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“Good value for modern amenities” 4 of 5 stars
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Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lower Galilee, Tiberias 15267, Israel   |  
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Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Tiberias
London, United Kingdom
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“Good value for modern amenities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

First impressions: Niiiiice... Compared to the other kibbutzim (plural of kibbutz) in the area, the Kibbutz Lavi as well as its hotel appear relatively wealthy. Average A to A-minus. Costing from about 140 Euros per night, it's at par among its peers for its star-rating. A self-appointed* 4-star hotel, it could easily pass for one.

(*There's no official star-rating body for accommodations in the area. Thus, the self-appointment.)

Pros: It's not exactly a glitzy hotel, but they do have modern facilities and the latest technologies. Its close proximity to Lake Galilee (Tiberias), Nazareth and Mount Tabor is a big plus. Having free WiFi doesn't hurt either. The tennis court, indoor heated and outdoor pools, massage and spa services are very good. Desk service and the full-service (albeit cafeteria-style) restaurant are excellent. They also offer a good introduction to kibbutz life and history.

Cons: Like all hotels anywhere, there's quite a difference between a standard room and a luxury presidential suite. So bear this in mind. Also, being Jewish-owned, there's a lot of "kosher here" and "kosher there", particularly evident in their food (which costs extra, btw). To be fair, the hotel caters mainly to the Jewish traveller.

Verdict: Good value. If you have to splurge, do it here.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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Jerusalem, Israel
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14 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

The Lavi Hotel is located on the Kibbutz of the same name in the Lower Galilee not far from Tiberias and the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

The hotel is set on a hilltop with wonderful views and surrounded by beautiful trees and greenery. The hotel is divided into a number of different wings each one newer than the other and priced accordingly.

Since we made a last minute reservation, only the most expensive rooms were available. Our room was clean and roomy and I would rate it similar to most rooms in 4and 5 star hotels.

The food was tremendous and plentiful, but we enjoyed most the serene settings. During our visit the hotel hosted a large group of young noisy, bubbling teenagers of the UK, but since the hotel was smart enough to give them their own halls for meals and other activities the noise did not really bother us.

The front desk, waiters and much of the other staff are kibbutz members who go out of their way to give you a high level of service. A great place to go to relax and tour the Galilee!

Room Tip: We stayed in 513 in the newest (and most expensive) wing
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Rooms were OK. Upon arrival A/C in the room did not work. Reported it to the front desk who sent someone up who insisted it was working. Still not working and room was unbearably hot. Other rooms were having the same problem. Finally the front desk told us we would get VIP air condtioning (whatever that was). Upon return from dinner A/C was working fine and room was very cold. So whatever they finally did worked. Why everyone who stays there can't get the same level of cooling is a mystery to me.
Food was OK. Plentiful but certainly nothing special.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

I stayed a couple of nights on business. The staff were great, food is plentiful and fairly good, although canteen style. The location is terrific, the pool is large, clean and pleasant and the kibbutz offers an interesting tour. My room was excellent, wifi, lots of space, very modern and comfortable. Good value for money. However don't book a base room, as some reviewers note they are a bit tired and dated- treat yourself to a better room, this place is cheap for Israel so splash out!

Room Tip: Don't book a base room, as some reviewers note they are a bit tired and dated- treat yourself to...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

My husband and I together with our son, daughter in law and four children ages ranging from 8 to 2 stayed for 3 nights at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel. We had specific requirements for the sleeping arrangements and were pleased that they were all as asked,.

The hotel is set within the extensive grounds of the kibbutz and offers generous buffet breakfasts, lunch and dinner are available. As the children are quite young we ate all our evening meals in the dining room, again, the buffet was generous, fresh and an effort was made each night to present a slightly different menu.

The grounds were delightful, the children were able to hire bikes, go for long walks, play on the swings whilst the adults could sit on the patio areas outside the bedrooms which were supplied with tables and chairs. The views across the Lower Galilee from the bedrooms was delightful. The bedrooms were very well appointed and all requests for extra towels, feather pillows etc., were cheerfully accommodated.

0ur only slight moan was the hours of the swimming pool. As the kibbutz is an 0rthodox kibbutz swimming time is allocated by gender, ie.men only, ladies only and mixed. As the pool was only open from 4.00.p.m until 8.00.p.m. the children had very limited swimming time.

0therwise we had a delightful family holiday and look forward to our next visit. 0n a personal note we connected with a cousin and it was lovely to see her newly renovated and extended home within the grounds of the kibbutz. Also we visited the furniture factory which supplies seating for synagogues all over the world, including that of our own synagogue in London!!! We were given a very impressive guided tour.

Room Tip: ask for the Hadar wing, which is new and has plasma television!!!!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grayson, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The most important thing I look for in my hotel is a good night's sleep and I certainly didn't get one here. Our room was extremely dated and the pillow and bed were lumpy. On the plus side we had internet access but that was it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Patchogue, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

I was expecting something better. The room was average, but tight for 3 people. The shower was narrow & the shower curtain was annoying & I almost flooded the bathroom because it didn't work well. We had breakfast & dinner here. It was the worst food we had the entire trip. I enjoy fresh fruit for breakfast - there was none. The bread/rolls were limited & the hot food seemed mostly poor at best. We had to get our own coffee since the "servers" were more interested in talking to each other than serving.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Address: Lower Galilee, Tiberias 15267, Israel
Location: Israel > Northern District > Galilee > Tiberias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Tiberias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kibbutz Lavi Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 188
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant luxury with a relaxed "heimish" kibbutz atmosphere. Tranquil and pastoral, with sports facilities. Shabbat observance. Food abundant and delicious - glatt kasher lemehadrin. Family oriented with in / out door play grounds. Superb views and in-house tourist guide directing to regional attractions and sites. Within easy access to sites and cities in Israel. ... more   less 
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