The Poli House
What We Love
- Neon interiors by the renowned Egyptian-Canadian designer, Karim Rashid
- The “Tel Aviv Breakfast”, which includes hummus, chopped salad, and shakshuka, at the hotel-adjacent café
- A laptop-size safe in all guest rooms
- The complimentary bottle of arak, a local anise-based spirit, presented upon arrival
What To Know
- The hotel’s rooftop pool is open year-round
- Middle-category rooms don’t all offer bathtubs
- Well-insulated windows keep the Allenby Street noise to a minimum
- Though there is no gym onsite, guest passes to a nearby facility are available upon request
- Free WiFi
Repurposed Bauhaus beauty with 40 futuristic rooms in Tel Aviv’s artsy Florentin district
When an avant-garde interiors whiz was tasked with reimagining a 1930s Tel Aviv edifice, you can bet he went bold. From a street-level art gallery (which serves a never-ending stream of champagne and coffee) to egg-shaped loungers in the lobby and digital art splashed along the LED-screened corridors, Karim Rashid brought his signature whimsy to the storied boat-like building, once home to local businesses like a shoemaker and a printing press. Rooms, dressed in bright yellows, blues, and greens, are a crash-course in geometry with their slanting shelves, U-shaped desks, and circular basin sinks. For a bird’s-eye view of the White City, take the transparent elevator up to the glossy panoramic rooftop, where you can choose from an exhaustive list of globally sourced beers and poolside tapas to enjoy while you sway to the tunes of a local DJ.
In the Area
If you ever tire of this funky funhouse, you’ll realize you’re just a five-minute walk from Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s most famous open-air market crammed with a kaleidoscopic array of fresh produce stands, bakeries, and street bars. The visually arresting Bialik Street is also within strolling distance, home to a museum that was formerly the residence of Israel’s national poet. Because there is no official restaurant on-site, the attentive Poli House staff is at-the-ready with local guidebooks. For a memorable night on the town, opt for bar hopping across nearby Rothschild Boulevard, teeming with acclaimed nightclubs like Alphabet and BuXa.
How to Get There
I loved my stay at Polis House! The room was well designed, really comfortable bed with great pillows and bedding. The staff were warm and friendly and the bar with roof top pool was beautiful. The position of the hotel couldn’t be better. 10 mins walk to the beach, and Carmel market (which is amazing) is right on the door step. The hotel is also situated on a pedestrian street which had arts and crafts stalls on. The hotel has 4 options for breakfast, I went to the cafe just next door, which had a beautiful little courtyard garden. The breakfast and fresh croissants were wonderful. This hotel is a gem! I would highly recommend it.
The Poli House is a small, boutique hotel located 10-15 mins walk from the beach.
Positives: friendly and helpful staff, good central location, breakfast in cafe next door perfectly fine (friendly staff), cool rooftop pool and bar, reasonable room rate- approx £200 per night for single occupancy room
Negatives: the room decoration needs refreshing, the wardrobe space is not practical - no room for long hanging clothes and no drawers in the room
Generally a positive experience
The hotel is rather central (5min to the beach, 15min walk to bd Rothschild, close to Carmel market) in a rather popular, a bit bohemian but safe area. Very nicely renovated. Rooms are not large but comfortable. Lovely rooftop pool and bar. Breakfast at next door cafe is very good. Really friendly and helpful staff. Only drawback: the area is noisy so if you look for absolute peace and silence this is not for you. But if you want to enjoy the city life go!