Israel has a very lively gay scene. Tel Aviv has plenty of rainbow-coloured flags, a huge Gay Pride Parade and plenty of hang-outs. Haifa and Jerusalem have smaller gay communities and there are a few gay friendly hotels Tel Aviv. The resort town of Eilat is gay friendly, although the scene is mostly Israeli tourists.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Israel are considered the most developed in the Middle East. Although same-sex sexual activity was legalized in 1988, the former law against sodomy had not been enforced since a court decision in 1963.
Tel Aviv has frequently been referred to by publishers as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world,famous for its annual Pride parade and gay beach,earning it the nickname “the gay capital of the Middle East” by Out magazine.According to LGBT travelers, it was ranked as the best gay city in 2011.
Tel Aviv, a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is marked by stark 1930s Bauhaus buildings, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area. Museums include Beit Hatfutsot, whose multimedia exhibits illustrate the history of Jewish communities worldwide. The Eretz Israel Museum covers the country’s archaeology, folklore and crafts, and features an on-site excavation of 12th-century-B.C. ruins.
Top attractions to visit in Tel Aviv
Best day trips in Tel Aviv:
- Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
- Bethlehem and Jerusalem Day Biblical Tour from Tel Aviv
- Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
- Nazareth, Tiberias, and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv
- Sea of Galilee, Capernaum and Nazareth Day Trip from Tel Aviv
1. Lighthouse Tel Aviv 4* – Gay Friendly Accommodation Tel Aviv
Set less than 1 km from Meir Park, Lighthouse Tel Aviv a member of Brown Hotels in Tel Aviv offers free bikes. The property is around a 12-minute walk from Dizengoff Center and 1.2 km from Dizengoff Square. The property is 2 km from Shenkin Street.
All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom, while some feature a sea view. The rooms at Lighthouse Tel Aviv a member of Brown Hotels come with a seating area.
A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Guests can enjoy a meal at the in-house restaurant, which specialises in International cuisine and also offers gluten-free options.
The Lighthouse, located at the very heart of Tel Aviv, just a block away from the Mediterranean Sea, was softly opened on August 2018. The 180-room hotel features a range of high-style amenities, two bar/lounges, and a sprawling rooftop with an active line of events. The Lighthouse is a source of energy and light in an revitalizing corner of Tel Aviv.
Accommodations at The Lighthouse range from 22-27 square-meters, making them much more spacious than the average city room. Twelve terrace rooms offer expansive balconies with outdoor jacuzzis. Other rooms offer obstruction-free vistas of the Mediterranean Sea coastline, which is less than a meter away, while Urban-facing rooms feature the best panoramic city views in Tel Aviv.
l. This hotel is situated in a great location at the intersection of Allenby and Ben Yehuda with easy access to the Carmel Market and Beach. Also easy access by foot to many great restaurants and shops in the area. The lobby is ultra hip with beautiful brass chandeliers, a living wall, intimate sectioned off sitting areas and reception. The programmed elevators whisk you up to your designated floor where you exit onto a quietly lit foyer and hall.
The rooms are very well appointed with either a city or sea view, nice bathrooms, tv, desk and reading chair. Fortunately the windows open, because it was warm and the ac was turned off for the season. The 5th floor breakfast is delicious with plenty of variety and there is a solarium lounge as well. Venture to the 18th floor (elevator to 16, then up two flights of stairs – pm only) to the very sexy rooftop bar for a spectacular view of the city. There are also bicycles available.
The hotel is situated in 14th/15th floor of a ugly office tower at the corner Ben–Yehuda/Allenby St., BUT: very nice modern and clean rooms with comfortable box-spring-beds, lot of space and great view to the beach and skyline Tel Aviv, very good breakfast with panorama view in a small private breakfast room in 9th floor, personally welcome by the management, happy-hour in panorama room 14th floor and very friendly and obliging staff.
No roof garden, no bar, no restaurant. Near to Carmel Market, the alternative quarter Florentin, the old Yemenite quarter with little family restaurants, near nightlife in Allenby St., fast to the beach. The Eco-vacuum-toilet is loud, but the bathroom is very modern and clean. My conclusion: I’ll come back, sure.
The Brown hotel group has made the Lighthouse a great place to stay. They took over what was once the Arcadia Hotel and made it hip destination hotel to enjoy with guests and an energy level that evokes the fun and excitement of Tel Aviv. When you check in in the late afternoon they offer cake, cookies and and a complimentary welcome drink. Staff is first rate. The Rooftop restaurant and Bar has great views and amazing food.
