I ended my trip to Israel with a splurge in Tel Aviv at The Jaffa, a recent addition to Marriott’s The Luxury Collection portfolio. My stay was flawless.
I will publish a full review as part of my Israel trip report, but wanted to highlight immediately what a fabulous property this is.
First, book it through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts and you’ll receive early check-in, late check-out, a room upgrade, $100 in dining credit, and two free breakfasts.
The hotel is on the site of a former French hospital in the heart of old Jaffa and has been beautifully restored. The lobby area is delightfully minimalist, with a stone wall running through it (the hotel found an ancient city under the hotel while excavating, delaying the hotel opening by a decade…).
We were upgraded to a junior suite, though I’d give credit to my son for charming the hotel staff to such an extent that they could not resist his smile and curly hair. We did not request it, though it probably also helped that we arrived in the late afternoon and were only staying one night.
The hotel has an old building (the former hospital) and new building with a beautiful courtyard in between. Our room in the new building was very spacious and had a balcony with an ocean view. Perhaps junior suite was a stretch, but Augustine chose to sleep on the couch versus a rollaway bed. No bathtub, but a beautiful walk-in shower. If you stay in the old building, the rooms may be a bit smaller, but you’ll enjoy beautiful high ceilings.
I also greatly enjoyed swimming with my son and made use of the sauna and steam room.
But perhaps my favorite part of the hotel was the beautiful bar called “The Chapel”. The former hospital was Roman Catholic and had a chapel on-site. It was painstakingly restored and (apparently with permission from the Vatican) was turned into a very classy cocktail bar. The hotel offers guests a complimentary happy (half) hour from 6:00PM to 6:30PM.
More on the food and other hotel amenities in my full review, but I’ll just add the breakfast was very, very delicious.
After spending the week in guests houses and apartments, it was so nice to enjoy a beautiful luxury hotel in what quickly became one of my favorite cities. I’ll have much more to share on this hotel and on Tel Aviv in the days ahead.