The Shenkin
Tel Aviv, Israel

The Shenkin is an anomaly to the big brand hotels in the city and although we wouldn’t say it’s our stereotypical luxury property, we adored it. In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site (meaning practically everything is within walking distance), this boutique hotel has a real home away from home ambience, with an informal, ‘treat it like our own place’ feel. The property also ‘outsources’ a lot of the facilities to local businesses, a nice touch. For breakfast we got vouchers to a lovely little café and bakery nearby. Instead of a fitness centre, we received a day-pass to a local gym. There is an outdoor terrace lounge, where we helped ourselves to coffee and home-baked cake and the roof terrace was a lovely place to wind-town after a busy day of exploring.

We felt the décor was rather eclectic, a little hit or miss, with some stunning designer pieces throughout the property, but also some ‘what-were-they-thinking?’ kitsch that stood out like a sore thumb. Our room was very comfortable, with a lovely big bed. We were also obsessed by the electronic self-frosting glass in the bathroom.

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