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Mendeli Street: Tel Aviv


Mendeli Street hotel is a new design-led urban hotel ideally located right by Tel Aviv’s renowned sandy beaches and in the heart of the city centre. The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit of Tel-Aviv and exhibit its contemporary cultural, culinary and design feats. Offering personable service and all the comforts and facilities of an urban boutique hotel, the Mendeli Street hotel is a stylish base providing the Tel Aviv experience from within its very walls. Upon entering the hotel, guests are welcomed with the laidback atmosphere of the restaurant and bar– a relaxed dining concept by one of the city's most celebrated chefs. Complemented by fine furnishing and fabrics, a white ironwork ceiling inspired by biblical Hebrew scripture and typical Israeli Terrazzo flooring, the lobby's living green wall and ample light blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors in their striking resemblance to a Tel Avivian street. The family owned hotel was constructed in the 1970s and swiftly became a well-known local institution housing the very first self-service canteen, popular with locals on their way back from the beach. In 2011, third generation owners, husband and wife team Irit and Eran Steinbach, commissioned local architects Baranowitz Kronenberg Architecture to transform the hotel into a contemporary urban gem. Baranowitz Kronenberg Architecture reinterprets the Brutalist building by replacing a significant amount of the exterior wall with glass partitions and so transforming the downstairs area into a vibrant “city square.” The mix of local art and design pieces with international style brings a contemporary feel to the surrounding space. "Warm, impeccable service is at the forefront of our family heritage. We sought to create a hotel which provides an opportunity to experience Tel Aviv as locals do." Says co-owner Irit Steinbach, adding: "Unlike the many boutique hotels gracing the streets of Tel-Aviv, the hotel is in close proximity to the city's beaches and is markedly family-friendly." From artwork to the uniforms, the owners created a platform for local up and coming designers to showcase their creative, innovative and functional design concepts. Rising star names such as post-graffiti artist Know Hope and emerging fashion designer Tamar Primak have become permanent design features of Mendeli Street hotel “We wanted to be more than just a functioning hotel, we wanted to give back to the community, says Eran Steinbach, “Mendeli Street is an example of how hotels and any hospitality institutions, big or small, can represent the talents of local designers and creatives in their cities

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