We were planning on renting an apartment at the Carmel for the month of February, but fortunately we asked our uncle living in Netanya to check it out for us before booking. He suggested that we look elsewhere, and we are glad that we did.
We decided to visit to see what we missed. The hotel looks impressive, it is right on the beach, bright modern, and connected to the main beach by a promendade along the sea. The view from the room was spectacular. But the rest was a disappointment.
The quote was $1,000 a month; we thought this was a great deal, and thought we had made a mistake in not booking as we took the glass walled elevator that overlooked the atrium, offering a view of the city. That was until we saw our apartment.
We entered what would be a small hotel room, there was a small bathroom, in sad shape, and a room that just accommodated the bed. There was a very short distance between the end of the bed and the floor to ceiling dresser, just enough to pass by. There was a small lounge chair wedged between the bed and the back wall, and a coffee table wedged between the other side of the bed and the "kitchen", a set of cupboards with a countertop microwave and hot plate and small sink. There were no cooking or eating utensils. You couldn't open the cupboard because the table was blocking it.
There was a full size fridge next to dresser, and the door just cleared the end of the bed. There was no desk or table, the only way to eat was to sit on the bed. The only place to watch t.v. was on the bed. This place could not accommodate two people, you would have to walk over the bed to get from one side of bed to the other if one other person was there, or have them move to the entrance so that that you could pass. And they call this an apartment? It is laughable.
What wasn't laughable was the lack of candour by the rental agent. The price didn't include the rental agent's fee of 10 percent, nor the charge for electricity. I asked about how much it would be, knowing that others who have rented apartments pay at least 200 - 250 a month. She said that it was very little, maybe $50.00. That's just plain wrong, and I got the "you have to be kidding" look when I told people who pay for electricity in Netanya what I was quoted.
We did see a much more spacious 2 bedroom apartment that was over $2,000 a month, but I was feeling a bit of the bait and switch going on.
I heard complaints of the place being noisey, dirty and not properly maintained, but I can't vouch for that, as the apartments I saw were clean. One person I spoke to did say that it he lived there as a long term tenant over the winter, but moved out becuase of the poor maintenance.
Given that most people don't have the luxury of someone checking out the place before renting, and my experience with the tiny, unlivable room, I would recommend staying away from the Carmel
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