The showstopping glass-floored lobby of this charming Jaffa hotel reveals the centuries of history that lie beneath it, and the cheery, thoughtfully-designed guest rooms and public spaces bring a fully modern flair. Conveniently located at the most bustling intersection of Jaffa and drawing on the nearby flea market for design inspiration, this hotel is comfortable, pleasant and unique.
Rooms are European-sized but not tiny, and offer eclectic design that pays homage to Shuk HaPishpeshim, AKA the flea market, Jaffa's sprawling antiques bazaar that sits just adjacent to the hotel. For a bit of extra cash, you can book a room with an open-air terrace overlooking the market.
Look closely at the artwork in each room and in the hallways: It's all framed found items sourced from the Jaffa flea market and transformed by a local artist into framable art.
With black and white checkerboard floors and clean white walls, the bathrooms are bright and cheery and provide a good amount of space.
The lobby has cheerful couches and plenty of reading material, but its real draw is its glass floor, which shows the remains of a stone Byzantine chapel dating back centuries.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel's unique archeological remains make it a draw for tourists and tour groups, so be prepared for face crowds of visitors coming in off the street just to marvel at the glass floor and what lies beneath.
Taxis and buses can both be a little harder to come by in Jaffa, and your best bet for traveling anywhere close by is by foot. For taxis, you can order an Uber or Gettaxi directly to the hotel, or head to the nearby Clock Tower to flag one down. Buses run up and down the busy Sderot Yerushalayim (Yerushalayim Boulevard), which is a five-minute walk away.
For exquisite and fresh Mediterranean food with a sweeping view of the sea, walk up to Kikar Kedumim and settle in at Kalamata (8-minute walk); for exploding flavor and a great view for people watching, grab a seat outside or at the bar at chef restaurant Raisa (3-minute walk).
The dance floor at Anna LouLou (5-minute walk) is diverse, frenetic and always packed; at Shaffa Bar (2-minute walk), cocktails are cool and refreshing, bites are tasty and the crowd is young and friendly.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is a thoughtful and well-designed hotel that loves its location and does it justice. With a reasonable price tag and plenty of local flair, Market House makes an ideal base to explore the colorful, diverse and rich streets of beautiful Jaffa.