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Hotel Montefiore, Tel Aviv 

36 Montefiore Street
Tel Aviv
Israel 66883
Tel: 972 3 564 6100
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The 12-room Hotel Montefiore is Tel Aviv's first world-class boutique hotel, with perhaps the most cosmopolitan and stylish clientele in town—if not in all of Israel. Set in the heart of the UNESCO-designated White City's collection of Bauhaus buildings, the Montefiore inhabits a restored 1920s mansion and pays homage to both the quarter's architecture and its Mideast-meets-West aesthetic. Owners Mati and Ruti Broudo have been longtime neighborhood fixtures, running both the Coffee Bar and Brasserie restaurants. Hidden behind an Ottoman-era Mediterranean-style facade, the hotel's rooms come with private balconies and period furnishings including 1930s chairs, tables, and sofas by German Bauhaus designer Thonet—a form-follows-function counterpoint to the hotel's more elaborate exterior. Bath and body products come from local olive-oil firm Olia, and each room includes a library stocked with books on design, art, and travel. Downstairs, the Montefiore's restaurant is a clubby, dark, wood-lined spot that serves…surprise…haute southeast Asian cuisine. Standout dishes include Tom Yum seafood salad and sea bream in lemongrass cream. After hours, there's a menu of small bites (prosciutto with figs and melon, goat cheese with basil and tomatoes) along with a small yet successful wine list of mostly Israeli, French, and Italian bottles.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The best of Tel Aviv's stylish new hotels is a meticulously renovated 1920s mansion, with an arabesque dome and bijou Juliet balconies in 8 of the 12 guest rooms. The accommodations have original 1930s furniture by German Bauhaus designer Thonet, libraries packed with art and travel tomes, and chocolate- and champagne-stocked mini-bars. The small but capable staff multitask, handling everything from picnic lunches to reservations for Tel Aviv's most popular tables, including at the Montefiore's own French-Asian restaurant. An adjacent bar has become the new HQ for media, art, and finance swells. Although off the typical tourist path—a.k.a. the beach—the hotel's location close to top shopping, restaurants, and architectural icons makes it a chic alternative to the tired chain hotels.—2009 Hot List

When to go: In November, after the crowds of the fall Jewish holidays, Tel Aviv is at its welcoming best

Which room to book: No. 26, a street-facing guest room on the second floor, has towering ceilings and a balcony.

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