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
Room #34. To summarize, the room is not clean. By any standard it is unacceptable, but for what you pay for this “boutique hotel” it’s totally unacceptable. The people at the front desk are somewhere in between disinterested and rude ... they don’t even acknowledge you. You should know, the restaurant and bar are closed Friday through Saturday ... you can’t eat or get a drink at your expensive hotel. I’d give this place two stars. When I can’t even buy a bottle of water I’d give it one star. I asked to pay for my two nights and check out two nights early ... they told me no. Do not waste a penny on this place.
The rooftop bar is superb , overlooking the most attracting area in Tel Aviv .
The hippie chic style just matched perfectly the Tel Avian Vibe .
The food was incredible, tasty , fresh and full of flavors from Starters to Dessert .
But their main strength is the service .
Simply the best of Israel!!! They are always smiling , nice, knowledgeable about the menu and have great attention to detail .
Special Mention to Marco who was always helpful , professional and made us feel like we were at home.
Best rooftop bar in Tel Aviv !!!!
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.