For 40 years, the Dan Carmel has reigned as Haifa's most important and luxurious hotel. The lobby is a wonderful example of 1950s decor -- a style just now reaching the age to be appreciated for nostalgic as well as interesting aesthetic value. There are spacious public areas overlooking beautiful gardens, marvelous vistas from virtually all guest rooms, and a large country club-style outdoor swimming pool that gets temptingly warm in late summer. Most rooms need updating (standard rooms especially), and there are extra charges for better views, but the staff is one of the most helpful in Israel, food services are good, and a stay here is always pleasant. For suites or executive rooms, there's a rooftop business lounge with a fireplace, dazzling views from its terrace, and a running light buffet; the in-house Rondo Restaurant, when open, is the most elegant kosher choice in Haifa. Children's activities are good.
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- Highly Recommended 2010