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The Colony Hotel Haifa
Ranked #8 of 28 Hotels in Haifa
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Dingy Basement Rooms”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

The exterior of the hotel looks lovely and the photos online look great. Sadly, I am not staying in one of those rooms. Though I did not book the hotel myself (I'm traveling on a group tour of educators) I was under the impression that we were staying in 4 star hotels. This room (107) is at best a 3 star room. The ceiling tiles are lifted up, the bathroom was not clean or kept up and it's just dingy. Also, it's noisy - lots of water running and a man across the hall yelling very loudly. I asked at the front desk about changing rooms and the man working said the hotel is full. He even took pains to let me know I have a jacuzzi tub. My response - yes, but it's dirty and the man across the hall is yelling very loudly. His response? "That's your problem."

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

I love places that carry a story and not just serving to glorify the designer's portfolio .
The colony is such a place,you can't step in this beautiful place without wanting to learn more about its history and there is one (Google to see)
The hotel is romantic with a perfect view to the Bahai gardens.
The service was Perfect with special note to Havana,the receptionist who was more the great and made us feel at home from the minute we stepped in.
Rooms were clean and nice.
The only drawback I have on the hotel is the SPA which was very basic.the massage we had was average and under.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Great place to stay--spotlessly clean, comfy beds, excellent plumbing, fantastic Israeli breakfast, beautiful garden. Excellent restaurants in the neighborhood. Walking distance to Bahai Gardens and Wadi Nis Nas. Not a luxury property--but reasonably priced and everything is in impeccable condition. Very charming and comfortable. Willstay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Singapore City, null, Singapore
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I stayed here for only one night during my trip in Israel and I'm pleased to say it was an enjoyable stay. The rooms are clean and somewhat spacious. The bed was extremely comfortable and had nice fluffy pillows (unlike those which flatten instantly when you rest your head on them).

The hotel breakfast was probably the best thing during my stay; the spread includes salads, eggs, quiches and pastries.

However, this hotel can be improved on. The taps and shower hose were a little faulty and the water temperature fluctuated quite a bit despite the knob being fixed at a certain temperature.

Overall, still an enjoyable stay. I would probably stay here again when I come back to Haifa.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2014

I have just spent 5 nights at this hotel and although it was charming it was somewhat 'faded elegance'. The bathroom was beautifully tiled etc but only had a very ordinary removable shower over the bath, not the sort I'd want to stand under, and the taps were decidedly wonky -it was difficult to get a consistent temperature. The most bizarre thing was the bath plug which consisted of a flat rubber disc which you had to position over the drain hole. This was all a bit hopeless and as fast as you filled the bath, the water seeped away, definitely not conducive to a luxurious soak!
The hotel overall was spotlessly clean and the staff were friendly and polite - most spoke English. A special mention to the receptionist 'Chava' who was delightful.
The literature, however, is misleading. They advertise a Coffee Shop - there isn't one; they advertise a Bar - there isn't one of those either, and they advertise 'High End' shops in the vicinity - there aren't any shops apart from a run-down mall at the bottom of the road selling cheap, nasty t-shirts, cheap jewellery and a chemist shop. We couldn't find a newspaper anywhere at all.
The hotel has a sunroof which is frequently used for photoshoots and parties - one of which took place on the Friday night we were there without any warning. The noise went on till midnight. The Israelis in general are not good at disseminating information, so you might want to ask before you go!
Overall, the hotel was very nice in a good location, but I wouldn't rate it at more than 3 stars by English standards.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a double bed if that's what you want. My friend had two singles pushed togethe...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 30 April 2014

very charming hotel, well situated, friendly staff, clean rooms, super breakfast with a hugh variety of fresh salads, sweets ....
Beds are big an comfortable, bathroom perfect.
Close to the harbour and railwaystation.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We stayed in the hotel with our two kids.
The hotel is small and nice. you have great patio on the roof overlooking the Bahai Temple and nice garden on the street floor.
Breakfast was good and testy in a cozy dining room. The location is great with walking distance to many attractions and restaurants.
Free parking on the streets behind the hotel. The hotel staff were very nice and were happy to help with any questions.
We will defiantly visit again.

Room Tip: we had a room on 3rd floor (i belive 312) was very large room and with jacuzi.it was quiet and facin...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The Colony Hotel Haifa
Address: 28 Shderot Ben Gurion, Haifa 3502322, Israel
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Region: Israel > Haifa District > Haifa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 28 Hotels in Haifa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Colony Hotel Haifa 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Colony Hotel Haifa is situated in the restored historic center of Haifa, in a unique preserved building, that was completely renovated in 2009 into a boutique hotel offering 40 luxurious rooms of the highest design standards. The hotel is located only 300 m from the world famous Baha’i Gardens which is one of the World Heritage Cultural sites. Next to the hotel are restaurants, cafes and a shopping mall, and it is only a short distance from the sea. ... more   less 
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