Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv
May 11, 2023
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The Jaffa Hotel, a luxury hotel overlooking Jaffa Port a short stroll from the Jaffa Flea Market, the beach, Jaffa Port, and the Yossi Carmel Square.
From the moment you walk in and are offered glass of champagne, with a luxurious, floral scent filling the air, as a gentle breeze calls you to take up a cozy spot in the courtyard or in the ultra cool and plush seating in the lobby bar – you’ll know you’re home in this cozy, swanky Tel Aviv hotel.
With special touches like essential oil diffusers and rainfall showers in the bathroom, ultra plush beds with cooling sheets, and fabulous amenity kits, The Jaffa spoils guests at every turn.
About The Jaffa
The Jaffa Hotel Tel Aviv is a luxury hotel located in the historic Jaffa neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel. The hotel is housed in a restored 19th-century complex that includes a former French hospital, a 13th-century Crusader fortress, and a 19th-century Jewish hostel.
The Jaffa Hotel Tel Aviv features 120 rooms and suites, each designed with a blend of contemporary and historical styles. The hotel offers various amenities, including a rooftop pool, a fitness center, a spa, and several dining options, including a Mediterranean restaurant and a lobby bar.
The hotel is located within walking distance of many popular attractions in Jaffa, including the Jaffa Flea Market and the Jaffa Port. It is also a short drive from Tel Aviv’s beaches and cultural attractions. The Jaffa Hotel Tel Aviv is a highly-regarded luxury hotel that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modern amenities in one of Tel Aviv’s most vibrant neighborhoods!
I stayed in a Deluxe Guest room with a balcony in the contemporary building with an ocean view – it was the perfect place to take in Tel Aviv’s fabulous sunrises and sunsets. The automatic blackout shades made it effortless to flood the room with the most vibrant color from the setting sun – and kept out all of the sound from the bustling Jaffa streets below! Trust me… Jaffa can party well into the morning, and the thick windows were very handy.
In a climate like Tel Aviv, air conditioning is a priority – and the Jaffa Hotel cooled quickly to frosty temperatures. The shower was huge, with perfect water pressure, and was easy to operate. The TV had lots of english programming, and I LOVED that the large, clean bathroom even had a scent diffuser in it to help it feel fresh and more like home!
What to Do at the Jaffa Hotel
Go to the Spa: The L. Raphael Spa at the Jaffa is fantastic – with a 24 hour fitness center, a hammam, steam room, and well-rounded treatment offerings, including options for expectant mothers and salon.
Head to the pool: The pool deck, which is operated seasonally (it is closed in the cooler winter months) is absolutely gorgeous – offering a serene and luxurious spot to spend an afternoon and take a dip without heading to the beach.
Go to the beach: the Jaffa Hotel is a short walk to the beach – Tel Aviv and Jaffa have some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean! There are always tons of people out enjoying the sun, playing games, windsurfing, tanning, at beach bars, at the parks on the beach – even in cooler weather. I even caught tons of people at the beach in the rain!
Take a tour: Jaffa is a short distance from Jerusalem, Nazareth, Jericho, Masada, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Aqaba, and even Petra! The Jaffa can help arrange tours, or you can book through numerous Israeli or Jordanian tour programs. I have worked with Tourist Israel in the past and love their offerings.
Why to Stay in Jaffa
Sunsets: One of the best reasons to check in to the Jaffa is sunset. Israel has some of the most amazing sunsets on earth – and there is nowhere to enjoy the sunset over the Mediterranean quite like Jaffa’s port – and the way the hotel sits up above the port area, giving all the buildings surrounding the hotel a warm golden glow, is absolutely stunning.
Historical Significance: Jaffa has a rich history dating back over 4,000 years. It is mentioned in biblical accounts and was a key port for trade and transportation in ancient times. The city has witnessed the rule of various civilizations, including the Canaanites, Egyptians, Israelites, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans, and more.
Cultural and Architectural Heritage: Jaffa is renowned for its well-preserved old town, characterized by narrow winding alleys, traditional stone buildings, and picturesque courtyards. It features historical landmarks such as the Clock Tower, St. Peter’s Church, and the Jaffa Port, which is one of the oldest functioning ports in the world.
Art: Jaffa has become a hub for artists, artisans, and galleries. It attracts many contemporary artists who appreciate its unique atmosphere and artistic energy. Visitors can explore numerous art galleries, studios, and exhibitions showcasing a wide range of artistic styles and mediums.
Jaffa Flea Market: The Jaffa Flea Market, or Shuk Hapishpeshim, is a vibrant open-air market known for its bustling atmosphere, eclectic mix of shops, and colorful displays of antiques, vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, and more. It is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
Culinary Delights: Jaffa offers a diverse and vibrant culinary scene. From traditional Middle Eastern cuisine to trendy cafes and upscale restaurants, visitors can enjoy a wide range of flavors and dining experiences. Fresh seafood, local street food, and authentic hummus are among the highlights.
Cultural Diversity: Jaffa is known for its multicultural environment, reflecting the diverse population of the city. Arab, Jewish, and Christian communities coexist, creating a unique blend of cultures, traditions, and religious landmarks.