We had spent a couple of months in Tel Aviv, but had
spent very little time in the center of this bustling city.
Most of our days and nights had been spent
interviewing for our new book IT HAPPENED IN ISRAEL (2017). So we
decided to take a couple of days off. The decision was an
Roof Top Patio
Enter Shenkin Hotel where the slogan is “Locals Know
Best.” The boutique beauty in located on a quiet street in the heart
of Tel Aviv, an area filled with fashionable shops, restaurants and
cafes, a short distance from the Carmel market, the beach, Shenkin
Street, Rothschild Boulevard and the Neve Tzedek area.
Architecture and history buffs can engage in a visual
feast as Tel Aviv has the largest collection of Bauhaus edifices
anywhere. Often called The White City, there are over 4,000
certified Bauhaus structures in Tel Aviv, built by Jewish German
architects who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In 2003, UNESCO
designated the Bauhaus buildings as a world heritage site. In the
years that followed many of the buildings have been restored. It is
in this area that the Hotel Shenkin is located.
“Before Shenkin was on this
site,” noted Yael Biederman the Hotel Manager, “this was a health
insurance building where they did MRI and ultrasound.”
Opened for business in May of
2013, designed by architect Omer Leichter, the Shenkin has all kinds
on interesting, appealing and useful aspects. One of these features
is the large and comfortable rooftop bathed in sun in the daytime,
cooled by ocean breezes at night, was a magical stroke.
In his design of the hotel,”
Biederman observed, “architect Omer Leichner had a wonderful vision
with outdoor dining, a relaxing area, a modern environment.
“The Shenkin is a very high
quality establishment,” the enthusiastic hotelier continued, “but we
are not ultra-luxurious. Our hotel is very young, very urban, and
very open. Our team is very young. It knows Tel Aviv and knows how
to give our guests insights into the hidden gems of our city that
most tourists do not know, never get to experience.”
All 30 rooms at the Shenkin Hotel have free broadband
and Wi-Fi connection, toiletries featuring ingredients sourced from
the Dead Sea, modern-art pieces as décor, a flat-screen television,
and Egyptian-cotton bed sheets. All 30 rooms have wood floors,
modern art on the white walls, sunlight.
Perhaps the only clinker for those of us like to have
breakfast in room or at least in hotel is the short hike to a choice
of nearby cafes to chow down. Balancing that is the Spa, in
house, deemed to be one of the best in all Tel Aviv boutique
establishments. Professional masseuses give Swedish and deep tissue
massages, or go over to organic and shiatsu treatments.
“I always loved working with people from different
cultures,” Yael Biederman said. “So travel appealed to me as a
profession. This area was old and run down, it was for artists, for
people who did not pay much rent. It was the heart of Tel Aviv -
West Tel Aviv. I moved into the area when it was not what it was
like today. At that time most of the hotels in Tel Aviv were located
on the beach, parts of international chains.
The boutique hotel business
began about ten years ago in the Tel Aviv area,” said Biederman. “It
is pretty new to Israel. Lots of people were getting bored of the
cookie cutter experience of the big box hotels of the chains and
looked for a more intimate place to stay. Shenkin was just one of
those properties that has come up in the last decade. About 30
boutique hotels have come up. Some have 8 rooms. Some have 40, 50
rooms. All took over previous existing buildings.
“We,” the insightful
Biederman continued,” have more sophisticated, more independent
travelers...ones who want to know the country, ones not running from
place to place, who want a unique place in a quiet residential
For those who are discerning,
the Shenkin is your kind of place.
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