The attentive staff, always friendly and accommodating, greets you with a cold beverage and a chocolate treat at the the Shalom Hotel & Relax. The daily happy hour includes a complimentary 15-minute massage—a great way to revive yourself after a day of sightseeing. For extra pampering, reserve the spa rooms with balcony hot tubs facing the sea. All are comfortably sized and nicely decorated in a simple style.
The small but cozy rooms have a nautical theme, done up in navy and white with sharp stripes. The comfortable bed makes up for the tight quarters, but don't expect a great deal of space.
For extra pampering, book a spa room with a jacuzzi.
The pure white bathroom has a powerful shower and a cute ladder for towels.
YOU SHOULD KNOW These bathrooms really keep with the nautical theme in terms of their super-tight quarters, so pack light in terms of toiletries and don't expect much elbow room.
Hayarkon Street is a bustling thoroughfare packed with traffic, but for easy access anywhere in the city, your better bet is to head east to Ben Yehuda Street, where you'll find several bus lines and it's simple to flag down a taxi.
For a mouthwatering chef restaurant with fresh plates and a beautiful view, head straight to Kitchen Market (15-minute walk); if you need a break from Israeli fare and are craving sushi, there's no better -- or trendier! -- spot in town than the uber-cool Fu Sushi (11-minute walk).
Perfectly poured cocktails are the name of the game at the popular watering hole Double Standard (9-minute walk); for the feel of a real Tel Aviv neighborhood pub, head to Rosa Parks (11-minute walk) and linger till the wee hours.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Shalom Hotel markets itself as a hub of relaxation, and for good reason: it's well-designed, cool and comfortable, with friendly service and a reasonable price tag. Its lovely rooftop bar, excellent breakfast and fun happy hour make it an excellent choice as your base for exploring Tel Aviv.