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
Just spent a week in Israel - Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. We choose the new Setai hotel in Jaffa as we were at the Setai Miami few years ago. Excellent choice ! Located on the famous clock tower on the sea the new Setai is now the place to be in Tel Aviv. You will find an excellent luxury service, they offer you a glass of champagne upon check in then access to the lounge during your stay. The pool is a must with a panoramic sea view. Thanks to Eitan and Sarit the manager at the entrance, Regina and Rosie were great at the restaurant and great restaurant recommendations from Alex. The Setai is definitely the place to stay
This was our second stay at the hotel. Location in Jaffa on the water is excellent. We enjoyed comfort of our room and good dining experience. Staff is helpful and our overall experience was excellent.
We stayed here for 2 nights. There are so many examples of poor service that I don’t know where to start. We arrived and no one helped us with our bags. The doorman was watching us with his hands in his pocket. The rooms are beautiful but there is no room service so you need to go out to street to eat. The restaurant have 5 items on the menu... and lunch is served from 1.30? At the pool you have the lifeguard talking for 3 hours so loud that you cannot relax. Serge also mentioned to us that he has not been paid for 2 months. The GM doesn’t bother to speak to you but sends his assistant that looks like she is working in a nightclub with a short and revealing dress.
There are no showers at the pool as they use the showers for storage space.
Worst part is every morning you will get woken up at 6am by maintenance people cleaning the terrace or by hammering and sanding the floor. When I came down at 6am the reception did not even look up they were sitting on the guest chairs on their phones.
Just terrible terrible service with a GM that obviously have no experience and a team of people that are on their phones continually. Not Setai standard at all.
We stayed there for 3 days. The hotel is very impressive, the design is brilliant and the food & service are remarkable. It is right on the beach and clock tower - vert central and interesting location since it is a walking distance from old Jaffa which is beautiful.
The only thing that wasn't so great was the spa... the facilities there look great but are not great: The sauna has a glass wall watching a big old rock...what makes it useless - no sweat, no heat - just a great view to a rock...The hamam is also very inviting but it is actually a little chilli in there!
So I took myself from the spa to the pool which is an infinity pool overlooking the sea. Great pool - you will LOVE it - if there won't be too many children running, screaming and throwing stuff in the air..... then you would love it :)
Just wanted to thank and commend Jonathan on Concierge. He helped us out immensely when we found our booked hotel in Jaffa did not exist. He went above and beyond for us in a nightmare situation extremely efficiently and with great care for our welfare. Thank you, from Tonya and Chris.