If you can avoid the Basil Fawlty manager character that lurks around this hotel ready to tell you off for such crimes as arriving at the restaurant 5 minutes after closing or daring to want to pay $15 for 4 coffees after dinner then this is a pleasant hotel. The corridors on each floor are on a curve that can seem to go on forever and ever when you're returning to your room at the end of the day but I suppose it's character. The rooms are clean, they have AC but it's not switched on unless the Israelis think it's hot and there are tea and coffee making facilities, well, there's a kettle and sachets, you are meant to buy the milk each day from the bar. The shower is nice and strong and the TV picks up English speaking channels. The location is OK, you will need a car to get to Jerusalem and the locality is a bit of a building site but it's not too bad. Arriving back in the coach the 13 speed bumps you have to go over were a bit much but I survived! The dining hall is large and well stocked, the stray cats staring wistfully in through the windows and the praying mantis on the ceiling were an interesting addition! We enjoyed the communal seating in the lobby but missed out on the outside seating that was also meant to be very nice. Rumour had it that there was also a gym that you had to pay to use, not sure if this is true. Coming from the UK I was slightly surprised to see the receptionist had marked our nationality on the bill as The Netherlands but I guess it doesn't matter. Interestingly while we were there the hotel seemed to be changing currency at a spectacularly good rate, they must have been making a loss, but when we pointed it out they were adamant that they were correct...which is just fine by us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel has 160 spacious and well equipped rooms, a gift shop, a health club including swimming pool, heated and covered in the winter, dry sauna, steam bath and well-equipped exercise room. For recreation and relaxation there are tennis courts, cozy charming shaded corners and bicycle riding (helmet supplied) along the attractive surrounding trails. The Children's club has a play station and a Consular WII. "Think games" are available for enjoyment of the entire family. The modern convention center offers 12 newly renovated halls of different sizes to hold seminars and business or private events. The well equipped halls provide for conferences of a high professional level. Functions for up to 1000 guests can be held in the banquet garden with its beautiful green surroundings. ... more less
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