The room I had facing the Mediterranean was excellent, spacious and well appointed. Breakfast is not be missed. The Spread has everything you could want. From simple cereals and breads to traditional Israeli spread with smoked Salmon, herring, tuna and much more. Great place to stay in Tel Aviv. 5 stars.
Having stayed at many chain hotels in Tel Aviv, we decided to stay at a gay friendly boutique hotel in Tel Aviv this trip and so happy we did! The service is amazing, the location is perfect in the center of Tel Aviv and 2 blocks to the most beautiful beach! Daniel, Shiri, Moshe and Danny couldn’t be more helpful. Highly recommend!! Also a great nightclub and the breakfast is to die for.
The hotel was clean and tidy, rooms great with working AC. The breakfasts were outstanding. The view from the roof bar was dramatic although I did not stay to drink as it was full of party goers on a Saturday night.
How much does a room costs at Lighthouse Tel Aviv Hotel ?
Prices start 415$/night for Classic Room with City View. The Executive Room with Sea Views
is 475$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This double room has a soundproofing, bathrobes, coffee machine and minibar.
Where to book online – Lighthouse Tel Aviv a member of Brown Hotels – Gay Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv – you can find the best hotels deals in Tel Aviv during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Tel Aviv on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Inta Hotel – Tel Aviv Jaffa 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv
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My partner and I spent almost a week here, and are so glad we found this boutique hotel. Yousef could not have been friendlier or more helpful in advising us on activities and local travel tips. The room was large with a huge outdoor balcony! The facility is modern with touches of old Tel Aviv architecture. And it is within walking distance to the markets and so many great eating places. We would not hesitate to book Inta Hotel again and tell our friends about this local find!
The rooms are very big compared to other hotels in this price-range. We really liked the windows and the light (you have curtains to block the light of course). The bathroom was well-equipped. They have a machine for hot (tea/coffee for free) and cold water in the lobby. The rooftop terrace is cute and they have a bar with regular (gay) events there. Location is okay, at a street which can be loud but you are just a few meters from old town Jaffa away with all the nice restaurants and cafés.
Inta hotel is been recently built and the installations are very modern and convenient, for example, the rooms don’t need keys (as they have an individual lock for each) and the main entrance can be accessed through a code pad (all the details are sent to you via email and there’s a WhatsApp available 24/7 should you need any help outside working hours).
There’s a lovely bar and roof terrace and the play live music on certain days and the atmosphere is very chilled.
This hotel is a no-frills accommodation, the don’t serve breakfast and they are no TVs or mini bars in the rooms, however there is an outside fridge where one can help themselves to drinks (for a charge) and a free coffee station.
Location is perfect if you want to be close to the old part of town and there are convenience stores and supermarkets around. It’s a quite area within a short distance to clubs and the beach.
The hotel is predominantly aimed at Gay males. the decor has pics of hunky me in different poses etc. However don’t let this put you off. When we stayed there were three other couples, and to be honest apart from the pictures it was like any other hotel.
The rooms were large enough and had decent bathroom. I love the keyless room facility….ie you had a pass code to type into keypad to get into your room. the staff very very gay friendly and helpful. It is situated 5 minutes walk from the centre of Jaffa and the beach.
Modern boutique combined with sophisticated vintage (gay) style in the heart of Jaffa. Easy walk to beach and historical Old Port. Unique rooms have shuttered windows and chic slate bathrooms. Rooftop functions terrace incl baby grand plus dj for party atmosphere! Terrific hosts. Excellent value. Fun owners Zvi & Jacobi create a memorable INTA stay.
How much does a room costs at Inta Hotel Tel Aviv ?
Where to book online – Inta Hotel – Gay Hotels Tel Aviv – you can find the best hotels deals in Tel Aviv during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Tel Aviv on Expedia.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Shenkin Hotel 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv
With a central location in Tel Aviv, Shenkin Hotel is right next to the Shenkin Street, Carmel Market and Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian area. It offers a roof terrace with sun loungers and a shower and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi.
Rooms at Hotel Shenkin are air conditioned and feature a mini-fridge and flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels. Free international calls are also included.
Guests can choose from 3 partner restaurants where a full Israeli breakfast is served each morning. The hotel has a lobby with seating area, 24-hour reception and a patio where complimentary refreshments are offered.
Massages are also available upon prior reservation. The hotel offers bikes rental for a small fee.
