The Dan Carmel was our first stop on our 2 week tour of Israel and Jordan. We only had 1 night in Haifa as we made our way from the Tel Aviv airport towards the Golan Heights and points north. Our reaction to our first hotel in Israel was disconcerting. Is this the best that Israel can do?? Although the richness of our itinerary would attest that "it's only a room" and we spent so little time there, we feel that a hotel can surely set the tone for where you are. Our initial concern was that we would have to adjust our standards for the rest of our trip but that proved not to be the case in other locations.
This hotel is stuck in the 80's. I'm sure it was one of the best at that time but it is tired and in dire need of an upgrade. Dirty carpet, uncomfortable bed, tired linens, questionable bathroom cleanliness and not exceptionally helpful staff. Rooms are large. Our teens thought it was funny that even the ads for the facilities (restaurants, etc.) and photos in the lobby show "disco era" patrons.
Breakfast buffet was abundant but of rather poor quality. All we required was fresh fruit and decent coffee neither to be found in the large convention style dining room.
The Dan boasts beautiful views over the city and is walking distance to some mediocre restaurants. It's in a very busy neighborhood.
We have checked out of hotels in the US in better shape than this one. There was a large group of 70-80 year old tourists who could not have been more thrilled so consider the source when evaluating the reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dan Carmel Hotel sits high up on Mount Carmel amidst breathtaking views of Haifa Bay and the Mediterranean coastline. This classic hotel is situated on the prestigious, tree-lined Hanassi Boulevard and backs onto Haifa's gorgeous hill-top promenade, only meters away from the magnificent Bahai Temple. The hotel is also just a couple of minutes walk from the attractive Carmel Center with its many cafés, shops and entertainment venues. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel Haifa
- Dan Carmel Hotel Haifa