The Art Gallery hotel is clean and adequate, but nothing more than that; I decided to go for this hotel as I was booking fairly last minute. My room was very small, with a comfortable bed, coffee/tea making facilities, and a bath/shower which somehow flooded the bathroom floor when I (carefully) took a shower. Oh well. The art hanging on the walls of the hotel was a nice touch, and there is a pleasant roof terrace where you can observe amazing sunrises across the bay.
Two factors (aside from the leaking shower) were a disappointment. First, the breakfast was the least appealing I have experienced in any Israeli hotel or guesthouse. One day breakfast was in a cafe attached to the hotel, where I ha to wait about 10 minutes before even being offered a place to sit, and the other day in a cramped small dining room with a large tour group. On both occasions service was slow and there was no choice of breakfast, just a plate with a couple of plain soft cheeses, jam, olives, plain canned tuna, butter, a white bread roll and a couple of boiled eggs, plus instant coffee that we got to make ourselves. Compared to other places to stay - including cheaper options - this was disappointing.
Second, the location is not really a logical place to stay. It's a commercial area, far from restaurants or anything open in the evening. Arriving back at the hotel at 9:30pm, I had to walk ten minutes along a totally shuttered street to even find a grocery store open to buy cheese and crackers. The hotel does not offer any kind of food service apart from breakfast.
For the same price, do yourself a favour and pick a guesthouse in the German Colony, which is a much nicer place from which to see Haifa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where art and comfort meet. A spectacular boutique hotel planned and designed with the inspiration of art and scenery as an artistic gallery featuring a variety of collections. The hotel is in a "Bauhaus" building located in Haifa, the gateway to Northern Israel. The focus is on a sense of calm and peaceful serenity, with personal friendly service towards each and every guest 24 hours a day. The hotel is located in the heart of Haifa , in a historical neighborhood that enjoys city scapes including Mount Carmel, the Mediterranean sea and the North of Israel. Art Gallery Hotel offers its guests a central location, a short walk or drive to all business centers, shopping centers and tourism attractions. The hotel is within 10 minutes driving distance of the Haifa port, and about 15 minutes from Haifa's airport, and about 80 minutes from Ben Gurion airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gallery Hotel Haifa