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Scots Hotel, Tiberias 

1 Gdud Barak Street
Tel: 972 4 671 0710
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Since the Scots Hotel opened in 2004 in the city of Tiberias, it has been a high-end retreat after a day of monument hopping for the Christian faithful on pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The Scots is housed in a former 19th-century hospital built by the Church of Scotland, with Arabic arches, cool courtyards, airy verandas with views of the sea, a cozy bar and lounge, and a restaurant that uses local produce. Most of the 69 rooms are in a modern wing with spare, standard decor to match, but 19 guest rooms are located in two of the original structures, where the exposed basalt walls and high ceilings lend the accommodations more character. The waterfront swimming pool and private beach on the Sea of Galilee are cooling escapes from the region's stifling summer heat. And the hotel's Church-affiliated management is on call to direct visitors to the area's numerous monasteries and historical sites. While the town itself is rather run-down, it's worth strolling along the waterfront promenade to enjoy the gorgeous lake views.

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