The Elkonin hotel – one of Tel Aviv’s first hotels is set to reopen!Boutique hotels travel guide
The Elkonin hotel is about to reopen again after many decades! At number 9 Lilienblum Street, the Elkonin-Central Hotel was one of Tel Aviv’s first hotels. It was renovated and expanded starting in 2013 after it was converted into residential apartments in the 1940s. It has been neglected and abandoned for many years.
The Alkonin hotel will be a beautiful boutique hotel and will offer 44 rooms, including two suites, a SPA and also a chef restaurant!
The history of the hotel
The hotel was built by Menachem Nachum Elkonin who immigrated to Israel in 1912 from Russia (where he worked in forestry). Elkonin came with his wife, Malka, and six children (the seventh born in Israel). In 1913, he bought a 3-dam plot of land between a mansion and the Neve Tzedek neighborhood from a landowner named Izarski, on which he built a house and hotel. As Tel Aviv expanded, Lilienblum Street was named and the house number was determined to be 9.
This hotel was built over 2 floors in the eclectic style by the contractor Shmuel Nathan Wilson, who built numerous houses in the city. There were 38 rooms in the hotel. The walls of the building were about 50 cm thick of cobblestone. Stylish elements such as railings, window sills, stairs, roof cornices, and more were used in the construction of the house. Murals were also painted on the interior walls. In addition to the hotel, the building included a private synagogue for members of the household and their guests.
A number of high-ranking guests from various nationalities stayed at the hotel, including David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann, and Abdullah the First.
The Elkonin hotel
Address: 9 Lilienblum Street Tel Aviv