Situated in one of the most attractive neighborhoods, Shenkin Boutique Hotel provides an urban oasis steps from the epicenter of the White City’s arts, dining and nightlife scene. The hotel offers a unique combination of casual luxury and beautiful design, yet, it is the service that we provide our guests that truly distinguishes Shenkin Hotel from other boutique hotels.
Personalized service executed by a team of professionals ensures that each guest receives the type of knowledgeable service that transforms stays into unforgettable tailor made experience.
We (a gay couple) booked 14 nights in this very nice boutique hotel. Super friendly and helpful staff. Clean and tidy. A fantastic rooftop where we spent many hours reading, sunbathing, eating humus and drinking beer. Very well located in a parallel street to Shenkin Street.
A good pick for this vibrant city!
Highly recommend this boutique hotel. The service outranked the service at a number of 5 star hotels in Tel Aviv. The staff deserve big kudos for their attentiveness. Wow! Thank you!
Stayed here for a days of vacation after a few days of business in Tel Aviv.
The hotel is brand new and has very comfortable rooms.
I booked the cheapest single room which was quite small but totally sufficient if you don’t spend much time in the room. The hotel had a number of common spaces including a rooftop deck to hang out.
I was able to store my luggage during a day trip and pick it up later in the day for my late night flight, the staff was so accommodating.
The breakfast option is served at your pick of three different restaurants not far away.
LGBT friendly hotel, recommend this hotel for going out at gay clubs/bars, they are an easy walk/taxi ride away.
Great boutique hotel is a very central location. Walking distance to most areas. The staff gave us some very good recommendations for visits and restaurants. They made restaurant reservations for us. 8 minutes walk to the beach and 10 to 15 minutes to the most trendy restaurants. Very clean. Lobby has free coffee, biscuits even a glass of cava at the end of the day. Rooftop terrace. Staff are all helpful, friendly and smiling. Small but clean rooms. Boutique hotel but with more services than most big chain hotels. Definitely where we go when we go back.
When you travel for the first time to a new country or city it is not that often that the hotel makes you feel at home. But this is what happens at Shenkin. Great location close to Carmel Market, walking distance to most attractions, nice decoration, spacious room, great outside area where you can sit at the evening and talk with friends summing-up the day full of attractions. And the roof terrace! With great view.
Although they do not have breakfasts the number of cafes in neighbourhood ensures you have a good start of the day. Parking is also few meters from the hotel, even if not a part of the hotel service.
On top of that friendly and helpful staff – a complete success for a night or two in Tel Aviv.
The hotel is located in a great area. Close to terrific cafes/ restaurants and walking distance to beach. Lots of interesting shops and the Carmel market. Rooftop terrace was a lovely bonus. Staff were super helpful and friendly and we appreciated their recommendations.
he Hotel is located in Central Tel Aviv and the Beach is within walking distance (10 min). Check In was very friendly and the Hotel offers a lot of amenities (free coffee, cookies, beach towels, sun creme..). Bikes are available for rent. Very nice and quite rooftop terrace. For breakfast a voucher entitles you to eat in any of three cafes where you can choose from their breakfast menu.
All food was very tasty and made of good quality! Rooms are small but provide everything as needed. The Bathroom and the shower have a good size. Very, very friendly staff 😃 Thank you.
. The Superior room we stayed in was modest but comfy. The hotel was exceptionally clean and inviting and offered several complimentary extras like free local and long distance calls as well as 24 hour complimentary tea, coffee, cookies, fruit and some evenings champagne and cake as well. The location was central to everything and perfect for our needs.
It is situated on a quiet residential street 1 block from Shenkin Street shops and dining. It is also 1 block from the famous Carmel outdoor Market and 1 block from the twice weekly Craft Market. It is close to Rothschild Boulevard, and walking distance to the beach.
We took the breakfast package. The hotel itself does not serve meals, but provides breakfast at any one of 3 restaurants nearby. We ate at each of the three, and they all had a special breakfast menu for Shenkin Hotel guests. They were all superb in choice, presentation, service and taste. None were disappointing, and each offered generous portions and friendly atmosphere.
We would not hesitate to stay here again and again.
How much does a room costs at Shenkin Hotel ?
Prices start 250$/night for Classic Double Room. The King Executive Room – Upper Floor is 335$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Offering a bathtub and a Nespresso machine, this spacious studio features a seating area, free WiFi and air conditioning. It also has a fridge and flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels. It has direct access to the rooftop terrace
Where to book online – Shenkin Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv – you can find the best hotels deals in Tel Aviv during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Tel Aviv on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
4. The Drisco – The Leading Hotels of The World 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv
Set in 2 adjacent historical buildings in Tel Aviv, the 5-star superior hotel The Drisco – The Leading Hotels of The World boasts a rooftop terrace overlooking the sea. The property also features a garden, a restaurant and a wellness centre. WiFi is free throughout.
