Part art gallery and part all-suite hotel, the Diaghilev is big on both character and space. A great launching point for absorbing the Tel Aviv urban experience, this friendly and comfortable property offers a range of room configurations, all well suited for larger parties who want to spread out.
Wander up to the seventh floor of the property to check out the organic vegetable garden and catch an unbeatable view of Tel Aviv from above.
Suites are spacious and well-appointed, with small kitchenettes and eclectic furnishings.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The kitchenettes are functional and will serve you well for prepping cold food and washing dishes, but there are no cooking facilities, so don't plan to whip up a multi-course meal in your room.
With bright tiling and Dead Sea toiletries, the bathrooms are comfortable.
The "Live Art" part of the Diaghilev Live Art hotel's name is apparent the minute you step into the lobby, which looks more like a gallery space than a spot for checking in and lounging. The different exhibits are labeled and the staff is well trained on their background, so feel free to gawk and linger if modern art is your thing.
The Backstage bar and cafe serves breakfast and a light lunch, and the bar stays open until late.
The cafe's design is a riff on the backstage area of Ballet Russes, a Russian-founded Parisian ballet company. Why? We have no idea. But it's very pretty.
Wine, beer and cocktails are available till late at the Backstage cafe and bar.
The Diaghilev is wonderfully central for those who wish to explore urban Tel Aviv. Buses and taxis are easy to hail in the surrounding streets, but in this section of flat, compact streets, your best bet is so travel by foot or bike.
Craving street food? Miznon (15-minute walk) is a Tel Aviv staple, now made legendary around the globe with a number of international branches, and is about as Tel Aviv as it gets; for upscale, Mashya (15-minute drive) offers unique, creative dishes that thrill the senses.
Kuli Alma's (8-minute walk) underground bar and party scene is one part art exhibition, one part social justice project and many parts fun; Suramare (7-minute walk) is a rooftop garden in the sky serving up well-made drinks and a recipe for a fun-packed night.