Northern Israel is full of fascinating history and preserved ruins, vibrant natural beauty, and tranquil escapes; that’s why we’ve curated a list of the best hotels in northern Israel to help you plan your next escape. Explore from one of the areas below, or hop from region to region to make sure you don’t miss a single site! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa getaway or an adventurous weekend, you’re sure to find something to do in northern Israel.
A melting pot of starkly different cultures throughout the ages, having been inhabited by a number of peoples, from the Knights Templar and their underground tunnels, to the Ottomans and their Acre Fortress, Akko is a truly unique blended city. Marrying the antique and the modern, this city offers visitors quaint winding alleyways, sparkling azure waters, and a feeling of coexistence between a number of ethnicities and religions that is hard to find. This city is a hidden gem that doesn’t get nearly enough attention, be sure not to miss it on your travels, and learn more about what you can do in Akko.
A romantic suite at the Akotika Boutique Hotel
This gorgeous boutique hotel is truly unique, with each room tailored to the needs of the individual guests, from cozy romantic suites to open apartments for small families. Each suite is completely unique, and offers one of a kind amenities like an underground wading pool, sunken tubs, and a dry sauna. The rooftop terrace offers expansive views across the Mediterranean and the fisherman’s port that lines the coast. The central location next to the old city and minutes away from Akko’s main attractions make it the perfect launching pad for your adventures.
HaHagana 2, Akko, 2431417, Israel
The breathtaking lobby of the meticulously restored Efendi Hotel
This carefully restored hotel is a combination of two ancient houses that were restored and united into one gorgeous hotel under the supervision of the Antiquities Authority. This gem of a hotel is the long-held dream of the chef and proprietor, Uri Jeremias, who is one of the top-ranked chefs in the entire country. Keeping with tradition, this boutique hotel offers access to a traditional hammam, a wine bar in the cellar that has stood since the times of the Crusaders, and picturesque frescoes that were painstakingly restored by artisans. The limited number of 12 rooms guarantees an intimate experience that you won’t want to pass on.
Louis IX St. P.O.B 2503, Old Acre 24124
Tzfat and Rosh Pina
These two cities both offer you the opportunity to step into the past and explore the mystical side of Israel. Tzfat, with its winding staircases that climb above the glittering waters below, is home to the Kabbalah center and a number of stunning art galleries and a gorgeous Artist’s Quarter, as well as the impressive Citadel that rises over 1,000 meters above sea level, and is great to explore on foot. Rosh Pina is a secluded community that was built by Baron Rothschild, rife with history and lush gardens. Be sure to check out Nimrod’s Lookout for panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and the local craftsmen that offer handmade soap, ceramics, and pop art. While they both offer a respite from busy city life, they’re also great bases to explore northern Israel’s expansive offerings. Step off the beaten path and see a new side of Israel.
Ruth Safed Hotel
One of the outdoor terraces at the Ruth Safed Hotel
This magnificent hotel is not only located in the heart of the Old City of Tzfat, but on the remains of an 800 year old inn, continuing to take advantage of its charming location. Its romantic atmosphere, stunning panoramic views, authentic ancient architecture, and a charming restaurant located in the heart of an orchard are all great reasons to visit. The simple but comfortable rooms offer the perfect place to refresh after a day of sightseeing, with views of the thriving hotel gardens or the nearby Artist’s Colony.
Tet Zayin St 1a, Artist Colony, Zefat
Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel
A luxury suite at the Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel
This hotel is consistently ranked as one of the top spa hotels for retreats in Israel, and it isn’t hard to see why. The grounds are surrounded on all sides by wild forests and sprinkled with their own orchards, herb gardens, and streams. This is a tranquil escape from everything, and compromises nothing in its quest for luxury. Note that children under the age of 10 are not allowed at the hotel. After one of the extensive treatment offerings at the spa, from Ayurvedic massage to couples packages, be sure to enjoy an organic meal at their celebrated restaurant run by chef Erez Komarovsky. Indulge at this luxury retreat tucked off the beaten path.
Safed Rd 89 Pob 130, Rosh Pina 120000 Israel
Golan Heights and the Galilee
The Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee, known locally as the Kinneret, draw many in with their rugged beauty and the profusion of Biblical Sites. Visit Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus, Capernaum, where Christ did a majority of his preaching, the Sea of Galilee, where he walked on water, and Ein Sheva, also known as Tagbha, and the spot where Jesus allegedly multiplied the loaves and fishes. The area is also covered with lush nature preserves, like the Hula Valley and Gamla, numerous trails on which you can hike or bike Mount Arbel or Mount Hermon, and fun water activities, from kite surfing to lounging at a resort on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. If you need even more ideas, look at our list of our 5 favorite things to do in the north! Get away from it all in the serene north on your next trip to Israel.
Merom Golan Resort
Panoramic views from the terrace of Merom Golan
Located on the Kibbutz Merom Golan, this hidden resort offers guests a huge array of activities onsite, such as horseback riding, ATV tours, and art workshops with local craftsmen. While their spa and luxury restaurants are perfect for a couple’s retreat, the resort is very family-friendly and welcomes children of all ages. Surrounded by abundant vineyards and orchards, and offering a taste of their own produce and luxuriant wines from Ramat HaGolan, you’re sure to have a decadent farm-to-table experience dining at the first Israeli settlement in the Golan heights.
Kibbutz Merom Golan, Merom Golan, 12436
One of the beautifully appointed rooms at the Magdala Hotel
Nestled in the first century town of Magdala on the shores of the Galilee, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene and covered with well-preserved ruins of the original city and synagogue, the Magdala Hotel offers a distinctly incredible experience for all of their guests. With views over the crystalline waters of the Kinneret and looking across to the slopes of Mount Arbel, this hotel’s breathtaking location is more than enough to draw visitors. Add in their luxurious amenities, from the mouth watering dishes at Tarichaea and the pristine pool, and there’s no reason not to come and enjoy their relaxing rooms.
Migdal Junction P.O. Box 366 1495000 Migdal, Israel