Several of us stayed on the 5th floor of the main (David) building, which is one of the "deluxe" floors. All the rooms there are beautiful and spacious, and they're all on the same side of the building, overlooking the water. My room was on one of the ends, so in addition to the beautiful view down to the water, I also had a window on another wall with a view in another direction, and that's a nice bonus. Fridge and water heater included, which I appreciated.
Comfortable and roomy layout, a large enough desk, plenty of spots to put things without them getting in the way, and comfortable chairs for hanging out with friends. It's both a smoothly functional room if you just want to use it is a place to change, sleep, shower, and work, and also an inviting, beautiful, comfortable place to spend time in, on your own or with others.
Speaking of beautiful views from the hotel room... there are also beautiful views from all over the hotel grounds. It's made up of a number of buildings, with gardens and stairs and fountains in between, and from much of the grounds you can see parts of Tiberias, the "sea" (lake), and the far shore.
Service at the hotel is excellent. Hotel employees, including cleaning staff, food preparers and servers, groundskeepers, front desk, all seem to like it there and want you to have a good experience.
Food at the hotel restaurant is like going out to a very good restaurant. Even the breakfast buffet is wonderful, with a very wide variety of cheeses and salads and breads and cakes, and an omelet station.
Pool and spa (including jacuzzi) are very very nice, and outdoors. Unfortunately they close early, so you can't use them in the evening or at night.
One problem with the room was that it had only a few open electrical outlets and some of them were controlled by light switches elsewhere in the room, which was not obvious. First, I plugged my laptop in to charge overnight and found out the next morning that the battery was running low because the outlet I plugged it into was operated by a switch I'd turned off. The next day I put the laptop on another outlet, and put my camera battery charger on the switch-controlled outlet. When I returned to my room hours later, I accidentally switched that one off when entering the room. Even though I noticed and switched it right back on, it was now impossible to see whether my battery had fully charged, because the charger thought it was starting a new charge cycle. ... and then that night I found out that outlet was controlled by a switch I *had* to turn off for the night, because it controlled an overhead light and I couldn't sleep with it on, so I had to shuffle various items to charge overnight. Very annoying. I wish all the outlets just stayed on all the time so I wouldn't have to think about it and make mistakes; if an outlet *must* be switch-controlled, I wish it were very clearly and obviously labelled, including which switch controls it.
1. Bed was made up of two single beds pushed together, so it had a crack in the middle.
2. Bathroom lights cannot entirely be turned off, though you can close the bathroom door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- built by the Church of Scotland on the site of the over 120-years-old historical medical complex, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and overlooking the Golan Heights. The luxurious hotel is a unique fusion of 19th century basalt rock buildings dating from the time of the original hospital compound (offering 16 Antique rooms) and a modern building (offering 50 Unique and Deluxe rooms). For a culinary & a leisure experiences the hotel offers The Torrance Restaurant which is well known for the fine cuisine and rich gourmet food (non-kosher); the Gazebo Terrace with the beautiful botanical gardens overlooking the stunning vista of lake & mountains; the Ceilidh Bar with the authentic Scots Pub atmosphere; the Wine Cellar, the Visitor’s Centre and the LAKEVIEW SPA wellness center with Turkish Haman, Gym, Sauna and a large variety of special SPA treatments ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scots Hotel Tiberias