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Rimonim Galei Kinnereth Hotel
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Tiberias
New York City, New York
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“A Special Experience. Highly Recommended.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2010

There are hotels in the world in which you stay to see the city and area in which they are located, and then there are hotels in the world that are a destination in and of themselves. The Rimonim Galei Kinnereth is one of the latter. Despite all of the great tourist sites and striking, beautiful landscape of the Galilee and Golan regions of Israel, we never wanted to leave the hotel. That, of course, would have been crazy, as there is so much to see and do in the area, but it would be an equal mistake to come here and not leave yourself one day at the hotel when you don’t leave the grounds.

We (husband, wife, three-year old, and a baby) stayed here for three days and three nights in September 2010 right before the Sukkot holiday. We put a lot of thought into where we should stay in Tiberias, spending hours on TripAdvisor and other travel sites, as staying in nice, clean hotels is important to us, and there did not seem to be a lot to choose from if one is used to good solid four star American hotels like Hyatts and Westins and occasionally stays in REAL 5 star hotels (the term is overused) like Peninsulas, Four Seasons and Ritzes.

Smaller than the large, tour-bus centric alternatives in Tiberias, the Rimonim has a boutique vibe with a feel that reminds one of a cross of Key West Caribbean and Middle Eastern exotic with the class of an earlier era. The lobby is warm and inviting with plenty of comfortable couches, leather chairs and seating areas. It is a great place to sit with a coffee in the morning, a glass of wine in the afternoon or a beer at night. It overlooks the beautifully landscaped garden, pool and patio area, which in turn overlooks the Sea of Galilee. The view is amazing.

The pool is a nice size. Not too big, but more than adequate for the size of the hotel and the number of guests. The kiddie pool, connected to the main pool at the north end, is one of the nicest kids’ areas we’ve seen, sufficiently close to be in the same area, but tastefully divided from the adults. A large canopy covers half the pool so that the one can enjoy the water even during the middle of the day when the blazing sun bakes Tiberius with stifling heat and strong rays.

The green lawns surrounding the pool area were full of hammocks, swings and lounge beds and varied areas from which to relax and look out at the Galilee and Golan mountains. Right next to the pool is a staffed kids play room filled with a plastic ball pit, arts and crafts, and toys in which our young children happily spent at least two hours each day.

The spa area, free to all guests, includes saunas and a hot-tub as well as a decent gym – a couple of treadmills, bikes, a Universal-type weight machine, and some free-weights. We used the gym, and appreciate the full-time trainer on-staff that helps everyone with their workout. The spa itself is lovely, with a full gamut of treatments at reasonable prices. We received an exceptional reflexology treatment.

But the best part of the Rimonim Galei Kinnereth is the food. If you book this hotel in Israel, it is almost impossible to get a reservation that does not include half-board (which means that breakfast and dinner are included). As an American or booking through some of the American travel websites (hotels.com, Orbitz, etc.) you are often given the option of either half-board or only having breakfast included. MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE HALF-BOARD. Missing dinner at the Rimonim would be a big mistake. The $65 more per night per couple was more than worth it; it was a bargain.

The quality and variety of the selections were of the highest level – fish, chicken and beef dishes, rices, salads, exotic vegetables, deserts. Everything was good (and kosher too, if that’s important to you). After the first night we were looking forward to dinner number two, expecting the same line-up. Except for the salad bar, everything was new and different. In the three nights we were there, despite the plethora of choices, they didn’t once repeat the same dish. Breakfast was equally good. We concur with some of the other reviews that the food here is as good as you will find anywhere.

Finally the rooms. They were fine. They were clean. They could be better. They all have a beautiful view of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Prior reviewers have commented that there is a difference between the rooms in the newer “tower” and the older “spa area”. While there may have been at one time, there doesn’t seem to be so now. We requested to look at rooms in both locations, and they have all been renovated to the same standard.

Our room in the spa area was large, fitting a “king” bed (two twins pushed together) and a double sized couch that opened into a sleep-sofa futon. The bathroom was small, but clean. There was a large terrace overlooking the lake. True, everything’s been renovated from 1940. But it is time to be renovated again. Like some of the more critical reviews, we can confirm that the sheets and towels, and mattress and furnishings, while adequate, are below par. They could use new carpets too. For a hotel that is otherwise first rate in all respects, the rooms, while clean, are not what you would expect from a hotel of this caliber. We almost labeled this review: "Very good hotel, could be great." An upgrade of the rooms, towels and sheets, mattresses and carpets would catapult this hotel into the truly great category.

