The impressive building, which was originally a family home at the time of the Ottoman Empire and later housed the British Mandate police, is now a 52 room boutique hotel. The hotel has a regal art deco design with a nautical theme, accentuated by a calming blue and green color scheme.
We arrived just in time for the daily happy hour which is held in the restaurant with its peaceful conservatory. As well as a selection of drinks, there was also a light dairy buffet and a free 15-minute massage from the hotel spa, which was so good, I decided to book a full treatment the next day.
The Shorashim Spa (www.shorashimcare.com) is housed in the lower level of the hotel and offers a wide range of holistic treatments tailored to one’s preference. Yoav Lalum, the spa owner, gave me a wonderful massage that was both intense and relaxing at the same time. The advantage of having a massage in a hotel is that you can go straight up to your room afterward and relax.