Terrific Tel Aviv: 4 of the highest resorts for each sort of traveler

On a current journey to Israel, the seaside metropolis of Tel Aviv exceeded all my expectations.

I had been instructed for years that it was an unbelievable vacation spot crammed with stylish nightlife, sunny seashores, cool resorts and vibrant avenue life. So when I discovered a superb award redemption utilizing Delta SkyMiles to fly Higher Class on Virgin Atlantic, I jumped on the likelihood to discover this beautiful Mediterranean metropolis. It did not damage that I’ve a second cousin dwelling in Tel Aviv who I bought to satisfy for the primary time, too.

Whereas in Tel Aviv, I made a decision to remain at a number of of the town’s prime resorts to see which of them we might suggest to readers, and what sort of traveler every would possibly swimsuit greatest. Listed below are how my prime 4 Tel Aviv resort picks examine.

David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

David Intercontinental Tel Aviv. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

Greatest for: Household vacationers, IHG One Rewards members.

The worth level: Award nights vary from 68,000-71,500 IHG One Reward factors per night time if booked nicely prematurely. Money charges begin round $375 per night time over the following few months. TPG paid $497.52 for one night time in July, incomes me 7,819 IHG One Rewards factors, which TPG values at $39. I’ve Platinum elite standing with IHG, so I bought 2,932 bonus factors on prime of the 4,887 I earned as base factors for the keep.

The vibe: The David Intercontinental Tel Aviv is in a central spot between the principle seashores of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. It is a large, 25-story resort with 555 rooms. The central location means a lot of Tel Aviv is inside attain. Needless to say you have to cross a busy avenue to get to the seaside.

The property was renovated in 2017, however the rooms already really feel barely drained.

Households will benefit from the many facilities, although, together with a big swimming pool with palm timber and views of the Mediterranean. There’s an enclosed youngsters’ pool, a big solar deck with umbrellas and a meals stand the place you may get cocktails and light-weight bites. The pool space was crowded with households throughout my keep, all of whom gave the impression to be having fun with multi-generational enjoyable.

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The rooms: I used to be assigned what the resort refers to as an Upgraded Basic Room with a king mattress and a separate seating space on the twentieth flooring. I had booked a regular King Mattress Basic room, so it positively was an improve and it felt spacious, with a separate seating space and a pullout sofa (although the mattress in that wasn’t comfy). The views of the Mediterranean and the highrises of Tel Aviv have been incredible, however whereas there have been some upscale facilities like illy espresso machines, a lot of the furnishings felt dated and drab. There was no balcony for me, both (although they’re accessible in some rooms).

The water strain within the bathe was unbelievable — the perfect I’ve skilled in any resort. Rest room facilities have been by the model Minus 417, which I had by no means heard of however is understood for its Useless Sea-based magnificence merchandise and cosmetics. Wi-Fi was tremendous quick, and I might stream leisure content material with no drawback.

Standout options: This IHG property actually impressed me when it got here to service. Once I bought off my flight from London on the (ridiculously) early hour of round 5 a.m., I did not assume I would have the ability to test in on the resort till the afternoon, however the pleasant brokers on the entrance desk managed to seek out me a room. For the file, that was about 9 hours earlier than the usual check-in time of three p.m. It allowed me to make amends for some sleep after about 24 hours of journey.

Probably the greatest options of the resort is the enormous, open-air central atrium with a number of attractive eating choices, together with the Atrium Foyer Bar the place you may get every part from pizzas to inexperienced salads.

There are additionally a number of leisure venues, together with a youngsters’ lounge and a recreation room (seasonal), plus a small gymnasium and 7 therapy rooms in “THE Spa” which features a sauna and a {couples}’ room for double massages. The spa affords massages, facials, manicures and different magnificence providers.

