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“A taste of the garden of eden”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pina Balev

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Pina Balev
Ranked #2 of 27 Rosh Pina B&B and Inns
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Easton, CT
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A taste of the garden of eden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2011

We stayed four nights in the Orchard Suite and enjoyed every minute. It was like staying in an enchanted garden, lush, intimate, and charming. Kobi, the innkeeper, was gracious and attentive, providing us with whatever we needed, including mapping out a road trip through the Golan, and recommending where to stop to enjoy the archaeology, nature reserves, and wineries. Pina Balev is within walking distance of the city's old section, which is bursting with artist galleries, restaurants, and a restored ancient synagogue. We attended Friday night services at the synagogue, and Shabbat morning went to the Eli Cohen Sephardi synagogue. There is a kosher market right up the road with some of the best prepared food we've ever tasted. Altogether an absolutely delightful experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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lisasub
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2011

Pina Balev is fantastic! Rustic stone gave elegance and character to our suite, while we soaked in our double jacuzzi! Beautiful gardens surround with hot tub and new sauna! Suites are equipped with kitchenette fully stocked with yogurt, milk and orange juice. As well as delicious homemade granola, chocolates, fruit and complimentary wine. The breakfast was among the best in Israel! Very very comfortable! I highly recommend!

Room Tip: We stayed in the top room (upstairs), it was great!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Ct
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

We recently spent one night at Pina Balev and wished we could have stayed longer. It’s a small Bed and Breakfast in Rosh Pina, and is beautiful, relaxing and peaceful. There are 5 different room/suites, each one, surrounded by beautiful gardens. A natural spring pool and hot tub are nicely landscaped into the property. The owner exudes pride in his property and is committed to making sure his guests are pleased. Rooms are stocked with wine, chocolates, fruit, yogurt and water, which is such a nice treat after a day of touring.

There is a cappuccino/espresso maker in the kitchen, along with an assortment of instant coffee and tea, but the cappuccino maker was such a treat. Kitchens were even stocked with milk so you could make cappuccino in the morning. The grounds are beautiful and breakfast is served in the gardens, where you can really appreciate the natural beauty of this small hotel.

We stayed in the Canaan Suite, which was a large suite, with an extra bed, small couch, table and chairs. There is a Jacuzzi in the room as well as a separate bathroom, with shower. The bed is comfortable, the towels and bathrobes plush (not something you always get in Israel). There is a half wall between the bed and the living area and even more importantly, a beautiful garden, outside the room to enjoy wine or breakfast. The kitchen was well stocked, as mentioned above, and had a microwave.

Our friends stayed in the Orchard suite and were not quite as pleased. That suite is considerably smaller and not nearly as comfortable. It does have a decent kitchen area and larger bathroom, but the actual room itself is much smaller (or feels much smaller), than the Mt Canaan Suite. It does have lovely seating outside the suite, in the gardens but I’d strongly recommend the Mt Canaan suite over the Garden Suite if given a choice.

Breakfast is served in the garden, as stated above, and is real treat. There is fresh bread, yogurt, smoked salmon, omelettes and coffee/tea. There is also a picture on the web site showing the breakfast and it looked exactly the same. Breakfast was truly delicious but probably even more special because of the surroundings.

We only spent one night here because we were touring the northern part of Israel. We did hire a private tour guide, Itzik Yanai, (itzikyanai@gmail.com) and really liked him. We spent 4 days with him touring the Northern part of the country, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea-Masada. He is in his mid 30’s, energetic, knowledgeable and very easy to be with. He’s a good driver. Sounds silly, but in Israel, where there are so many crazy drivers, we really appreciated this. I highly recommend him.

We chose this B&B as an alternative to staying at a large kibbutz, even though we were travelling with teenagers. No doubt, it is a romantic place, but it worked for us because we really could appreciate the serenity and personalized attention of a small property, especially after staying at many large hotels in Israel. Next time in Israel, we plan to spend more time at Pina Balev, so we can really appreciate its beauty.

