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In the running for best boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, the Alma Hotel & Lounge sits pistachio pretty in the heart of Tel Aviv’s famed Bauhaus White City district.
The sensitively restored four storey building dates back to 1925 but opened for the first time as a chic boutique hotel (and to widespread acclaim) in 2013. In all there are just 15 rooms, including eight deluxe rooms and seven individually designed suites which all have balconies.
The look? Electrically eclectic. While the designers have preserved a pleasing number of period features, there are plenty of contemporary colour schemes, and the designers' magpie eye means guests can enjoy flavours and designs from the Orient to the Ottoman Empire. Renowned artist Lauri Recanati adds to the pleasing mix with her elegant mosaic and glasswork.
The Alma Lounge restaurant is the latest from Tel Aviv's chef du jour Yonatan Roshfeld, the man behind such popular venues as Tapas 1 and Herbert Samuel. The emphasis is on fresh seasonal produce, slick service, cocktails and most importantly, fun.
Finally, while there is no spa, per se, the hotel's all-knowing concierge can arrange massages, cooking lessons and even theatre tickets.
Why we love it
For romantic dinners a deux book a table on the secret roof terrace of the hip and happening Alma Lounge restaurant.