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Gai Beach Resort Spa Hotel
Ranked #9 of 39 Hotels in Tiberias
Reviewed 5 May 2011

I travel to Israel annually as a pastor, leading groups here. In the past we have stayed at the Holiday Inn and the Leonardo Palace. Gai Beach is awful. To begin with, the gym doesn't open until 9 and closes at 7, so when we return from touring each day, it's time for the gum and pool and hot tub to close. But this is far from the worst thing about this hotel. The gym manager ordered me out of the gym because he didn't judge my shoes to be acceptable sports shoes for the gym. However, a middle eastern woman was there with pink house shoes on. I had on crocks. He was extremely rude. It was a very clear double standard. The lady could stay... But I was an American so I could get out! I had 28 people traveling with me this year. They'll never have our business again. If you're, stay away. You're not welcome. I highly recommend the Leonardo!

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed 5 January 2011

We organize trips to Israel annually. Gai Beach is our required hotel in Tiberius. Have use a number of others and this one has no downside. New, modern, well designed, etc., etc. Customer service could always be better, but that's true almost everywhere outside USA. Overall a terrific hotel

  • Stayed: December 2010
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2  Thank jimdavisAtlanta
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Reviewed 26 October 2010

Stayed in Gai Beach 10 years ago and it was great then. This year it didn't disapoint me. The setting is amazing, overlooking the Sea of Tiberius. The room was clean with a view of the pool area and sea. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. The food was excellent with plenty of choice. At night we walked into the centre of Tiberius and watched an excellent laser light show. A very pleasant place to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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2  Thank EvieVee
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Reviewed 20 October 2010

The worst thing about this hotel was that we only stayed for one night. Service was good, we had nice room overlooking the sea of Galilee.

We also ordered dinner in house, which is buffet style, and dinner was of a good quality, breakfast was good.

The attached water park is good, but just a pity they did not open promptly at 9:30 am as advertised.

It is a bit far from town compared to some other waterfront hotels in Tiberias, but that is not such a bad thing, as the hotel has all the amenities one needs

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

Don't know about the hotel, we stayed 25 minutes north at Midreshet HaGolan in Hispin (great georgous hostel like hotel - all rooms, no hotel amenities, but georgous and clean) Water park was great one fo several in the area, very laid back, plastic lawn chairs in the water (google people's pics), kids had a great time. NOTE - open on Shabbos, cooked food is NOT GLATT, bring your own food, but you can purchase drinks, nosh, ices, ice cream. My young kids went on all the slides with and without my husband, and there's sandy beachfront to the kinneret too. NOTE - the Health Department in Israel enforces a no clothing policy in public pools (this includes hotel pools) that is made of cotton (for various reasons, sucking out chlorine supposedly is one of them) so ladies get yourself an AquaModesta.com 3/4 sleeve bathing suit dress because they will only let you in to the water with slinky type skirts AND SHIRTS, no cotton!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2010

Our family stayed at the Hof Gai over the end of Passover in April of 2010 during a tour through the North of Israel. The hotel was clean and the views were beautfiul, as were the pool and outdoor grounds, and the staff was pretty friendly for the most part. The room was attractive and clean, and the beds were very comfortable (even the pull-out couch for the kids), though overall the room was pretty small & /cramped for a family of four. The food, as others have pointed out, was quite good/high quality, and pretty varied, though a number of dishes on the buffet were repeated after a day or two (though that may have had to do with the fact that it was Passover.)

The water park next door was fun for the family with water slides and a wave pool, and much more relaxed in terms of dress code/integration of men & women, whereas the hotel had much stricter religious observance (i.e. women and men cannot swim together in the hotel pool, the pool is closed on Sabbath/holiday, women should dress more conservatively) at least during the period we stayed. The water park is also open on Sabbath/holidays and open to the public. We tried to use the spa when we arrived and the materials said it would be open, but we found out after we arrived that they were not available on the Sabbath or the holiday.

The lobby, which is nice with good views of the Kinneret, also has public WiFi, which is not accessible in the rooms.

The rate we paid during Passover was very high and I am not sure it's quite worth the rack rate we paid, though when you factor in the fact that 3 meals/day were covered in the price, it becomes at least a little more reasonable.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

I stayed at the Gai Beach Hotel for 3 nights in March of 2009 while on a pilgrimage through the Holy Land in Israel and the West Bank. The Gai was beautiful. It is in the northern part of the country right on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. It has a huge, open lobby with a general seating area with couches, making it a good meeting point for groups, as well as an additional seating area with tables and chairs and a bar.

My room was a decent size and it had a queen-size bed, desk, small couch, cable TV, good sized bathroom with all the amenities, and a wonderful view of the Sea of Galilee where I could see the sun rise and set every morning and evening! Truly amazing! It was a good location and jumping-off point to start a pilgrimage.

I traveled as part of a group via motor coach, and yes, you would need transportation to get to the sites around the Galilee area including Magdala, Cana, Nazareth and Capernaum.

Breakfast and dinner in the evenings consisted of large buffets of food: salads, side dishes, desserts, meats and fish, fruits, yogurts, breads of all different types, eggs, etc. They had something to appeal to every taste.

I would recommend the Gai Beach Hotel!

  • Stayed: March 2009
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Additional Information about Gai Beach Resort Spa Hotel

Address: Eliezer-Kaplan 1 | P. O. Box 274, Tiberias 1426671, Israel
Region: Israel > Northern District > Galilee > Tiberias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Tiberias
#7 Luxury Hotel in Tiberias
#7 Spa Hotel in Tiberias
Price Range: £143 - £270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gai Beach Resort Spa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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