I'm a native Israeli and I don't travel much around the country. But since the vacation of Passover arrived, and I had some time with my kid, I wanted to choose the right hotel for our vacation near the Kineret (Sea of Galilee).
I was very impressed by the reviews in this site, and thought it's the perfect hotel for me: quite, has a private beach, has many facilities, also a tropical garden and a children park, and not too expansive.
We arrived at about 1pm and I was quite hungry. My impression from driving in Tiberias, was that it's not a place I want to spend too much time around: it looked ugly, and somewhat as ruins of a city from than an actual city. So, I asked the receptionist if it's possible to eat lunch in the hotel. She said there is a buffet downstairs. And there, just as we arrived near the pool was my shock of disappointment.
With many kids running around and a tired looking buffet manager, it looked more like we just interrupted a school break. The service was almost invisible and when our invisible and when eventually our french fries and hot dogs arrived they tasted quite awful. The noise and the chaos around weren't what I expected, nor what I craved for after a long drive.
The room itself was o.k. Not small, but not as big as I expected. From the second floor, the view was nice, and it wasn't too close to the pool, although it did feel quite uncomfortable to know everyone can see you easily in the pool, so you have to close the curtains all the time.
I was looking for the beach for about half an our, until I suddenly realize that the pool area is actually the beach... I was looking for the beach because the many warning signs every few meters, not allowing to get into the water of the Kineret. Well, it was quite a shame for me because... THIS WAS EXACTLY MY PLAN! Anyway, my kid had fun in the little kids park.
We had to compromise swimming in the pool, but... The water were FREEZING COLD! My kid had the courage to go inside for few minutes, but it was too much for me. I noticed the loud music coming from the near-by hotel Leonardo, and the constant motor deep sound of the motor ships that constantly sailing from the hotel to other points in the lake and back.
We got back to our room. We had cables, and the shower was clean. The bad was o.k.
As evening broke down, I became more and more aware of the noise from the crowd in the pool area. It was like a party down there, with music and shouts, and a lot of plates, and food, and it was all just under our room, and it was so loud that we can hardly hear the TV and had to switch the volume higher. This was at 9pm.
At about 9:30 I heard the party people talking and deciding they will go to party downtown. I was relieved and could get my kid to sleep eventually. The noise continued until about 10pm and then it got quite and I also got to sleep.
At about 1pm I heard a group of people running and yelling in the corridor, like fans of football match. I got brutally awake from it and could not go back to sleep because... to my astonishment, they sat just under the room, and began a major loud discussion, right into my ear. I could not believe it's really happening. I opened the curtain slightly and looked downside and there I saw it all: the plates were there and a group of about 10 people sat in a circle like it's the middle of the day!
After half an our, as it becomes louder and louder I decided to go to the receptionist, although I felt it's a lost cause, since it was so loud I was sure it disturbed not only me. When I told him he responded right away and went to talk to them. He said to me "Don't worry, I will not tell them it's you complaining". I was relieved, and a little bit optimistic. Well, it got quite for few minutes, but that constant chatting didn't allowed me to sleep. Eventually I fell asleep near dawn I guess, just few minutes before my kid woke up...
Breakfast wasn't nothing special and I had to go to the toilet after it.
All in all, it's a nice hotel, but I just could not figure out why it got so much praise.
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