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“Nothing special for money they take” 3 of 5 stars
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King Solomon Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   18 HaMa'apilim Street, Netanya 42269, Israel   |  
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Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Netanya
Moscow
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nothing special for money they take”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2008

We were staying in King Solomon for 2 weeks. Comparing it to other hotels of Netanya I would say it’s generally good for reasonable price. The location of the hotel is one of the best in Netanya – not far from city centre and at the same time the place is quiet and green. But as it was written before working buses could be a problem if you live in the first floors. They usually don’t turn the engine off staying under your open windows for half an hour or even more at 6-7 am. There are enough parking lots around the hotel.

Netanya is located on the cliff. So it would take 10-15 minutes walk to get to the beach which is 100 meters wide with clean sand, not overcrowded. The beach beds are available at 2 or 3 Baywatch points. But the sea is shallow in Netanya and at the same time it’s not calm. So bathing was forbidden by authorities to prevent swimmers from carrying away to the sea. In fact the people were bathing and there were just 2 or 3 days with enormous waves. It should be noted that the weather was excellent for the whole of our vacation with the shiny sky, warm water and the average air temperature 26-28 degrees Celsius.

I was satisfied with the service in the hotel and its staff. The rooms were cozy despite small sizes. Recently renovated they became slightly neglected up to my visit, especially bathrooms with their outdated hairdryers and chapped tiles. The balconies are small - they don’t have enough space for even 2 persons. The real problem of the hotel is the keycards. They simply don’t work although everybody gets them at check-in.

I had half board so I could say just about breakfast. It was under my expectations. Croissants, rolls, yoghurts, herring (just like everywhere in Israel), sometimes omelets. Coffee was not bad but the coffeemakers don’t work during Shabbat as well as other holidays. No fruits or dessert.

The lifts (incl. Shabat lift) were outdated. For instance, there were holes in the walls.

Couple of words about other hotels in Netanya (no matter their prices). Ginot Yam, which is best rated here, actually is a small hotel with little rooms that have no balconies. I would never stay there. Park Hotel had crumbled advertise on the wall and defective lights at the entrance. I doubt if they have a good service inside.

Some advices. Don’t stay in the first five floors. The sea view from the upper rooms is much better. Don’t stay at the rooms number 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800 (they don’t dispose to the sea), 901, 902, 903, 904. Last for ones are located close to the noisy lift engines so you will hear them all through the night.

  • Liked — location, sea view
  • Disliked — outdated lifts, small rooms
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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london england
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14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2008

very friendly staff. breakfast below standard expected, bathrooms need upgrading, small towels, bedsheets/ blanket badly fitting, electronic key card didnt work, generally clean, price reasonable.

Stayed September 2008
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2008

Food and service were good. The views of the nearby beach are beautiful and easy to see from the rooms. We enjoyed staying here.

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — Housekeeping service
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2008

The hotel has been refurbished. It was spotlessly clean; with basic but comfortable rooms. Lots of storage space, mini fridge, safe. Small towels and very basic bathroom.

The service was excellent especially Serge at the front desk. Good typical Israeli breakfast. Free internet connection in the bar.

The hotel is on the seafront and overlooks very pretty gardens. The promenade at Netanya is beautiful. If you walk past the square you come to a marvellous outdoor gym on the seafront. I worked out on an eliptical trainer and watched the waves. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel or to stay there again.

  • Liked — location, room, helpful concierge
  • Disliked — smell of cleaner used in the roomns
  • Stayed January 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2008

All bedrooms face the sea BUT there is a road in between. The hotel seems to specialise in short stay tour groups and we were disturbed every night with arrivals and departures, often at silly times like 2am and 4.15am. When people arrive and leave, they bang doors, shout at each other in the corridors, and the coaches outside have their engines running often for over half an hour whilst depositing or picking up passengers.
Lots of Israeli's arrive for weekend stays on Thursday or Friday and leave on Sunday or Monday, so the taxis hoot for their customer pickups at all hours rather than the drivers coming inside to fetch people. They were the noisiest and most thoughtless families,
Whilst the staff are very friendly and helpful, and the hotel is very clean, the breakfast buffet is only just acceptable. The Friday evening dinner was a 'costly rip off' - tasteless soup, cold and inedible chicken or tough beef, poor choice of dessert etc. Also grossly overcrowded restaurant and function room, with lots of locals coming in just to eat.
The lounge area next to Reception is sparsely furnished with basic Ikea style furniture and the bedrooms have no comfortable chairs or settees. There are also no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms. Although apparently recently refurbished, the standard of finish in the bedrooms and bathrooms is very poor and very basic. The EXTRA COST of corner bedrooms (with two balconies), whilst larger than standard rooms, are directly facing the lifts so get all the noises mentioned above, plus the Shabbat Lift doors banging all night on Friday's.
If you are looking for a quiet and restful stay, this hotel is definitely not for you!
Although advertised as having a swimming pool and jacuzzi, these were not open during our stay - the staff said - 'because it was winter and there was no lifeguard' despite the weather being hot and sunny most days. The weather might be too cold for Israeli's to swim but not for tourists. Our children were very dissappointed.
The hotel is about 10 minutes slow walk from the town, downhill, and there is a 24hour supermarket within 5 minutes walk, also a superb French style restaurant a few minutes walk past the Seasons Hotel.
If you are not fussy about eating kosher, the London Cafe just past the square in the pedestrianised centre offers huge portions and superbly presented and tasty food.

  • Liked — Sea view. Gardens opposite. Near town centre.
  • Disliked — Noise. Over priced restaurant and bar. Uncomfortable bedroom facilities.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2007

This is a clean, centrally located hotel right off the beach. If you prefer the noisy end of Netanya, there are other options, but if you prefer the quiet end, there are only two hotels to choose from - The Seasons and the King Solomon. The Blue Bay is too far a walk as well to the center of the town.

We stayed one night and were on the first floor facing the ocean. Great view. Breakfast was standard 3 star quality (out of 5). Checkout was Saturday night due to shabbat and they did not charge for a 2nd night as some hotels often do.

Bath and face towels were small. Room comes with empty minbar, so bring drinks.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Small towels
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bushey, United Kingdom
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2007

We stayed for a week and found the staff exceptionally helpful. Whsilt the rooms are quite small and the bathrooms quite cramped, they are well fitted, clean and comfortable. Our room had a flat screen TV and some useful channels, a small fridge, a good bed, a large safe, loads of storage and a balcony overlooking the sea. The bathroom also had a bath.

The buffet breakfast had a wide choice but we only found out by chance that we could order additional dishes on request, e.g. poached eggs, porridge, hot chocolate.

The pool area and pool were good although shaded by the hotel during the afternoon and unfortunately a bit spoilt by the building work across the street (but the hotel can't control that).

We had a hire car for the duration and parking was never an issue. Also, the hotel is located within easy walking distance of the town, shops and restauarants.

All in all, the hotel provided excellent value and as long as people are realistic they shouldn't be disappointed.

  • Liked — Service. location, public areas
  • Disliked — cramped room and bathroom
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 18 HaMa'apilim Street, Netanya 42269, Israel
Location: Israel > Central District > Netanya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Netanya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — King Solomon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 102
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