The Best Business Accommodation in Tel Aviv

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Jul 14, 2017

Check in to Tel Aviv's luxe hotels and enjoy the Mediterranean coastal city with a beach-resort feel. By Noga Tarnopolsky.

Tel Aviv calls itself ir lelo hafsaka (“the city that never stops”) and there’s something to that: day or night, it’s a welcoming harbour. Its best feature is the magnificent Mediterranean, which opens up from a promenade running the length of the city.

Israel’s second-largest metropolis presents a beach-resort image but lurking behind that is a hard-driving business hub humming with international banking, agribusiness, cybersecurity, real estate, military industries, biomedical research, pharmaceutical companies and a vibrant academic community. Major banking is located in the corridor between the Azrieli Center towers (three skyscrapers near the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway exit) and the Israel Diamond Exchange on the border of Tel Aviv and the prosperous, leafy suburb of Ramat Gan. Pharmaceutical, security and high-tech business is conducted just north of Tel Aviv in glittering Herzliya, which is also home to most of the diplomatic residences in Israel.

Distances can be deceptive; Herzliya is a mere 14 kilometres away but during morning and afternoon rush hours, the drive can take longer than an hour. 

Tel Aviv-Yafo, as the city is formally called, works hard and plays hard. Nightlife starts late. On Wednesday and Thursday nights (the Israeli weekend is Friday to Saturday), bars are deserted before 10pm and it’s normal for nightclubs to open at 1am. However, the business sector starts early, with 7.30am meetings a common occurrence.

Dan Tel Aviv 

When you stay at the Dan Hotel, you become part of Tel Aviv history. It had the wow factor when it opened in 1953 as Israel’s first Miami Beach-style luxury hotel. With its rainbow façade facing the sea, it has become a symbol of the city and of Tel Aviv’s status as a top destination for gay travellers. The suites come with butlers and a laundry service is available. Everyone, from Justin Bieber to Denzel Washington, has stayed here. 

Wi-fi: Complimentary throughout.

Business facilities: The Dan offers all standard business services and a range of conference rooms catering for up to 450 participants.

Food and drink: Breakfast is king here. The legendary morning buffet is served in an entrance-level hall where the sea almost laps at your feet. It’s as good for business meetings as it is for gazing at the sailing boats.

Fitness and wellbeing: The indoor freshwater pool, outdoor saltwater pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre are open every day from 6am to 9pm (to 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays). Free yoga sessions are held by the pool on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Run route: Herbert Samuel Street, the promenade known as the Tayelet, is right outside so you can run alongside the Mediterranean for about four kilometres to Jaffa Port.

Coffee nearby: The staff at London Resto-Cafe (111 Herbert Samuel Street) can be brusque but they warm up quickly if you take the time to explain your coffee choices. Locals usually ask for a short black. 

99 HaYarkon Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo

The Norman 

This Tel Aviv landmark is popular with both the glitterati and locals. With any luck, you’ll bump into Israeli model Bar Refaeli or rapper Kanye West. Accommodation ranges from plush guestrooms to a villa between the two main buildings that can host a private event.

Wi-fi: Complimentary throughout.

Business facilities: The Norman is ideal if your business is the sort that can be conducted poolside. If not, The Study offers business services and The Boardroom can accommodate up to 16 people (more via videoconferencing).

Food and drink: The Library Bar, a swish 1940s-style bar serving classic and quirky cocktails and an extensive list of wines and spirits, has transformed The Norman into a must-visit venue; the bartenders spare no effort. Upscale brasserie The Norman Restaurant dishes up French-Mediterranean flavours.

Fitness and wellbeing: The sundeck and infinity pool on the rooftop is open from 7am until sunset (from April to October). The Technogym-appointed fitness centre is accessible 24 hours a day. Beach totes are provided for trips to Jerusalem Beach, a 10-minute stroll away.

Run route: The Norman offers a running and cycling map, plus single-gear bicycles for guests.

Coffee nearby: Café Noir, about a minute down the road, is the type of place where you can take your laptop and spend an entire day in quiet anonymity enjoying coffee, superb pastries and bohemian dishes.

23-25 Nachmani Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo; Book now

Carlton Tel Aviv

The Carlton’s hallmark is to offer the personalised attention of a small hotel alongside facilities to rival any international chain. The front desk greets you on arrival with a hibiscus tea and makes note of your favourite amenities and special requests for return visits.

Wi-fi: Complimentary throughout.

Business facilities: The Royal Executive Lounge (open 9am to 11pm; children not permitted) has computers, a printer and a conference room with a projector, as well as secretarial services. If you need a break, relax by the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea or avail yourself of the buffet. There’s an open bar in the evenings and the communal business desk in the Lobby Lounge is open 24/7.

Food and drink: Lumina by Meir Adoni offers Israeli dishes – some with a twist – including arayes (pita bread filled with minced beef and spices) and Summer Nights in Istanbul (coffee-encrusted veal fillet). The desserts are spectacular. Breakfast, served at the Carlton on the Beach restaurant, comes with sea views.

Fitness and wellbeing: The gym and spa has a professional coach on hand between 7am and 8pm. After hours, the gym facilities are accessible by request. The rooftop pool is open daily from 8am to 7pm.

Run route: Walk out of the hotel, turn left and you’re on the broad, mosaic-paved Tayelet, described as “flat wonderfulness”. The distance to Jaffa Port is about five kilometres.

Coffee nearby: The best brew is found in the hotel’s Royal Executive Lounge on the 14th floor. 

10 Eliezer Peri Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo

 

Hotel Montefiore

A former private residence built in 1922, Hotel Montefiore is far from the bustle of the beach. Book ahead to stay in one of its 12 stylish rooms with hardwood floors, high ceilings and black-marble bathrooms stocked with lavish amenities.

Wi-fi: Complimentary throughout.

Business facilities: Guests can hold a discreet meeting at one of the on-site restaurant’s secluded tables or reserve the Library for up to 15 people. The hotel can also book nearby office space for you.

Food and drink: Locals flock to the hotel’s bar and restaurant for the classic French brasserie menu with Vietnamese accents. The crab tortellini in a tomato consommé is a must. Celebrity diners have included Mick Jagger, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Fitness and wellbeing: Day passes to the nearby Space Gym are available. In-room massages can be organised through the hotel.

Run route: The hotel offers maps with running and cycling routes.

Coffee nearby: It’s a five-minute walk to Rothschild 12 café-bar (rothschild12.co.il) in the heart of Tel Aviv’s tech startup scene. 

36 Montefiore Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo

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