Eating and ingesting: The breakfast unfold (included with my fee) at Jaffa Courtroom was spectacular with nice service (discover a theme?). There was each sort of buffet-style meals you could possibly need, together with an omelet station the place they might prepare dinner you eggs to order. The variability was infinite, with a number of white cheeses on supply, hummus, muffins, a dizzying number of fruits and veggies and even lox.

I took breakfast on the terrace within the heat early morning sunshine somewhat than sitting indoors. Free copies of the Jerusalem Put up have been a pleasant contact. There are government membership lounges on the third and the twenty fourth flooring with a small choice of meals within the night and drinks accessible throughout opening hours.

There’s one other restaurant within the foyer known as Nōmi, nevertheless it was closed through the COVID-19 pandemic and there aren’t any instant plans for it to reopen.

I did order room service on my first night time in Tel Aviv. The turkey membership sandwich and sorbet for dessert have been forgettable, and I would not order both once more. That little little bit of meals and a bottle of San Pellegrino water price almost $50.

General: Whereas the rooms have been fundamental, and it wasn’t close to the most well liked spots in Tel Aviv, the Intercontinental David was in a good-enough location close to the seaside with glorious service and plenty of good facilities. I would keep once more in a heartbeat, particularly if I might get a superb fee.

Sheraton Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, together with the Sheraton tower within the distance. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

Greatest for: Marriott Bonvoy loyalists, seaside lovers.

The worth level: Money charges begin at $370 per night time, although they’re extra typically above the $500 mark, even for entry-level room with views of the ocean. Award nights begin at 59,000 Marriott Bonvoy factors apiece. I paid $449.82 per night time. That looks like a discount since I’ve seen peak summer time dates go for greater than $700 or 117,000 Marriott Bonvoy factors per night time.

I earned 12,120 Marriott Bonvoy factors for my two-night keep plus 500 bonus factors for having Marriott Gold standing. These factors are price about $106, in keeping with the newest Marriott Bonvoy valuation from TPG.

The vibe: The 20-story Sheraton Tel Aviv simply underwent a significant refresh, together with the rooms and public areas. The truth is, it was one of many first Sheratons to get a facelift as a part of a reinvigoration of the model around the globe. The fabulous pool was a spotlight and attracted a handsome crowd. There have been plenty of American flight crews on the resort as nicely, so it is a in style spot for housing airline staff throughout stopovers. Because of that hustle and bustle, the foyer was a enjoyable place to hang around at night time only for people-watching.

The rooms: The Sheraton Tel Aviv underwent a significant transform in 2021. The rooms are on the small aspect, however the brand-new furnishings and fixtures make up for the low ceilings and lack of area total. I had a Deluxe Seaview room, which had a slim balcony. It was petite however stylish, with just a little seating space and a desk that doubled for eating and dealing, plus a small closet. The palette of olive greens, sandy taupes and seaspray blues plus room furnishings that felt fashionable and sharp due to black metallic finishings all mixed to an attention grabbing impact. Although the room solely had a queen-size mattress, that was wonderful by me since I used to be touring solo.

One factor not up to date? There have been solely Israeli-shaped electrical shops all through the room, though no less than every outlet additionally had a USB port.

The views have been phenomenal. I might see the dilapidated Renaissance resort out within the distance and extra of Tel Aviv’s skyline from my room.

Bathtub facilities have been by Sea of Spa, which the resort says is unique for the property, and which incorporate substances discovered within the Useless Sea. I favored the brilliant, white-marble lavatory, although there was just one sink and area was fairly tight. The marble walk-in bathe with two sorts of spigots, a wall-mounted wand and a rain bathe head, had nice water strain. There was no bathtub in my room, sadly.

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Web velocity was the weakest of all of the 4 resorts I stayed at, with obtain speeds of 27.32 Mbps and add speeds of 19.81 Mbps.

Standout options: My favourite factor in regards to the resort (nicely, except for the views) was the entry to the seaside. To get there, you have to go right down to the underside flooring of the resort, the place there’s a towel station. You do should cross a busy avenue, however then you’re proper at Greco Seashore, with a pleasant swimming and physique browsing cove and a Greek restaurant that has a superb status with locals.

