The Art Gallery hotel is clean and adequate, but nothing more than that; I decided to go for this hotel as I was booking fairly last minute. My room was very small, with a comfortable bed, coffee/tea making facilities, and a bath/shower which somehow flooded the bathroom floor when I (carefully) took a shower. Oh well. The art hanging on the walls of the hotel was a nice touch, and there is a pleasant roof terrace where you can observe amazing sunrises across the bay.
Two factors (aside from the leaking shower) were a disappointment. First, the breakfast was the least appealing I have experienced in any Israeli hotel or guesthouse. One day breakfast was in a cafe attached to the hotel, where I ha to wait about 10 minutes before even being offered a place to sit, and the other day in a cramped small dining room with a large tour group. On both occasions service was slow and there was no choice of breakfast, just a plate with a couple of plain soft cheeses, jam, olives, plain canned tuna, butter, a white bread roll and a couple of boiled eggs, plus instant coffee that we got to make ourselves. Compared to other places to stay - including cheaper options - this was disappointing.
Second, the location is not really a logical place to stay. It's a commercial area, far from restaurants or anything open in the evening. Arriving back at the hotel at 9:30pm, I had to walk ten minutes along a totally shuttered street to even find a grocery store open to buy cheese and crackers. The hotel does not offer any kind of food service apart from breakfast.
For the same price, do yourself a favour and pick a guesthouse in the German Colony, which is a much nicer place from which to see Haifa.
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