variety of upscale eateries and top-notch guest services make the Hilton a classic choice for a luxurious stay in Tel Aviv for couples, families and business travelers. The Hilton is located within Independence Park, a lovely setting with a magnificent view over Hilton Beach.

Address: 205 Hayarkon St.
Amenities: Five kosher restaurants (dairy, meat, sushi bar, lobby restaurant/bar, pool bar), spa, salon, saltwater outdoor pool, fitness center, business center and meeting rooms, tour desk, babysitting services
Parking: Underground garage
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BEST BUDGET HOTELS

Dave Gordon

Lobby at Dave Gordon Hotel, Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of Brown Hotels

This Brown Hotels “Son of a Brown” collection property is near the beach as well as the artistic and professional faces of Tel Aviv in a prime shopping district. The 30-room, four-story walkup Bauhaus building is furnished with flea-market finds and “funky, weird, daring and fun” novelties. Guests get vouchers for meals at two neighborhood cafés and a discount on a nearby gym.

Address: 17 Gordon St.
Amenities: Video game console, lobby snacks and popcorn, library, sitting courtyard, bike rentals
Parking: In public lot on Frishman Street
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Yam

Lobby of the affordable Yam hotel in Tel Aviv. Photo by Sarit Goffen

Not yam the vegetable but “yahm,” Hebrew for “sea,” this cozy 36-room hotel is one of the most affordable places at the ritzy northern end of the beach promenade near Tel Aviv Port. The 42 rooms are decorated in beachy hues of blue, white and yellow. They even give you a beach ball. Some of the rooms have balconies with a sea view.

Address: 16 Kaf Gimel Yordei Hasira St.
Amenities: Buffet restaurant, tour desk
Parking: Nearby paid lot
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BEST HOSTELS

Abraham Hostel

Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv guests enjoying the lounge. Photo courtesy of Abraham Hostels

Located in the Gan Hachashmal (Electric Garden) neighborhood just off Rothschild Boulevard in the heart of the startup and nightlife scene, Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv offers 90 rooms and 390 beds in a variety of private, dorm and suite rooms. This hostel doubles as an event venue hosting Israeli and international performing artists, and recently added services geared to young business travelers.

Address: 21 Levontin St.
Amenities: Daily events and tours, lounge, bar, 24/7 guest kitchen and laundry room, rooftop terrace, private and shared working spaces, TV room, traveler center, computer station
Parking: Paid lot nearby
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Selina

Geared to digital nomads, Selina offers facilities including a library. Photo courtesy of Selina

Located in bohemian Neveh Tzedek, Selina offers digital nomads and staycationers a variety of 30 rooms: a private suite, a private room for two, lofts for four or two, four micro rooms with a shared bathroom, and a six-bed community room. All rooms are decorated by local artists.

Address: 61 Eilat St.
Amenities: Bar and restaurant, library, yoga space, garden, coworking room, pets permitted
Parking: In public lot nearby
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BEST FAMILY HOTELS

Dan Tel Aviv

Dan Tel Aviv on the beach. Photo by Anton Nossik via Wikimedia Commons
Dan Tel Aviv on the beach. Photo by Anton Nossik via Wikimedia Commons

Distinctive for its rainbow façade by kinetic artist Yaacov Agam, Dan was the first luxury beachside hotel in Tel Aviv. It frequently hosts celebrities but it’s also very accommodating of kids. Every child receives a free gift upon check-in. The outdoor pool has a section for little ones, there’s a children’s playroom, and the dining facilities offer children’s portions. Surfing lessons for kids are available near the hotel.

Address: 99 Hayarkon St.
Amenities: Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hotel bar, poolside snack bar, lobby bar, kosher flagship restaurant, kosher dairy restaurant, children’s play area, hair salon, fitness center, game room, tour/ticket assistance
Parking: Valet or self-parking on premises
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Artist

A room in the Artist hotel in Tel Aviv. Photo by Sarit Goffen

Situated near Bograshov Beach, the 60-room Artist Hotel from the Atlas chain showcases artwork from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection and by young local artists. What makes it good for families? Renovated before the pandemic, Artist offers several rooms with bunk beds. For breakfast, kids will enjoy the create-your-own “bowl station” that takes the famous Israeli breakfast buffet to the next level. And the family dog can come along if arranged in advance.

