The Shirat Hayam Boutique Hotel lies on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, in front of the Golan Mountains scenery. This rare structure was built entirely of basalt blocks and arches typical of numerous Ottoman style constructions, and in 1850, it opened up with the name “Haifa hotel”. The hotel is among the first hotels to opened in Tiberias, in a time that hotels were called the names of cities in Palestine. In 1946, the hotel was hosted a famous Egyptian singer, Umm cul-tum, nicknamed “the star of of the East” and following the her visit – the hotel was renamed “Oriental star” After the establishment of Israel the famous artist Shimshon Holzman lived in in the building, where he created an art gallery that was available to visitors. Among the numerous bohemian visitors that stayed at the hotel, a few are many famous artists: Nahum Gutman, Reuven Rubin, Amos Yaskil, and obviously, Holtzman himself. One of the most famous paintings of the place drawn by Gutman called “the promenade in Tiberias”. For several years the hotel was reconstructed from its foundations, the unique rooms and porches were preserved and its now knows today as “Shirat Hayam” boutique hotel. Preserving the nature beauty of the structure, while creating a perfect harmony and well-planned integration between the old and the new, the compound provides an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in front of the scenery of the Sea of Galilee. Shirat Hayam Boutique Hotel is located on the “Yigal Allon” promenade in the city of Tiberias, on the shores of Lake Kinneret. The Hotel is located in the heart of an open museum where sculptures are displayed of the best-known sculptures, among them Ilana Goor, Amos Yaskil, Payne and many others, and represents the renewing core of the Tabernacle of culture and Arts.
The Dona Castle was built in 1745 by Chulaybee’s the older son of Dahar El Omar, the Bedouin ruler of the Galilee. The citadel was connected as part of the Ottoman wall that surrounded the city. Ancient walls of the castle are visible on the eastern wall of the citadel, engraved in the basalt stone. In 1837, a major, devastating earthquake destroyed much of the city. The walls of the city fell and the citadel damaged, later being restored. In 2007, the castle was purchased and underwent a lengthy process of restoration and reconstruction in order to convert into a boutique Hotel and artist workshops. The Castle was restored with great sensitivity while preserving all original features including restoring the original stone arches in the rooms and maintaining the original partition, they aim to give our guests a periodic and intimate experience that combines history and hospitality with the highest standards. The intimate structure allows groups or families to enjoy the entire castle for their own privacy.
The Scots Hotel was 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; 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 Lakewiew Spa wellness center with Turkish Haman, Gym, Sauna and a large variety of special spa treatments.