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Tel Aviv Business Travel Guide

Mediterranean shore in south Tel Aviv (Photo courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)

The Best Hotels, Restaurants and Activities for Tel Aviv Business Travelers

Founded in 1909, Tel Aviv combines the intensity of Manhattan and the wild nightlife of Rio. The round-the-clock activity in this thriving metropolis revolves around commerce, tech, fashion and luxury goods. Known to locals as "The Big Orange," the city is always in high gear. Performances at places like the well-known Cameri Theater, museums that display artwork from Picasso and the latest avant-garde photographers, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israeli Opera make this city a high-class destination on a par with other international hot spots. On any given night you will find crowds floating from concert hall to performance space, from restaurant to jazz bar — against the backdrop of the stunning Mediterranean shoreline.



Facts to Know Before You Go - Tel Aviv Business Travel


Currency:

Since 1986, the new Israeli Shekel (NIS) has been the currency of Israel, with one NIS equal to 1,000 old shekalim (shekalim is the plural of shekel); the old shekel replaced the Israeli pound (or lira) in 1980. Issued by the Bank of Israel, the NIS comes in NIS 20, NIS 50, NIS 100 and NIS 200 notes. Coins are issued in denominations one-half, one, five and ten. The NIS is further divided into one hundred agorot. These coins come in denominations of one, five and ten. Currently, 1 USD is equal to roughly 3.5 shekalim.

Transportation:

Taxis
Approximately ten miles southeast of the city, Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) serves Tel Aviv's international visitors. Taxis from the airport into the city operate under the Israel Airport Authority, and regulated taxis are recommended. Fares will likely be around $70, increasing slightly when Shabbat begins Friday evening. Those flying domestically will most likely use Dov Hoz Airport, north of Tel Aviv.

Public Transportation 
Public transportation consists of buses and trains. Bus travel is quick and convenient, but you should always be mindful of the current security situation. A day pass to get around Tel Aviv costs 6.90 NIS. The train can be accessed at Terminal 3 of the Ben Gurion Airport. The train takes approximately 20 minutes to get downtown and will cost around 16 NIS. Keep in mind that Shabbat will affect public transportation schedules.

Car Rental
Car rental counters are located on the terminal floor of the eastern gallery in the Greeters Hall near Gate 13 at the Ben Gurion Airport. Avis, Budget and Hertz are among the companies represented.

Information:

For Israel-centric and Middle Eastern news, two print newspapers have online editions: The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz. Both have business sections that incorporate regional and international news.


Where to Stay - Tel Aviv Business Hotels

Exterior view of the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel

Dan Tel Aviv
99 Hayarkon St.
800-223-7773 (U.S.), 972-3-520-2552
www.danhotels.com

Dan Tel Aviv

Like most major lodgings in the city, Dan Tel Aviv is just steps from the beach, which adds a holiday flair to even the most staid of business visits. Accommodations include Executive Sea View Rooms, Deluxe Suites, a Presidential Suite and a Royal Suite. The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Hayarkon 99, serves classic dishes made with local ingredients in an elegant setting. Recreation options include spa treatments, an indoor freshwater pool and an outdoor seawater pool overlooking the beach.

David InterContinental Tel Aviv
12 Kaufman St.
888-IC HOTELS, 972-3-795-1111
www.ichotelsgroup.com
David InterContinental Tel Aviv

Conveniently located on the Mediterranean coastline in the bustling Neve Tzedek neighborhood, this hotel boasts a massive convention space and sea-view rooms. The hotel has 555 guest rooms and 39 suites, and a meeting room with full presentation capabilities. The gym, spa and outdoor pool serve guests after-hours. Drink and dine at the Inca Cigar Bar frequented by locals, and the elegant, onsite Mediterranean hotel restaurant.

Hilton Tel Aviv
Independence Park
972-3-520-2222
www.hilton.com

Hilton Tel Aviv

This Hilton resides in Independence Park, overlooking a marina, and is considered one of the top executive hotels in the city. Business amenities include video conferencing and meeting rooms. There is also a comprehensive range of travel conveniences, from an airline desk to a car rental counter. King Solomon Restaurant is a highly rated Kosher dining venue, and Yakimono Sushi Bar provides a nice alternative to the area's typical Mediterranean-flavored menus.

Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel
121 Hayarkon St.
972-3-521-5555
www.marriott.com
Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel

We give this hotel extra points for style. It offers 342 guest rooms and suites, with private balconies and impressive views of the Mediterranean Sea or Jaffa. Rooms include luxurious bedding and 32” flat-screen televisions. Business travelers can book conference rooms facing the Mediterranean Sea. Jaffa Terrace makes for a pleasant lunch venue, while Sabres Restaurant serves regional cuisine in a setting perfect for small, low-key business gatherings. Guests can also enjoy the spa, steam room and solarium.

Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel & Towers
115 Hayarkon St.
972-3-521-1111
www.starwoodhotels.com

Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel & Towers
A multi-million dollar renovation gave this hotel the boost it needed to compete with the city's major players. The 318 accommodations (featuring balconies) include a choice of several luxurious suites. For business travelers, amenities range from a 24-hour communications center to wireless high-speed Internet access. Ten rooms offer space for banquets and meetings; and if you need a venue for a business lunch or dinner, you have great options to choose from: Olive Leaf, serving regional cuisine, Kum Kum, with an international buffet, and the Lobby Lounge & Bar for casual drinks and networking. Relax after a long day of meetings at the scenic outdoor pool.

