When the taxi driver at the airport did not recognize the Diaghilev hotel, we were a tiny bit apprehensive, having arrived very late from Eilat after crossing the border on foot at Aqaba. We were delighted to see the hotel lobby, which, true to its "Live Art" name, was full of art pieces (but no Hotel name, so we were not sure we were at the right place till we checked in with the very friendly desk staff). There is a mezzanine on the first floor which also serves as an art gallery, this time with the theme of protest and conflict.
It is winter,and the hotel was not full, so we were upgraded to a very large suite with a large living room furnished in contemporary style (apparently each one unique, and kitchen We had gotten a travel site discount, so the price for the suite was even more reasonable. The kingsized bed was very confortable, with black beddings, suppposedly to help melatonin production for good sleep. Whatever, it must have worked!
Though the hotel did not serve food, it is five minutes away, on foot, from the Rothschild Avenue, one of the restaurant centers of the city. Dont ignore their recommendations for Benedict, a great all day breakfast place, and Rustico, a popular Italian restaurant. The helpful and friendl staff were a wonderful part of the hotel atmosphere; they were all responsive to questions about where to eat, and took care of having our laundry done (something like $16 for 6 kilos). Guest services even provided cookies and sparkling wine which we stored in our suite refrigerator.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Diaghilev is a bohemian boutique hotel that offers an extraordinary and exceptional cultural experience intensified by an excellent personal service. The hotel features an art gallery exhibiting over 500 artworks that change every 6 months, unique and mostly radical decor items, a collection of hand made rugs from all over the universe, most of which are ancient and therefore reflect the aged cultures they originate from. The Diaghilev has recently established a HUB for Start-ups and integrates a wide activity in such fields as design, fashion and technology. The uniqueness of the hotel brought it into prominence among internationally acknowledged artist visiting Tel Aviv and the world of technology and start-up. Many employees of the leading corporations in the world choose the Diaghilev as their base in Tel Aviv. Built in the purest Bauhaus the Diaghilev invites its guests to experience a World Cultural Heritage site rich of hundreds of Bauhaus buildings and get a taste of the “White City.” Our uncommon nocturnal concept was designed taking account of a recent scientific research that showed evidence that black beddings cause intensive production of Melatonin hormone, which results in deeper sleep, stronger immune system and increased anti-aging effect. The Diaghilev is an eco-friendly hotel, committed to a continually expanding list of operating practices that aim to maintain minimal environmental impact. The toiletries at the Diaghilev are of outstanding quality. They are produced from natural materials created from plants cultivated for this purpose in the hills of Jerusalem. These products are produced and packaged at a small factory that employs people with disabilities and integrates them into the labor market. Our creativity-support concept lead to the establishment of the HUB - a shared work environment that is more than a physical workplace for creative entrepreneurs: It is designed to nurture a community in which creators will be able to collaborate with one another in order to produce innovative projects and initiatives. ... more less
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