Most friendly helpful staff of any hotel I stayed at in Israel and best value for the money. I stayed at hotel for four days in April, 2007.
For people worried about the stairs, as soon as I started moving my luggage up the stairs, Eid (hotel staff), raced down, picked up my two pieces of luggage, and moved them up to Reception. He then returned to watching for guests. I may have struck it lucky in my timing, but I think they do try to watch for guests to help them with the luggage.
The hotel staff I had most to do with (mostly evening/late afternoon at Reception) looked up bus schedules for me on Egged (and printed them for me), called main Dan bookings to confirm a booking in another city had been cancelled, and were generally very helpful. They all spoke English well.
The room was fine for one; might be somewhat small for two, but smaller rooms common in Israel. The rug was somewhat stained, but bathroom was spotlessly clean with new fixtures, and other Israeli hotels had stained carpets. The hangers also seemed to hang behind, rather than beside, each other, which I found annoying, but I also found that in other Israeli hotels.
Not only was there a small fridge in the room, but a bottle opener. And the heating/air-conditioning was controlled from the room which I really liked because while Haifa was certainly hot during the day in April, the temperature dropped significantly at night, and I liked being able to turn on the heat (only hotel in Israel for which this was true).
I had a room with a full view of the harbour which was very nice. I think even the side rooms have a partial view of the harbour so it is a matter of opinion whether worthwhile paying extra for the full view. All the rooms have the same decor as far as I can tell. Some of the rooms on the side had small narrow balconies. The breakfast room also had a nice view of the harbour.
The hotel is about a 15minute walk from the "top" entrance to the Bahai Gardens if you are going on a guided tour of the Upper Gardens, near several bus stops and the "Stairs" to lower Haifa, and about a 10 minute walk from the Carmelit (subway) station which was close to the Dan Panorama hotel, and various restaurants.
The only caveat with the location is if you plan to use Haifa as a base to explore other areas, it might be better to stay in the lower Haifa area. Unfortunately, there are few reasonably priced nice hotels in lower Haifa so if you are going to stay in Carmel (near the top of Haifa), I would definitely recommend this hotel.
The amenities (clean modern bathroom, fridge in the room, location of hotel, coffee/tea making equipment, nice touch of giving you a bottle opener, control heating/air-conditioning) were definitely good value for money($92 US a night for one person in a front room with a full view of the harbour), but it was the helpfulness of the staff that makes me think it is so nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming bed and breakfast hotel set in a beautiful location, high up on Mount Carmel. This intimate hotel is situated in one of Haifa's most lovely streets, just a few minutes stroll from the gorgeous Louis Promenade. This hilltop promenade offers the most romantic spot to take in the magnificent panoramic views of Haifa Bay and the Mediterranean coastline and provides a birds-eye view of the splendid Bahai Temple with its famous hanging gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dan Gardens Haifa Hotel Haifa
- Dan Gardens Hotel Haifa
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