Where to Dine - Tel Aviv Business Restaurants

Olive Leaf Restaurant at the Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel

Catit
57 Nahlat Binyamin St
972-3-510-7001

$$$$$ 

Located in a building that housed the first Tel Aviv hotel, Catit, in the hands of chef Meir Adoni, combines classic French Cuisine with the flavors of his Moroccan homeland. With an elegant and contemporary space, a huge selection of wines and warm service, Catit is a high-class dining experience worthy of its many international business travelers.


Manta Ray
Southern Tel Aviv Promenade
(Alma Beach)
972-3-517-4773

$$$$$

Manta Ray is a crowded yet far-from-chaotic restaurant, with a loyal Israeli clientele who come to take in the seafront backdrop. The menu offers a smorgasbord of appetizers, seafood dishes and top wines. Manta Ray is often hailed as the restaurant with the most romantic setting in the country.


Messa
19 Ha Arba'ah St.
972-3-685-6859

 $$$$$

This ode to haute style is one of the most beautifully designed eateries in the country. Framed by diaphanous white curtains, Messa is a place where diners can enjoy chef Aviv Moshe's modern take on dishes such as gnocchi, veal sweetbreads and caramelized salmon, not to mention the cheesecake with white chocolate fondue for dessert. While drinkers raise glasses in the sleek black bar, business types impress their clients while studying the local beau monde. A large communal table in the center is the perfect place to network.


Moses American Kitchen
35 Rothschild Blvd.
972-3-566-4949

$$$$$

This upscale American-style restaurant is located on the Western end of chic Rothschild Boulevard and offers a rich selection of steaks, burgers and chicken dishes that pulls in an eclectic clientele. Complete with an array of beer and wine to choose from, it's a perfect place for a business lunch or a late-night meeting.


Olive Leaf
Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel & Towers
115 Hayarkon
972-03-521-1111

$$$$$

For hotel dining, this is our top choice. The kosher menu means you can woo clients from all walks of life — without sacrificing taste — during lunch. Décor is simple and elegant, with the sea and sky visible from nearly every table. Fresh herbs and seasonal produce add to the appeal.


Off the Clock - Tel Aviv Business Entertainment

View of the Mediterranean from Jaffa (Photographer: Dana Friedlander, Photo courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism)

Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv
99 Dizengoff St.
972-3-522-0249
www.bauhaus-center.com

To fully understand the breadth of the Bauhaus influence on Tel Aviv, we recommend touring this museum and taking one of its walking tours through The White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The signature architecture, which dates from the 1930s to the 1950s, provides a striking contrast to the ancient streets of Old Jaffa.

Eretz Israel Museum Complex
2 Haim Levanon St.
www.eretzmuseum.org.il

Eretz Israel Museum ComplexThis small "village" of museums was founded in the early 1950s and offers insight into many aspects of Israeli culture and history. The Glass Pavilion houses a comprehensive selection of ancient glass vessels, and the Ethnography and Folklore Pavilion sheds light on Judaic artifacts used in religion rituals. You can tour an ancient olive oil plant, flour mill and the Qasile Excavations, an archeological site over 3,000 years old.

Jaffa

Jaffa — the oldest recorded port in the world (documents attest to its existence as far back as 1600 B.C.) — is just a stroll away from modern Tel Aviv. The coastal tayalet (promenade) swerves above the sandy beaches of southern Tel Aviv and brings you right into the Jaffa Marina, with its multiple fish restaurants and old wind-battered buildings — crumbling testaments to Jaffa's historical heyday. Lean over the guard rail, or stand next to one of the old mummy-necked fishermen and gaze at waves crashing into Andromeda's Rock; this was the debarkation point for Holy Land travel over the centuries. Visit the massive Jaffa Flea Market where you can experience the true Middle-Eastern mentality and haggle about prices for a beautiful Middle-Eastern carpet, or one of the gaudy trinkets that line the sidewalks.  Cafés are everywhere in Jaffa; Arab bakeries churn out hot loaves of delicious bread 24 hours a day (try the one drenched in olive-oil and sprinkled with za-atar (a blend of herbs, sesame seeds and salt). 

Nahalat Binyamin
2 Nahalat Binyamin
www.nachlat-binyamin.co

Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Nahalat Binyamin outdoor pedestrian mall can rightfully be called the 'pulse' of Tel Aviv. On Tuesdays and Fridays, hundred of stalls line both sides of the street and artsy vendors hawk everything from hand carved cigarettes boxes and Elvis Presley cuckoo-clocks to handmade silver jewelry and paintings of ancient Palestine. Dozens of cafés jostle for space along the swerving shady walkways. After downing a jolt of Arabic coffee or sampling a plate of labaneh (yogurt cheese) and za-atar inside a large pita bread, be sure to check out the fire-throwing jugglers who always draw a large, enthusiastic. Situated one block over from the colorful Carmel Souk (a massive fruit and vegetable market), and one congested street across from trendy Sheinkin Street, Nahalat Binyamin should not be missed.

The Suzanne Dellal Centre
972-3-5105656
www.suzannedellal.org.il

The Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance & Theater, in the old Neveh Tsedek section of the city, is the perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Two whitewashed buildings constructed at the turn of the 20th century have been converted into performance spaces. Families, dogs and fashion photographers (with statuesque models in tow), stroll or sit inside the tranquil atmosphere that seems far away from the crowded sidewalks and avenues close by. There are two eateries on the grounds: an Italian restaurant and an ice-cream shop. Signs on the sides of the buildings tell the fascinating story and history behind the Suzanne Dellal Center.

Safety Note:
Tel Aviv is a dynamic city that welcomes travelers from around the globe; it is also a destination where personal safety can be an issue. Check with your embassy or consulate for current security information when planning your trip, and be aware of your surroundings while traveling around the city, particularly in busy, crowded areas.

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