Featuring a seating area and a minibar, all the elegant rooms come with air conditioning, satellite flat-screen TV and a Nespresso® coffee machine. The private bathroom has bathrobes and slippers, luxury toiletries and a hairdryer. Rooms with a private balcony or sea view are also available.
Guests at The Drisco hotel- LHW can enjoy a generous buffet breakfast. The George and John à la carte restaurant proposes fine Israeli contemporary cuisine.
The Drisco Tel Aviv is a landmark heritage luxury hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, set in the heart of the historic American – German colony in Tel Aviv. It features a rooftop balcony overlooking the seashore of Tel Aviv, gym, spa, open air patio, bar, chef restaurant, historic murals salon, and Free WiFi access is available throughout the Hotel. The Drisco Tel Aviv is housed in two historic buildings, originally built on 1866 by American settlers.
One of the buildings was the first luxury hotel built outside the gates of Jaffa, named the Jerusalem Hotel. The buildings were declared by the city of Tel Aviv as buildings of Heritage. This historic hotel closed down in 1940 and reopened on 2018 after 10 years of massive restoration reviving their unique architectural heritage and luxury.
Located in a quiet side street, a wonderful luxuriously refurbished historic building, just a short walk from the seafront promenade. Extremely efficient and welcoming staff, making us feel special. Terrific room – very comfortable with balcony and sea view. Lovely dining room and lounge downstairs as well as roof top balcony with views of the town and sea – great for a cocktail or two!
The great staff and their attention to detail made this stay a very special memory as one of the best hotels we have stayed in.
On a recent visit to Tel Aviv walking around the neighborhood of The Drisco Tel Aviv I found the little Auerbach street in this historic part between Jaffa and Tel Aviv minutes away from the beach. It is a true gem.
Two beautiful period buildings which already were a hotel for pilgrims to Palestine in the late 1900s beautifully restored with a modern touch welcome you to a luxury hotel which feels like a private residence. Beautifully lavishly appointed and elegant guest rooms with excellent bathrooms, nice views (not so frequent in Tel Aviv) especially from the top floor overlooking the ocean, a great restaurant (I am a very picky and demanding restaurant client) with a long bar, small and cozy historic courtyard, a lovely and private rooftop terrace with Happy Hour bar , everything was perfect.
The Premium room is located on the 3rd and last floor. The room has a sea view. The room is nice but the bathroom for this category of room is really small. The sea view from the balcony is nice, but you are also facing a building with apartments and you overlook other buildings. This is Tel-Aviv and there is not much the hotel can do. However, I have to mention that just the streets just at the back of the hotel are lovely. You are in the old American-German colony and the houses and the Emmanuel Church are not to be missed.
The breakfast is one of the best we had during our whole 10-day stay in Israel (we stayed at the American Colony in Jerusalem, at the Jaffa in Tel-Aviv) but breakfast at the Drisco was by far the best and it is served until 11am!!! which really makes a difference when you are on vacation. Furthermore, the hotel is located nearby Alma beach (10 min walking distance), the hotel provides you with towels as well as bicycles (we did not use the service of bicycles but for us, this is a real plus for guest). Ther is a roof terrace where you can enjoy the sun. We loved the bar and the restaurant. We only had a light snack at the restaurant (patio) when we checked-in.
The salad and the burger were excellent. We did not have the opportunity to have dinner at the restaurant but the menu seemed very appealing and the restaurant was almost fully booked during our stay. We loved the little patio where we could have breakfast (the following day – Friday, we had it in the historic arched room which is in the basement). I particularly enjoyed the library and the frescoes in the basement. A great place to cool off when it’s hot outside. We loved the ambiance and the soft jazz music at The Drico.
Regarding our room, to be honest I would have preferred staying in the annex (our original room). We did appreciate our upgrade but I found the room in the annex so charming and with a BIG bathroom. I loved the colonial style. Of course, there is no sea view. I think this hotel can meet everybody’s choice. From colonial style to Seaview. The hotel was fully booked during our stay which is a good sign. Though there is no swimming pool (the hotel is close to the beach) I will definitely return to The Drisco and I highly recommend this hotel. I’m sure within 5 years the less nice part of the area (Elisabeth Bergner Street where you had the garages…) will be replaced by beautiful buildings.
