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“Beautiful, quaint little hotel with a great location”

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Shirat Hayam Boutique Hotel
Ranked #16 of 39 Hotels in Tiberias
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The hotel is in a beautiful, old building right on the lake at one end of the promenade. Directly behind it is an ancient church building. The interior of the hotel is well appointed, with an old-world feel. There is an outdoor lounge on the roof with a great view.

The room was comfortable, though the bed was a bit squeaky with lumpy pillows and the "jacuzzi" was essentially nothing more than a bath tub (no jets).

The breakfast was quite good and rather large, with a wide array of options brought to our table (not a buffet). The only downsides to the breakfast were that they only had instant coffee to drink, and the orange juice was not too good.

All in all a great place to stay, despite being a bit expensive. It's too bad that Tiberias itself is rundown and not particularly worth visiting.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

The hotel was nice, the staff friendly, but we were there two nights and they never serviced our rooms. The box spring and duvet were visibly stained. And the Israeli breakfast was a decent spread, but they only offered instant coffee. Overall, a disappointing experience.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Laurie N
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Very cosy nice hotel directly at the lake! Small but attentive and very friendly!!!!

Very nice original rooms! Very clean nice breakfeast!
Friendly staff! The view from some of the rooms are stunning!

We loved it!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Salvara
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Tucked away behind the main road along the main promenade on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, lies the most peaceful and blissful experience waiting for you in your life!

The Shirat Hayam, a family-owned boutique hotel, is a joy to visit. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere reaffirms your decision to stay here as soon as you arrive. On walking in the door of your room, you will find four post beds with fine linens, views of the area surrounding the harbor, and in the upgraded sweets you will find Jacuzzis and couches and you'll even be treated to the most amazing watermelon and fruit upon your arrival.

Since the walls of the hotel are made of thick stone, it feels like you've gone back in time, without shrinking on luxury. You cannot hear your neighbors and you cannot hear anything outside of the hotel. It is completely quiet and peaceful...a dream.

It's a true hidden gem in Tiberias. I immediately felt relaxed as soon as I walked into the hotel lobby and then was able to kick up my feet up and rest for a few minutes in the room before having a wonderful warm shower and getting ready for dinner.

Dinner is an easy outing, as there are many restaurants within steps away, alongside the promenade. It's invigorating to see all of the families with their children playing games and having dinner and see the boats coming in and out of the harbor.

There is a small snack bar downstairs in the hotel where you can get drinks and pretty much anything small that you may need.
They are extremely helpful if you're trying to explore the area or any tourist sites and will give you a map and explain directions to you with ease. They speak English fluently which was a blessing for us, since we didn't speak any other language.

We had a wonderful sleep and I woke up the next morning to a surprisingly big and delicious breakfast with eggs to order and breads and cheeses and fruit of all sorts.

This hotel is the perfect honeymoon getaway, the perfect anniversary getaway, the perfect girlfriends or sisters weekend away, and it's even suitable for families with small children or just a solo, relaxing trip. It is the only place you should stay in Tiberias.

You will get far beyond what any other hotel offers you. Without hesitation I recommend this amazing hotel to anyone reading this. You won't be disappointed.

There is parking nearby and although the hotel is hidden, the parking lot next to it is right off the main road. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the timelessness of this hotel, the friendly staff, and the sheer elegance of every breath you take there. It is an extremely great value for your money with high luxury and beautiful service and extras. I cannot wait to return to Shirat Hayam and sit on the balcony, listening to the sights and sounds of the sea of Galilee as the sun sets!

Stayed: July 2017
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

The hotel is located just below the Scots Hotel in a desirable location in Tiberias. The hotel is on the boardwalk facing the sea. It has a small breakfast area where a generous breakfast is served each morning. There is also outdoor seating. The room we had was a small to average size. The mattress needed replacing and the wifi was very slow. It did not support streaming and email was even slow. The surrounding area houses a renowned historic array of religious buildings for both Christianity and Judaism.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

This is 2 star hotel at best
The lady (girl) checking us in was terribly rude and extremely unfriendly. Put me off instantly
Hotel photos do not represent the true likeness of the hotel
Breakfast was okay, much better than expected.

Very disappointing experience. I would not recommend this hotel.

With a little modernising and some staff training could be much improved

Stayed: May 2017
1  Thank Avi K
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

This could be an excellent place. Located just by the lake, it's a beautiful historical hotel with very friendly staff. What has to be improved is the facilities. A/C that barely works, broken shower, dirty mat. Still it was an enjoyable stay.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Shirat Hayam Boutique Hotel

Address: 1 Hayarden Street | Yigal Alon Promenade, Tiberias, Israel
Region: Israel > Northern District > Galilee > Tiberias
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #16 of 39 Hotels in Tiberias
Price Range: $176 - $323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shirat Hayam Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shirat hayam, a boutique hotel, is located in front of lake kinnert and opposite the breathtaking view of the Golan Heights This rare building has been totally renovated using basaltic stones with many arched windows typical of the ottoman style. It was built in 1850 and was enlarged in 1925. The hotel was one of the first hotels in Tiberias and was originally called "Haifa" just like other hotels that were named after cities at that time. In 1946, after the very popular Egyptian singer and actress Umm Kulthum also know as "the star of East" stayed at the hotel they change the hotel's former name to the star of the east as a token of admiration. After the establishment of the State of Israel, the famous painter, Shimshon Holzman, who was a resident of the hotel, set up a big gallery for visitors. Many artists visited, stayed and painted here. Among them were Nachum Guttman, Reuven Rubin and many more including Holzman. One of the most well known paintings of the hotel was created by Nachum Guttman and is called "The Promenade of Tiberias". The hotel since then has been refurbished keeping the uniqueness of its rooms, suites and balconies, enabling the guests to enjoy the feeling of history in every corner at Shirat Hayam boutique hotel. The hotel has kept its characteristic beauty, creating harmonious combination between ancient and modern, giving a feeling of tranquility at its best. Located in front of the Sea of Galilee, the historic building style with the decorative tiles enforces that feeling. The hotel is situated on the Igal Alon Promenade of Tiberias right in the heart of the open-air museum for sculptures where works of art the best artists are displayed. Illana Gur's for example. It is becoming a center of art. What is there in the hotel? There are 11 magnificently decorated suites with a view of the Sea of Galilee. The Presidential suite, Balconies and De Lux suites were especially designed and furnished to emphasize the uniqueness of the place and yet are furnished all modern connivances. All the rooms are equipped with LCD screens and Cable TV. Each of the Presidential Suite and the Balconies Suite has a private balcony facing the lake where the changing colors of the scenery can be seen according to the time of day and season. Most rooms contain Jacuzzi. The Holzman Balcony is located on the rooftop of the hotel and is suitable for sunbathing or relaxation. Gatherings of guests, lectures and professional meetings can be organized with advance notice (Up to 80people), private dinners or other intimate occasions can be held there, too. The hotel offers a dairy breakfast to both guests and visitors outside the hotel. It also offers a spa for treatment and relaxation. Special spa-deals including a day-room are available. The guests are welcome to relax, enjoy their stay and their stay and then leave with a smile and a desire to return. ... more   less 
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