The Setai Tel Aviv

Ancient Jaffa meets modern luxury

Set in historic Jaffa along the Mediterranean Sea overlooking the city’s stunning port,The Setai Tel Aviv combines the beauty of its ancient surroundings with a Middle Eastern elegance. The restored 12th-century property was once a fortress and Ottoman prison, keeping the glorious mystery of the past intact while combining it with a modern Turkish flair.

Spanning five buildings, the luxurious stay offers 120 rooms, all of which preserve the natural beauty and charm that Jaffa is known for without sacrificing any contemporary comforts.

This stunning intersection between old and new is apparent in every detail between the stone walls, from the striking infinity pool on the rooftop and the restored Turkish hammam to the spacious courtyard bursting with light and even the well-preserved asymmetrical stairway that was once part of a Turkish police station.

Finding a balance between Old World charm and sophisticated luxury, The Setai Tel Aviv is an oasis among the bustle of this modern metropolis.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Setai Tel Aviv is in one of the trendiest parts of the city, adjacent to the historic Jaffa Clock Tower. It is also close to Jaffa’s flea market (a vintage collector’s dream), a stroll away from art museums and galleries, local designer boutiques and one of the most beautiful lookout spots in the country.
  • A stunning infinity pool overlooks the unbelievable beauty of Jaffa — every lap is echoed by the powerful waves of the sea in the background.
  • An abundance of massages, essential oil treatments and a spacious hammam makes The Spa at The Setai Tel Aviv the ultimate relaxation retreat. For fitness fans, there’s also a state-of-the-art gym on offer.
  • The roomy accommodations reveal pristine elegance sprinkled with the beauty of the past. You can have it all here — rainfall showers, granite bathtubs, espresso machines, laundry services and leafy courtyards lined with olive and citrus trees.
  • The Jaffa property underwent an extensive archeological dig before being transformed into a luxury hotel, and the fruits of the effort are on display around almost every corner. Look out for 12th-century coins and cups alongside a collection of late 19th-century Turkish weapons.

Things to Know

  • There are two designated smoking areas for those who want to light up.
  • Breakfast can be served in the open-air courtyard, which is an oasis of plants and serenity drenched with sunlight — it can get a little hot, so take that into consideration before snagging your spot.
  • Those staying in a suite will enjoy access to the Mediterranean Lounge, a swanky spot that serves up wine, beer and snacks all day long.
  • Archeology and design lovers will revel in the details here, as all the historic structures have undergone complete restoration and every wall, nook and corner has a story to tell.

The Rooms

  • The cozy rooms are decked out in stylish red, brown and white hues thanks to gorgeous padded headboards, walnut-colored furniture and Turkish rugs. The design emulates a regal Ottoman elegance that creates a warm and majestic atmosphere to relax in.
  • The bathrooms are separated from the bedrooms by an electronic LED glass partition that can be privatized upon request. The soft lighting and gray marble make it a relaxing and meditative sanctuary.
  • The attention to detail is evident everywhere, especially in the spacious king-size beds, rainfall showers, 49-inch TVs and professional laundry services. Techie touches, such as in-room iPads, make the spaces feel extra luxe.
  • For the ultimate sea views, book the 1,290-square-foot Presidential Suite, a request-only accommodation with panoramic ocean vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony.

The Restaurants

  • All the restaurants at The Setai are kosher, which is a something of a rarity in Jaffa hotels. Menus blend local Israeli food culture with the property’s Turkish roots to create a uniquely Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Jaya, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is a delicious dinner option, but the dairy breakfast buffet is downright lavish. The kosher offerings include shakshuka (eggs baked in tomato sauce), fresh-from-the-oven breads and cakes, and a huge assortment of salads, cheese and eggs — it’s an Israeli feast.
  • The Kishle Bar is a stylish spot to enjoy craft cocktails and a generous international wine list with a robust selection of Israeli vintages.

24-hour room service
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
22 David Raziel St, Tel Aviv, Israel
NeighborhoodOld Jaffa
TLV (18-30 min)  
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