I booked this Hotel for my boyfriends birthday. Prior to arriving I asked it there was anything they could do to add a more celebratory feel! Sure enough they added a fruit platter, chocolate and wine, all free of charge. On top of that, they upgraded us to a bigger room with a Jacuzzi! The building is beautiful! We had a lovely stay, reception staff were very pleasant. The following morning we had breakfast, it was good...but could be improved. After breakfast we asked the hotel when we were due to check out, they were very relaxed and allowed us to extend check out which gave us an opportunity to explore some more. Overall we had a wonderful stay, we highly recommend this hotel and we will be back for sure!
Pros - Beautiful historic building. Right on the seafront! Close to all main restaurants/ shops etc in Tiberias. Pleasant reception staff, always there to help.
Cons- No on-site parking (although parking close by was free of charge during the weekend). Breakfast could be improved, bread was dry, juice not fresh, breakfast staff tend to stay hidden away downstairs so you have to shout to them for attention! Rooms could do with a few minor improvements (crystals on chandelier missing, broken towel rack)
- 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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