NEW YORK—Israel is experiencing a boom in tourism that has led to new concepts, properties and renovations. Here’s a look at what’s new:
The Schumacher Hotel, located in Haifa in northern Israel, has completed renovations to its 40 rooms and suites. The renovations kept the character of the landmark building by reinventing the spaces with a fusion of old and modern styles. Hotel features include a restaurant, sun terrace and garden area and meeting facilities.
The Daniel Hotel Herzliya has completed extensive renovations, led by architect Karen Primer of AKD, to the property’s northern wing, including all 31 rooms, corridors and elevators. Located on the beach north of Tel Aviv, The Daniel Hotel Herzliya is a business-focused hotel that has 200 rooms and suites in a contemporary business style. The hotel includes the Shizen Spa, an outdoor pool, beach access, a business lounge, a conference center, two restaurants and a kids club.
Scheduled to open in Tel Aviv in August 2019, the WOM Allenby is the first of a new brand of pod hotels by Brown Hotels. Located a block away from Tel Aviv’s beach promenade, the hotel offers 40 private and modern pod rooms that cater to today’s urban traveler. WOM aims to create a sense of community with the hotel’s communal spaces, offering high-end pod space in a central urban location at a lower price-point. Each pod will be outfitted with a comfortable bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, desk, sink, air conditioning, TV and sound system, storage space and a safety deposit box. Single-occupancy bathrooms are located throughout the hotel’s hallway.
Fattal Holdings plans to convert a historic building in Tel Aviv’s White City, an area recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its abundance of Bauhaus architecture. The new hotel, named The Kabala Center, will feature 90 rooms, a restaurant, rooftop swimming pool, and a health and fitness center. Renovations are anticipated to take two years to complete.