Designed to resemble a private beach house, this delightful hotel is a peaceful Tel Aviv retreat.
The meaning of Shalom – peace – is definitely in evidence here. It’s like a relaxing oasis in the heart of chaotic Tel Aviv. While the sister hotel Market House Hotel has a New York vibe, the Shalom is more New England nautical. This is particularly the case up on the roof terrace – one of this small hotel’s most popular spots – with its faux-sea-worn decking, white-washed rocking chairs, rattan day beds made for two and views towards the sea. The relatively subtle nautical theme extends to the interior design in the bedroom – think tall ship-pattern feature walls, dark blues and dazzling white sheets. The small but perfectly formed Standard Rooms, which have large picture windows with views out to the surrounding buildings and Tel Aviv skyline, are a cosy retreat following a day of city exploration.
You’ll be close to the beach – it’s just a short walk away through Independence Park – and the wonderfully regenerated port with its wooden boardwalk and converted warehouses which now house shops, cafes and restaurants. Take one of the hotel’s bikes and you can cycle along the sea front towards Old Jaffa; don’t forget to take the beach bag and towel which are provided by the hotel.
The breakfasts here are almost legendary – people have stayed at the Shalom Hotel for this alone. It’s a typically Israeli buffet with salads, vegetables, dairy products and fish (the shakshuka is particularly well reviewed) but there are also pastries, bread and homemade spreads, made-to-order eggs and cereal if you prefer food that reminds you of home. Make sure you’re back at the hotel by 5pm if you want to make the most of the hotel’s happy hour when free drinks and local snacks are served (until 7pm; excluding Saturdays).
Set back from Independence Park, a short walk from the beach and the northern end of Tel Aviv’s main beaches
Good to know
Happy hour takes place Sunday-Friday.
• Use one of the hotel’s bikes and cycle south along the waterfront boulevard • Head out into the streets backing the hotel where there is a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops and bars.
Breakfast in the breakfast room.
*Denotes local charge