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“Disaster. Be careful” 1 of 5 stars
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Beit Yosef Bed & Breakfast
27 Korchak St., Safed 13100, Israel   |  
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Ranked #5 of 34 Safed B&B and Inns
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“Disaster. Be careful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

We booked in at the Metzuda for two nights but had to find alternative accommodation for the second. The apartment looks picturesque and very much ‘Tzefat’ but the beds are old and the apartment very musty. It seems that the air conditioning units haven’t been serviced for some time because it was frankly difficult to breath and my family could hardly sleep. The stuffed old sweaters are also a turn off and contribute to the uncomfortable atmosphere. We complained about the musty feeling and were told ‘open the windows and it will be OK’ but it wasn’t. The owner didn’t bother replying to an email and the lady who was prompt to take our money just shrugged her shoulders when we told her that we found the place inhabitable. I understand however that not all their suites are like this and that others are very pleasant indeed, perhaps we were unlucky to simply too fussy.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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beityosef, Manager at Beit Yosef Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, November 7, 2011
We were sorry to learn that this family did not enjoy their two day stay with us. I met with them the morning of their check out when they first intimated that they had not been very happy. It was a shame that they had not contacted me earlier because it may have been possible to change their suite.

It is not true to say that we did not respond to their e mail. They did email us their complaints on their return home and we replied immediately. Even though we felt their complaints came down to a matter of taste and style, we did offer them two free days in another of our suites to make up for their disappointment. However, we did point out that all of the Beit Yosef suites are decorated in antique style. The beds in the Metzuda suite are made of beautiful antique wood. There are hand- made quilts, blankets and pillows, mainly for decoration, but also regular duvets and top of the line linens.

Again we are sorry that this family did not enjoy their stay. We think it was just unfortunate that the antique style that characterises Beit Yosef, was not what this family had in mind when they made their travel plans.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Rye Brook, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

I stayed with family at the View House, perched high atop a hill in Tzfat. It was a charming house with great views. It's not your prototypical mid to higher end American hotel, so don't go in expecting modern design and features, but very comfortable and clean all the same. There were three bedrooms, each with two single beds (plus a 'den' that had an additional two beds), a full kitchen and two updated bathrooms. Free wifi included as well. A back porch overlooked the entire city. The front porch had a lime tree and a grape arbor, plus seating. There were many cats around (like in all of Israel) which my daughter found fascinating. The owner was very responsive, both via email in advance, and over the phone once we arrived in Israel.

We were looking for an affordable place to stay in the area for a family, with single beds and A/C. Most places we looked had only double beds (for a couple) and no A/C-- this was a very affordable, comfortable, and ultimately memorable, option.

One thing for note: there are MANY stairs to climb to get to the house -- carrying heavy luggage to and from the car was very difficult. Also, we happened to be there during the yearly 3 day Klezmer festival, so parking and traffic were a nightmare. On our last night, once the festival was over, parking was readily available, but it is street parking (not a parking lot).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2011

We stayed in one of the "zimmers" near the Rimonim Hotel. It was so roomy and comfortable and beautifully decorated! Everywhere we looked there was another beautiful object or light to turn on to show off some feature. It was special to be in place built hundreds of years ago and in a fabulous location near the Artists' Colony.
Being winter we really appreciated the quilts and extra blankets although there was plenty of heating. The service from the management was fantastic even though they were not on site. We also got to meet the lovely people who own Beit Yosef.

The zimmer had a few quirks-we could hear the people in the zimmer next door (this suite can be opened up to join the other), the shower which was excellent was in a room off the kitchen and the key was tricky to get out of the lock. However, we loved it there.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2010

Great location, I stayed in an apartment in the artists colony.
It is one of the buildings that makes this city so special, and in a perfect shape.
Could´t ask for more.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, CO
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43 hotel reviews
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217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2010

We chose this based only on TA reviews, and we were pleasantly relieved to find the reviews to be accurate. Check in was easy since the proprietor met us at the house. We were also in The Serenity suite which is very well located. There really are no windows except by the door, but the design and lighting is so good you don't really notice. The decor might be a little cluttered for some tastes. No one was staying next door, but I could see how the glass door might be a problem with transmitted voices.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beityosef, Manager at Beit Yosef Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
The glass door partition between the two units has been replaced by a wall and is now completely soundproof
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Melbourne, Australia
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53 hotel reviews
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292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2010

First of all there is no breakfast provided so Beit Yosef should change the name. Having said that, the accommodation we chose was outstanding. We stayed in the Serenity Suite which is located virtually next door to the Rimonim Hotel. The main room was the lounge/dining/kitchenette area which unfortunately had a glass door to the apartment next door. There was no sound insulation whatsoever and we heard everything from the guests next door. Fortunately they were out most of the time (as were we) and didn't bother us too much, but when they were there we certainly knew about it.

There were two bedrooms, a large bathroom and a tiny separate shower-room. Everything was beautifully and tastefully appointed. The apartment is set in a stone building with magnificent vaulted ceilings. It oozes charm and character. It had everything you would need from shampoos, heaps of towels, cutlery, crockery, tissues and even shoe polish. The kitchenette had a large fridge and a microwave. Even though it was January the weather was warm and we needed to use the aircondtioner, which also functions as a heater if required.

We were in Tsfat for Shabbat and the owner arranged for us to have our Friday night meal at the Rimonim Hotel. It was absolutely delicious and great value at 100 shekels each. The view and ambiance there was something we will always treasure. It was so convenient walking just 3 minutes back to our apartment. On Shabbat morning we loved walking around the town, hearing the prayers/singing, and soaking up the atmoshere. Everything was within walking distance from the apartment. We did notice several other apartments throughout the town with the Beit Josef name, some in better positions than others. We were very pleased with our choice of the Serenity Suite and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beityosef, Manager at Beit Yosef Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
The glass partition door between the two units has now been replaced by a wall and is completely soundproof
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Los Angeles, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

We had a wonderful stay in a beautifully decorated french country style suite featuring a fully equipped kitchen with hot plate and water urn for the Sabbath, elegantly styled marble floors with shower-bath.It was walking distance to everything and we wish we had stayed longer. The Synagogues and the Artists and the Ambiance are worth more than just 2 days. It was hard to find them on the internet - and they don't really include breakfast. They can provide you with vouchers for breakfast at a tourist hotel (at a price.) We were invited to Dinner the first night and Lunch on the 2nd day by friends of the family that lived about 15 - 20 flights of stairs down from where we stayed in the old city. and then up 5 flights to the apartment! It was a Friday night so driving wasn't an option. We just took it slow and had a memorable weekend.

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  • Liked — The coziness of it
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 27 Korchak St., Safed 13100, Israel
Location: Israel > Northern District > Galilee > Safed
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Safed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beit Yosef is a distinctive Bed & Breakfast in Safed, Israel. You can choose from several beautifully furnished suites that have room for whole families as well as couples. Located in the picturesque Artists' Colony. Come and enjoy breathtaking views and mesmerizing atmosphere of Safed. Let Beit Yosef treat you to the holiday you deserve with hospitality from the heart. ... more   less 
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