The Norman

Tel Aviv

by: Darrell Hartman

  • Why

    A visit to the in-laws 


  • When

    July 2015

  • Who

    My fiancée and me.

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Highs + Lows

  • The spa consists of just one treatment room—but don’t overlook this option. The standard massage combines traditions including loomi-loomi, Thai massage, and ayurvedic lower-back work. We each had one and it reset us for the entire day.

  • The rooftop is a great place to tan, relax, swim in the beautiful infinity pool, and take in the Tel Aviv skyline. A great alternative to the busy beach scene.

  • This is some of the most polished service you’ll get in casual Tel Aviv. The room-service waiter fixed our no-cork problem by coming back with a brand new one, still in the packaging, and told us we could keep it. The staff is young and very on it.

  • There is original Israeli artwork throughout the hotel, which gives the space a unique feel. The knowledgeable staff will tell you about it and also help arrange tours of local galleries and artist studios.

  • Omakase dinner at Dinings was out of this world and the service was exceptional.

  • Insanely comfortable beds.

  • Front desk insisted on having us use their taxi service, which then charged us extra for using a credit card. With Uber and at least one Uber imitator being used all over Tel Aviv these days, this seemed out of touch.

: 44/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Stylish city boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Hot spot. Not necessarily buzzing, though.

  • Location

    A leafy side street in Tel Aviv’s upscale Bauhaus district, White City.

  • Rooms

    50

  • Music

    Loungy electro jazz on the rooftop, eurodance in the evening in the ground-floor social areas.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Israeli architect Yoav Messger; interior decorator David d’Almada, of the British firm Sagrada

  • Pool/Gym

    Gorgeous rooftop pool with loungers. Small but good gym.

  • Restaurant

    Two. The Norman, which serves French-style Mediterranean; and Dinings, Japanese. 


  • Bar

    Library Bar is a beautiful little hangout, and there are also bars in the two restaurants.

  • Minibar

    I liked the fancy, surprising snacks.

  • Wifi

    Yes, solid.

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    It’s exclusive and talked about…and priced accordingly.

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