Room Tip: Mt Canaan Suite is lovely
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Modiin, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

My husband and I looked for a bed and breakfast in Rosh Pina for a romantic weekend by ourselves. We went to Pina Balev based on the Trip Advisor reviews and recommendations from some local Israeli guidebooks and were very, very pleased. The suite (Swiss Chalet) was very charming and the garden is literally exceptional. Kobi was very friendly and helpful (and drove us to Tsfat to pick up our car after a hike). We enjoyed ourselves so much that we decided to bring our children with us a week and a half later. The second time we stayed in the Royal Suite, which is massive and has stunning views from inside the suite, as well as from a very sizable private balcony located directly outside the suite.
We would definitely go back (we tried to reserve for August with relatives visiting from the U.S. but they were already full).
By the way, we keep Kosher and Shabbat and found this to be a very convenient base for Shabbat. It is walking distance to a few synagogues and there is kosher take-out which you can order over the phone prior to your visit to Rosh Pina. Plus Rosh Pina has some great kosher restaurants (new, apparently).

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

It is no coincidence, that every review of Pina Ba Lev gave it five stars! Our only regret was that e could not stay longer and we will stay there much longer next time. My only warning is that you must have decent weather to stay there. Although every room has a table and chairs inside where you can eat, the garden is what makes this place so charming! Our room was huge, with a wonderful bed, big jacuzzi, and kitchen area. They have thought of everything and you will find bathrobes, hair dryers, slippers, wine, yogurt, OJ, and enough of a kitchen so that you can bring food back and eat there if you want to economize. There are two "watering holes" in the garden--one is a natural spring, with a soothing waterfall, and the other is a hot tub. I fell asleep outside next to the spring, it was so relaxing! We go up north on every trip and we always try new hotels and B & Bs, but we have found the one we are sticking with now.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cupertino, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2011

Huge room, comfortable and luxurious, a joy to stay in

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2011

Our local friends booked this "zimmer" (luxurious b&b) for our vacation is Israel. Being Israelis who live abroad, we are quite savvy of value for money and about what to expect in terms of service, etc. Boy, were we impressed! The highly unique suites are well kept, fully equipped (including yogurt and OJ in your fridge and a fruit basket). The bed was probably the comfiest I ever slept on, our private hot tub was grand and the provided candles facilitated a serene, romantic eve. Your host is the perfect combination of European/North American "service above all" mindset and open hearted, Mediterranean hospitality and warmth.

The rich breakfast, complete with a cheese selection, fruit, eggs, yogurt, granola and home baked bread was amazing.

Some of us arrived sick and our host did everything possible to ensure our comfort, including cooking plain rice for us and making us home made tea remedies from the herb garden. No view from the suites other than the lush, beautiful garden, hence one less star for location. However, it is a very close to many beautiful vistas- just ask your host. (and this is generally not something to worry about in Israel, a pretty small place). This place
spells serenity. Enjoy your Galilee experience!

  • Stayed April 2011
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Property: Pina Balev
Address: Hahalutzim 31 St., Rosh Pina 19232, Israel
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Location: Israel > Northern District > Rosh Pina
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Rosh Pina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pina Balev 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pina Balev, splendid suites in Old Rosh PinaPina Balev in Old Rosh Pina is the perfect places for a meeting of hearts.Kobi Kuperberg, a successful businessman from Boston, felt an internal connection with Israel and its sources for many years. Kobi is the pioneer in the field of luxury hospitality, and he have recreated and cultivated an ancient farmers’ estate that was built by the Baron as we will demonstrate hereunder Rothschild, and, turned it into a pearl of hospitality with five splendid quality guest suites, and created the beautiful and romantic Pina Balev.In Hebrew, Pina Balev means “a corner in one’s heart,” and that’s just what Pina Balev is. It’s located in the heart of Old Rosh Pina, on a large tract of land overlooking the enchanting landscape of the Golan Heights, Mount Hermon, the Hula Valley and the Galilee. The private and splendid suites are designed in romantic style and equipped with the best and most modern pampering facilities. Pina Balev is the perfect spot for couples seeking a romantic, tranquil and enchanted ambiance. Every suite is uniquely designed. Getting excited in the romantic Honeymoon Suite, loving in the Garden Suite, being pampered in the Canaan Mountain Suite and relaxing and enjoying yourself in the vast Royal Suite, with a panoramic view that you can enjoy from every spot inside the suite, as well as private panoramic terraces.Pina Balev’s splendid and romantic suites are situated amid lush greenery and dreamy gardens with tranquil inviting seating nooks and a pool fed by spring water from the Old Rosh Pina wadi.Pina Balev’s special suites are just the place for true romance and are intended for couples throughout most of the year, apart from holidays and the month of August, when whole families are also welcome. We invite you to come for a romantic dream vacation, celebrate a birthday and enjoy prestigious and pampering hospitality at Pina Balev in Old Rosh Pina. ... more   less 
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