Alma Hotel & Lounge
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, welcome cakes and afternoon tea with cookies in the room
- Top chef Yonatan Roshfeld attracts a cultured Tel Aviv crowd to the Alma Lounge restaurant
- Supercentral location; an easy walk to fantastic bars, designer shops, funky neighborhoods and golden sandy beaches
What To Know
- There’s some traffic noise — especially during the day — despite double glazing
- Ideal for couples, but children 17 and under are not permitted and there are no facilities for business travelers beyond the free WiFi
- There’s no gym, although guests get a special rate at one nearby
- There is a non-stop train service between Ben Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv center that runs 24-hours a day, costs around $4 and takes 15-20 minutes.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Housed in a pistacheo-hued 1920s townhouse, the Alma Hotel & Lounge is awash with original features. The informal reception area is lined with patterned tiles, and traditional wall frescoes dress the stairwell. Ceilings are high and walls are embellished with one-off pieces of art (available for purchase), including striking works by mosaic and glass artist Lauri Recanati. Mirrored wall panels add further sparkle, and the Alma’s own patented fragrance wafts through public spaces to the garden patio, which is full of potted herbs and lemon trees.
Bed and Bath
The 15 guestrooms are strikingly lavish in comparison with the dark, sultry hallways. Each is uniquely styled, with features ranging from floors festooned with vivid rugs to canopied beds and feathered lampshades to petrol-blue walls that clash with grass-green ceilings. There are plenty of homey touches, too, such as kingsize beds piled high with pillows and a selection of fine wines in the minibar. Square footage is generous in all rooms; the seven suites are larger still and have pretty French-style balconies. Bathrooms are equally luxurious, with walk-in rain showers and a plethora of products from Bulgari; five of the suites have rolltop tubs.
Headed up by award-winning chef Yonatan Roshfeld, the ground-floor Alma Lounge is a destination in itself. The intimate lounge-bar blends bohemian style with luxurious elegance: Colorful Georgian chairs stand on a checkered floor, fancy liqueur bottles sparkle on sideboards, and the mirror-backed bar reflects funky artworks. For added romance, dine alfresco on the patio under rustling trees by candlelight or on the sun-splashed rooftop. There’s no spa on-site, but in-room treatments include massages and manicures.
How to Get There
Our room was on the small side, with a good sized bathroom and a lovely balcony. Nicely appointed and the bed was very comfortable. The front desk staff was extremely helpful, allowing us to store our luggage for the day (our flight home was at 11:30 pm) and change in an empty room. Everyone, including those in the lounge were very accommodating. We will stay at Alma Hotel when we visit Tel Aviv again.
One of the nicest hotels I have been in. Excellent location, nice rooms, and very clean. Breakfast was good. The stuff was very helpful and kind.
However our room was a bit noisy as it was right above a neighbourhing club.
I stayed for for the 2nd time in Alma hotel in Tel Aviv and both times my colleagues and myself loved our rooms. (303 is amazing). The rooms are spacious, elegantly designed and comfortable.
The location is ideal for business as many companies are on Rotshild around the corner.
The balcony adds to the experience as you can enjoy a breakfast or lunch outside.
On arrival the receptionist (a French girl) kindly offered a free glass of bubbly on their roof terrace. A nice touch !
The room service menu from the restaurant / bar downstairs is very good. Loved my vegetarian pasta. (Truly stood out vs usual veggie pasta in hotels) and the burrata.
The hotel does not offer parking but you can park in a underground car park a few meters down the road.
The only 2 points that deserves to be improved are:
1. The restaurant was not serving one of the week night I stayed. I believe consistency and reliability is desirable.
2. The receptionist service is not consistent the Fench girl was really solid but the other guy forgot to pick up my dry cleaning as requested causing 1 dat delay in my clothe being cleaned. Not ideal if you are relying on it!