The building was originally built by the Ottomans to serve as a prison; but now you can get a luxe massage there instead.
If you’re booking a trip to Israel in 2018 — and looking for a luxe experience — check out Tel Aviv’s Setai hotel, which will be opening in the historic old Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv. (It’s the second in Israel — the first one just opened on the Sea of Galilee in May 2017.)
Located in central Jaffa, right near the Clock Square and alongside the coastline, the building was originally built by the Ottoman Empire to serve as a prison on the site of a Crusader fortress.
The hotel developer, Nakash Holdings, had to properly preserve the historic structure, with extensive archeological digs carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which unearthed remains dating back to the Crusader Period through the Ottoman era. “The 13th century structure that is the foundation of the new hotel is unlike any other, and we took meticulous care in preserving and infusing important historic elements into the transformation of the building,” said Bruno H. de Schuyter, general manager. “Guests will be surrounded by a unique atmosphere of ‘old meets new,’ while experiencing first-class amenities and services in what will be the most superior five-star hotel in Tel Aviv.”
The Setai Tel Aviv will be joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd’s prestigious collection of independent luxury hotels.
Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is the Life/Features editor at the Forward. She was previously a New York-based reporter for Haaretz. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and Tablet, among others. Avital teaches journalism at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and does pastoral work alongside her husband Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt in New York City.