As an aside, we also spent some time at the Leonardo Plaza next door (as we were travelling with family that chose to stay there as it was a little less expensive). The rooms there were nicer, furnished with mattresses, sheets and towels at an American standard. From a room point-of-view, we would recommend that hotel too. However, the Leonardo is a tourist factory – geared towards the tour buses. While not immune to the tour-busses that are the lifeblood of many a Tiberias hotel, the crowd at the Rimonim was definitely more local and more upscale than that of the bulk of the Tiberias hotel scene.

So despite the slightly disappointing rooms, in our opinion the Rimonim Galei Kinnereth is the place to stay in Tiberias. It is a hotel where memories are made.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

We loved evry minute of our stay ay this hotel. Our balcony overlooked the sea og Galilee - and it was lovely. Rooms was spotlessly clean and had extras such as slippers and robes. Fantastic breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2010

The hotel is situated right in the center and close to the boardwalk. Kinneret hotel with private beach chairs shaded resting.
Classic hotel with clean rooms. Bathrobes each guest.
Amazing spa hotel is recommended. Nice massages treatments prices from 300 - 450 depending on the treatment during treatment. Entrance to the Jacuzzi overlooking the Sea of Galilee, is free for hotel guests.
The only problem is at the slow service. Enjoy. Hotel really recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2010

Stayed here with a group tour so I can't directly comment on the value.

The hotel's location right on the shore provides excellent views of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

Room was more like an American hotel than a European hotel. Two comfortable twin beds were pushed together. Bathroom is a good size. There's a small balcony that was good for drying our wet aquasocks. (I wouldn't place swimsuits out there without weighting them down, though - there is a breeze.) Lighting and A/C were fine, with a good temperature control for the A/C.

Breakfast and dinner buffets were excellent. Too many items to choose from! Quantity and quality were both excellent. Consider eating on the outside patio in the evening.

We didn't use the pool but it was popular with several other people on our tour.

Walking north from the hotel a couple blocks, there's a street that bustles with small shops and people at night. That's also where you'll find a couple convenient ATMs.

  • Stayed July 2010
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2010

A delightful hotel with comfortable rooms nice pool and gardens. The food is good and the staff are kind and helpful (the service being good seems to buck the trend in Israel)!
The hotel is on the shores of the lake of Galilee and so one can swim in the lake rather that the pool.
Tiberius is well placed for an exploration of the Golan heights.
Nic e straightforward place and I would return if in the area.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2010

My girlfriend and I spent 10 days in this hotel in March 2010. I think it's a great place to stay in Galilee. Room was rather large, in addition to the twin bed it had a sofa and a table, and everything one would expect. The furtniture was in good condition, although perhaps not perfect. A nice balcony afforded a great view of the Sea of Galilee. The bathroom was clean and quite adequate. Unfortunately, tea-making facilities were not there, which otherwise is quite common in Israel.

Food service was great. We were on half-board. Both breakfast and dinner were wonderful, in terms of variety, food quality, taste, serving. We liked it a lot.

The hotel has an outdoors swimming pool (that sometimes, but not always, was heated) and a nice area around it with sunbeds, lots of shade, benches, hammocks, etc. It was very pleasant to sit by the pool and enjoy the spring sun. There's also a gym and a great jacuzzi indoors.

Internet was available for a fee only.

I didn't need to deal with the staff much, but whenever I did, they were nice and helpful.

Hotel is within walking distance of Tiberias city center. Unless you are happy spending your entire vacation by the pool, I recommend renting a car to explore many of the beautiful historical and nature landmarks around the Galilee, Tiberias makes a great base for this. There's not that much to see in the city of Tiberias itself, but ancient mosaics in Hamat Tiberias National Park are worth a visit. Also, if you are into such things, many of the great Jewish scholars are buried in Tiberias.

Overall, Galilee is a great place to visit, and in my opinion Rimonin Galei Kinnereth is a great place to stay there.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2010

Stay was nice, but I left a jacket in the closet and could not get anyone over the phone to help me retrieve it. A real disappointment. Expected much better service from a fairly upscale hotel. Would not stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rimonim Galei Kinnereth Hotel
Address: 1 Eliezer Kaplan Street | Tiberias, Tiberias 14100, Israel
Location: Israel > Northern District > Galilee > Tiberias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Tiberias
#1 Spa Hotel in Tiberias
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tiberias
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Tiberias
#1 Luxury Hotel in Tiberias
#3 Business Hotel in Tiberias
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Rimonim Galei Kinnereth Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing the Golan Heights, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, The Rimonim Galei Kinnereth Luxury hotel combines pampering vacation and well being with a unique location and private beach. Spa facilities include well equipped spa with 13 varied treatment rooms, mineral water pool with jet water streams, saunas and gym. Also available dining room, lobby, outdoor pool, private beach, pool snack bar. The hotel offers many attractions, active vacations and water sports. ... more   less 
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