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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Better than First Class in every respect and outdoing any other top Tel Aviv hotel that we have stayed in. Historic Jaffa is at your doorstep and all Jaffa highlights are within somewhat easy walking distance. Hotel entrance unassuming but once inside guests are treated like royalty. Traditional Israeli breakfasts are vast and can be taken either indoors or out. Otherwise we did not eat there, except at the complimentary buffet serving light refreshments basically all day on a magnificent open area overlooking the beach. A once in a lifetime vacation experience.
What a pleasure to have this warm welcoming hotel in Israel. I have never wanted to return to any particular hotel in Israel in 40 years.
I think that says it all.
A particular mention to the wonderful friendly pool attendant and the lady welcoming us at breakfast.
Cannot wait to stay there again .
Attached is the view from the pool... just incredible
This Hotel brings to life what the Tel Aviv area should feel considering it's history and antiquity. The rooms are spacious, beautifully designed with respect to the oldest part of the building, the Feng Shui perfect, the light of each public space amazing, the food outstanding and the staff very accommodating.
We couldn't have been in a nicer setting in the Jaffa area which is full of life, little delicious restaurants, the beach side with cycling and all the little markets buzzing with activity. It's a MUST STAY!
We looked all over Tel Aviv and decided this was our absolute favourite!