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See the Sea of Galilee From Your Balcony At Poriya

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  Site Where: Tiberias, Israel
February 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

You may have heard of something called the Sea of Galilee, which is actually a lake (Israel's largest freshwater lake, in fact), which is also called the Kinneret in Hebrew, and which makes several big cameos in a book called the Bible.

Jesus, who spent a lot of time here, never really had the option of staying at nice hotels, or snapping photos of the view from his balcony. However, for travelers like us, a killer hotel view is one of the supreme joys of visiting new places. Which is why the Poriya Guest House made such an impression on us during a recent trek through Israel.

Built way, way up at the top of Poriya Mountain (you need a car to get here) on the western side of the lake, Poriya Guest House is an unpretentious 18-room hotel with basic amenities like WiFi, HD TVs, tiled bathrooms, a spacious lobby, and a dining room serving kosher meals. Nothing too special about the design or the service (extra beds fold out of the walls, making the place attractive to groups of backpackers), but what is special about this place are the incredible views of Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, and nearby Switzerland Forest.

Almost all rooms offer balconies that face the water, and when we woke up in the morning with the sun reflecting off the same surface that Jesus supposedly walked on, it was definitely one of those 'Aha' travel moments.

Due to the incredibly steep landscape of the surrounding area, and the hotel's location at the top of the mountain, Poriya Guest House is the perfect way to experience some of northern Israel's natural beauty, outside of the craziness of Tel Aviv, and for way less money.

Rooms start at around $98 USD, with the option of staying in one of the central building guest rooms, or a private wooden cabin. Breakfast and WiFi are included.

[Photo: Yourway]

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