- Reviews: 2
Bayit VeKayit -Country Hospitality: Breakfast at Bayit VeKayit- Country Hospitality
Bayit VeKayit - Country Hospitality – Lohame Hagetaot
Last week I received a call from a friend asking me to join her for breakfast. It was a beautiful autumn morning in Israel, sun shining and T-shirt weather. I was game for trying out the "famous breakfast" she had read about and had been talking about ever since. Besides tourists, many locals stop by to escape the noisy city and to have something other than the standard Israeli breakfast. So off we went to Kibbutz Lohame Hagetaot to have brunch at their B&B – Bayit VeKayit, available not only to guests but to the general public as well. Located off the main highway from Akko to Naharia, it is convenient to get to and I was relieved to be able to experience the country atmosphere without having to wind and weave on some isolated country road.
We arrived at Kibbutz Lohame Hagetaot and made an immediate left at the guard booth. Then we drove down a private road with an aqueduct from Ottoman times on our left. In my mind’s eye, I saw myself coming here at dusk and pictured the sunset, aqueduct, fields and Mediterranean Sea. We turned right at the old citrus grove and drove until we saw the water tower; a few meters away there was a corral where horseback riding lessons were being given and we found parking.
We were greeted in the office by Simcha and informed that breakfast/brunch was served from 8:00-12:00 Monday – Friday to the general public. I thought Israel has come a long way. Once on a visit to the States I was surprised when my father took me to a small restaurant in the neighbourhood that was filled with people actually served breakfast at breakfast time. For years there was only one pancake house in Israel on the main road in the center of the country that was actually open when one normally eats breakfast.
We entered the dining room and chose a table opposite a large window overlooking the riding corral. The décor was light and pleasant. I asked about the pictures on the walls and was told that they were pictures of the kibbutz founders at work. The mission of Bayit VeKayit was to portray kibbutz life as it was at its inception.
There was an array of innovative salads spread out on a butcher block table – a vegetarian’s dream. A waitress came and took our order of eggs. The mother of a chef, I asked to see the kitchen. I was welcome to see the kitchen and met Tami, the manager of the B&B wearing an apron dusted with flour. She was in the middle of baking bread. “Mother Earth” herself I thought. What could be more basic than baking bread for your family, and indeed, Bayit VeKayit treats its guests like family. Tami bakes all the breads, cookies and cakes herself. She said she loves to do it and it relaxes her.
I noticed something different while we girls were having brunch. I was able to converse freely with my friend. There was no blasting music you usually find in restaurants and cafés. We could actually hear each other speak. The tables were not crowded in together allowing us to appreciate the open space.
Bayit VeKayit also serves as a quasi travel information center. The staff are happy to tell you about places worth visiting and fill you in on special activities taking place in the area
If I was already there, I felt I should see the rooms available at the B&B as well. I was shown two different types. There are the newly renovated larger rooms designed by Eyal, Tami’s architect husband. The rooms were light and airy and pleasantly decorated with simple modern lines and calming color schemes and there were some smaller rooms which were more economical and very pleasant as well. I would have loved to have the rooms in my own house look like the rooms at the B&B and wondered if Tami could put in a good word for me with Eyal.
It is a perfect weekend get-away!
Quite country atmosphere, healthy and hearty breakfast/brunch, served at convenient hours for the traveller, family atmosphere, helpful staff, all food, including breads and cakes made on the premises.
- Reviews: 1
hotel inbal jerusalem: nicest executive lounge i know
A hotel i would gladly recommend. to my best friends. WE come to jerusalem every year and part of the adventure is to try various accomodations. Always wanted to stay at The Inbal....but was always VERY expensive for a fam. needing 2 rooms . this time was just me & husband .ASked for EXecutive upper floor and we got a fair price by ordering direct from hotel reservation dept on phone during low period between summer and religious holidays...our stay was delightful and staff was so nice....untypical for Israeli hotels where staff usually act like they r doing U a favor for free and u are NOT a valued paying customer The whole feeling here was a pleasure. We felt so welcome and cared 4 The real star at Inbal was the EXec lounge w free computer.....no kids allowed there yea! it has a fab giant balcony with a grand view of the old city especially at nite. ESpresso coffee or what ever u choose to drink hot\cold all day, in evening wine or cocktaii[lwe dont drink in the hot summer] there is no extra charge ,fresh fruit vegies, salads sandwich ....just loved the entire atmosphere of the place
BEAUTIFUL large pool ....open till 9 pm....loved swimming w out sun and kids...so peacefull generous buffet breakfast w smoked fish and excellent breads and cheeses.. well appointed room...my fav was good coffee and cake in the late afternoon on that marvelous executive balcony. Go to the inbal...pay a bit extra for the exec. lounge use and feel like a king and queen in Jerusalem What a joy. I'd return in a minute....... ADVICE: ask for room near the elevators if u cant walk ALOT. This hotel has very long corridors arranged like pentagon around outside court yard
The lobby is elegant yet friendly, was a pleasure to meet our cousins there. Georgeous flower arrangements were appreciated by all
Almost forgot..my 2 massages in the fine health club with [Mrs] Zoya were dreamy. She is marvelous
- Reviews: 1654
Notre Dame de Sion: guesthouse at a convent in En Kerem
Had a brilliant stay here and would love to come back - this is a guesthouse run by nuns in a convent on a hill in En Kerem, an oasis on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
...flowers and gardens - areas to stroll around in or sit surrounded by trees and flowers - great views in all direction with the security of a thick old wall right around the property.
