The Poli House in Tel Aviv might be the new kid on the block, but we’ve got a feeling this fresh, funky, whimsically designed boutique hotel could be creating a bit of a buzz for a long time!
We recently stayed there for a Friday night, and what can we say about its location, other than you can’t get much better! Located on the corner of Allenby Street and Nachalat Binyamin (yes, the pedestrian street that also hosts the twice-weekly artisan’s fair, one of Tel Aviv’s must-sees), you’re in the heart of the action, with the Carmel market, the ‘hood of Neve Tzedek, and Tel Aviv’s legendary beaches just a step away. Seriously, for location you’ll be hard pressed to beat the Poli House.The hotel itself is a renovated legend, a 1930s building that has quite a history; built in 1934, this Bauhaus architecture-style building, originally known as The Polishuk House, housed commercial office spaces under Yehuda Polishuk, along with its 15 shops and 50 offices, as well as a secret Etzel printing press. For the last few years however, it has stood a derelict waste…until now!
OK, all that history has been traded in for some serious funkiness, and that’s certainly the element that hits you when you first walk into the lobby. From the cool designer chairs, to the sleek and very yellow bar, and to the pink neon Hello sign in the window, you know you’re in for a bit of a design experience like no other…
The attention to design (the hotel was actually designed by renowned designer Karim Rashid) continues throughout the hotel, including to the very stylish rooms, of which there are 40 in total. They range in size and scope; we had one of the smaller rooms on the first floor. Stylish as heck, if a little small – though remember you’re in the center of Tel Aviv, so space is at a premium (though the hotel does have a number of very spacious suites to choose from).
Each room also has a laptop-sized safe, an in-room work desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, a big LED TV, soundsystem and more. And we hope you also get a complimentary bottle of Arak to make your welcome an even warmer one! Ours was consumed within minutes, before we hit the town!
What completely won us over however, was the amazing rooftop terrace, complete with an infinity pool. With views out across the Mediterranean, this is perhaps one of the ultimate chillout zones in Tel Aviv, a city not short of some very cool places. With a recently opened rooftop bar providing complementary drinks, this is quite a place to while away a few hours…
There are also serene treatment rooms for solo or couple spa treatments, and a quaint café (actually Loveat, one of Tel Aviv’s cutest cafe chains) where breakfast is served. Coupled with excellent, super-friendly staff, I’m pretty sure you’re going to leave this place with a big smile on your face!
And just to remind you of that amazing rooftop terrace…Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Poli House Hotel.