Israel’s Dan Carmel Haifa Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Dan Carmel HaifaIsrael’s historic Dan Carmel hotel, set atop Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean port city of Haifa, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

Opened in 1963 as the only five-star hotel in northern Israel, the Dan Carmel has hosted a wide range of international dignitaries and celebrities in its 50-year existence, from US President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and King Badouin of Belgium to movie stars Sophia Loren, Peter Finch, Peter Ustinov,  Melina Mercouri, Joan Fontaine and author James Michener, among others.

The focal point of the Dan Carmel’s semicentennial anniversary is last year’s massive 19-million dollar renovations, which featured the redesigning of the hotel’s 227 rooms and suites to include 42” flat screen TVs, over-sized bathrooms and modern furnishings, as well as panoramic views of the Carmel region, Galilee and Mediterranean Sea.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the Dan Carmel’s 50th anniversary during such  a pivotal time in the hotel’s history,” says Rafi Baeri, VP of Marketing and Sales, Dan Hotels. “Travelers will find that the Dan Carmel offers a unique combination  of luxury, elegance and history unlike any property in northern Israel.”

The Dan Carmel also includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the “UNESCO World Heritage” Baha’i Shrine and Gardens, the German Colony and a dozen+ museums.

The city of Haifa has evolved more and more into a must-see destination for international travelers arriving in Israel. The city has recently reconstructed its historic German Colony, Old Turkish Bazar, and next year, will complete the transformation of its Mediterranean harbor into a pedestrian-friendly promenade modeled after the port  cities of Barcelona and Vancouver.