The Setai, Tel Aviv to Open at Historic Site of “Kishle” in January

The Setai, Tel Aviv, set to open in January 2018 // Photo by Assaf Pinchuk.

Nakash Holdings is going to introduce the Setai hotel brand to Tel Aviv when it opens The Setai, Tel Aviv in January 2018.

The new hotel, which is joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.’s collection of independent luxury hotels, will be in the historic Old Jaffa area of the city. This will be the hospitality group’s second Setai hotel in Israel, following the opening of the Sea of Galilee in May 2017.

The Setai, Tel Aviv is located right in the heart of the city, steps from Clock Square and the city’s coastline, at the historic site known as the “Kishle,” which was originally constructed by the Turkish Empire to be a prison on the site of a historic Crusader fortress.

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The Setai will offer guests 110 rooms and 10 suites, with several styles to choose from, including:

  • The Presidential Suite: Extends more than 1,000 square feet and includes a master bedroom, a guest room, a kitchen with a dining area and a balcony.
  • A selection of Deluxe, Premium Plus, Executive, and Premium rooms that also have balconies with views of the Mediterranean Sea.

To restore the “Kishle” properly, the team at Nakash commissioned comprehensive research and preservation efforts to pay homage to the historical site and keep its ancient roots intact. The Israel Antiques Authority conducted archeological digs that unearthed remains dating back to the Crusader period through the Ottoman Empire, remains that were then carefully restored.  

For the architectural planning and execution of the hotel, Feigin Architects was brought in. The Israel-based firm transformed the historic site into a five-star luxury hotel, adding two more floors and a new wing designed to reflect the style of the historical structures. The building’s enchanting history is infused through the hotel, one example being a large arch at the hotel’s entrance that bears the seal of Abdul Hamid II, the 34th sultan of the Turkish Empire.

Original wooden ceilings, wooden doors, ironwork, and windows of Kishle were preserved as well, performed by experts in stone, iron, and woodwork to make sure it adhered to the original structures.

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