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The Diaghilev, LIVE ART Suites Hotel
Ranked #12 of 102 Hotels in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 29, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Once you come to this hotel, you never wanna leave it, a respect to a guest in every little detail.

Room Tip: One Bedroom suite with City View
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Amazingly well situated, in a home trendy style, charming host, good prices....

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Our plans to stay with relatives in Tel Aviv bombed, so I went to Trip Advisor where The Diaghilev got some fine reviews. When I asked around, the response was either "What?" or "Really great." Turned out to really be great. Location is superb, a few blocks off Rothschild right in the center of a hopping part of Tel Aviv (4 blocks from Max Brenner). Large comfy beds and nice size rooms (living room and bedroom), thick towels and funny organic soaps. The property is themed with all sorts of art by local artists in a wide variety of media, oriental carpets strewn all over the place. All the hotel staff were like friendly relatives -- warm, thoughtful, and helpful as could be suggesting restaurants, getting cabs, plying you with free bubbly at Happy Hour. The owner, Anat, is a real sweetheart. Room rates were very friendly too -- You'll spend twice as much if you stay at the David Intercontinental for half the room. Two suggestions: If you have a rental car, pay a bit extra and park in their garage; getting a parking space in this part of Tel Aviv can be a nightmare. And, ask for a room that's in the back...not on Mazeh Street which can be noisy at night (and with the garbage trucks in the morning).

Next time we go back to Tel Aviv, no question we'll stay at The Diaghelev again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that's in the back...not on Mazeh Street which can be noisy at night (and with th...
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

We stayed in hotel for one night - both location (near the pounding heart of TLV), room (we were upgraded and got a XL room with Lambrusko bottle) and the staff was absolutely helpful.
It's about time there will be some decent small hotel in center TLV, with prices not high in the sky.
Try it - you won't regret!

Room Tip: Walk around Rotchild Bld at night, from E2E
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Stayed here with my wife for one night to have a night away (just got back). Saw all the great reviews here and called to book.
The lady on the phone recommended that I pay extra and get a room with a balcony, which I did.
Upon check-in, rooms weren't ready yet, so we waited, was told that we had been given room 505 and that we had been upgraded. We were then taken up to room 102 - a room with no balcony and no view. I asked the lady who took us up to the room why we had no balcony when I had booked a room with and was told that this was a "very big room" - which didn't answer the question.
This start left me feeling a little unhappy with the hotel as I had not received the room type I had paid for and was trying to make this short get-away as special as possible.

Room is large, just missing a few touches - bathroom wasn't well laid out and the shower was flooding the bathroom as it was in the middle of the bath. Bedroom basic with no TV in there (no great loss), but has the outlets for it sticking out of the walls.

Not sure how else to describe it apart from almost there - hotel has all the potential to be great, but misses out on details.

Staff were great though and very attentive and fun.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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DiaghilevTelAviv, Owner at The Diaghilev, LIVE ART Suites Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2012

Dear iaru,

To begin, I would like to thank you for your feedback.
We were happy to hear you felt you were in a warm, fun and attentive environment.

It is our deepest concern to ensure that every guest feels satisfied and cared for. I assure you that your case wasn't any different:

As you might know, our official check in time is 15:00 (3pm). As you have arrived a couple of hours earlier, the suite that was initially blocked for you, wasn't yet ready for check in. Wishing to assist you and not keep you waiting, the receptionist has checked suites availability and was offered 2 suites, one of which was Superior One Bedroom Suite, which is of a much higher standard than the one you have booked and where you finally were accommodated. This much more spacious suite features a bigger bed and bigger TV. You are completely right telling that the suite you have got was lacking the balcony you have requested - that was a very serious mistake resulted by a misunderstanding. On the teams behalf I am asking you to accept our apology for that matter.

We are happy you were ready to give us a second chance and took us up on the offer to come and stay with us "on the house", to experience the real Diaghilev hospitality and care.
We truly hope to change your mind during your future stay.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Local friends suggested this hotel and I could not have been more pleased! Three easy blocks away from the dynamic Rothschild Boulevard with its busy shops and plenty of cafes, the Diaghilev offers lovely studio apts, each well appointed with unique art. I had a lovely one bedroom apt. with a balcony, everything spotless and functioning well, attentive staff and free wifi in the rooms. I would recommend to other travelers who enjoy 'spreading out' and don't want or need the services offered by chain hotels.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about The Diaghilev, LIVE ART Suites Hotel

Address: 56 Mazeh Street, Tel Aviv 6578906, Israel
Location: Israel > Tel Aviv District > Tel Aviv
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 102 Hotels in Tel Aviv
Price Range: $134 - $273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Diaghilev, LIVE ART Suites Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 54
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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