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 Recently renovated they became slightly neglected up to my visit, especially bathrooms with their outdated hairdryers and chapped tiles.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 Shabat lift) were outdated.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.
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