As part of a recent 6-day trip to Israel, we decided to spend 2 nights in northern Israel, and needed a base from which to explore. We chose Safed for the central location, and I chose the Artists Colony Inn based on the beautiful pictures on its website and the positive reviews on Trip Advisor.
Immediately upon arrival, I knew we had made the right choice. To start with, we had a hard time locating the inn-the streets of Safed can be a bit confusing. We pulled into a local parking lot and spoke to Jeff (one of the inn's owners) who immediately walked to our car to help us find our way. We were even more impressed once we got to the property. For anyone who has stayed in a Riad in Marrakesh, the layout was very similar. The building is an exquisitely renovated stone building, with lovely inner courtyards. The rooms themselves retained the beautiful stone arches, but were modern in every way. The rain shower was one of the best that I have used, and the air-conditioning unit worked perfectly. Moreover, we had candies and bottled water in our room to welcome us-an unexpected treat.
The lobby area was also lovely, with complimentary home-baked pastries, and self-service tea and espresso. With hundreds of books on the bookshelves, we could have spent hours there-in fact we did spend hours there. We ended up drinking a local bottle of Israeli wine, and talking to Jeff for much of our first evening. He is remarkably knowledgeable about Israeli history, and he helped us to plan our first day of sightseeing.
Breakfast was fantastic, and we really appreciated the efforts to which Benay went to serve us a hearty and delicious meal. We were sad to leave on our last day, and wished that we could have stayed longer.
In terms of the town of Safed itself, it is cute and there are a few shops and sights to see, but you should plan on visiting a neighboring area in the evening if you are looking to have a nice meal. That said, Safed is a great "home'base" for exploring the north, and there is no better place to stay than the Artists' Colony Inn.
- Also Known As:
- Artists` Colony Hotel Safed
- Artists` Colony Hotel
- Artists' Colony Inn Safed, Israel - Galilee