As hip as the city around it, this fun boutique hotel offers luxurious pampering at a remarkably reasonable price, making it a great find. There are several areas to lounge, including the book-lined "living room" lobby area, the roof deck with its outdoor showers and sleek white bathtub as well as private massage area, and the garden bar in the back that is one of trendiest bars in the city. Instead of the typical breakfast buffet, you get to choose from among three nearby local cafés. For excursions farther afield, the hotel offers free bike usage. The rooms are inviting, and although they're on the small side, they use the space well.
Rich brown leather furnishings, crisp Egyptian cotton linens and comfortable writing desks fill the handsome rooms, which come in four different categories.
Solo travelers can save a bundle by booking one of the cozy "Solo" rooms, which at 11 square meters are decidedly snug, but still offer all the comfortable perks of the hotel.
Done up in black marble and featuring rainfall showerheads and complimentary bathrobes, the powder rooms are comfortable, if a little dark.
The Brown's uber-cool essence is apparent from the minute you step foot into its lobby, which is lined with floor-to-ceiling bookcases on one end, features a massive vintage Playboy poster that brings to mind the 1970s, and offers enough animal print and eclectic furniture to make you wonder, for a moment, if you've wandered onto a film set rather than the sleek lobby of a boutique hotel.
Massages are available at the lobby level spa room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel spa is micro-sized, with just enough room to squeeze in two treatment tables and a limited menu. It's great for a firm rubdown, but doesn't offer a full-range spa experience.
The Garden Bar offers light fare -- snacks, sandwiches and small bites -- in the hotel's cool covered back patio.
The Brown Hotel Bar serves drinks both in the outdoor garden patio and also, via waiter service, up on the hotel's chic rooftop sundeck.
There's champagne on tap at the bar up on the roof deck, so even when it's not staffed by a bartender, you can pour yourself some bubbles to enjoy while you lounge.
The major thoroughfares of Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street, both of which are packed with buses and taxis, are each a short walk away from the hotel. If you prefer, download the Gettaxi app and order a cab directly to the hotel door.
At Santa Katarina (5-minute walk), a wood-fired oven and fresh Israeli seafood give Mediterranean cuisine the star treatment in a laid-back atmosphere; next door at Port Said (5-minute walk), crowds of hungry hipsters queue for mouthwatering small plates from Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani.
At Tailor Made (5-minute walk), there are twinkling lights, cool cocktails and plenty of delectable appetizers to share; at the hip LGBT hotspot Shpagat (1-minute walk), anything goes.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With cool design, warm service, a killer rooftop lounge and dashes of luxury without a high price point, this beautiful boutique hotel offers plenty of style and charm without breaking the bank.