Hotel Review: The Acco Beach Hotel, Acre, Israel - a Middle Eastern Motel
Acco, Acre or Akko is an ancient city on the north coast of Israel, the city offers plenty to see including a lively market in the Old City, historical buildings and holy mosques. Just a little south at the entrance to Acco stands the Acco Beach Hotel.
Acco Beach Hotel is situated between the Old City of Acco and Haifa, some people prefer to stay here when they are visiting Haifa to avoid the big noisy city as it is only a short drive away. The hotel has an amazing view of the sea as it is literally on the beach and from the balcony above the lobby you can see both Haifa on one side and the Old City of Acco on the other.
The Acco Beach Hotel is next to the Palm Beach Hotel Acre which is a larger hotel which offers more extensive facilities and services but for a short stay while passing through from north to south the Acco Beach Hotel will meet all your needs. The Akko Beach Hotel feels a little like a Middle Eastern version of a motel and was renovated in 2010 to bring it to it's present state. The hotel is composed of rows of rooms, two floors high, each with a balcony (most without a view) and between the rows are open paved public areas. You can see the sea almost from anywhere in the paved area.
Acco Hotel Rooms
The 81 hotel rooms in the Acco Hotel are small I would even go so far as to say they are extremely small. In an effort to give each room an accessible balcony (about a meter square) the rooms have strange angles and this limits the space. The bathrooms too are efficient but not pampering in any way. You have a large shower but no bath and a toilet hidden behind the bathroom door.
In each Acco Hotel room there is a fridge, tea and coffee station, safe, telephone, en-suit bathroom(shower), large LCD TV ; air-conditioning, free WiFi and there are some rooms with wheelchair access. The colors of the rooms are beautiful beige and light greens and blues. The hotel room floors are all ceramic tiles which tend to make the rooms cold, this is great in summer but if you want to cuddle up during winter you may want to look for a hotel with a warmer décor. The metal and plastic chairs in the rooms don't add to the cold feeling of the room although tiled floors and plastic furniture is ideal when you have just run in from the beach.
There are slightly larger suits, single rooms and rooms with adjoining doors for families. You cannot, nor would you want to squeeze more than one extra child into a parent's room – there just isn't room. There are also 6 larger more luxurious suites. The walls are made of dry wall which is a little unusual for Israeli hotels where most buildings are brick, take this into consideration if noise bothers you and you are traveling in summer.
Hotel Public Areas
The hotel was refurbished in 2010 and is in very good condition, it is sparkling clean and everything still looks new including fixtures and bathrooms. The lobby has more than enough space to sit and hang out and there are also plenty of sitting areas outside in the Mediterranean style patios.
One of the biggest plus points of the Acc Beach Hotel is the large pool. The pool is not operated year round but during the summer months it is in use.
The Acco Beach Hotel food is fine but nothing to write home about. You will enjoy the food but not love it. The food is standard Israeli hotel fare.
If you are looking for a convenient location between Haifa and the Old City of Acco, with breath taking views then Acco Beach Hotel is a good choice. Don't expect anything special but it is definitely acceptable and spotlessly clean, well staffed and can meet you minimum hotel needs. Acco Beach Hotel makes a better summer hotel than winter due to the Mediterranean décor which keeps the rooms cool and hassle free.
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