Not Up to SnuffThough the Dan Carmel Hotel is touted as the best in Haifa, I found that this assessment is definitely off the mark. It is rated as a three-star hotel and though the signs are there that they're trying, some features I experienced clearly show they need to try harder.
One of their strongest attributes is that they are located on the lovely heights of Haifa along an convenient shopping and dining area. The biggest "wow" that I experienced was the view from our room. It overlooked the twinkling lights of the Bay of Haifa by night and was stunning in the morning light as well.
It is a loyally-staffed and friendly hotel with 204 rooms and 18 suites, Wi-Fi, pool, gym, sauna, lobby lounge, and laundry service. Where I became disappointed was in the outdated furnishings and decor and the thin walls. I continually heard conversations in the halls and adjoining rooms which were highly annoying. But, luckily, our stay was only for one night.
I would like to add though that in assessing this property or others in Israel, I'm prepared to give them a lot of latitude. After all, this is a country at war and they have other matters on their minds. But, they are to be admired for their fortitude and efforts to maintain normal life.
A large and delicious breakfast buffet is included with the room.