This seafront hotel first opened in 1981 and benefits from one of the best locations in Tel Aviv, a stretch of the seaside promenade with no roadway in front of it. Walk out the door and the beach is practically right there. Don’t be deceived by the Carlton’s hulking concrete exterior: the interior is sleek and contemporary. All rooms have been recently renovated and are comfortably appointed with crisp linens, work desks, and rainfall showers; many have small balconies so you can let the sea breeze in with ease. There’s a coworking-style table in the chic, brown panel-walled lobby that also hosts a free evening Happy Hour from its bar/cafe. The 15th floor rooftop pool, like the jacuzzi area one floor above, is a Zen-like floor space with a gorgeous deck and sweeping views over the Mediterranean. You can also take in those views from the small fifth-floor gym, which includes a sauna and steam room. Note that this hotel has a strong repeat-guest following and is popular with groups and conferences, so reserve well ahead of time.