The Jaffa is an el­e­gant trib­ute to the an­cient city it re­sides in

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Like most his­toric cities, Tel Aviv’s coastal city of Jaffa - once home to quiet, gold-cob­bled streets and aged build­ings with their his­to­ries writ­ten on ev­ery brick - seems to be in dan­ger of los­ing its soul to mod­erni­sa­tion. Con­struc­tion cranes are as com­mon as the sway­ing palm trees that line the roads, and glitzy glass build­ings seem to over­whelm the stooped brick houses of cen­turies past which is why de­vel­op­ments like the newly opened Jaffa Ho­tel Tel Aviv are so re­mark­able and vi­tal in pre­serv­ing the cul­tural her­itage of the city, es­pe­cially one as sto­ried as Jaffa.

Lo­cated on a hill­top of what was once a crum­bling 19th-cen­tury French hos­pi­tal, The Jaffa has been up­dated - but not over­hauled - to cre­ate an in­tox­i­cat­ing blend of 4,000 years of her­itage and modern lux­ury. Re­stored stained glass win­dows and sweep­ing Ro­man arabesques are cou­pled with all the plush trap­pings that modern trav­ellers ex­pect in each of its 120 rooms and 32 res­i­dences. You’re just as likely to find backgam­mon boards in the se­cluded court­yard for guests to play a quiet round or two as you are to find a pool­side bar serv­ing up mid-day cock­tails. Rooms are sleek, their clean lines and min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic mix­ing with earthen tones to cre­ate an at­mos­phere of warmth. Pri­vate bal­conies also of­fer panoramic views of the neigh­bour­ing Mediter­ranean sea.

The Jaffa en­cap­su­lates the soul of its his­toric city with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the com­fort of its guests. Is­rael’s rich her­itage and warm hos­pi­tal­ity are on full dis­play at The Jaffa, which, in­stead of de­tract­ing from the cul­ture of the city it ex­ists in, in­stead aims to rec­on­cile that gap. the­jaf­fa­ho­

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