Jaffa is truly reinventing itself as one of the up and coming hotspots in the Tel Aviv area. After a number of cool bars and authentic restaurants opened up, hotels soon joined the party. First, The Setai hotel opened it’s doors to guests in September 2017, and last year, The Jaffa hotel followed.
The Jaffa is owned by the Marriott Luxury Collection and is set in an abandoned 19th-century Ottoman building. I had been looking forward to visiting the hotel for some time as I heard great things and the perfect opportunity came when my Dad was visiting.
We booked brunch in the hotel’s answer to Sadelle’s in New York (owned by the same group) called Golda’s. However, we experienced a mix up by the hotel upon arrival and it turned out that the deli wasn’t open until 12 pm. Instead, we ended up eating in the courtyard at the other restaurant, Don Camillo. Surprisingly, for Israeli service, the hostesses couldn’t have been more accommodating in finding a table for us and offering half price on the brunch menu considering we got there at the end.
The breakfast menu was 145 shekels per person, included a buffet with cheeses, meats, breads and salads, along with pastries, cakes and other sweets. In addition, there was the menu to choose eggs any style or french toast. All in all, a pretty decent spread and the coffee was great.
Probably one of the most appealing parts of eating breakfast at the Jaffa is sitting out in the courtyard. Surrounded by troughs of lavender and trees, taking in the 19th-century building was calm and relaxing, getting an hour or two away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As for the hotel itself, I have to say it’s probably my most favourite hotel in Tel Aviv right now. The interior is sleek and modern with orange seating areas against muted furnishings in the lobby area.
Best of all, the pool area is gorgeous. Unlike many of the other big hotels, it’s calm, relaxing and quiet! If you’re looking for the best hotel pool in TLV, this just might be it. It has an exclusive and intimate feeling, something that is quite hard to find in the Middle-Eastern city.
If you’re not on a budget, I’d highly recommend staying in this hotel. It doesn’t even matter that it’s not central, if you can handle a 25-minute walk to Banana Beach (or 10 minute Bird) it’s a great hotel.
The Jaffa is also home to The Chapel bar, I haven’t tried it yet but it’s on my list so I’ll keep you posted!