Before I go into details, let me clear one point. My review is based on a 2 night stay in the type of room called "Antique" room , upgraded from "Antique Garden" to "Antique View" for an agreed surcharge. The "View" meaning of course - the view of the Sea of Galielee or "Kinereth" in Hebrew.
I have absolutely no knowledge what the so called "Regular" rooms offer.
This said I'll start with the sincere welcome at the reception, even though, we arrived much too early, since I've booked a massage at the Lakeview Spa for 12 o'clock, despite the rooms being offered from 15:00 only. (This was cleared with Reservations in advance - and I made it clear, that I did not expect for the room to be ready!)
We've left the car opposite the reception, and proceeded to the Spa. After the massage, sitting in the "Petite Lounge" of the Spa sipping champagne, , it was hardly 13:00 when I was contacted on my mobile , that our room was ready.
We took the car, as instructed to the back of the building "The Doctor's House" and parked about 20 feet from the back entrance of the building.
The House is Antique, however the elevator is not.
Generally in whichever building you enter there is an elevator for your convenience.
As early as possible a lovely scent greets you in the elevator, and a large Hall, looking like a Knight's hall, on both the floors, with an enormous beautiful carpet.
The room is scented too, there are just 4 really large rooms on each of the 2 floors, and so each - same as mine - a corner room, with 2 windows facing the Sea of Galilee and 2 more the passage leading up to the building.
I won't describe the interior of the room, since you can see it in the website of the Hotel, and there is exact resemblance to the pictures. High ceiling, comfy bed, coffee table and armchairs, a desk and an armchair.
A little fridge, an Espresso with with coffee capsules, vintage china for the espresso and larger cups for tea. Speciality tea varieties in a little wooden box.
The bathroom awaits you of course with bathrobes and slippers, the l'Occitane toiletries on the marble shelf and 2 live (not man-made!) carnations in the vase.
2 shower heads above the bathtub ( one rain type) compete the picture with a real houseplant in front of the large opaque window of the bathroom.
For lunch we proceeded to the Bar, where , for a very reasonable price we had a huge plate of cheeses and salami, with tomatoes, and fresh hot rolls.
In the room a welcome gift of delicacies awaited for us: 3 little jars containing homemade jam, cheese, and olives. Two little boxes, with crackers and shortcake.
After a rest, we strolled in the gardens of the hotel, (Pool closed at 18:00) sat on the swing padded with a large mattress, and just enjoyed the quietness all around.
I have to stress, the cleanliness of every inch of the Hotel, the Garden, the paths in the gardens, everywhere.
For dinner, the restaurant offers a verity of meats, salads, etc. in buffet style, and without asking for it, a bottle of drinking water is brought to the table.
Breakfast is buffet style too, and the dishes offered - including an array of cakes- , is enormous.
Next to our room, was a large terrace with wicker chairs and a table, and of course the view of the Sea of Galilee at night. It was a pleasure to sit outside and breath the fresh air.
No need to mention the large plasma TV.
In the morning ,on the door handle the daily morning paper was hung, and later at the pools, towels provided ; for the lounge chairs too.
Well everything was excellent, whatever is promised in the website is kept and if I do need to confirm that I am human, and that there was something wrong, then it has to be the coffee itself at breakfast. It is the only thing that does not stand up to the luxury standards of the hotel.
But, hey, with all the kindness and courtesy of the staff, the effort to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, the coffee can surely be excused.
I might have elaborated upon the virtues of the hotel, but I've been to the Waldorf Astoria in N.Y, and the Nile - Elephant Island Oberoi in Egypt, so I do have some comparison.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- built by the Church of Scotland on the site of the over 120-years-old historical medical complex, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and overlooking the Golan Heights. The luxurious hotel is a unique fusion of 19th century basalt rock buildings dating from the time of the original hospital compound (offering 16 Antique rooms) and a modern building (offering 50 Unique and Deluxe rooms). For a culinary & a leisure experiences the hotel offers The Torrance Restaurant which is well known for the fine cuisine and rich gourmet food (non-kosher); the Gazebo Terrace with the beautiful botanical gardens overlooking the stunning vista of lake & mountains; the Ceilidh Bar with the authentic Scots Pub atmosphere; the Wine Cellar, the Visitor’s Centre and the LAKEVIEW SPA wellness center with Turkish Haman, Gym, Sauna and a large variety of special SPA treatments ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scots Hotel Tiberias