The motto of the Shenkin Hotel is “Locals Know Best”, and there’s a strong emphasis on insider knowledge to point guests in the direction of all that’s worth seeing off the tourist trail in Tel Aviv. The hotel is in one of the best looking parts of the city if 1930s architecture is your thing. Known as the White City, the neighbourhood – a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – is comprised of 4,000 Bauhaus buildings designed by German-Jewish architects who fled the Nazi uprising. The Bauhaus Centre runs architectural tours of the city, and the White City as a whole is an artistic hub.
Back at the hotel, the lobby sets out its boutique credentials with contemporary ceramic sculpture. Rooms are smartly appointed with classic features such as the parquet flooring joined by quirky modern twists such as the strip of “turf” at the foot of the bed. If feeling the grass between your toes prompts a craving for the outdoors, there’s only one place to be, and that’s on the rooftop terrace with its lovely varnished decking that maximises Tel Aviv’s year-round sunshine.