The Best Hotels in Tiberias, in Israel
The Sea of Galilee from Capernaum, Israel | © Middle East / Alamy Stock Photo
Undulating hills, gorgeous coastline and Roman history, the lively city of Tiberias, in Israel has it all. This ancient metropolis – built in the first century and named after the Roman emperor Tiberius – has a wealth of sites to explore. Choose from one of these hotels as your base, with everything from charming traditional architecture to stunning views of the Sea of Galilee on offer.
The Scots Hotel
Luxury, Spa Hotel
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A grand basalt-brick facade and lush gardens offering privacy from the outside world, make this luxury property a sought-after spot. The characterful hotel was built in the late 19th century and originally served as a hospital before a grand renovation. Bedrooms in the original wings feature exposed-brick walls and four-poster beds. Dip your toe in the outdoor pool and gaze at the Sea of Galilee from your lounger. The spa is another highlight, as is the cracking wine cellar and bar.
U Boutique Kinneret by the Sea of Galilee
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Skip out of bed and straight to the waters at this stylish boutique on the Sea of Galilee. Rooms exude contemporary flair; floor-to-ceiling glass patio and balcony doors offer highly Instagrammable panoramas of the glistening lake beyond. Unwind at the private white-sand beach or take a dip in the swimming pool. The spa will further your state of relaxation. On the food front, the restaurant serves mouth-watering local delicacies with indoor and outdoor seating available.
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Perched on a hilltop, this upscale hotel boasts sublime lake views. It’s also a fantastic spot if you’re a keen hiker, with a network of trails on the doorstep. Bike riding is another popular activity in the area and there are plenty of historical sites to see on your way, such as the 13th-century Tomb of Maimonides pilgrimage site. After a day exploring, the bright, contemporary bedrooms make for a great spot to unwind. To refuel, head to the restaurant where the menu showcases traditional fare.
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The rooms at this boutique hotel offer plenty of space with which to play. Highlights include elegant parquet flooring, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. Head to your balcony to soak up views of the ground-floor swimming pool or the Sea of Galilee. Take a stroll to the beach and head back to the hotel restaurant for some Mediterranean delights. In the morning, there’s an Israeli buffet with a plentiful spread on offer.
Astoria Galilee Hotel
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If you love an active holiday, this hotel makes for a super comfortable and convenient basecamp to explore the surrounding area. You don’t have to venture far to find everything from surf lessons and stand-up paddleboard river tours to ATV rides and hot air balloon flights. On the accommodation front, there are 100 rooms spread over three floors, with muted tones giving a cosy feel. The family-style dining room rustles up bountiful breakfasts and dinners, with lunch on request.
Villa Europe 1917
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As the name suggests, this unique hotel has been hosting guests for more than 100 years. Many of the original basalt-rock walls still exist within the hotel, transporting you back to the early 20th century. The historical theme runs through to the spa where you can enjoy a pampering experience. The restaurant is equally as characterful, with dishes such as sofrito, calzone and fresh fish on offer. And for those who fancy a spot of retail therapy, it’s a short hop to plenty of shops.
Caesar Premier Tiberias
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Calm the body and mind at this expansive hotel which has a state-of-the-art spa. Choose from a variety of treatments, with everything from mud therapy to reflexology on the menu. After a soothing massage, enjoy the comfortable confines of one of the 220 spacious, well-designed rooms. They all come with spectacular views towards the Sea of Galilee and the hilly Golan Heights area. There are also seven luxurious suites – two of them presidential, if you fancy elevating your holiday experience.
Shirat Hayam Boutique Hotel
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On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, this dinky hotel dating to the mid-19th century is aesthetically pleasing with a neat exterior and basalt-rock detailing. There are just 11 rooms, with antique interiors transporting you back in time. The suites include balconies and whirlpools at the foot of the bed. Nearby attractions include an open-air sculpture museum and the Yigal Allon promenade where you can find fish restaurants and a light show come nightfall.
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Make this welcoming spot your basecamp to explore the area. The hostel has a friendly atmosphere, making it the perfect place to check into if you’re travelling alone. There is a mix of private and shared rooms with clean interiors. Fancy hitting a local brewery, hiking in the hills or abseiling down a creek? Just nip to the reception where a member of staff can help tailor an action-packed day trip for you.
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Natural stone tiles, cave-like walls and grand four-poster beds create a whimsical feel at this tucked-away spot. The holiday complex, located just five minutes from the Sea of Galilee, includes several self-catering apartments with a barbecue on the terrace for cooking up a feast. The pearl of the place is a heated Turkish bath housed in a small grotto. There’s also a hot tub and indoor pool to help guests unwind.
These recommendations were updated on December 30, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.