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The best-known boutique hotel in Tel Aviv is also, in our view, the best. There’s no lobby—the legendary eponymous Franco-Vietnamese restaurant that occupies the ground floor is the lobby—but upstairs there are 12 luxuriously appointed guest rooms that feature high ceilings, dark hardwood floors, tall windows, and oodles of ambience. The Eclectic-style building that houses all of this dates from 1922 and has been wonderfully restored, but the overall flavor is more playful than patrician. In those rooms cheeky photography by Israeli artists vies for your attention with an unusually large selection of books arrayed in floor-to-ceiling shelving, minibars are stocked with coffee and tea, and mineral water is provided in a glass decanter, never plastic. The urban chic vibe extends to the black marble bathrooms, with rainfall showers and fragrant custom amenities. Breakfast here is a classy but relaxed affair—no buffet, but order from a lovely menu that covers all the bases and then some. If the rooms here are a bit beyond your price range, don’t miss the opportunity for a meal at the Montefiore Restaurant. Whether you book a table for breakfast, lunch, or dinner you’ll be treating yourself to some of the best food in Tel Aviv and have a front-row view to the city’s bubbly social scene.