Address: 35 Ben-Yehuda St.
Amenities: Free all-day “happy hour” with drinks and snacks, rooftop garden, fitness center, buffet restaurant, free bike rental, pets permitted on request
Parking: In nearby lot
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BEST ACCESSIBLE HOTELS

David InterContinental Tel Aviv

The David InterContinental is one of Tel Aviv’s most accessible hotels. Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group

This high-rise luxury hotel near Jaffa Port offers 10 rooms with full accessibility, including bedside grab bars and panic button, sink and shower wheelchair access and grab bars next to the toilet. Adaptive devices for the hearing impaired are available, as well as an ionizer for guests with respiratory conditions. Service dogs get their own bed and chew-bone. The hotel has accessible parking and wide doorways, Braille elevator buttons and raised room numbers. The pool has a ramp, and all public areas, including the restaurant, can be accessed by wheelchair.

Address: 12 Kaufman St.
Amenities: Kosher chef restaurants, conference facilities, business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, cigar bar, pool bar, lobby bar, spa
Parking: Self-parking (for a fee) and valet; 40 spaces of wheelchair-accessible parking
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The Jaffa

Overview of the Jaffa Hotel. Photo courtesy of The Jaffa

This 5-star hotel was built within the walls of the 19th century French Hospital complex with accessibility as one of its priorities. All public areas and entrances are wheelchair-accessible, as are the pool, restaurant and fitness center.

Four of the hotel’s 120 rooms and suites are fully accessible, featuring Braille and tactile signage, wide doorways, alarm clock telephone ringers, bathroom grab bars, hearing accessibility kits, roll-in shower, lowered electrical outlets, raised toilet seats, and doors with lever handles. There’s accessible self-parking, and meeting room with assistive listening devices. Service animals are welcome.

Address: 2 Louis Pasteur St.
Amenities: Deli-style restaurant (not kosher), spa, 24-hour fitness center, cocktail bar, outdoor pool, pool bar, beauty shop, meeting/reception/party space, free bikes, personalized guest experience services
Parking: Valet, underground parking garage
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BEST RENOVATED HOTELS

Hotel 75

Hotel 75 has a “Feel Local” theme. Photo courtesy of Prima Hotels

The Prima Hotels chain did a major relaunch in Tel Aviv, adding two more floors to Hotel 75, which doubles the capacity to 40 rooms, and buying the adjacent property in which they built a lobby coffee shop. This building was formerly a branch of the Clalit HMO, purchased by Prima in 2012 and renovated by architect Tali Lapidot. This hip hotel was created to offer a “Feel Local” vibe that many young travelers are seeking.

Address: 75 Allenby St.
Amenities: Lobby lounge, coffee shop
Parking: Public lot on Mazeh Street
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Debrah Brown

A room at the renewed Debrah Brown Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of Brown Hotels

One of the newest Brown Hotels in Tel Aviv, the Debrah Brown is a complete makeover of the former Deborah Hotel opened in 1964. Within walking distance of the beach, the 89-room property was upgraded by the architect Yossi Friedman, who combined New York-style urban elements with European-style glam. A concert venue, conference rooms and fitness center will open soon.

Address: 87 Ben-Yehuda St.
Amenities: Rooftop sundeck with Jacuzzis and hot tubs, spa, kosher chef restaurant by celebrity chef Eyal Shani
Parking: Lot at 91 Ben-Yehuda St.
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BEST BUSINESS HOTELS

Vital Business Hotel

Photo courtesy of Vital Business Hotel

The 60-room Vital offers a quiet, comfortable base for business travelers within a short walking distance of the Opera House, Tel Aviv museums and theater, designer shops and top chef restaurants. The Israel Trade Fairs Center, Diamond Exchange, Sarona Market, Azrieli Center, beaches and more are within a reasonable driving distance. Every guest receives a free bottle of wine and bottle of mineral water.

Address: 14 Weizmann St.
Amenities: Business lounge, health club, meeting room, kosher Mediterranean breakfast buffet, complimentary daily tours, early check-in and late check-out, optional airport and private tour services
Parking: Underground lot
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NYX

NYX Hotel Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of Fattal

Conveniently located just off the Ayalon Highway, Fattal’s NYX Tel Aviv Hotel showcases the works of Tel Aviv’s renowned street artists. With 190 spacious rooms and suites and all kinds of complimentary surprises and personalized touches, NYX offers business travelers proximity to a hip  emerging business neighborhood in South Tel Aviv replete with trendy watering holes and cultural and entertainment venues.

Address: 29 Harakevet St.
Amenities: Coworking spaces, business lounge, cocktail bar, game arcade, 24/7 gym equipped with Technogym gear, rooftop terrace, live DJ station in the lobby (Friday nights).
Parking: For a fee
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