Market House Hotel Tel Aviv near Jaffa flea market

The Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpushim) has transformed itself in the last few years from a treasure trove of antiques, hand-made and second-hand items into a trendy area of shops, galleries and restaurants. Many of the old Arabic houses that were standing in ruins for many years have been renovated, and late last year on Beit […]

The Norman Tel Aviv

Yes another luxury boutique hotel has opened in Israel.  The Norman Tel Aviv is a fusion of 1920s elegance and unparalleled service, housed in two historic buildings, superbly restored to their unique architectural heritage. Facilities include a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness room, Wellness Center, and a selection of world-class fine dining restaurants. There are 50 unique […]

Top Five Boutique Hotels in Tel Aviv

It is time to update our top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv. Ten years ago, when I stayed at Nina Suites for the first time, the tel aviv hotel market was completely dominated by large chain hotels.  Today there are more than twenty five small and hip hotels in the city, and here are our top five […]

New boutique hotels in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is finally catching up with other cities in the number of chic boutique hotels. This is a welcome development, as the mainstream chain hotels in Tel Aviv are massive, old-fashioned and characterless buildings with poor service, catering mostly to tour groups.  Many of the new boutique hotels are located in the historic core of […]

Top five autumn breaks in Europe and the Middle East

Looking for go away for a weekend this autumn in Europe? Here is Mapplr’s top five autumn breaks from lively cities to tranquil countrysides: (1) London: The Olympics is over and so is the Golden Jubilee, but what they’ve left behind is a city that has been renovated, cleaned up and beautified. You’ll find refurbished […]

Vashti: fresh Mediterranean cuisine by the Jaffa Clock Tower, Tel Aviv

CLOSED: This restaurant has shut down.  Vashti is a recently opened restaurant in Tel Aviv, close to the Jaffa Clock Tower, an area that has seen a renaissance in the last five years. The kitchen is in the hands of Merav Davidson, one of Tel Aviv’s youngest chefs, a woman who began cooking at the […]

Elba restaurant: imaginative Mediterranean food in Tel Aviv

If you are looking for new interpretations of classic Israeli and Mediterranean dishes, check out Elba, a restaurant that opened in Tel Aviv in February 2012, on the lively Ibn Gvirol, an avenue lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The restaurant is a long rectangular space with minimalist contemporary interiors bounded on the street side […]