Darrell Hartman

The Norman

  • Where:
  • Why:A visit to the in-laws 

  • When:July 2015
  • Who:My fiancée and me.
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The Norman The rooftop pool is a highlight, with views of the sea and the skyline of downtown Tel Aviv.

The rooftop pool is a highlight, with views of the sea and the skyline of downtown Tel Aviv.

The Norman The author, happy to be checked in.

The author, happy to be checked in.

The Norman A fresh touch.

A fresh touch.

The Norman I liked the wraparound element of our bed’s leather headboard.

I liked the wraparound element of our bed’s leather headboard.

The Norman The Norman’s design is light-toned and stylish—down to the bathroom amenities.

The Norman’s design is light-toned and stylish—down to the bathroom amenities.

The Norman The sun-soaked atrium contributed to the hotel’s relaxed, Mediterranean feel.

The sun-soaked atrium contributed to the hotel’s relaxed, Mediterranean feel.

The Norman The downstairs bar was quiet on Saturday afternoon and totally buzzing later when we poked our heads in after dinner.

The downstairs bar was quiet on Saturday afternoon and totally buzzing later when we poked our heads in after dinner.

The Norman The hotel is housed in a pair of adjoining historic buildings. Beautifully renovated, they embody contrasting styles of 1920’s Tel Aviv.

The hotel is housed in a pair of adjoining historic buildings. Beautifully renovated, they embody contrasting styles of 1920’s Tel Aviv.

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.

The Barometer

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  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

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

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

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

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