The past year has seen the opening of five new boutique hotels in the
vicinity of Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv. The avenue, which became
synonymous with the social protests and the tent demonstration, is now
home to some of the loveliest small hotels, offering guests a home away
from home. Hotel Montefiore, which was opened in 2008, was the first to
set the new trend. But others soon followed.
Rothschild boutique hotel, a beautifully renovated apartment house, is
the only one of the small hotels that is actually located on Rothschild
Boulevard. The hotel is located on the site of the family home owned
since 1934 by Dr. Moshe Krieger, one of Tel Aviv’s most prominent
physicians. He treated all the who’s who of Tel Aviv in the days when
to be a celebrity one had to at least be a poet or the prima donna at
Habimah. Photos documenting the famous patients and the history of the
house are hung in the hotel lobby, giving guests a sense of the olden
days. Udi Krieger, one of the descendants of the good doctor, is an
architect. He and Moshe Kastiel designed the hotel, maintaining the
atmosphere of a home while sparing no comfort or luxury.
25 suites of the hotel are spacious, giving the feeling of an apartment
rather than a hotel room. They are designed with bright, clean lines,
with wooden floors, modern furniture and the utmost comfort.
Each suite has a kitchen, complete with refrigerator, coffee machine and much more.
is a dining table, as well as a small sitting area, all impeccably
designed and furnished to provide a warm atmosphere with contemporary
art and decor.
The bed is very comfortable and covered with
Egyptian cotton linens you wish you had at home. There’s a large
flatscreen HD TV, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet and a desk.
The bathroom offers pampering bath amenities by L’Occitane and the
The penthouse suite is a place which, given the
opportunity, I would never leave. It is spacious and luxurious, with a
rooftop garden and a dining table large enough to seat 12.
of the Rothschild are invited to sit in the lobby, designed like a
comfortable living room, to have coffee from the espresso machine or a
glass of wine, read the newspapers or socialize. Continental breakfast
is served there, which is included in the price of the room. For guests
who want a more substantial breakfast, the Cantina, a bistro located in
the building, serves full breakfast for guests of The Rothschild. Guests
also have free access to the nearby gym and can take out a pair of
bicycles to ride around the city.
The service at the hotel is
very personal and attentive. All in all, the feeling one gets staying at
the Rothschild is that of generous hospitality.
Since many of
the guests are Israelis looking to spend a weekend in the most
attractive address in town, the hotel also has an arrangement with a
nearby parking lot that offers reduced rates for guests.
Daily room rates range between $250 and $1,000.
The Rothschild, 71 Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv. (03) 629- 0444; www.the-rothschild.com.
Townhouse Tel Aviv
newly opened boutique hotel on Yavne Street, just off Rothschild
Boulevard was designed by Yehoshua and Dafna Kastiel. It is situated in a
preserved historic building, which means all renovations had to be done
The concept of the hotel, according to its
designers and owners, is to give guests a contemporary interpretation of
the intimate and warm hospitality experience that greeted guests in the
small Tel Aviv pensions of the 1930s.
The hotel’s 19 rooms, each
designed differently, welcome guests with dark wooden floors, high
ceilings, small picturesque balconies and top Israeli art. There is also
an espresso machine, free Internet access, high-quality bedding, towels
and bath products and other comforts.
The manager says that the
lobby was designed to “give a feeling of a living room.” Well it feels
more like the kind of living room you may encounter in a high-end design
magazine. It is beautifully furnished with eclectic pieces, as well as
pieces designed especially for the space. There is a well stocked liquor
cabinet and a large dining table that encourages guests to share
coffee, a drink or the complimentary breakfast of fresh pastries from a
nearby bakery (one of the best in Tel Aviv).
kitchen in the lobby is stocked with cheeses and fruit, dried fruit,
cookies, milk and cold drinks for the guests to enjoy.
on the top floor is very luxurious, with extra room and a large balcony.
A secret room next to it has its own small rooftop and is very popular
with the young and trendy guests looking for privacy.
collection is very impressive not so much for the price of the pieces as
for the deep understanding of the person who chose them, in the
contemporary art scene in Israel.
In business for only a few
months, the hotel already attracts return guests from abroad, mainly
businesspeople who come to Israel often and prefer the homelike feeling
and convenient location to the large five-star hotels of Hayarkon
Street. It is also popular among Israelis who have discovered the
benefits of taking a short vacation without having to go through an
Prices vary according to room size, ranging between $200 and $400 for the rooms and more for the suites.
Townhouse Tel Aviv, 32 Yavne Street, (03) 944-4300; www.townhousetelaviv.com.