Five Star Hotels in Tel Aviv - Which One Should You Choose?

By Sarah Mann | Published on 1/1/0001

Everyone needs a bit of luxury in their life from time to time, and there’s no better way to experience it than at a top-notch hotel. Tel Aviv, easily the most dynamic and fun city in Israel, boasts quite a few…many situated on the beautiful Mediterranean seafront, and boasting glorious views and magnificent sunsets.

Of course, as well as the usual amenities you’d expect at five star hotels (pools, spas, executive lounges, concierges and upscale restaurants), they all offer their guests the chance to be pampered (which, lets face it, is what you want when you’re paying top dollar).

So if you’re looking for some of the best hotels in Tel Aviv, take a look at the list we’ve compiled then go ahead and pick one to take a break in. You deserve it! 

The Dan

The Dan’s iconic rainbow-coloured facade has made it a Tel Aviv landmark, but it’s not just the exterior that will stop you in your tracks. In a prime location, opposite Frishman Beach, this is a real favorite with customers, many of whom comment on how their expectations were surpassed. Exemplary service, plush bedding and fantastic cuisine all make a tried and tested five-star favorite.

What makes it special? The staff - who are exceptional. They will go out of their way to make your stay unforgettable. The business lounge is particularly good, for those who may unfortunately have to check their work emails periodically! 

The Hilton 

Situated in a superb location - the Old North - the Hilton Tel Aviv is a tried and tested favorite, constantly receiving accolades from its faithful customers. An easy walk to Dizengoff Street and the Namal Port, its bedding is top notch, the sea views are wonderful and the Japanese restaurant in the lobby is excellent. 

What makes it special? Hospitality at the Hilton Tel Aviv is legendary, with welcome bottles of wine and local dates left in rooms. Visitors also remark on how many vegan options are available at all of their dining facilities.

The Jaffa

This 19th century building (a former convent and hospital) has been so lovingly renovated and so exceptionally designed, that few fail to say ‘wow’ when they walk through the door. Located in ancient and beautiful Jaffa, moments from the harbor and the Jaffa flea market, this is a serious blend of old and new with minimalist furniture by Shiro Kuramata and art by the outrageous Damien Hirst. Everything, from the food, the bedrooms and the bar, literally screams luxury

What makes it special? The Jaffa hotel is a true oasis of calm, and no more so than at their rooftop pool, with a cocktail in your hand. Their courtyard is also recommended if you’re looking for a tranquil spot to relax.

The Royal Beach

Modern and luxurious, and just a stone's throw from the Carmel Market and Nahalat Binyamin, the beautifully designed Royal Beach is part of the ‘Isrotel Exclusive’ brand and as well as all the usual amenities, there’s a Turkish Hamam, great swimming pool and a very helpful concierge. Guests also rave about how good the breakfast selection is…

What makes it special? The Royal Beach boasts a chef restaurant - West Side - which is a true culinary experience (particularly for those that love steak) not to mention their popular and classy ‘Gin Bar’ which serves a mean Dirty Martini. 

Herods

Across from the popular Gordon Beach, and overlooking the marina, Herods’ location is wonderful. It’s a historic hotel, which was really big in the 1930’s, and it still has a good reputation, particularly for the warmth and professionalism of the staff. Good sized rooms and an excellent lounge are big pluses for visitors.

What makes it special? Guests keep commenting about the fabulous selection of foods, both at their breakfast and dinner buffets and how sumptuous it all is. Moreover, staff often knock at doors in the evening, to check if guests need anything. Now that’s service! 

The Carlton 

Elegant and luxurious, the Carlton is perfectly placed in Tel Aviv, on top of the beach and marina, and five minutes walk from urban living on Dizengoff Street. It’s a comfortable and well-maintained hotel, with lovely bedroom linens, a good lounge and just a few steps from the boardwalk (perfect for strolling, jogging and cycling). 

What makes it special? The hotel interior is immaculate, not to mention the fact that staff go out of their way to anticipate guests’ needs. As one person recently commented on TripAdvisor “‘This is Royal treatment”.

The David Intercontinental 

The David Intercontinental really pushes out the boat with its spotless rooms (complete with sea views) beautiful pool and friendly staff. There’s a welcoming ambience in this hotel, particularly at breakfast where guests rave about how helpful and friendly the waitstaff are, not to mention the fantastic choices on offer.

What makes it special? The location - you’re in Neve Tzedek, one of the city’s most charming, beautiful and fashionable neighborhoods, where you can eat and drink, explore small boutiques and narrow streets and even catch a dance performance at the Suzanne Dallal center.

Renaissance

Owned by the Marriott chain, the Renaissance is welcoming and friendly but also professional. Facilities are good - indoor pool, rooms with balconies, excellent breakfasts and a very good Shabbat dinner service. The beds are also super duper comfortable, for those that are in need of a good night’s sleep!

What makes it special? The location - right next to Gordon beach, it’s a great spot for strolling, cycling or watching Israeli folk dancing outside on the boardwalk, on Shabbat mornings. Not to mention genuinely friendly staff.

Sheraton

The Sheraton might be at the bottom of this list, but this is no reflection on its appeal! It’s a delightful hotel, beautifully decorated (wonderful flower arrangements) and as well as being clean and modern, it’s very stylish! Comfortable rooms and fantastic power showers are two things guests love, and the ‘Surfside’ restaurant is highly recommended, especially for the foie grass.

What makes it special? The pool is large, with plenty of sun loungers all around, which means no-one gets disappointed, especially in the scorching summer months when everyone’s dying to sunbathe.

If you’re travelling to Israel and want to make the most of your time in the country, we offer a wide range of day trips, which can take you from Jerusalem and the Dead Sea/Masada fortress, to the Crusader city of Akko, the pastoral hills of the Galilee and the beautiful Golan Heights.

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