There’s additionally a big swimming pool constructed on a platform above a parking storage that was a preferred gathering spot for 20-somethings having fun with cocktails, sunbathing and swimming.

Eating and ingesting: I loved the breakfast unfold within the large Surfside Seaview Restaurant. It prices $30 for the all-you-can-eat buffet. Word the resort is kosher-certified. Which means the eating places should comply with strict guidelines on meals prep and what might be served. These guidelines embrace not serving meat with dairy merchandise, not serving pork and solely serving sure sorts of fish (no shellfish, for instance).

I had a made-to-order egg white omelet, nuts and salad, together with some pretty bland scrambled eggs. The meals was wonderful, although nothing particular. The cappuccinos have been scrumptious, although.

The standout eating within the resort is the Manara Restaurant within the foyer, which options haute delicacies Israeli-style, with loads of Mediterranean inspirations. Seafood is the specialty right here, and you will not discover different sorts of meat, however there may be loads else to get pleasure from. I attempted just a little little bit of plenty of objects, together with tabun bread, eggplant ravioli, cheese pockets, child pumpkin tortellini and egg salad. My mouth nonetheless waters remembering the egg salad. It is dear, with that eggplant dish costing $18 and the tortellini $27, however nicely definitely worth the splurge.

Lastly, for informal meals, there’s the Deck 115 Pool Restaurant & Bar, serving sandwiches, salads and even ice cream.

General: The current intestine renovation of this iconic Tel Aviv resort means you get extra bang in your buck (or factors) proper now than you’ve got in years. The seaside entry, massive pool, central location and views from this promenade resort imply I can wholeheartedly suggest it, particularly in the event you can seize a deal.

The Drisco Lodge Tel Aviv


Greatest for: Solo vacationers, historical past buffs and boutique resort connoisseurs.

The worth level: I booked a single night time at The Drisco final minute by way of the Chase Final Rewards journey portal for $465.45. I might have redeemed 37,236 Chase Final Rewards factors for the keep as a result of I’ve the Chase Sapphire Most well-liked Card. On this case, paying money was a more sensible choice since these Chase factors are price greater than $744, in keeping with TPG valuations.

Whereas the resort is a part of Main Resorts of the World, which has its personal loyalty program known as Leaders Membership, I wasn’t a member throughout my keep, so I inadvertently forfeited factors. (I might have earned 465 of them for my keep; I’ve since signed up and scored 500 factors for becoming a member of, which the resort group says is price $40.) Charges begin at round $460 per night time.

I did earn 1,177 Chase Final Rewards factors for reserving by way of the Chase portal utilizing my Chase Sapphire Most well-liked, that are price about $24, in keeping with TPG valuations. Nevertheless, I ought to have earned 5 factors per greenback on journey booked by way of the journey portal with my card, so I am going to have to research additional to determine why I did not on this case.

The vibe: The resort initially opened in 1866, however shut down in 1940 and solely reopened in 2018 after a painstaking restoration. It gives a captivating respite within the busy streets close to Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood, close to what was as soon as the town’s American Colony. It is only a 10-minute stroll to the closest seaside and few blocks from the up-and-coming neighborhood of Florentin. Florentin is an enchanting a part of the town present process a building increase and crammed with quirky boutiques and eating places. Younger individuals have flocked to the realm for reasonable(ish) rents and there may be fascinating graffiti all over the place you look.

The wonderful service began at check-in. I used to be greeted warmly at reception and escorted to the restaurant, the place I used to be provided a drink whereas the paperwork was taken care of. The opposite friends appeared younger and hip, particularly at night time when the restaurant and bar have been filled with well-dressed younger Israelis.