The guesthouse is within an old building that has a round turret like building at the far end - which is where my room was - with good views over the far garden and over the valley below. All clean and tidy, in good condition with ensuites.
There is a bus stop not far from the convent to transport to and from the bus station in Jerusalem or like me take a taxi if its late at night - takes about 15-20mins at night.
Breakfast was a satisfying choice of toast and jams, cereals and yoghurts and dried fruit and juices, tea and coffee.
A great place to come and wind down or as a sanctuary from a busy day in the city.
- Reviews: 1654
Hotel Masada: Good value place to stay handy to Masada
This is a really handy place - just below the must-see sight of Herods hilltop palace of Masada - great views over nearby Dead Sea - especially nice at sunset....just a walk up the hill to the cable car that takes you to the top of the huge hill that Herods palace was built on, and down the side of - there is a pathway up and down, better to catch the cablecar up and then admire the views while walking back down.
Has security perimeter fence and swimming pool.
YHA affiliated so it caters to a range of budgets. Buffet meals available
If I return to Israel I would hope I would stay here again
- Reviews: 1
Isralet: Israel Holiday Rentals
A great option for extended stays is to use Isralet. We rented a comfortable studio apartment during the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur) for an affordable price just off Jaffa street and close to the Old City. All was arranged via email and telephone.
- Reviews: 2
Suite Apartments | 200S Hayarkon St. Tel Aviv: worst place
WORST PLACE TO STAY,SOMEONE BROKE INTO THE APARTMENT AND STOLE MONEY, PASSPORTS ,COMPUTER,CELL PHONE,WALLETS ETC......
THEY BROKE INTO THE APARTMENT WITH THE KEY.
EL PEOR LUGAR PARA QUEDARSE, NOS ROBARON COMPUTADORAS ,DINERO, PASAPORTE, CARTERAS ETC.......
ENTRARON A ROBAR CON LA LLAVE DEL DEPARTAMENTO
- Reviews: 646
hotel information for Ein Gedi
90% of the hotels are located at Ein Boqeq. No hotels are located at the Northern tip of the Dead Sea as you drive down from Jerusalem. There are a few beaches ( Biankini for example ) as you turn right after reaching the Dead Sea from Jerusalem, but they are not particularly nice, and I wouldn't call them beaches exactly.
There are a few kibbutz guesthouses on the way to the Dead Sea hotels, such as Kalia and Ein Gedi ( which is particularly popular because of the excellent nature reserve located there). However, the majority of the major hotels begin only at Ein Boqeq, starting with the Meridien hotel, which is the first hotel on the right. Only the hotels on the left hand side of the road ( such as Tsell Harim and Crowne Plaza ) have adjoining beaches on the Dead Sea. Isrotel is the last hotel in Ein Boqeq. Further along the road about 40 minutes walk from Ein Boqeq, are additional hotels such as the all inclusive Golden Tulip Club and Moriah Classic. The Dead Sea stores are located only at Ein Boqeq.
- Reviews: 1
Carmey Avdat Farm: Weekend in Negev, Israel
During our trip to Negev desert we stayed in Carmey Avdat farm owned by Yeal and Hana Izrael. It's a really unique farm with a lot of attention to ecological issues. The farm was built to grow vineyard and make wine, but it also offers lodging - 6 cabins for couples or families. The cabins are really something special, built in into the terrain with amazing view of the desert. You can of course taste the local wine and also see the metal works of Yeal which are pretty interesting too.
There are many places of historical interest near the farm. So we enjoyed a real nice combination of relaxation and sightseeing.
Winery that makes great wine, amazing desert and strong ecological accent: water recycling, solar energy, recycling waste and bathing pools
- Reviews: 4771
Vista Hotel: Red Sea - Eilat (Aqaba) Gulf
Located Eilat's North Shore Hotel District, the Vista is an excellent venue for a Red Sea Holiday. In the west is a charming "vista" of Eilat framed by its milti-colorful mountains and in the east and south lovely views of the Edom Mountains of Jordan and the Gulf of Aqaba.
The hotel is inexpensive, represents excellent value, and is a comfortable base for enjoying all that Eilat's Red Sea Riviera has to offer.
