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The Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Historical, Grandeur, Ancient-Jaffa

2 Louis Pasteur, Tel Aviv 6803602


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At a Glance

Constructed within the walls of a former 19th-century jailhouse, The Jaffa offers a supremely unique sense of place and a luxurious hideaway in the up-and-coming Jaffa neighborhood.

Indagare Loves

  • The Historic Wing, for its original stone facades, incredibly high ceilings, and sweeping, open-air hallways
  • The Chapel, an exclusive space within the hotel, which was meticulously restored in its original framework (stained glass windows and all), and now plays host to a variety of evening events, from cocktail parties to wedding receptions.
  • Don Camillo restaurant, helmed by NYC’s very own Major Food Group.


The Jaffa has been designed by prominent architect John Pawson, in tandem with Ramy Gill, and the two transformed the original structure into a flawless blend of modernity and history, holding true to the original building’s heritage and significance. Throughout the hotel you’ll find original arched porticos, stained-glass windows, and sturdy stone walls.

Each of the 120 rooms is equipped with state-of-the-art technology (such as TV screens hidden behind mirrors, and iPad controllers). The common spaces are decorated in a juxtaposition of original works by Damien Hirst, and ancient ruins, which were excavated during the hotel's resurrection. The hotel itself is split into two wings; the Historic Wing and the Contemporary Wing. While the interiors are more or less the same (modern, sleek furniture and clean lines), the Historic Wing offers a distinct wow factor.

The hotel staff is attentive without being overbearing, and the amenities, including a pool, a spa and two on-property restaurants, make for an incredibly tranquil and convenient stay. The surrounding area of Jaffa is filled with lively restaurants, cocktail bars, boutique stores and flea markets; all of which are just a short walk from the hotel.

Who Should Stay

Couples and families alike will be content here. One thing to keep in mind is that this hotel is not located in Tel Aviv city, but in ancient Jaffa Port, which is further removed from the bustling downtown and the beach promenade (about 20 minutes by taxi). That said, Jaffa is an incredibly charming and increasingly hip area, and depending on one’s preference, could be the preferred neighborhood for several nights.

Written by Jen Barr

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