In Israel and Italy, we stayed in hotels that fit a range of likings. They were all suitable, however some were definitely better than other.
The way the Israel trip was done this year is that there was a 3 star trip and a 5 star trip. We all did the same stuff during the day, the only difference was the places we slept at night. CT3 and I made the decision that if we wanted to stay in the 5-star hotels, we would not go to Italy. That was the trade off. Italy and cheaper Israel hotels or no Italy. In my book that was an easy breezy decision.
My one challenge was knowing what I was missing out on. In my previous 3 trips to Israel, we have only stayed at the 5-star hotels. There was no option. That said, my view was slightly swayed since I knew the luxury that the others were going home to. Honestly, only one of the hotels were bad. The others were well worth the 3-star and I would stay in them again in a heartbeat.
Israel: first 3 nights
This was our room in Jerusalem. All of the hotels here have twin beds pushed together. Not so good for snuggling and CT3 and I quickly resorted to our own sides of the bed as we felt them separating and us falling between them!
Israel: Nights 4, 5 & 6
This hotel was the worst. It was like a glorified dorm room – if that. Our room smelled like smoke and was decorated with the wood paneling, single closet and mini desk in the corner. In fact, I think my dorm room was a step up from this.
Two pros about the hotel, first, it had free wireless and the fastest connection. Yay for communication. Second, we got CNN here and were able to watch the American New Years celebration on TV! Please excuse our messy luggage all over the place! I get like that when I travel!!
Our room when we walked in…
With the windows open, overlooking the Sea of Galilee! Gorgeous!
This room was by far our favorite of the trip. It was a shame we were there only one night. Our group stayed two, but since we left a day early to go to Italy, we only got one night in this great little refuge. It was the top floor, corner room. We got the hook up! Here are a few more pictures taken from our rooms view!
The evening overlooking the Sea
A cloudy morning overlooking the Sea
I cant complain. Though the 5-star hotels would have been the life of luxury, the 3-star were fine and we were able to use the amount of mula we saved to hop a flight to Italia!
In Italy, we were in one hotel the entire time. I was quite comfortable there and really enjoyed the location of the hotel and the pleasant atmosphere of the room and of the employees working there.
I really wanted to go to floor -1, however I managed to restrain myself. Besides, basements kind of freak me out.
Our European abode!
All of our hotels receive in A on the accommodations (with the exception of the dorm room look a like.) That one gets a C.
…One more post to finish up our trip documentation! The last post will be full of my favorite images that I have not posted in any of my other posts! I am REALLY glad I have all of this now journaled and REALLY glad I can get back to my normal blogs!