I stayed here as part of a tour group just two nights in mid march. This hotel has a more corporate feel to it in that the reception, communal and dining areas are all finished to a reasonably high standard ie: lots of glass, mirrors and marble. The rooms however, are basic but comfortable. To be honest I really was torn between giving this hotel three and four stars, it is a hotel of two halves in many respects (it is in fact a square ‘c’ shape with the prongs of the ‘c’ pointing out towards the valley) and it was only the views and the additional facilities available that pushed me to four stars, and justly so if I may say.
It is located outside the main town of Nazareth, in fact the location and views to be had if you’re lucky or specifically ask for them are the best in Nazareth if you ask me. Make sure you ‘ASK’ for a room looking over the Armageddon Valley (or Jezreel Valley as it’s know as by some) if you want one. If you want to slightly compromise these views and prefer good access to the pool ask for pool access, whatever is your preference. I ended up in a room overlooking a building site with no building going on (suspended I suspect), because of a busy schedule I was unlikely to make the most of them in the hotel anyway so stayed put. I stayed as a single person (sadly my wife isn’t a believer in God - Yet) and my room was spacious and clean with a flat screen TV, switched on once to check English speaking channels, it’s was only BBC news telling me of the snow back home when we had 22 Celsius all week, a little cooler possibly with the elevation of the hotel built on the hillside. Double bed (two singles pushed together), large built in dresser with mirror and separate writing table with lamp but just one chair. The bathroom was a let down but clean, no separate shower gels etc, just a wall mounted liquid soap dispenser a basin, narrow bath and a puny shower head mounted ‘off centre’ to bath on a cheap plastic bracket that meant it kept falling out the bracket when in use, very disappointing and irritating indeed, I much prefer a really good invigorating shower! Good wardrobe space with a safe for passports and money.
Food was buffet style and a very good range for both east & western diets, it slightly irritates me to see some people moaning that they didn’t get 1-1 restaurant service in a hotel this size. No chipped plates, all very clean and a very good salad bar which pleased me as I’m vegetarian. Getting a good cup of tea or coffee was not possible, but in my experience it never is abroad, just remember you’re in a foreign country. There is a good seating area above the dining area but is a bit noisy due to the open plan design, this quietens down by 8.30pm, there are other rooms I think, so just ask reception (some bilingual) who will help if you’re assertive. They do have conference rooms too, we had our Revelation TV 10th Anniversary meal in one but again, buffet style.
Nazareth, and by definition the hotel are nearby to all the Northern Israel Christian tourist sites, such as Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River baptism site (Yardenit for me - very good in value, safety and well organised), Megiddo, Church of Annunciation, Cana, Mount of Beatitudes, and wherever your car/bus takes you.
Trip Advisor have it rated as the second best in Nazareth, that may be true but do not confuse this with the five star hotels of the Caribbean or Maldives, remember that this is not an all inclusive beach resort so may well be five star by their own standards but It’s not competing with A/I beach resorts, and it very possibly does have many features that I simply didn’t get chance to use. Israel, apart from Tel Aviv attracts a more spiritually minded person anyway, so this hotel probably is the second best one if you’re stopping in Nazareth (remember – hotel of two halves) but I would still have a quick look at the others first, but that’s me … Enjoy Israel
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