The rooms: I used to be given a Deluxe Normal Room at The Drisco. One among simply 42 rooms and suites, the resort calls it an “indulgent room,” and it was certainly luxurious. This room was, by far, essentially the most trendy of all of the resort rooms I stayed in whereas in Tel Aviv, with stunning furnishings with a principally off-white coloration scheme and pops of coloration like gold and teal. It was small, however every part was in pristine situation. I additionally loved the Nespresso machine and a big good TV, to not point out the king-size mattress.

The toilet held a big walk-in bathe with a rain bathe head. Once more, the water strain was nice, and I beloved the Carrara marble tile and counter tops. There was just one sink, nevertheless it felt massive sufficient that I by no means felt cramped in there. The towels smelled of child powder, and the bathrobe was cozy and plush. Web velocity was not too shabby, with obtain speeds of 39.42 Mbps and add speeds of 51.14 Mbps.

Standout options: The most effective issues about this resort have been the stylish interiors and the charming neighborhood it is in. The architects and designers did a superb job with the renovation, with trendy touches like vintage-looking ceramic tiles and lighting fixtures together with an Ottoman oriental design aesthetic. What just a little jewel of a resort.

Whereas there isn’t a pool, there are a number of social areas which are enjoyable to discover, together with a balcony the place resort workers arrange pleased hour round sundown and served crudites plus cheese, crackers and wine and beer.

The neighborhood itself can be price a go to. Initially based within the 1800s by People as a non secular settlement and known as the American Colony, that section did not final lengthy because of frequent interference from Ottoman metropolis leaders and different points. Later, the realm was house to German Protestants, however two World Wars led to the principally German residents leaving the realm and it went into decline. Nevertheless, it is now a energetic middle-class neighborhood the place of us have been laborious at work restoring the historic houses and buildings.

Eating and ingesting: I ate on the resort’s George & John restaurant. It’s run by government chef Tomer Tal and is taken into account probably the greatest in Tel Aviv. I had the George & John salad with combined greens, nectarines and seeds. It got here flippantly wearing a black pepper French dressing. As a most important course, I had the meat fillet chateaux that got here with tender mashed potatoes and what the restaurant known as broccoli steak. The meat was dear at $93, however completely scrumptious.

Breakfast at George & John was included within the room fee, and it was fairly a ramification. I had an egg-white omelet cooked to order, and the “treats tower,” which included recent greens, an assortment of salads and spreads, fried eggplant, hummus, tahini, lemon, spicy sauce and olive oil.

General: This was my favourite resort throughout my keep in Tel Aviv. Whereas there isn’t a pool and it is a hike to the seaside, the recent rooms, luxurious bedding, excellent service and scrumptious meals greater than made up for the downsides. I extremely suggest The Drisco.

The Setai Tel Aviv


Greatest for: Celebration individuals, younger vacationers.

The worth level: I booked The Setai Tel Aviv 4 months earlier than my journey with a room fee of $476.55 for one night time. I might have earned roughly 477 factors for my keep if I would been a member of the Leaders Membership, since this can be a Main Resorts of the World property, too. I did earn about 1,000 Chase Final Rewards factors — price about $20 (in keeping with TPG valuations) — for the keep since I used my Chase Sapphire Most well-liked Card for the invoice (booked by way of our company journey web site). Charges over the following few months begin at $390 per night time.

The vibe: It is a luxurious resort housed in an imposing stone constructing that dates from the Ottoman Empire. The big central constructing housing the foyer and among the rooms was really constructed over the stays of a fortress from the Crusades interval of the twelfth century. It as soon as served as a jailhouse, too (throughout Turkish Ottoman rule). A number of the oldest components of the constructing have been rigorously restored, with a number of fashionable buildings added to the unique shell.

The Setai attracted the trendiest crowd of all the Tel Aviv resorts the place I stayed, although a number of households have been round, too. I noticed plenty of 20-somethings sporting designer swimsuits and big sun shades taking selfies and sipping cocktails poolside. It was fairly busy and never what I would think about enjoyable, however the cool of us I noticed gave the impression to be having a blast.

