While the big hotel chains like the Carltons, Sheratons, and tons of anything-that-ends-in-tons are a safe bet when you visit Israel, sometimes you want to spice things up. These hotels in Israel offer funkier one-of-a-kind stays that truly have you feeling like you’re in a different world. From kick-ass hotels in Akko to boutique hotels in Tel Aviv, throw caution to the wind and live a little with the coolest places to stay in Israel.
Funky hotels in Israel worth a stay
This elegant 12th-century property is in the heart of the Artists' Colony of Safed.Palacio Domain includes spacious lounges, a welcoming lobby and a massage room for total relaxation.Suites are air conditioned and decorated in bright colours with interesting works of art on the walls. Each one features a comfortable seating area and a flat-screen TV with cable channels and DVD player.Palacio Domain - Luxurious Boutique Hotel is near the main art galleries and ancient synagogues of Safed's Old City. It is a great starting place for exploring the Galilee area, including Mount Hermon, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee.
The Beresheet Hotel is set on a cliff at the edge of the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon. Featuring characteristic stone walls, it offers luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi, a balcony and panoramic views. The elegant rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a coffee maker and a seating area. Some have a private pool. Bicycles and segways can be rented on site. The restaurant features large glass windows that offer lovely views of the surroundings. The property also features a wellness centre and a summer outdoor pool. Providing free private parking, The Beresheet Hotel By Isrotel Exclusive Collection is 22 km from Avdat Archaeological Site. Sde Boker is a 30-minute drive away. Two rooms are adapted for disabled persons.
Between Jerusalem's city hall and the Old City, this large historic building is less than a 10-minute walk from the Holy Sepulchre Church. It offers a total of 4 restaurants.Just next to Jerusalem's Christian Quarter, Notre Dame Center caters to travellers of all religions who wish to visit the Holy City. Staff can assist you with location information and getting around the city.Notre Dame's rooms have been completely renovated. They come with a private bathroom and air conditioning. WiFi is free in shared areas.The main dining room serves a buffet breakfast, and is also open for lunch and dinner. There are 3 other restaurants, including the Roof Top Cheese and Wine, offering panoramic city views.
The Norman Tel Aviv is a luxury hotel set in the centre of Tel Aviv, near the Rothschild Boulevard. It features a rooftop pool, fitness centre and a wellness area, Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Guests enjoy free shuttle service to the beach. The Norman Tel Aviv is housed in two historic buildings that are restored to their unique architectural heritage. Offering city views, each room is elegantly appointed with a flat-screen TV, desk and a seating area. Other amenities include a Nespresso machine and air conditioning. En suite bathrooms are equipped with a shower and a hairdryer. At The Norman Tel Aviv you will find a bar, 24-hour room service, shared lounge area and a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage facilities. Free use of bicycles is offered, as well as valet service. The hotel is located 200 metres from Rothschild Street, 400 metres from Shenkin Street, 500 metres from Independence Hall Museum and 600 metres from Nachalat Benyamin Crafts Fair. Ben Gurion Airport is 12 km away.
The luxurious Efendi Hotel features a beautiful terrace with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the historic centre of Acre. Haifa is a 30-minute drive away. Only a 10-minute walk from the beach, this hotel is surrounded by picturesque alleys and is 100 metres from the promenade. The Jezzar Pasha Mosque is 200 metres away. Set in 2 buildings, rooms are all modern and air conditioned, and overlook the mountains and the sea. Each has free WiFi, and a living area with an LCD satellite TV and DVD player. The restaurant at Hotel Efendi specialises in fresh seafood and local recipes. A varied Israeli breakfast is served and includes eggs, salads, bread, and hot and cold drinks. A relaxing session in the Turkish bath or in the massage rooms is not to be missed.
Set amidst vineyards on a peaceful countryside location, the Cramim by Isrotel Exclusive Collection has a 3000 m² spa area with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna and 23 treatment rooms. You can enjoy wine tasting and tapas at the stylish wine bar. Cramim's elegant rooms have private balconies boasting views of the Jerusalem mountains. Air conditioning, minibar and flat-screen cable TV are standard equipment. Guests benefit from free access to the entire spa area, which also includes a hot tub, Turkish bath and a fitness centre. The à la carte Shiraz Restaurant serves various local and international specialities. Cakes, pastries and coffee are offered at the dairy lobby bar. The surrounding area is filled with vineyards and hiking trails. Segway excursions are possible within a 1 km radius. Cramim by Isrotel Exclusive Collection is 2 km from the town of Abu Gosh and 12 km from Jerusalem. Tel Aviv is 50 km away.
Offering a spa and hot tub, Brown Beach House by Brown Hotels is located in Tel Aviv, 100 metres from the seafront. It has a Kosher café-restaurant, free WiFi and air-conditioned rooms and suites. Accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels.Some have terraces with Mediterranean or city views. Free bikes are provided. The Flamingo bar is popular with both guests and locals. Carmel Marketis 1 km from the property. The Bauhaus Foundation Museum is a 7-minute walk away.
Set in a 1920s White City building in Tel Aviv’s centre, the Montefiore is a unique design hotel with a Vietnamese fusion restaurant. It offers elegant rooms with an iPod docking station and original artwork. Featuring original Bauhaus architecture, Hotel Montefiore was Tel Aviv’s first boutique hotel. It provides a relaxed, informal atmosphere and free Wi-Fi throughout. Fitted with modern furnishings, rooms have luxurious bathrooms with soft bathrobes and slippers. Each room has an LCD TV with satellite channels and a DVD player, together with a multilingual library and tea/coffee maker. An Israeli breakfast of eggs, vegetables and cheese is served daily. The restaurant serves a mix of French and oriental specialities, such as Tom Yum seafood casserole and their Tarte Tatin "Brasserie". Rothschild Boulevard is 200 metres from the hotel. A shuttle is available from/to Ben Gurion Airport, a 20-minute drive away.
Offering a terrace with a rooftop pool and views of the city, The Poli House Hotel is located in Tel Aviv's Nachalat Benyamin Crafts Fair. The hotel has a spa centre and fitness centre, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. All units are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Each comes with a private bathroom, which includes bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. The Poli House Hotel features free WiFi in all rooms. The hotel also offers room service and free use of bicycles. Shenkin Street is 50 metres from The Poli House Hotel, Designed by Karim Rashid, while Meir Park is a 5-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Ben Gurion Airport, 24 km from the property.
Located in the heart of Tel Aviv's White City area, Alma Hotel and Lounge is next to the Rothschild Boulevard with numerous restaurants, shops and cafés. It offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. The beach is a 15-minute walk away. The spacious rooms are individually decorated and feature a seating area and a private bathroom. Standard amenities include a flat-screen cable TV, iPod Docking Station and a minibar. Some come with a balcony. The Alma’s rooftop with a lounge area, where guests can also enjoy al fresco dining, invites to relax. A local bus stop can be found in the vicinity. The markets of Bezalel and Carmel are a 10-minute walk away. The Main Bus and Train Station are a 15-minute drive from the Alma Hotel and Lounge.