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“This is not the Inn or the Hotel - this is the Village on the side of the Kibbutz” 3 of 5 stars
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Ginosar Village
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kibbutz Ginosar, Ginosar 14890, Israel   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ginosar
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“This is not the Inn or the Hotel - this is the Village on the side of the Kibbutz”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

It was minamalist - but it was clean and interior was pretty new. The room was on a slab and is kind of like a hut I guess - shared with 3 other rooms (I think). When windows were open you can hear the other guests - who were noisy at times. But the airconditioning was a bit too loud so that blocked out any other sounds. The extra beds for the kids were chairs they turned into beds - with slats and a mattress - pretty uncomfortable - as they wouldn't sleep on it - and we did.
The staff was very nice.
The kids had a good time. They like running around and chasing birds. And they liked the outdoor pool. But it was quite crowded.
As the Inn which is next door (walking through parking lot) have the other facilities:
The restaurant (breakfast included) was mediocre at best. The restaurant/cafe - where we ate was a bit expensive and not really that great. The gift shop at the inn was totally overpriced.
The beach was a disappointment. It was quite far away from the room. And it was very rocky to get to it. And when we got there, there was very little room to sit - and the kids wanted desperatly to go in the water but the sand(dirt) was full of wasps or bees, and we couldn't get near the water or even sit it the sand. So we couldn't go in the water.
The Museum was great on the site! It houses the 'Jesus Boat' and the curator was very interesting as well as knowledgeable. It is a definite stop. The museum there had some nice things but again this was also overpriced and the prices are in dollars (in most other places prices are in shequels).

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

We stayed 2 nights here while we visited Christian sites. We thought it was a great location to do this. It seemed like there were quite a few large tour groups here, but it still seemed quite peaceful. Our cottage room was very spacious and comfortable for the 3 of us. We appreciated having a sink and small refrigerator in the room. The breakfast (in the hotel) was great, with lots of good choices. We enjoyed swimming in the sea, though the beach was not ideal, the pool was nice. The free admittance to see the historic boat was also a plus. We had hoped we could find a self-service laundry available there, as we were midpoint in our trip and needed to do some wash. They said they didn't know of one in Tiberius, so for us that addition would be a real plus, but we would definitely stay there again if we were in the area.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

Ginosar Village is part of the Nof Ginosar Hotel which is listed separately on TripAdvisor. Guests of Ginosar Village stay in cottage-type accomodations. There are approximately six suites/room to a building. We are two adults and two children (ages 5 and 7). The rooms are very basic, but you won't be spending much time there. In our case, two cots were provided for the children. We had a private bathroom. Note that the shower has no step to get in, just a curtain. A squeegee is provided to push back any water that might have flowed out into the main area of the bathroom.

There was also another sink, refridgerator, and TV in the main area of the room. The room was clean, but there were ants around the sink in the main area (not an uncommon sight in Israel).

We stayed in early August 2009 and the weather that time of year is incredibly hot. Close to 40 degress celsius can be expected.

The facilities (private beach, pool. restaurant, etc) are all shared between guests of the Village and the Hotel.

The main reason for our stay was to explore and hang out in the area and swim in Lake Kinneret, but we never left the Resort. The walk to Lake Kinneret took about 5-7 minutes with young children in the heat. Note that the water level has decreased over the years making the walk to the hotel's private beach a bit longer. Along the way you'll pass piers that stick out a few meters above the ground. Hard to believe they were once at water level.

The hotel pool was also very nice and partially shaded. A snack bar is located by the pool which came in handy for the popsicles we bought for the kids to help beat the August heat.

Because we were there during a time that most Israelis are also on vacation, many activities for children were included. There was arts and crafts by the pool-side, juggling lessons for the kids, a bonfire at night complete with Israeli folk songs, roasted potatoes, and a fire juggler.

For an added cost of ten shekels (under $3) per person, there was also a tractor ride that took guests to the neighbouring dairy farm. The kids got to see cows being milked and saw a day-old calf.

We figured we'd be going into Tiberias, a short drive away, for dinner, but ended up staying for dinner at the hotel. Guests of the Village must walk to the hotel. It's a short walk (about 3-4 minutes with the kids), but the most direct route does pass through the hotel parking lot. Dinner was not included in our rate, but is included in some. We paid 95 shekels per adult (less for the children) for a wonderful kosher meal with lots of Israeli style salads, kebobs, etc. There was even a meat carving station. We were very happy with the meal and felt it was good value.

Breakfast (included in our room rate) was good and plentiful, but fell short of the lavish breakfasts offered in many Israeli hotels.

Also in the hotel and open to guests of the Village is a gift shop (good selection, but overpriced), a pool table (one shekel per play), and a bar.

Although we never checked it out, there is apparently also a museum on site with a boat found in Lake Kinneret from the time of Jesus.

Bottom line is that we loved our stay at the Ginosar Village and it will be part of our plans for our next trip to Israel.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kibbutz Ginosar, Ginosar 14890, Israel
Location: Israel > Northern District > Ginosar
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ginosar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ginosar Village 2*
Number of rooms: 75
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