This Kibbutz hotel is situated almost on the border with Lebanon in the very North West corner of Israel. It’s one of the oldest and largest in the country. The views over the agricultural Hula Valley towards the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon are magnificent. Ask for a room facing the valley. Free Wi-Fi is provided but only in the main lobby. In UK rating terms, this would be a 2-3 star property, although the food makes it 4 star plus! There is a large indoor heated swimming pool and I also spotted an (empty) outdoor pool, presumably for the summer months.
We wouldn’t have thought to book into a Kibbutz ourselves; we stayed at Kfar Giladi as part of an El Al tour. We were just so glad of the opportunity to do so. Yes, the rooms here are rather tired and our bathroom was simply too small, but this was more than made up for by the most extraordinary dining experience; a cross between a school canteen and a cross-channel ferry – but with far better food! Naively, we had thought that hotel guests would eat separately to the Kibbutz members but no, we too ate in the same dining hall as this young and extremely vibrant crowd of families with plenty of children to add to the noisy atmosphere. Mostly it was all Hebrew spoken, very little English.
The food was really fresh; lots of vegetables and salads served canteen style, with some meat cooked to order. In the mornings, the food appeared even better; a fantastic array of hot food, breads, yogurts, cheeses, fruit and good coffee. This wonderful selection stretched from one end of the dining room to the other – quite something to see! Kfar Giladi provides an unusual stay in a fascinating setting, but one well worth the visit.
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