How much does a room costs at The Drisco ?
This suite features a soundproofing, bathrobe and satellite TV.
Where to book online – The Drisco – The Leading Hotels of The World – Gay Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv – you can find the best hotels deals in Tel Aviv during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Tel Aviv on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
5. Cucu Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Cucu Hotel offers accommodation in the heart of, 50 m from Dizengoff Square. Restaurants and bars popular among locals are in the property’s surrounding area.
All rooms have modern-style décor, a 43″ LED TV and air conditioning. Certain rooms include a private balcony with sitting area to relax in after a busy day. Every room includes a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
A full Israeli breakfast is served at the Hotel’s Cucu Café. The hotel also has a 24-hour reception, concierge service, spa and wellness centre.
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Cucu Hotel offers accommodation in the heart of Tel Aviv, 50 metres from Dizengoff Square. Restaurants and bars popular among locals are in the property’s surrounding area. All rooms have modern-style décor, a 43″ LED TV and air conditioning. Certain rooms include a private balcony with sitting area to relax in after a busy day. Every room includes a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. A full Israeli breakfast is served at a nearby café.
They are very friendly to just about everyone, but I did notice a higher gay clientele–which is awesome and just further validated that this place is awesome & cool. While the room we had was a tad on the small side, it was clean, modern, and even had a bottle of wine waiting for us.
Strongly recommended! Warm welcome with smooth check in and complimentary chocolate and a bottle of Cava found in the room. Very modern and stylish design. Fresh towels and top quality bed linens changed every day. Huge bathroom with mega shower. Convenient location on Dizengoff street (2 minutes away from the shopping mall). Lots of nice restaurants nearby. Hilton beach is just 15 minutes walking distance.
Great hotel, friendly staff, nice building and excellent location! We had a great time at CUCU Hotel!
Used the free bikes to get to see more of the city. The rooftop indoor pool on Dizengoff Center is a plus we didn’t have the time to use but would have loved to (open 24h).
The single-layered window is the only minus of the hotel since Dizengoff is not one of the calmer streets in the city. The Bed was super comfy and we slept amazingly well nonetheless. TV offers films and channels for many languages. Breakfast is delicious.
The location couldn’t be better, center of Tel Aviv, perfect to get anywhere in the city.
he quaint decor, cosy rooms, friendly staff and central location are just some of the things that i enjoyed at The CuCu. The Spa treatment was excellent. The gym at the shopping mall is a little outdated but the pros definitely outweigh this minor con. The location is excellent and within walking distance of major landmarks. The bicycles need to be upgraded. The cafe is nice again with friendly staff and good food.
A really enjoyable stay in a perfectly located boutique hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv. Walk to your choice of cafes, bars, restaurants, boutiques and some historical sites in Tel Aviv. Short 10 minute to Gordon Beach, the Carmel Market, some museum’s and a short taxi ride to Jaffa. The rooms vary in size and location, but are all well appointed with new bathrooms, flat screen TV’s, night stands and a bistro table with chair. Be sure to select the room that best fits your needs in size and location. If you want a quiet room, request one away from Dizengoff. The staff is very helpful and goes out of their way to ensure you’re happy.
The Cucu cafe is an added bonus, serving delicious breakfasts, wonderful coffee, and other wonderfully prepared meals by great wait staff and bartenders.
The hotel has a cozy lobby is serviced with 24 hour front desk, multiple candy and cookie filled jars, and a selection beverages offering water, beer, wine and coffee.
he hotel is housed in a typical Bauhaus architecture in the most central area of Tel Aviv, a stone’s throw from all the most important places to see, especially museums, architecture and markets!
Cucu hotel is a nice place to be, welcoming, amazing, with a lot of attention to detail and super nice staff! My room was small but very pretty, well furnished, full of colors, with a nice balcony and there was no lack of comfort. There were even two kinder eggs at the table along with the welcome note! Adorable!
The only drawback is the breakfast, managed by the coffee shop and not by the hotel: it is good that the limited space does not allow a buffet – perhaps however it could be organized on the large bar -, but considering price, it could be more generous 🙂
I will definitely come back and recommend it to friends.
How much does a room costs at Cucu Hotel Tel Aviv ?
This suite has a balcony, air conditioning and bathrobe.
Where to book online – Cucu Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Tel Aviv – you can find the best hotels deals in Tel Aviv during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Tel Aviv on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.