The Shmaya Residence

jaffa, tel aviv
2 bedroom - 2 bath
(1 review)
Travel dates:
$300 - $350 per night (USD)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 queen
1 sofa bed (double)
1 twin / single

Perks for the Parents

This bright and beautiful residence in the lively Jaffa/Yafo neighborhood is 3-minutes’ walk from the beach. With unique detailing, soaring ceilings and 2 terraces, there is space and light throughout. In the local area there are plenty of shops and restaurants, and the Old Yafo port is historical and interesting. The apartment has 2 full bathrooms, one with shower and one with bath and shower. The master bedroom is upstairs for privacy, while the second bedroom with single bed is downstairs. There is a washer and dryer in the apartment and TV with cable and DVD player.

Why Kids Love it

The residence is in a neighborhood popular with local kids - there are parks and playgrounds nearby along with ice cream shops and toy shops. There are plenty of toys provided for those with young children - including stuffed animals and doll’s houses. The children’s room has a single bed and there is a sofa bed in the lounge space. Toys and a spare stroller are available. There are bike rentals nearby.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 days. This is a very quiet and safe apartment. There is parking close by and it is just a 3-minute walk to the beach The stairs are safe - wide and modern with railings. The terrace is child-proof with walls all around it. The apartment is very quiet at night. There are bars and restaurants 2 streets away. Car hire not required.

About the Location

The residence is in Yafo, also known as Jaffa, one of the most vibrant areas of Tel Aviv, with shopping, restaurants and the beach on the doorstep. It is a short walk from the charming streets and modern architecture of Neve Tzedek. Jaffa Port, nearby, has a children’s playground and seafood restaurants and is a short walk along the beach promenade. The closest airport is Ben Gurion Airport, 30 minutes’ taxi drive away.

Accommodation Details

This 2-bedroom duplex has an open plan living space with kitchen, dining area and lounge, and a large private terrace as you enter the house. There is a kids bedroom downstairs with a single bed, and a master bedroom upstairs with a double bed and an outdoor porch. There is a sofa bed in the living room, sleeping up to 2.

Style Notes

This old Arab-style home has natural beams, soaring ceilings, stone floors and a modern kitchen. The light streams in through the high windows and it is beautiful. There is a blend of ancient and modern touches - a wall of Hamsa hand amulets, a nursery with bold monochrome printed wallpaper and plenty of tiling and white walls. We love the clean simple decor and the pops of bright color.

Susan L.
Member since June 07, 2014
I'm a fashion designer. Owner and creative director of egg by susan lazar . Mom of daughter Mikah who is 5 years old . Im originally from Philadelphia and have been living in NYC for over 20 years- and now Tel Aviv.

1 review

Shira F.
Visited in December 2016
Susan was a gracious host and was very responsive to questions in advance of our stay. We were greeted by a very friendly neighbor who let us into the residence upon arrival. However, the description of the apartment and the photos were not quite accurate. In the photos the children's room had a crib, which we found out on arrival had been removed since the photos had been taken. So we had to go out to the store to buy a crib just after arriving (post 5 hour flight and taxi journey with 2 little kids, not ideal). In our prior correspondence with Susan we mentioned we had a 3.5 year old and an 11 month old (who would obviously require a crib for sleeping) but when we raised the issue after discovering there was no crib Susan said she didn't realize we would need one and mentioned that the photos online were out of date. She did offer to reimburse us for the cost of the crib but didn't really follow through and we didn't press the issue. Otherwise the apartment was comfortable and furnished nicely. Our older daughter loved the toys in the children's room and the apartment is architecturally very interesting and appealing with lots of light and extremely high ceilings. However, we did find the drawers and cupboards very full and messy, and much more "lived in" than we would have liked for a holiday rental. The apartment also could have been cleaner. Susan was on-hand throughout our stay to answer any questions via email, which was nice. On the whole, we had a pleasant stay, but wished the apartment had been cleaner and less cluttered.

Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's ancient port

Also known as Yafo, Jaffa is one of the most ancient parts of Tel Aviv and has narrow streets, courtyards and an excess of atmosphere. The flea market is a popular haunt and the area's winding streets are home to unique boutiques and stores. Take the kids to the port, where fishermen still haul in a daily catch, then walk through Abrasha Park and take in the views before an afternoon at the beach.