The Setai Tel Aviv
What We Love
- Sultry skyline vistas from the rooftop infinity pool
- The blue Brazilian marble bar at Jaya, the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant
- Israeli breakfast on the al fresco patio
- Ottoman-accented fabrics in the public spaces
What To Know
- Guests are provided beach bags and hotel-branded hats
- Expect VIP treatment at the Sunset Lounge, where hotel guests can enjoy gratis wine, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts
- There is a synagogue onsite
- All guest rooms are equipped with Nespresso coffee makers
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Jaffa’s most sophisticated stay isO an overhauled medieval fortress with Turkish-inspired rooms, a sumptuous spa, and a show-stopping rooftop pool
Twelfth century artifacts exist alongside sleek flat-screen televisions at this stylish seaside perch. Though the Setai brand is best known for its splashy Miami Beach edition, its latest outpost, spread across a complex of five historic buildings in Tel Aviv’s historic Jaffa district, stands on the shores of the Mediterranean. The dramatic restoration saw the metamorphosis of a Crusader kingdom fortress (which was also once a kishle, or Turkish jailhouse) that took over a decade to complete. Remnants of the past are subtle but effective—you’ll see sea-stone wrapped corridors; exposed archways visible from the treadmills at the gym; and a pair of perfectly manicured, glass-encased courtyards previously used as prison yards that are now lined with olive and citrus trees. The 120 Turkish-inspired rooms come with chrome-tinted glass pendant lamps, bed frames featuring textured Arabesque patterns, oak and walnut wood furnishings, and bijou balconies (understandably, Sea View Rooms are the most sought after). After some poolside pampering, be sure to treat yourself to the subterranean spa, where you can choose from a variety of rejuvenating Eastern-accented options like a vanilla and rosewater-scented massage or a Turkish Hamman treatment, whose vigorous 25-minute scrub will leave you silky smooth and refreshed.
In the Area
The alleyways of Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s ancient port city, are now the site of art galleries and bohemian boutiques. During an engaging (and free) two-hour walking tour, you’ll pass by stops such as Andromeda’s Rock (which played a significant role in Greek mythology) and the Arab Hebrew Theater, a celebrated multilingual venue. For souvenirs, be sure to stop by the local flea market, or shuk, which hawks everything from beaded jewelry and Arabic pottery to freshly squeezed vegetable juices, open every Friday to Sunday.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed at the Setai for 5 days in February.We could not have had a better experience and the staff was amazing! I wanted to make specific mention of Mark Lewis -one of the front desk clerks who was amazing! And Gustavo Scuppa - the night manager who went above and beyond of what was expected and made our stay amazing!
We adored this boutique hotel. One should consider staying here rather than staying in Tel Aviv where we usually stay (which is a 15 minute walk from hotel) . Both the public and private spaces are spectacular.
The breakfast (dairy) buffet is terrific. However, avoid (meat) dinner at the main restaurant at the hotel. The dinner food was mediocre at best.
The service is extremely friendly but could use improvement. We did not receive our Leading Hotels of the World upgrade although the hotel seemed to be half empty. The two concierges we spoke to were very poorly informed. Spa appointments got the times wrong.
Having made the above negative comments, I would still highly recommend the hotel for its distinctive style and friendly though amateurish service.
The location is very good, the hotel is nice, the room is good but on the smallish side, breakfast also good - so overall very good but not great.
Some of the staff has been very good others don't seem well trained or particularly friendly.
We had an issue with getting our laundry done during our four-day stay. The employee from the laundry department was rather abrasive on the phone and kept on insisting that it could not be done. Luckily, the manager by the name of Joanne was great and resolved it without a problem. As we are ourselves in the hospitality business we are always watching how the staff is performing and noticed another manager that was actually outstanding. Her name is Ranin and she took care of us several times during breakfast. She was very friendly, hard working and made sure we and for that matter anybody in the dining room was not wanting for anything. Thank you for that.
I work for Food Allergy Concierge, our clients hired us to supervise all food production for their allergic child. We communicated with the staff of the Setai Hotel, and they were amazing from day 1!!!
Our clients were extremely satisfied with the service, the food, and the staff!!
Chef Ronen Efraim was so professional and pleasant to work with! The food was divine and it was the cleanest kitchen I've ever seen!!
I highly recommend staying at the Setai hotel. Not only are the staff members so happy to help and professional, but they are also so accommodating towards our client's needs.
Even though in the middle of a very busy part of Jaffa, once you get inside its a great escape from the street. Food and service great. Lots of fun small restaurants walking distance. Great breakfast.