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Israel’s The Efendi Hotel

Jul 1, 2016
2016

Arrival/Check-In: Coming from Caesarea and stopping in Haifa to see the beautiful Baha’i Shrine and Gardens, we entered the Crusader port of Acre. Here you truly feel you are in the Middle East — and the Middle Ages. Getting to The Efendi is a little challenging; you park on Ha-Hagana Street opposite the city wall and walk to the property. Once you arrive, the staff brings your bags from the car to the hotel, about two blocks through a narrow passageway/tunnel that could be in a scene from Gladiator. This introduction to a magnificent and historic property truly set the mood for our stay. At the front desk, staff checked us in, served us date juice and offered a tour on the way to our rooms. The hotel’s 12 suites occupy two buildings, 600-year-old Ottoman palaces converted and renovated with a $5 million budget. The historical general meeting areas feature hand-painted ceilings and an original restored Turkish bath. Artisans from Italy handled the restoration of the ceilings and a large fresco of İstanbul. Modern art adds an eclectic twist to the historic property. Guest Quarters: Our room overlooked the alleyway and offered views of the Mediterranean Sea. The entry hallway, elevated a few steps above the bedroom, held a large armoire that provided room to hang clothing, a hair dryer, robes and a coffee/tea pot. Just beyond, the bathroom featured a lovely large soaking tub and a gigantic separate shower; marble tile on the walls and floor offered a subtle contrast to blazing white bathroom fixtures. L’Occitane toiletries were tastefully displayed on a glazed plate with a fish design. Down the steps to the main room, a sitting area held two chairs and a table where I set up shop. The comfortable king-sized bed featured a stylish spread draped over the top. A dressing table flanked the opposite wall. Services/Amenities: Everyone was there to please us, and the hotel manager made sure we had Israeli wine as we watched the birds fly back to their roosts with the sun’s orange glow setting over the city below. The owner of The Efendi Hotel, Uri Buri (Uri Jeremias), suggested we have dinner at none other than Uri Buri restaurant, where he recommended every course and wine selection. The calamari, fish and vegetable dishes were all wonderful, and Uri Buri surprised us with his wit, stories of the hotel and his dreams. This is a must-stop in Acre and part of the hotel experience; one does not exist without the other. The restaurant sits a short walk from the hotel, near the famous Acre Lighthouse at the end of the promenade. Don’t miss breakfast, one of the most spectacular experiences with fresh fruit and eggs made to order by the helpful staff. Enjoy the freshly baked breads, the coffee and juices. The Experience: If you want to experience a feeling of Ben-Hur with all the modern conveniences while witnessing one man’s passion for perfection, you must try The Efendi Hotel. My only regret: We should have spent several nights here, perhaps enjoying the Spa & Hammam and the Turkish bath.

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The Efendi Hotel

Louis IX Street P.O.B. 2503 Old Acre 24124, Israel tel 972 74 7299799 efendi-hotel.co.il

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