This hotel is set in the hills almost at the top of Safed (pronounced "Zfat"). From the outside it looks fairly unprepossessing, but inside it is very nice indeed. We had a "Garden room" and it was very acceptable, cool, spacious and with a little shaded terrace outside with a table and chairs looking over the town and the blue hills of Galilee. As we stepped out of the room, ten yards to the right was the restaurant, five yards to the left and down a flight of stairs was the bar, down a flight of stairs from the bar was the swimming pool. The hotel, being built into the side of a hill majors in stairs.
The town is very interesting, having been a centre for the study of Kaballa for hundreds of years and now having an artists colony starting almost outside the hotel door, the region is very interesting, with the Sea of Galilee and a lot of important Christian sites within easy reach. The staff tend to be a little unhelpful and prickly (hence the nickname "Sabra") but one soon learns who to approach and who not. If you are used to the service and attitude of German and Italian hotels this will be a shock, so be prepared. That said, I would go again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When arriving at the Ruth Rimonim Hotel, one falls in love: in love with the charming hotel located at the heart of the Artists Colony, facing the breath taking view of Meron Mountain; in love with each of the 78 individually designed rooms, equipped with cable TV, telephone, hairdryer and mini-bar, built carefully to retain the style of the old Turkish Khan from the 17th century; in love with the quaint alleys of Safed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ruth Rimonim Hotel Safed
- Ruth Rimonim Safed, Israel - Galilee
- Hotel Ruth Rimonim
- Rimon Inn
- Ruth Rimon Inn