Sleep in the Past, Wake Up in the Future

Written by
Nava Marton

A gorgeous new building recently became a part of Haifa's stunning urban landscape - the Schumacher Hotel in the heart of the German Colony, in a preserved and reconstructed Templer building. The boutique hospitality experience offered is peaceful and pampering, all a short walk from the city center and its attractions 

Long ago, Haifa shook its sleepy image and is now known as a cosmopolitan city attracting both locals and foreign tourists. They keep on coming to enjoy the numerous interesting cultural attractions, the beautiful beaches and the bubbling nightlife – all great reasons for the opening of a new hotel in the city.

The Schumacher Hotel, which opened less than a year ago at the hands of entrepreneur and owner David Be'eri, stands in the midst of Haifa's beautiful German Colony. Part of the hotel is still the original building dating back to the 1930s and belonging to the Schumacher family, members of the German Templers who settled in the city. Adjoining the old stone building, which has been preserved and rebuilt, is a six-story modern structure that creates an elegant and natural connection between old and new. 

The Schumacher Hotel @ Itai Sikolsky

The unique atmosphere of the hotel and the neighborhood can already be felt at the entrance, which passes through an expanse of well-kept garden with places to sit, leading to the lovely design of the lobby area, dotted with works of art that are contemporary, colorful, original and local.

A passion for hospitality

The hotel's 40 rooms are divided into three categories: Classic, Classic with a Terrace, and Superior, located in the new building, and three suites in the original structure. Some rooms have a view of the city's houses, others of the green Carmel ridge and the Baha'i Gardens, and the blue of the Mediterranean and Haifa Port. Room design is modern and minimalistic, creating a pleasant energy and each are equipped with a full range of accessories, including an espresso machine from Israel's Aroma House. Breakfast for guests is served either in the Shtrudel Restaurant or at Aroma, both located on the central boulevard a few minutes walk from the hotel. Snacks are also available in the hotel's well-designed lobby from 7 to 10 a.m. from Sunday to Friday, and at the 6-8 p.m. evening Happy Hour.

Those interested in relieving some pressure can order up a refreshing massage (Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology and more) in the treatment room on the lower (-1) floor or just grab some rest on one of the tanning beds located on the roof, which has the added bonus of a really great view. 

The Schumacher Hotel @ Itai Sikolsky

The hotel's central location makes it very easy for guests to step out of the bubble of tranquility into the city's bustle, discovering all that Haifa has to offer. The German Colony's main boulevard, a 5-minute stroll away, is brimming with restaurants, cafes and shops. What's more, it leads directly to the Baha'i Gardens. There are always interesting exhibitions and shows at the Haifa Museum of Art and Artists' House, a mere 20-minute walk away, and it's less than 3 kilometers to the Haifa Theater and the Madatech Museum of Science. Also close at hand: The Bat Galim seaside promenade (a 15-minute walk) and the Lower City and revitalized Hanamal Road, offering bars, restaurants, shopping and art galleries. Another interesting way to spend a morning is a visit to Wadi Nisnas (signing up for a food tour is recommended) or a ride to the top of the mountain to catch the view from Stella Maris.

At Schumacher they say that what stands behind the hotel experience is a passion for hospitality, the importance of a authentically warm atmosphere and the drive to create a truly unforgettable experience for guests. Naturally, that includes businesspeople, who can find everything they need, including a room for special events and meetings. A couple's weekend at the Schumacher verified those promises as an optimal blend for a romantic interlude that was rich in experiences.

The Schumacher Hotel, 25 Lohamei Hagetaot Street, 04-8806070.

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