Housed in a 1920's building that once served as a private residence, this hotel is filled with warm colors, fine fabrics, and original artwork. Some of the rooms have balconies overlooking the street, and the rooftop terrace offers a view of the entire neighborhood. Each of the rooms has a unique design—the hotel says they each "tell a different story"—so it's worth looking at a few to choose your favorite.
Rooms are designed with a rich vintage feel, and no two are alike. Whichever room or suite you choose, expect bright colors, rich furnishings and eclectic touches like animal-print rugs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no minibar in the room, and no bottled water is provided. The hotel also does not have a bar or beverage service, so you're on your own to make sure your thirst is quenched if you don't want to drink from the tap.
Bathrooms offer the same colorful style as the bedrooms, with black brick backwash, funky designed tile walls, and French toiletries.
Do to the hotel being housed in an older building, the small lobby has a vintage feel but limited seating -- take the curving staircase behind the check-in desk to get to your room.
Head up to the hotel's colorful rooftop lobby for more seating and fresh air, as well as a lovely view of the Tel Aviv skyline.
Dining options are severely limited at this little boutique hotel. There is no longer an in-house restaurant (Maiar, the Palestinian fine-dining establishment that was once housed there, has closed), and breakfast is offered in the form of a voucher for a nearby cafe. Le Jardin de Alma does serve light fare for lunch, including pastas, salads and pizza.
Alma charges extra for breakfast to be included, and the neighborhood is full of excellent cafes -- you're better off opting not to pay for the breakfast, and eating somewhere nearby instead.
The Alma has a spectacular location. For buses and taxis, head over to grand Rothschild Boulevard. If you prefer, you can download the GetTaxi app and order a taxi directly to your door.
For a chic and romantic atmosphere and delightful bistro fare, head to Cafe Noir (3-minute walk); for truly upscale sushi and Japanese fusion, splash out at Dinings (5-minute walk), located on the roof of the Norman Hotel.
Aria (6-minute walk) is sleek and sophisticated and attracts a lively young crowd; if you want an authentic taste of Tel Aviv nightlife, take a disco nap and then head to Teder (10-minute walk) just a few hours before dawn.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With a vintage building, eclectic decor and an excellent location, this hotel has a lot going for it.