Be Israel’s Guest: Six of the best places to stay in the Holy Land!
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Be Israel’s Guest: Six of the best places to stay in the Holy Land!

There’s so much happening in the Holy Land, you’ll be needing a room!

Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

Ramada
Ramada

Israel is often in the news for all the wrong reasons, but with Shtisel, Srugim and Eurovision showing off the real Holy Land, many tourists are heading there to see it for themselves.

But if you want to lie on Israel’s sandy beaches, sample its rich culinary tapestry or savour Jerusalem’s  heritage sites, you’ll need somewhere to stay! Somewhere super special, regardless of budgets.

Prima Hotels

Tel Aviv is known for being cosmopolitan and all embracing  and Prima offer five vibrant places to stay in the city which reflects its modern beat. HOTEL 75 is situated on Allenby Street, just a short walk from the city’s major nightclubs,bars, restaurants and beaches. Its colourful laid back vibe is affordable and ensures that your stay in the city will be stress free. Prima’s City Hotel is a little more expensive, but just as it is seconds from the world-famous beach, it’s great value for money. Complete with 106 rooms, each with a balcony, as well as fresh Mediterranean cuisine, steered by acclaimed chef Nir Zook, it’s great for business or recreation in Israel’s city that never sleeps.

www.prima-hotels-israel.com

Prima

IBIS Jerusalem City Center 

Inspired by the bright colours of the Mahane Yehuda market – or ‘the shuk’, Ibis’ new Styles hotel in the heart of Jerusalem is the ideal place to stay for a family break in the Holy City.  Positioned on Zion Square, walking distance from the Old City and only a minute from the local tram stop, it puts you in the middle of the city’s vibrancy and rich history. The  104 rooms are tailored with the shuk’s colourful fruit and vegetables,  Styles offers a family-friendly atmosphere, including a kids’ breakfast and restaurant menu as well as welcome gift sets for children. Complete with high-speed internet, rooms are designed as a space where guests can rest, relax or work, making it the ideal location to go for business or pleasure.

www.accorhotels.com

Ibis Jerusalem

Ramada

If you’re heading to Israel’s capital to cram on its history the Ramada from Wyndham Jerusalem is the place. Located near the entrance to the city and not far from the International convention centre, it’s a suitable place to stay if you’ve got work to do or kicking back as a tourist as there is a fitness centre, pool, tennis court and sauna. Just 15 minutes away from the Old City by cab and not far from local transport links, you can explore the Holy City with ease.

www.wyndhamhotels.com

Ramada

Fattal 

If partying is your thing, Tel Aviv is the place for you; and Fattal have numerous top hotels on Israel’s coastal city to help you have the experience of your life! Herods’ hotel on the famous promenade overlooks beautiful Gordon Beach, blending modern designs and the city’s signature Bauhaus style. Its 324 rooms all have large windows with balconies and stunning views of the coast, and as a kosher hotel, it’s great for Shabbat or a Jewish festival, while also offering a spa, jacuzzi, sauna, massage pool, gym and business lounge.

www.fattal-hotels.co

The Setai

The Setai in Tel Aviv also belongs to the renowned Nakash brothers (Joe, Ralph and Avi) and they brought their good taste to the dynamite property in Old Jaffa by Clock Square. “Luxury Meets History” is how the brothers pitch The Setai, Tel Aviv which was a fortress during the Crusades and then a prison in the Ottoman period. Not that any of its previous residents would recognize it now with all the modern oak, leather furnishings and  120 rooms and Suites with rainfall showers and 49-inch IPTVs. Add to this a spa, hand-crafted cocktail bar and the Jaya Chef Restaurant blending the culinary heritage of Jaffa with the Setai’s Turkish roots and nothing will keep you away.

www.thesetaihotel.co.il

THE MiloS 

The Milos Dead Sea Hotel is the other new and much-awaited hotel from the Nakash Group which has just rebranded all of its seven properties under Herbert Samuel Hotels. The Milos will open in June and for anyone seeking an exotic resort located at the lowest point on earth, it’s a must stay.

Milos

Who wouldn’t want to rest up  in sight of one of the seven natural wonders of the world and in a property that fuses luxury spa treatment and authentic Greek food, to offer the ultimate pampering getaway. Complete with a spa center, a dry sauna, Turkish bath, sulphur pools, Dead Sea water pools and a Jacuzzi, the resort offers 162 guest rooms, and is just meters from the shores of the crystal clear salty sea. Among the numerous suites are several adjoined to an infinity pool that merges with the coastline and there’s the Milos’ tavern pool compound which is built from stones from the Greek mountains, to give an authentic and unique sense of natural beauty. Make your reservation now.

www.herbertsamuel.com

Milos dead sea lounge

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