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Where to Stay in Tel Aviv
Most of Tel Aviv’s hotels are located within a few blocks of the city’s Mediterranean beaches, and virtually all of them are within a mile of the coast. The main thoroughfare for tourists and beach-goers is Ha-Yarkon Street, with the more exclusive luxury towers on the beachfront side and the more affordable accommodations across the street. The stretch of Ha-Yarkon with a high density of hotels is only a mile and a half long, so you can make your choice based on price, quality and amenities without much concern over exact location. Ben-Yehuda Street, which runs parallel with Ha-Yarkon a short distance inland, is a smart place to look for cheap hotel deals in Tel Aviv if you don’t mind taking a short walk to the beach.
Just south of Tel Aviv, the ancient port city of Jaffa has a much quieter vibe and a very small selection of hotels. If you would rather spend your nights away from the raucous beach scene and amid one of Israel’s more historic settings, make reservations in Jaffa far in advance.
Tel Aviv Hotel Tips
The finest accommodations in Tel Aviv consist of towering five star resorts and swanky boutique hotels, virtually all of which are located right on the beach. Many of these properties feature upscale amenities like full-service spas and fine dining restaurants. While you can expect all of the hotels on the beach side of Ha-Yarkon to be at least moderately expensive, you can get a bit more room for your money on the other side. If you choose your inland-side hotel and room carefully, you can even secure a Mediterranean view that’s unobstructed by other towers.
It’s a good idea to do a little research on a hotel’s typical clientele before booking, as some beachfront destinations attract many college-aged travelers and develop somewhat of a spring break atmosphere in the summer. If you’re looking to party, those hotels may be right up your alley, and if not, many others maintain a more conservative ambiance.
Tel Aviv Hotel Recommendations
Just slightly north of the heart of Tel Aviv’s beach strip is the Tel Aviv Sheraton Hotel & Towers, one of the city’s premier luxury hotels. The standard rooms are quite affordable for a hotel of this caliber and grant you access to the Sheraton’s sleek pools and modern health club. But if you can afford to splurge, the suites on the upper floors are some of the most impressive in the area, and include refreshments and stunning Mediterranean views in the hotel’s exclusive club lounges.
An all-around more affordable option is the Hotel Metropolitan, set just slightly east of Ha-Yarkon. It offers five types of rooms ranging from cheap and basic to two-bedroom kitchenette suites, and features an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a bar.
If you want to get away from the busiest parts of the beach, you can look to the north, where the Tel Aviv Hilton sits on a scenic lagoon rather than the edge of the sea. A similarly priced option to the south is the David Intercontinental Hotel, known for its dramatic atrium lobby and the scrumptious Aubergine Restaurant.
Tel Aviv Transportation
You can rent a car from any of several agencies at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) after your flight to Tel Aviv, and if you’re planning on exploring points beyond the city, that may be the most cost-effective transportation choice. But because parking can be expensive, it’s often more economical to rely on taxis and public transportation if you intend to stay in Tel Aviv and nearby Jaffa.
Public transportation is limited to a bus system, but the buses are clean, tickets are cheap and the system is efficient. Taxis are also affordable, but because their vehicle types and designs are not standardized, they can be tricky to spot. Look for lighted “TAXI” signs on vehicle roofs to locate available cabs.
Most of Tel Aviv is flat and accommodating to both pedestrians and cyclists, so if you’re inclined, feel free to cover manageable distances on foot. Bike rental businesses are located throughout the beach areas.