It seems like it has always been there. And in many
ways this is a statement closer to the truth than one might imagine.
Construction work was launched on September 13,
1962. Three years later the massive edifice was open for business.
There are those who say the Hilton Tel Aviv is the
finest hotel in the city. It is definitely one of the largest in all
of Israel. Created by architect James Rechter, in the style of late
modernism, situated on a cliff, located in the heart of
Independence Park in hamlet Tzafon Jashan, the Hilton Tel Aviv was
the biggest and most modern hotel when it opened on 13 September
Since that opening day more than 10 million guests
have enjoyed the offerings of the Hilton, a hotel that owns bragging
rights to hosting more return guests than any other property in
Israel. Some of these returning guests are in residence as often as
three times a year. The Hilton Tel Aviv has more business people
revisiting than any other hotel in Israel. At last count more than
10,000 of them were arriving annually from all over the globe, using
the facilities of the hotel’s Business Center.
As one of them who returns to the hotel on a
regular basis remarked: “The incredible variety of experiences
offered by the Hilton Tel Aviv makes it the first logical choice of
guests for their home away from home.”
When people talk about great hotels, part of the
conversation always gets around to “location, location.” A stay at
the Hilton Tel Aviv hotel is in many ways about the convenient and
central area where it is situated - - in the pleasing beautiful
Independence Park with direct access to the Hilton Beach and the Tel
Aviv Promenade, a great place to stroll. The hotel is also just
minutes from the beach, a little longer but pleasant walk to Tel
Aviv shopping, restaurants, landmarks. The property is also within
easy walking distance to the exotic and historic area of Jaffa.
The Hilton Tel Aviv owns bragging rights to 560
Guest rooms with elegant marble bathrooms, spectacular views and
stunning sea view from the private balcony, an up-to-date and fully
equipped gym, a rejuvenating Thai spa.
Food is always on most people’s minds when going
to a hotel like the Hilton Tel Aviv. And there is always plenty of
food on one’s plate and lots of dining options: buffet breakfast in
Café Med, relaxed lunch in Yakimono Sushi Bar, dinner in the King
Not quite the granddaddy of Tel Aviv hotels, but a
grand hotel that has been around for quite a while, the Hilton Tel
Aviv has had several significant renovation projects through the
decades. All rooms and suites have been completely refurbished. A
new lobby with an extended lounge overlooking the Mediterranean has
been put in place. The rooftop floor of the hotel boasts several
renovated suites, some are named for special guests who have stayed
in them like music conductor Zubin Mehta, violinist Itzhak Perlman
and sculptor Yaacov Agam.
When the Hilton Tel Aviv first opened in 1965,
policy at the time was to accentuate the nation where the hotel was
built. Interior design team Dora Gad and Arie Noy incorporated
Israel’s bright colors into their design. At the time, their
distinct Israeli sense of style was what set them apart from local
designers. Gad and Noy blended Israeli colors and characteristics,
connecting them to biblical and archaeological themes. Lush greens
of the Galilee, golden yellows of the citrus groves, violet desert
hues were all part of the hotel’s color schemes and design, in its
wall hangings and carpets, all of a piece.
With the stylistic changes since then, the
themes and colors of the Hilton Tel Aviv have changed, too. Locality
at one time was the focal point of hotel design. Nowadays it is
internationality. The bright oranges and blues once so popular have
stepped aside for more popular subdued colors.
But no matter the colors or changes or times, the
Hilton Tel Aviv stands astride the Mediterranean as one of the most
famous and legendary hotels in all of Israel.
The 25 Meter Saltwater Outdoor Swimming
Plaza Suite Living Room
(All images courtesy of Hilton Tel Aviv)
205, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6340506, Israel