One sign on the building calls this place the Ga’aton Motel. Another calls it the Gat’aton Hotel. At night, the part-illuminated sign just says “HO.” It’s more of a “ho” than anything. As in “ho, ho, ho.” Neither a hotel nor a motel. There is no breakfast provided, virtually no “amenities” – we’ll come to that later - and beds like boards. The rooms are small, with inadequate space to store or spread anything out. The cleaner, Mr. Moti's wife, comes in only every few days so expect to have to empty your bins sometimes. The worst aspect is the small broom-cupboard-like space which is a combined shower and toilet, the floor of which is more or less permanently soaked as there is no shower tray. The length of the combined shower and toilet is approx 166 cms. (five feet four inches)with a maximum width of about 77 cms. (two feet five ins) . That’s measured from where the toilet waste pipe comes out of the wall. The usable space is much less as the WC takes up about a third of it. If you are sitting on it, your trouser bottoms getting soaked, your head touches the shower curtain. So, as some of these hostel-like so-called hotels in Israel don’t seem to have grasped the notion that the water from showers can easily be contained in a tray, and drained away without flooding the entire floor, the shower/toilet enclosure is awkward and annoying in the extreme. In our first room the shower drain was not properly designed to facilitate drainage, so we were forever slopping water about. The makeshift solution was to put towels down, one to stop some of the floor flooding and another to stand on to stop some of the water getting on our clothes. You had to get dressed and undressed outside this ridiculous space. Unless you are prepared to buy three expensive meals a day out you need to have some form of cooking facility. There’s a kettle and fridge in the room but that’s about it. There is a sort of communal kitchen. The large, rough-looking fridge is full of junk. Not a fridge as such….(!) There is a microwave, where I managed to make porridge (oatmeal) . But there is zero provision of any cooking utensils. No so much as a plastic spoon or plate, let alone saucepans, knives and forks etc. We were only able to eat here by borrowing bowls, spoons and so forth from our family, who live nearby.Unless you are prepared to fly the Atlantic/Med with a case full of dishes and so on, forget eating at this “ho.” You might not be amused. The two of us paid 280 Shekels a night for a twin-bedded room, about £62 at the rate of exchange we got, or about $78, depending on the rate of exchange. Anywhere in North America or the UK, where we have stayed in many hotels, you would get a reasonable hotel with excellent facilities and breakfast for that. Plus comfortable beds and a proper bathroom, with shower trays. I got up in the early hours one morning to use the toilet, only to find all the power off. The same was true all down our wing. Around 6 am a Hebrew speaking lady got through to the owner, followed his instructions at the Consumer Unit and got the lights back on. They went off again and once more she got them on. When we saw Moti, the owner, that afternoon he had the cheek to ask me what I had been doing to cause the lights to fail! Well, sleeping actually. Of course, this can be seriously disruptive to the electrical system…..The lights also went out the next night. In Israel, which urgently needs some professionally-run American or UK hotel chains to come here and provide a good service with proper, modern facilities, the Motel is relatively inexpensive. Which shows you that in some ways Israel is still a young, developing country with a long way to go.…
Was told not to expect anything special but it was perfect for our 1 night stay. The manager was friendly and helpful and even showed us a few rooms and let us choose which one we liked best and helped us rearrange furniture to accommodate our baby. Clean and each room has a fridge with complementary bottle of water which is a nice touch and rarely seen these days. Bed was super comfy too. Cant fault the place at all!
This modest hotel is VERY convenient location to beach, town, shopping, night life, restaurants. Easy to get to. Parking is easy and block away. Room was clean and comfortable. Great refrigerator, electric kettle, small table. Our window overlooking boulevard and almost beach. Still quiet for sleeping. Comfortable air too. Motti, host, is always conscientious to make sure we have everything we need! Thank you for great visit :-)))
A group of 9 of us booked 4 rooms for a night. The snobbier ones were shocked initially but nobody could fault the cleanliness or friendliness of the owner who couldn't have done more to make us feel as home. We were all totally won over by his hospitality and that 'nothing was a problem' attitude. I'd definitely go back if it was another pit-stop holiday... Or a long term place to base oneself as there are self catering facilities available. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and even a supermarket nearby. Moty is a charming man who cares deeply about his hotel/motel. And his joie de vivre is infectious!
I, as an American citizen, am not supposed to pay the 17% VAT tax. However, the manager of the hotel, after promising me to refund that money after he sees my passport, stiffed me. He was rude and abrupt with me and my tour guide. Beware fellow non-Israeli citizen travelers.