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Fodor's Expert Review Center Chic

2 Zamenhoff St., Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, 64373, Israel See on Map

This hotel has a cozy lobby filled with books about Tel Aviv and a lounge area that screens vintage black-and-white films about Israel. You'll recognize the building from the outside by its larger-than-life statues of two people astride the balcony wall \"talking\" by means of empty cottage-cheese containers connected by a string—a favorite pastime among Israeli kids in the 1950s. Breakfast is served across the street at the fascinating Cinema Hotel, worth a visit in its own right.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Dizengoff Circle, which the hotel directly overlooks, is under massive construction, meaning that guests here should be prepared to deal with sounds and dust of construction, as well as the eyesore of the site itself.

room

Rooms are cheerful an eclectic, with exposed brick walls painted a fresh blue-green, Houndstooth prints headboards, bright pillows and mod furnishings.

Rooms run small, so for a bit of extra breathing room, book a Junior Suite.

bathroom

Bathrooms also have exposed brick walls, painted a clean white, as well as black-and-white tile floors and bright blue furnishings.

lobby

The vintage wood front desk is painted a bright and cheerful blue, and room keys are sweetly hung in an old-world style key box just behind. Eclectic sitting furniture and cheeky artwork makes this lobby feel more like the living room of an eccentric friend.

dining

Breakfast is served at the Cinema Hotel next door, and includes a rich buffet of eggs, salads, cheese, fruit and yogurts.

LOCATION

Getting Around

When they named this hotel Center Chic, they meant it -- it's hard to find a spot more central in the entire city. Bustling Dizengoff Street is packed with buses and taxis; nearby Frishman Street will lead you straight to the beach; and a trip to the city's northern or southern fringes is easy in a taxi.

Restaurants

For excellent market-sourced meals that showcase the freshness of the Israeli kitchen, head over to the adjacent La Shuk (1-minute walk); if you're craving seafood and want a chic but casual atmosphere and a kitchen that's open late, book a seat at Goocha (6-minute walk).

Bars

Dizengoff Street overflows with bars which overflow in their own right with hipsters (and all the dogs and babies!). Two great choices are Beer Garden (1-minute walk), directly next to the hotel and featuring a chill vibe and pretty twinkling-light patio; and Concierge, where the atmosphere is chic and the drinks are expertly crafted.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Small, friendly, cute and cheerful: This hotel gets big points for its fabulous location and its quirky and fun design.

QUICK FACTS

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56 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service no
$$
yes
Free Parking
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-542-5555

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