To call this hotel 5* is a gross misrepresentation but to refer to it as boutique is a complete abuse of the term.
Netanya was actually a surprise location; the cliff promenade and beach make for a perfect morning run. The beach is pleasant and not overly busy and if you pick wisely there are good restaurant choices. Access to the north is easy and to the south via highway 6 (or in low traffic ) feasible.
Being one of the priciest hotels in town made this a low risk choice but it is far from good value; 5* prices for 3* quality at a stretch.
Breakfast was very disappointing. Coffee wasnt freshly brewed not served to your table; there was no real fresh juice. The fruit was tasty but poor presented. The salads plentiful but poorly presented. On top of this there was a manic rush for food which made breakfast slightly uncivilised.
The service was relatively ok and staff pleasant and helpful.
The pool was an adequate size for a hotel right next to a beach but somehow felt unappealing; this was especially the case when a whole football team ( Israel under 17s ?) took up the whole area and had an impromptu game of volleyball occasionally landing a ball on an unsuspecting child's head.
The room had a fantastic view of the sea and was reasonably sized as was the bathroom. There was peeling wallpaper and a leak from the fire protection system ( wasn't fixed despite a number of requests ).
Oddly enough the hotel lacks a few floors; 1st, 2nd and 13th; assume the last is for superstitious reasons :)
Overall I feel it is a shame as with some overdue investment and little care, the Seasons could be a really nice hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along a lovely new seaside promenade, overlooking the blue Mediterranean, the SEASONS is the only 5 star hotel in Netanya. Over the years we have established a tradition of gracious service and renowned high standards of quality and elegance. A mere 25 minute drive from Tel Aviv and a short stroll from the center of lively Netanya. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seasons Hotel Netanya