The hotel is touted as having a literary connection and I suppose it does have a bookshelf in the lobby, and chairs for reading in the lobby, as well as a small bookshelf at the lift exit on the various floor levels. However, since the hotel's key marketing theme is that it doubles as a 'library', surely it would be appropriate to include a few reading lamps in the lobby as well as in the rooms! I am an avid reader and I found the lack of a bedside reading lamp made it completely impossible for me to read!
We had interconnecting rooms with large windows looking out to towards a view of the pale coloured town of Haifa clinging to the hillside as it tumbles steeply towards the ocean. At twilight and again just pre-dawn, when the light softens the hard edges and the house lights twinkle, this view is incredibly picturesque!
Our interconnecting rooms each had two single beds and we had great difficulty finding space to put 2 suitcases in each room. Charging our various gadgets presented a problem as power points appear to have been forgotten when planning what the hotel says is a recent renovation. Wi-Fi didn’t work so I suppose it didn’t really matter that there was no space to sit and use a laptop computer.
It was impossible to take a shower without flooding the bathroom and there was only one towel provided per person. Bathroom amenities were clearly not seen as a priority by the hotel, I think there was some liquid soap in the shower.
There was a shoulder-width balcony or walkway around the outside perimeter of the floor level which was easily accessible via the very large windows, which, given our neighbours in the room opposite were screaming angrily at each other, made us feel a little insecure about having our curtains or windows open as they, like we, also had access to our room.
There were road works occurring in the street in front of the hotel and the jack hammers were in action all night. The area was not tourist friendly at all and we found the car to be a necessity.
There was paid parking underneath the hotel and the charge is per day or part day and not by night. This means that if you arrive for an afternoon check-in and check-out the following morning – you will be charged the full day’s rate for each of the two days.
A buffet breakfast was available and had a reasonable variety of choices however, coffee was self service from a machine and nothing to write home about!
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