My arrival on the 120-room resort was a bit chaotic, as it’s situated in the midst of a really busy a part of Jaffa and surrounded by cobblestone one-way streets, which I needed to navigate in a rental automotive. The resort is in an amazing location for exploring Jaffa by foot, nevertheless it’s a journey to get to the most well-liked components of the Tel Aviv promenade (a few 20-minute stroll to the favored seashores).


I used to be greeted cheerfully by the entrance desk supervisor who helped me prepare a parking spot after a person on the entrance entrance gave me the brushoff.

The rooms: My massive room (quantity 421) had a king-size mattress from the corporate Ara Design, a rainfall bathe and a view of a mosque behind the resort. Sadly, the room was additionally on the way in which to the swimming pool, so it bought a bit noisy through the day due to all of the foot site visitors from different friends and the truth that the partitions have been skinny. The mattress was comfy, although the room appeared shopworn, with some marks on the partitions and cupboards.

The free minibar with Coke, Coke Zero, water, Sprite and Israeli grape juice was a pleasant contact. Every room has a Nespresso espresso maker, too.

Together with laundry provides and a hair dryer within the closet, there was a bag you could possibly use as a tote to take to the close by seashores. You are actually on the border of Jaffa and Tel Aviv at this resort, so plan on a protracted stroll, or a taxi or scooter experience, if you wish to get to Tel Aviv’s greatest seashores.

There’s a gymnasium, sauna and hammam within the spa, which you’ll be able to entry even in the event you do not ebook a spa appointment. I did not have time to get pleasure from it, however did test it out. The web was superior on the Setai, with obtain speeds of 70.17 Mbps and add speeds of 89.27.

Standout options: The small pool overlooking the shoreline of Jaffa and Tel Aviv within the distance was fairly a scene, with a bevy of younger hipsters posing and ingesting by this comparatively compact physique of water. It was too crowded for my style, however younger vacationers will love the see-and-be-seen ambiance. The historical past of the constructing was most fascinating to me, and I appreciated the upscale Acqua di Parma facilities within the room. The Nespresso machine was additionally a giant hit for this caffeine-addicted author (as you would possibly anticipate).

Eating and ingesting: There are a number of eating choices on the Setai, together with the Kishle Bar and Restaurant and the Sushi Bar. I did not get to attempt the eating places whereas there because it was Shabbat and so they had very restricted menus or have been closed altogether. I did have drinks on the Kishle Bar, which is without doubt one of the oldest components of the constructing and a extremely cool area due to its fashionable decor, cozy sitting areas, immediate service and uncrowded ambiance. The bar space options blue marble accents and was designed by Baranowitz & Kronenberg architects.

General: Whereas I loved my transient keep at The Setai, service was the least pleasant of any of the resorts the place I stayed. I beloved the historic constructing, and the rooms are trendy, however the resort is getting a bit tough across the edges, and I in all probability would not return except I bought an amazing deal or it had been not too long ago renovated.

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Tel Aviv is an unbelievable metropolis with an exquisite resort scene. From upmarket chain mainstays to boutique resorts in former prisons, there’s something for everybody.

If you’re contemplating The Drisco, The Setai, the David Intercontinental or the Sheraton, any of the 4 could be a superb guess. My prime picks, although are The Drisco and the Sheraton. There are loads extra choices to select from, too, together with an enormous Hilton, a Renaissance, The Dan and, in fact, The Jaffa, a Luxurious Assortment Lodge.

The brand-new David Kempinski Tel Aviv is gorgeous, too. Look out for a full evaluate quickly from my colleague, Zach Griff.

Even with all I bought to do, I really feel like I simply scratched the floor of resorts in Tel Aviv. It doesn’t matter what sort of traveler you’re, there’s something enjoyable on this dynamic metropolis by the ocean for you, too.

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