If you have chosen to have a brief but action-packed weekend break in Tel Aviv you will need a hotel which is central and accessible. The Poli House is the ideal choice, located within the Polishuk House overlooking Magen David Square, just a 2-minute walk from the popular Carmel Market.
The Poli House is part of the Brown Hotels Collection which has several upmarket hotels in Tel Aviv. Designed by Karim Rasid this hotel is ultra modern, a minimalist white Bauhaus property which has been beautifully restored. Inside, the fun and futuristic details transport you away from the bustling streets outside to a calm and cool environment.
The Poli House boasts 40 trendy bedrooms and suites created exclusively by Karim Rashid. Our room was petite but comfortable, with a large bed and small desk area. Everything was decorated in bright white with accents of colour and pattern. Our bathroom was tiny, kitted out with a shower, sink and toilet, lovely dressing gowns and the hotel’s own brand toiletries.
Each room includes a laptop-sized safe, in-room work desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, LED TV and soundsystem.
The rooftop pool is one of the hotel’s most popular features with panoramic views of the city and the sea. Guests can enjoy a cocktail from the bar whilst relaxing in a comfy cabana or sunbathing on the deck.
Breakfast is served downstairs in a quiet leafy sanctuary. We opted for a dish of the traditional and wholesome Shakshuka, along with a fruit salad with yoghurt, fresh orange juice and strong coffee.
Ideally located in the centre of town and surrounded by some of the cities best food vendors, Poli House is a stylish and convenient place to stay in Tel Aviv, the ideal urban escape.
More information and book a room at Poli House here.
Florentin House is a stylish modern hostel in the hip Florentin area of Tel Aviv. This lively part of the city is filled with bars, galleries and independent designer stores, and the streets have a fun friendly vibe. Florentin House stands out in the street, and the contemporary structure demands attention as you walk past.
Inside, a 24-hour front desk helps with check-ins and can assist you with all your city needs. When we arrived, laden with bags and tired from the flight, the kind receptionist got out a map and marked down any points of interest or good nearby restaurants.
There are an assortment of rooms on offer at Florentin House, shared dorms and private doubles. We were in a lovely spacious private room on the top floor, overlooking the busy streets below. The room was decorated in pristine white with minimalist details. There was a large double bed, ample wardrobe space and a luxe bathroom with bath-shower complex. I loved how much light flooded in from the large windows, which made the room a great place to read and spend time during the day. There were also plenty of plug points, which was very convenient for a camera-reliant traveller like me. The room felt brand new, definitely far more comfortable and stylish than most hostels I have stayed in.
There are room sizes to cater to every group size, or if you are looking for something a bit indulgent, there is a beautiful rooftop suite with a terrace & sun loungers, King-size bed and Nespresso machine.
Florentin House doesn’t have a restaurant or breakfast facilities but there is a small kitchen space and gallery next door where guests can store their food and relax.
The hostel has a great arrangement with several local cafes, where guests are invited to enjoy breakfast. Hungry after a restful night’s sleep we gorged on vegan pastries and milky coffee before going out to explore the city.
More information and book a room at Florentin House here.
The Artist Residence boutique hotels are full of character and homeliness. I loved visiting the London and Cornwall properties, so was excited to see the new Oxfordshire abode. The newest Artist Residence opened just a few months ago in the countryside just 20 minutes drive from Oxford and 1.5 hours drive from London.
Along with a group of lovely lifestyle bloggers I was picked up bright and early by a sparkling Landrover car and we all set off on our day trip adventure.
When you walk inside an Artist Residence property you immediately feel a sense of place thanks to the charming decor and welcoming interiors. The Oxford residence is no different with vintage signposts and eclectic soft furnishings.
We got a glimpse of the bedrooms which are relaxed and stylish, with large indulgent bathrooms and beautiful views of the verdant surroundings. I’m hoping to return soon and experience the rooms in more detail, so stay tuned…
This occasion was all about food and flowers. A long, magical trestle table had been set up outside for our al fresco lunch sampling the new hotel menu, and inside Bloom & Wild were setting up an atmospheric ‘Dutch Masters’ floral tutorial.
The pub at Artist Residence Oxford is called Mr Hanbury’s Masons Arms and offers a menu of inventive, seasonal dishes. We tried the summery Laverstoke Mozzarella with peas, broad beans and mint and tasty scotch eggs, before being serving a lavish main course of lamb wellington and sides. The lamb was cooked to perfection and coated in a delicious buttery pastry… it felt like such a treat.
After lunch, lots of glasses of rosé, and much chatting and laughter later it was time for our flower class with the talented Rowan Blossom and Bloom & Wild. Rowan offered advice on how to present a bunch of varied flowers as an ideal dinner party centrepiece. She illustrated how to use different flowers to complement each other and work in harmony. There was a bounteous selection of seasonal flowers and plants to choose from and we all had great fun trying to create something as beautiful as her bouquet!
As we stepped into our glamorous Landrover for the ride home we all agreed the day had flown by much too quickly and promised to return soon to Oxford to see more of this beautiful boutique residence.
More information on Artist Residence Oxfordshire here.