Ginosar Village is part of the Nof Ginosar Hotel which is listed separately on TripAdvisor. Guests of Ginosar Village stay in cottage-type accomodations. There are approximately six suites/room to a building. We are two adults and two children (ages 5 and 7). The rooms are very basic, but you won't be spending much time there. In our case, two cots were provided for the children. We had a private bathroom. Note that the shower has no step to get in, just a curtain. A squeegee is provided to push back any water that might have flowed out into the main area of the bathroom.
There was also another sink, refridgerator, and TV in the main area of the room. The room was clean, but there were ants around the sink in the main area (not an uncommon sight in Israel).
We stayed in early August 2009 and the weather that time of year is incredibly hot. Close to 40 degress celsius can be expected.
The facilities (private beach, pool. restaurant, etc) are all shared between guests of the Village and the Hotel.
The main reason for our stay was to explore and hang out in the area and swim in Lake Kinneret, but we never left the Resort. The walk to Lake Kinneret took about 5-7 minutes with young children in the heat. Note that the water level has decreased over the years making the walk to the hotel's private beach a bit longer. Along the way you'll pass piers that stick out a few meters above the ground. Hard to believe they were once at water level.
The hotel pool was also very nice and partially shaded. A snack bar is located by the pool which came in handy for the popsicles we bought for the kids to help beat the August heat.
Because we were there during a time that most Israelis are also on vacation, many activities for children were included. There was arts and crafts by the pool-side, juggling lessons for the kids, a bonfire at night complete with Israeli folk songs, roasted potatoes, and a fire juggler.
For an added cost of ten shekels (under $3) per person, there was also a tractor ride that took guests to the neighbouring dairy farm. The kids got to see cows being milked and saw a day-old calf.
We figured we'd be going into Tiberias, a short drive away, for dinner, but ended up staying for dinner at the hotel. Guests of the Village must walk to the hotel. It's a short walk (about 3-4 minutes with the kids), but the most direct route does pass through the hotel parking lot. Dinner was not included in our rate, but is included in some. We paid 95 shekels per adult (less for the children) for a wonderful kosher meal with lots of Israeli style salads, kebobs, etc. There was even a meat carving station. We were very happy with the meal and felt it was good value.
Breakfast (included in our room rate) was good and plentiful, but fell short of the lavish breakfasts offered in many Israeli hotels.
Also in the hotel and open to guests of the Village is a gift shop (good selection, but overpriced), a pool table (one shekel per play), and a bar.
Although we never checked it out, there is apparently also a museum on site with a boat found in Lake Kinneret from the time of Jesus.
Bottom line is that we loved our stay at the Ginosar Village and it will be part of our plans for our next trip to Israel.
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