Six years after it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tel Aviv's historic Bauhaus quarter finally has a hotel that lives up to the accolade: the 12-room Hotel Montefiore, hotelmontefiore.co.il.
Although surrounded by Bauhaus beauties, the Montefiore is actually a renovated mansion from the earlier 1920s Eclectic period, festooned with a mishmash of European, Ottoman and Arab architectural motifs from bijou Juliet balconies and an intricate filigreed façade to soaring Levantine arches and domes. Owners Mati and Ruthie Broudo have kept the rooms period-appropriate using antique 1930s furniture, including original pieces by German Bauhaus design firm Thonet. (See Time.com/Travel for city guides, stories and advice.)
A clubby downstairs bar serves some of Israel's finest vintages to perhaps the nation's most fashionably dressed, while the adjacent restaurant delivers a menu of Euro-Asian goodies inspired by the Broudos' numerous Asian sojourns. They're served amid hardwood floors, cream banquettes and tropical foliage.
Although the hotel lacks a formal reception or concierge desk, the staff are Tel Aviv insiders who are well connected with local nightlife and the city's cultural and culinary happenings. They can also arrange after-hours guides and valet service at the nearby beach, making the Montefiore a perfectly positioned addition to Tel Aviv's urban scene. Rates from $280 a night.
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