Buried deep in alleyways of the Old Town, we (a couple in our 30s), found that the Inn was just as described on their website: A renovated
charming, mellow inn housed in some of the major rooms of a formerly stunning villa. All areas to be used by guests were renovated, safe and clean, with the very charming old character intact. Bathrooms were modern and clean, with super hot water. The dorm-style rooms, available at a lower price ( I peeked inside before the guests arrived) were clean, airy, bright and authentically-furnished, not the typical utilitarian style found in many places.
We were given the "Romantic Room", up stone stairs overlooking the courtyard: a well-renovated, rustic-look, clean and charming room with modern bath fixtures. There was a doorframe with curtain separating the bath, no solid door. The overall effect works and is practical, however. Noise from below somehow carried through the stone floors and walls more than expected, but after 11 pm everything was quiet.
The price (450 shekels per couple per night - a 10% deposit per credit card online was required) was not cheap but very worth it for location, charm and the relaxation factor , and did NOT include breakfast. The competing convent accomodation elsewhere may be cheaper, but here we found a more authentic feel, and you will for sure not meet up with large groups of religious tours etc., The kitchen was open for guest use, for making coffee, tea, cooking and storing food in the fridge. High speed internet in the lounge is free. Volunteers and the former owner's granddaughter are very friendly and open and speak English and German. Sitting around the beautiful lounge during the day and evenings, we met a nice, friendly range of younger people from around the world, even a hip Israeli film crew filming some scenes. We came by car mid-morning and found it really hard to find free parking within 5 min. walking distance - wishful thinking in the Old Town in any case - but we managed to get a spot after cruising around a while (in the location suggested on the website, make sure you have a small car). By later afternoon and evenings, strangely, the parking freed up.
Overall, we were glad we chose this place and would recommend it.
- Also Known As:
- The Fauzi Azar Hotel
- The Fauzi Azar Hotel Nazareth
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fauzi Azar Inn is the best starting-off point for touring the Galilee & Nazareth. The Inn is a 200 years Arab Mansion located at the heart of the market quarters of Nazareth, a short distance from the Central Bus Station and the Basilica of the Annunciation. ... more less
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