Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, Israel, Tel Aviv

Brown Hotel. Tel Aviv

11/12/2013 by .
Brown Tel Aviv room shot

The 30-room Brown Hotel opened in late 2010 as Israel’s only member of Design Hotels and remains the hippest of Tel Aviv’s boutique hostelries.   A converted bank, it takes its name and decor inspiration from the West Coast of the 1970’s – all chocolate and orange, with mellow sounds on permanent play and some great vintage furniture.

The hotel is interestingly located at the epicentre of a triangle bounded by Tel Aviv’s most happening neighbourhoods, all within 10 minutes’ walking distance.  Rooms are small but perfectly formed, with some larger accommodations available at a premium.    All enjoy flatscreen TV’s, complimentary wi-fi, multi-line telephones and laptop-sized safes, as well as luxuriant Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels.

Breakfast is a great innovation.  Instead of serving on the premises, the Brown chooses to showcase restaurants in the three fascinating but very different neigbourhoods which surround it – romantic Neve Tzedek, hip Rothschild Boulevard and edgy Nahalat Binyamin.    Guests take their pick at no charge, getting a great chance to breakfast with locals, and it will almost be a shame if plans to serve breakfast on the hotel premises in future are realised.Brown Tel Aviv-roof deck by day

This is a hotel which makes up for its small rooms with some interesting extras.   There’s a rooftop sundeck, perfect for those who prefer to catch rays without engaging with Tel Aviv’s beaches, just five minutes walk away, and an indoor-outdoor chill lounge which is a delight both day and night.   Freebies include bicycles, perfect for exploring the interesting neighbourhood surroundings – a bike ride down Rothschild is a special delight – coffee and cake in the lobby, and free access to a gym to work the cake calories off!

Rates US $135-315

25 Kalisher Street, Tel Aviv


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