7 Guest Suites, 84 Guest Rooms, Swimming Pool with waterside BarBQ's, Restaurant Dining, Bar with Lobby Lounge, Game Room, Laundry Service
You can watch my 4 min 16 sec HD Video Eilat Vista Hotel out of my Youtube channel.
- Reviews: 4771
Shalom Hotel: Mediterranean coast
Shalom Hotel is located in Tel Aviv, facing the Mediterranean Sea and overlooking a garden and beautiful landscape. The hotel is within walking distance from business centers, shopping and entertainment and just a few steps away from the beach.
The guiding line at Shalom Hotel is also expressed here in being within easy access of numerous entertainment options, as well as sports and recreation, while keeping a meticulous standard of service and hospitality.
Some 50 rooms await you at the Shalom Hotel. They are fitted with cable color-TV, a refrigerator, radio, central air-conditioning, heating and 3 telephones as well as a connecting socket for a computer, fax or modem, fast Internet connection - ADSL.
You can watch my 1 min 03 sec HD Video Tel Aviv Shalom Hotel out of my Youtube channel.
- Reviews: 4771
Jerusalem Tower: Close to the Old City and Mamilla
The Jerusalem Tower Hotel is located in the center of town, within easy walking distance to the major historical and holy sites of the city.
120 well furnished rooms have private bath, air conditioning and color television. Each bedroom has cable television, including CNN, German, French and Russian Channels and the Movie Channel. Each room has a bathroom with hair dryer, private safe for a daily charge.
- Reviews: 687
Room Key Needed for Electricity in Hotel Room
At several of the hotels we stayed in, you had to place your room key in a slot inside the room in order to get electricity. I had not encountered this before - it is an ingenious way to not waste energy. So remember, if you want to keep the heat/air on while you are away from your room, you will need to get a second key to keep in the slot.
- Reviews: 1
Ayelet Tours: Avoid Ayelet Tours of Albany, NY
We participated in a B'nai Mitzvah tour operated by Ayelet Tours of Albany, NY and IGT. It was the worst travel experience we have ever had. The guide, who should set the tone, failed to do so at every opportunity. He was unorganized and as a result, the entire tour was always behind schedule. We missed a number of sites that were on the itinerary. While other groups were learning and experiencing with their guides, we were subjected to droning speeches with little substantial content in poor English. When we and others complained to Ayelet, they were extremely unhelpful. The accomodations were fair, but for the high premium price, we expected more. What should have been the trip of a lifetime was ruined by Ayelet Tours. There are many tour groups available. If you have a choice, do not choose Ayelet. You will be sorry you did.
- Reviews: 305
Beit Sarah at Ein Gedi: Sleepover at Sarah’s House
Apart from the fact that I’m partial to the name Sarah – it’s my mom’s name - I have only nice things to say about Beit Sarah (literally Sarah’s House), a guesthouse in Ein Gedi right next to the nature reserve, and just across the road from the Dead Sea.
Now, Beit Sarah is not the Hilton, but if you are prepared to skip the frills, it offers very nice accommodations and surprisingly good food in a setting that will leave your mouth hanging open – and all this, without breaking the bank. The guesthouse/youth hostel is housed in a cluster of whitewashed buildings surrounded by flowering bushes and trees against a stunning backdrop of pinky beige cliffs.
The rooms are dormitory style, pretty spacious, with 4-6 bunk beds, a toilet and shower (no bath) and a small refrigerator. Nothing fancy, but quite adequate, and the extra beds (if you don’t need them all) are good for lounging and repacking suitcases without having to bend down.
The Kibbutz Ein Gedi guesthouse, which is very beautiful – the whole kibbutz is set in an exotic botanical garden – is nearby, but Beit Sarah is considerably less expensive, and the location can’t be beat: It’s just a five-minute walk to the Nahal David spring, the site of the ancient Ein Gedi synagogue mosaic and a free beach.
Meals are served in the dining hall, in a separate building. You sit at the table looking out huge glass windows with a view that is not to be believed. If you didn’t know better you’d swear it was glued on…We spent the weekend there, paying for half board, which included a Friday night meal and a Sabbath morning buffet. I don’t remember exactly what we ate, but I do know it was plentiful and tasty. Maybe not 5-star, but a whole lot better than you would expect in a place that calls itself a youth hostel.
And that brings me to one more point: Beit Sarah is a favorite for school trips. If you have a problem with noise, it may be wise to inquire if there are any large groups of kids scheduled to arrive when you are. At night, when they congregate under your window, you may feel like it’s one big sleepover…
- Reviews: 90
Jerusalem Hostel: Nice Hostel in Jerusalem
My friend who visited from Holland also had the same dilema and tried to stay in the old city but felt too spooky at night. So he moved to Jerusalem Hostel on Jaffa Road and he was very pleased. You can check www.telaviv4fun.com/jerusalem for a link and more tips - Good luck
It is central, and clean and has a nice roof.
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