This hotel may be my favorite, anywhere in the world.
Start with the staff: Miriam at the front desk became our best friend in Tel Aviv: booking reservations for us at one fabulous Tel Aviv restaurant after another, scoring dance tickets for us at the Opera, and just chatting us up at every opportunity. Near the end of the trip we met hotel co-owner Anat, who sang for us in the hotel cafe, then chatted with us as we had dinner at their sister hotel, The Rothschild. Hotel. Warm, lovely people.
The hotel cafe is ideal. They served breakfast until noon! Great for people who sleep in. The Cafe Americano was good and strong. You order breakfast from a small menu with enough variety to keep us interested for the week we were there: yogurt, egg salad, tuna salad, eggplant salad and a few other options, plus a tomato salad and basket of bread. Yum. After noon, the cafe becomes an option for a light lunch, more coffee, wine/beer/drinks, and snacks. The cafe has an indoor and outdoor area, so it was a great place to bring our computers and type up our impressions of the day, or just check email.
The location is perfect, near the S'derot Rothschild, which is the heart of central Tel Aviv for my money. The hotel is a short walk from other coffee locations, nice restaurants and museums. We visited Tel Aviv in February, probably not a peak tourist season, but we felt we were in a part of town frequented by Tel Avivers, not tourists.
The rooms are huge, particularly for a hotel in a major city. We had the smallest class of room they offer, and we felt like we should be throwing parties in there. The room was quiet and overlooked Mazeh Street, a very agreeable residential street.
We loved all the art in the lobby, in the hallways, in our room ... Tel Aviv is a great modern art city, full of interesting galleries.
I cannot think of enough good things to say about this place. We miss it already and cannot wait to return.
- 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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