We stumbled onto the 1926 Apartments mostly by accident b/c we found the hotels in downtown Haifa were very expensive. This hotel is not a conventional hotel in that there is no front desk, reception area or amenities. You go into the owner's office (still under construction) and get your keys. Then you go to a building two doors down, enter a code and take the elevator to your room. our room rate was $102, US but somehow it worked out to a bit more when converted to shekels. Not a big deal; it may be that the shekel appreciated between our booking and payment.
The rooms are amazing, probably the most fully equipped of our trip. they include a hot plate, microwave, full size fridge and expandable dining table. The facility is brand new and provides a stylish and modern decor. This set up is ideal for those planning an extended stay and needing a base in Northern Israel.
The hotel location may be an area of concern for some. when our relatives heard where we were staying they drove out to satisfy themselves that it was a safe neighbourhood b/c the hotel is in an area that was previously more industrial i.e. sketch. The area remains outside the central area of downtown where all the expensive hotels are situated so if that is a problem for you consider another option. On the other hand, the hotel is 50 meters from the subway station entrance and sits at the corner of two pedestrian only streets. The location was cute and had a number of small restaurants and bars including an amazing hole in the wall Morrocan restaurant. On the night that we stayed at the hotel a stage was set up and there was a music festival. The local restaurants and bars hauled tables, chairs and sofas onto the streets and in no time the square was crowded with locals and tourists having a drink and enjoying the music into the night. Our relatives view the area as up and coming and I think that this is a fair description.
Access to the hotel by car and parking are a pain in the butt. Because of the pedestrian streets it is difficult to drive up to the hotel to unload luggage. The one way streets and divided roads make it difficult to turn left from the road leading into the area on to the streets leading to the hotel. There is a parking lot about 50 meters away but I had a major fight with the attendant. They charged 40 shekels for parking that was supposed to cover overnight but then they charged another 16 when I tried to leave the next morning. So not impressed.
Not to end on a down note, but adequate breakfasts continue to be a problem for the 1926 Apartments. Because they lack facilities of their own, the owner provides a voucher for the restaurant across the street. The arrangement with this restaurant is a new one, the previous restaurant having proved unsatisfactory (or so I gather from other reviews). This restaurant specializes in Burekas but on the whole the breakfast was inadequate. Notably there was not a single piece of fruit to be found on the small table that served as the buffet. That's unheard of for Israel. Orange juice consisted of bottles of juice with less than 10% juice content. Not cool.
All in all, I would be very happy to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1926 Apartments Hotel is located at the heart of down town Haifa, situated in a quiet district of British styled houses built at the beginning of the 20th century and was known as the “Turkish Market”. The 1926 Apartments offers air-conditioned studios with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen satellite TV. The property is adjacent to the Carmelit underground funicular railway, and 5 minutes’ walk from the Port of Haifa. The studios include a seating area and a kitchenette with microwave and fridge. They have modern decor and some feature a balcony. There are 2 separate wings, one without an elevator and the other with, where the superior studios are located. Surrounded by cafes and pubs, the 1926 Designed Apartments are 500 m from Haifa Center HaShmona Train Station. Rambam Hospital and the beach are a 5-minute drive away. ... more less
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