Two fabulously restored historic buildings in central Tel Aviv make up this contemporary urban hotspot that evokes Bauhaus-era elegance and old world charm. Guest rooms are furnished with exquisite vintage decor, sumptuously comfortable beds, and signature-scented bath amenities that are created specially for the hotel by a local artisanal perfume maker. Thoughtful touches include gourmet chocolates on arrival and a private shuttle to the beach that comes with a tote bag packed with water and a towel. The trendy neighborhood is surrounded by fantastic food options but the two world-class restaurants in the hotel mean you'll be tempted not to leave the premises.
Shades of plum, cream and gray infuse the eclectic design across the Norman's dozen of room types, all of which share 300-thread-count sateen sheets, beautiful hardwood or tiling flooring, and delightful touches like daily fresh flowers.
Saucer-sized rainforest shower heads are the highlight of the roomy bathroom, which includes perks like fogless vanity mirrors, preserved tile flooring and surround-sound speakers (so you can belt out your favorite tunes in the shower).
The narrow, elegantly-tiled lobby is cool and modern, and if you want to linger, the adjacent lobby bar offers plenty of comfortable seating (and cocktails to boot).
Few rooftop pools have ever been more ready for their closeup than that of the Norman. Surrounded by the Tel Aviv skyline with the added perk of a Mediterranean sea view to the west, this sleek infinity pool offers ample space for both swimming and sunning.
The spa offers a variety of massages with highly-trained therapists in a tranquil setting.
Time change got you down? The Norman offers a specialized jetlag massage, which focuses on pressure points in the body to help reset your circadian rhythms.
Located on the hotel's 3rd floor, the gym is open 24/7 and offers a full range of high-tech aerobic equipment.
Alena, the Norman's signature in-house restaurant, serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu in a refined setting.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Even for upscale Tel Aviv, the prices at this restaurant might make your eyes pop.
The Library Bar is as hushed and cool as it sounds: A converted reading room that still offers plenty of paperbacks to peruse while sipping your expertly crafted cocktail.
The gracious staff at The Norman is always happy to call you a taxi, but a short hop skip and stroll over to Rothschild Boulevard puts you in reach of plenty of buses and shared minibus taxis that will take you to every corner of the city.
Cafe Noir (2-minute walk) is romantic, chic and known for its indulgent schnitzel dishes; Cicchetti (5-minute walk), a charming corner bistro offering lovely cocktails and mouthwatering Italian small plates, has an atmosphere as delightful as its food.
The Library Bar off of the Norman's lobby will tick every box imaginable in terms of quality and service, but if you want to venture out, Bicicletta (7-minute walk) has a beautiful upstairs garden and great atmosphere; while Sputnik (7-minute walk) puts Tel Aviv hipster culture on full display.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Norman brings European-style old-world luxury to the heart of urban Tel Aviv, and seamlessly melds five-star service with the creative energy that defines the city. Its price tag isn't for the faint of heart, but if you have the cash to splash here, you'll find pampering at an all together new level.