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“King Solomon Netanya: Friendly, pleasant, though somewhat pricey.”
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King Solomon Hotel
Ranked #13 of 21 Hotels in Netanya
Reviewed 23 August 2009

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.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2009

This is a hotel which is similar in standard to a "Travel Inn/Premier Lodge" in the UK. Worth 2*. We have stayed in the winter time when the hotel is good value for money and a great base for touring and sightseeing. But in high season (summer and Jewish festivals) it is very much over-priced, noisy, and far from relaxing. Fellow guests are often boisterous and inconsiderate. The no-smoking policy is not always enforced. The lifeguard at the pool (on a mezzanine overlooking the back of blocks of apartments) puffs away all day. The rooms although supposedly renovated,are very basic and the bathrooms, are poor. At least they all have sea views and A/C. Breakfast is good quality and plentiful in the Israeli buffet style. Lots of bread, eggs, pancakes, cheese, fresh vegetables and fruit. The staff are mostly pleasant and helpful, especially Serge on the front desk who has been there for years. The position of the hotel is good, being 10 minutes walk slightly uphill from the centre of the town where there are some good restaurants serving mostly middle-eastern/north African food. Netanya as a resort is not what it was 20 years ago and has been overtaken by Herzlia to the south and Eilat on the Red Sea (in the far south). There is a sense of decay to the town and the hotel sadly typifies this in spite of its recent renovation. If you have to stay in Netanya the choice is this or the Seasons, next door, which is very much more expensive.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2009

We generally seek and usually find bargain value four star or near four star hotels after consulting reviews in Trip Advisor and Frommers. The reviews correctly forewarned that this is not possible in Netanya or for that matter Israel generally. We stayed five nights in early January, 2009. By American hotel standards I would say this is two stars approaching three. The room was tiny, but clean with modern bath, and excellent view overlooking the beach and sea with miniscule balcony. Were on a high floor and did not have any noise problems. Initially was assigned a double, but the bed was so small switched to a twin, which effectively is a larger bed since the twin beds are on top of each other anyway in the tiny room. Herzylia to the south has luxury hotels at three times the price. At $110 per night in January, including a fair buffet breakfast, I'm satisfied we got what we paid for. It was a big hassle getting a direct reservation with confirmed rate and confirmed in writing in advance. There is a shared web site inisrael.com but it requires payment in advance by credit card. Called on the telephone in September and received a reservation confirm by fax but they would not specify the rate that far in advance. Many email inquiries later through the website went unanswered but finally received an email from kingsolomon@insrael.com confirming a $110 rate. I need to return to Netanya later this year and expect to stay there again, as considering all of the reviews it appears to be the best alternative choice for Netanya.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2009

This is a typical 3 star hotel in a beach resort. The staff are very good, and although therooms are small they are comfortable. The hotel is in process of refurbishment - so ask for a refurbed room.
The public areas are comfortable, and the food as expected. Breakfasts are the usual Israeli affair.

Internet access is free in the public areas.

Overall a good value hotel, in a popular resort

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Boyscot
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Reviewed 28 October 2008

We were staying in King Solomon for 2 weeks. Comparing it to other hotels of Netanya I would say it’s generally good for reasonable price. The location of the hotel is one of the best in Netanya – not far from city centre and at the same time the place is quiet and green. But as it was written before working buses could be a problem if you live in the first floors. They usually don’t turn the engine off staying under your open windows for half an hour or even more at 6-7 am. There are enough parking lots around the hotel.

Netanya is located on the cliff. So it would take 10-15 minutes walk to get to the beach which is 100 meters wide with clean sand, not overcrowded. The beach beds are available at 2 or 3 Baywatch points. But the sea is shallow in Netanya and at the same time it’s not calm. So bathing was forbidden by authorities to prevent swimmers from carrying away to the sea. In fact the people were bathing and there were just 2 or 3 days with enormous waves. It should be noted that the weather was excellent for the whole of our vacation with the shiny sky, warm water and the average air temperature 26-28 degrees Celsius.

I was satisfied with the service in the hotel and its staff. The rooms were cozy despite small sizes. Recently renovated they became slightly neglected up to my visit, especially bathrooms with their outdated hairdryers and chapped tiles. The balconies are small - they don’t have enough space for even 2 persons. The real problem of the hotel is the keycards. They simply don’t work although everybody gets them at check-in.

I had half board so I could say just about breakfast. It was under my expectations. Croissants, rolls, yoghurts, herring (just like everywhere in Israel), sometimes omelets. Coffee was not bad but the coffeemakers don’t work during Shabbat as well as other holidays. No fruits or dessert.

The lifts (incl. Shabat lift) were outdated. For instance, there were holes in the walls.

Couple of words about other hotels in Netanya (no matter their prices). Ginot Yam, which is best rated here, actually is a small hotel with little rooms that have no balconies. I would never stay there. Park Hotel had crumbled advertise on the wall and defective lights at the entrance. I doubt if they have a good service inside.

Some advices. Don’t stay in the first five floors. The sea view from the upper rooms is much better. Don’t stay at the rooms number 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800 (they don’t dispose to the sea), 901, 902, 903, 904. Last for ones are located close to the noisy lift engines so you will hear them all through the night.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2008

very friendly staff. breakfast below standard expected, bathrooms need upgrading, small towels, bedsheets/ blanket badly fitting, electronic key card didnt work, generally clean, price reasonable.

Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 21 September 2008

Food and service were good. The views of the nearby beach are beautiful and easy to see from the rooms. We enjoyed staying here.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: 18 Ha-Ma'apilim, Netanya 4226452, Israel
Region: Israel > Central District > Netanya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Netanya
Price Range: £98 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — King Solomon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 102
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