Founded in 1959, the family-run Shtarkman Erna hotel in Nahariya, a northernmost coastal city in Israel, was recently renovated by interior designer Batya Buchnik. This quaint property is considered a “family hotel” according to its third-generation owners and now exudes a well-balanced mix of modern design and European influence.
Situated steps from the renowned beach, promenade and town center, the charming Shtarkman Erna Hotel is popular with families and business travelers alike. The hotel is located in a culturally-rich area near a hub of attractions including a performing arts center, playground, botanical zoological gardens and more.
As you enter the lobby, framed photography illustrates the historical past of the property and its owners. By descending a few steps, you arrive in the intimate library area which offers books in various languages and features a table-for-two with chess set.
Just off this nook is the shared living room and dining space which is well-appointed and reflective of traditional European culture. Heirloom collections of pictures, books and music from the original German founders were gracefully restored contributing to the serene and elegant ambiance. In the living room, rustic brick pillars, warm wood floors, tasteful rugs and glowing sconces contribute a cozy vibe to the space, while rich textures like velvet and mixed wood furnishings (some painted in cheerful hues) add a luxurious touch. The dining room features several tables which welcome communal gatherings for the bountiful Israeli breakfast served each morning.
The 30 rooms are categorized by Superior, which features king bedding and a mod kitchenette, to the more traditional Classic and Executive accommodations. Furnishings and design elements are contemporary, featuring dark wood flooring and sleek seating. Each room possesses themed color accents including framed, flat-screen televisions with coordinating lacquer shelving, which add a refreshing vibe. Amenities include Egyptian cotton bedding, plush robes and slippers, Wi-Fi, workstations, as well as modern showers and Jacuzzi baths in some rooms. Bathrooms are airy with light tiling, white geometric basins and gleaming chrome finishes.
As part of the refurbishment, a new wing was also added, while a private garden adds a relaxing, outdoor component to the property. Meeting space is also available for business travelers or private family events.
With a modern interior design rooted in rich family tradition, the Shtarkman Erna Hotel is an Israeli gem waiting to be rediscovered.