The King Solomon Hotel in Israel's attractive resort of Netanya has a lot going for it. For one thing, it's situated on the beautiful and quiet north promenade, with the sea and expansive beach just below, yet a short walk to the lively town square. For another, being family-run, it has a really relaxed, informal and friendly atmosphere. Though Netanya is now a large resort with a fair number of hotels, there is little choice when it comes to really good quality hotels, but the King Solomon, popular and unpretentious, is amongst the best.
Bedrooms, with their small balconies, overlook the sea and have stunning views. The bedrooms have recently been refurbished and, though hardly opulent, they're bright and cheerful, clean, quite spacious, and with a large amount of storage space. They are all air-conditioned, have wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, a fridge (not a mini-bar), and safe. The bathrooms are adequate, though small, with very limited storage space for toiletries, etc. Complimentary toiletries left much to be desired: some sachets of shampoo, a couple of small bars of soap, and a shower cap - so make sure your bring your own. Our main criticism concerns the beds. The single beds are rather narrow, and the poor quality bedding seems too small for them in any case. The hotel should address this as a matter of urgency. It simply will not do!
There is a very good and pleasant pool area, with plenty of space for sun-bathing, though there's also lots of shade if needed. There's a gym, sauna and steam room. A pool-side bar provides good value freshly prepared snacks and lunches. Inside the hotel, the lobby area has a small, though adequate, bar and lounge, but they could hardly be described as intimate or cosy.
There's a good selection of hot and cold food for breakfast. They'll even make porridge to order - and excellent it is, too. We had a traditional Shabbat (Friday) evening four-course meal. The choice was limited, and the cooking was fairly plain and simple. But it was tasty, lots of it, was good value for money, and the service was friendly and efficient.
The King Solomon markets itself as a four-star hotel. Its location alone helps to put it in this category, and the bedrooms probably have some of the most stunning views in all of Israel, if not the Mediterranean. The pool area, too, is a cut above the average. That said, it isn't a luxury hotel by any means, and therefore doesn't quite add up to four-star luxury, even though the price suggests otherwise.
Even so, the hotel staff are exceptionally friendly, and always eager to assist, helping to create a home-from-home environment. We felt totally relaxed at the King Solomon, and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in this delightful resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Netanya King Solomon
- King Solomon Netanya