The SpaceI offer great value because there is only a ventilator/heater in the room (depending on time of year), no air conditioning. Air-conditioning only in the living room. Because the space is on the ground floor and surrounded by trees and garden, it is fairly cool in the summer heat.
The shower is adjoining to my dormitory, so you cannot access it once we have retired for the night, which is usually fairly early (around 7 p.m.)
As a rule, as long as the dormitory door is open, you can access the shower. But please check with me, as you have to step into our dormitory to do so and you may trespass on our privacy when doing so, or I may be in the bathroom myself.
You do have a toilet and a washbasin which is just for you (see pictures).
You get a room with garden view and sleep on a sofa bed. A chair will be there for you to place your clothes and a hanger for your clothes if you need. There is also a little table and a commode for clothes or other stuff.
You get access to the garden and terrace, where your breakfast will be served to you.
You are welcome to cook your own meals in the kitchen in the evenings.
Free WiFi. There are supermarkets in walking distance for you to buy food and a coffee shop, too, if you want to eat out.
The area is the best in Kiriat Yam. There are two stories family homes with gardens. There is a safe room in the building for emergencies and there is also a nightly patrol on regular intervals passing the neighborhood to ensure the safety of the houses and its inhabitants. The beach is in walking distance. Guest AccessI offered a guest room both in Haifa and in Netanya with sea view. You will be able to read the feedback left me from those two apartments.
While there is no sea view any longer, the beach is a mere 15 minute walk from the house (see picture).
You have the run of most of the house, except my dormitory, which you can cross when agreed upon to shower. Please do not enter it at will. The door is crooked and it has not been fixed yet and to close it properly one has to bang it. While I have the guests do that for their privacy, I don't. Usually the door of the dormitory will be partly closed to indicate that we are either sleeping, getting dressed, showering or doing other things in the bathroom...
The bath is off limits if the door to the dormitory is closed. I ask you to respect our privacy and not disturb us once we have retired, unless it is an urgency. (E.g. you being cold and needing more blankets in the winter, soldiers invading the country, someone bleeding profusely and requesting urgent medical care, etc.). In that case, you may knock the door and wait until it is answered.
The reason is fairly simple - I don't want to have to calm a screeching baby you woke up after I finally managed to get my sunshine to sleep.
But as a rule, the baby sleeps through the night and there is no crying to disturb your tranquility.
I will usually come out after the baby sleeps, unless I am so exhausted myself, I feel asleep right along with the baby. Every mother will tell you that this happens more often than you wish.
Speaking of baby - please do NOT come close to the baby before you are approached by her. Don't try to touch her. It can creep her out and then I have to soothe her instead of attending to your arrival needs.
You get a key to the house, so you can come and go as you please, when you please.
We only ask you not to bang doors. It breaks them and it is very unpleasant at night hours.
In no way do you have access to any technology you see in the house. Most of these are work related for me. This obviously does not apply to the water heater in the kitchen for instance. You are welcome to use that to prepare yourself a tea or coffee.
If you come with children, please do not simply use toys and books you see in the living room without express permission. Many of the toys and books came from outside the country and are difficult to find and cost a fortune. But if you need something to entertain yourself (book) or your child (toy/book) I will be happy to find something suitable for you (meaning in the right language for your child, if available). In the summer months your kid is welcome to also share the plastic pool on the terrace. Interaction with GuestsI am a homeworking writer and mother. I interact with guests on arrival and if there are questions, as long as it does not interfere with my work or mother duties. I am on the whole happy to explain about Israel and sightseeing, or culture of the country in general. If you let me know about your travelling plans I will give you tips what to visit. This may include things you have never heard about, or festivals that are taking part just at the time of your visit.
I expect the guests to have at least one language in common with me for communication.
Please also respect boundaries. My friendliness is no green card to act as if you owned the house. This also relates to opening the door and letting other people in. I am the landlady. If someone knocks, you let me know and I open the door. I take the security of my family and my guests very seriously, which is why I want to check who is let in and who isn't.
You are neither familiar with the my friends, the neighbors, people who work on the premises or complete foreigners to be a good judge in this case. Since you have the room closest to the entrance it is important also for your own safety and that of your property that you let me handle things.
If you want to meet up with friends and family, please do so in a public location. The place is just too small to entertain. You will be all more comfortable that way. If you want friends, family and acquaintances to pick you up here, let me know first, so that I know whom to expect. Under no circumstances let someone into the house, no matter if they are someone you know. Please remember, I don't and this is my home. At the very least please introduce me first to the person and let me decide if I want this person to have access to the house.
Please note that any person that you want to have sleep with you in the room, has to be introduced prior to your arrival at the time of booking, as an additional person does cost additional money, due to the additional cost of water consumption and breakfast.
Note that if you come with your toddler child (one child, as there is not enough space and sleeping options for two, I am afraid) , the child is free.
As a mother I understand issues when travelling with a small child, so I may entertain your child so that you can have a shower in peace. This is though my decision and depends on my availability. Please don't count on me being your child's babysitter while you are my guest. I also have no problem with the children playing together if they show any inclination to do so.
There is the option to organize a barbecue on weekends. We bring and fire the grill, you get your own meat. Fish is not allowed on the grill, for the simple reason that my partner who is the owner of the grill and the boss of the barbecue event can't stand fish.
Please note that I work in the living room. Thus occupying the living room may not be possible if I am working.
If my child approaches you and I am fine with it, you can interact. You are not to try to approach the child upon your arrival, as this will probably freak the child out, nor are you to touch the child. Not even the cute hair.
One reason is that it is a hell of a work to get the knots out of it and the child screeches to heaven while at that. The other reason is a simple issue of racial respect: You would never allow foreign people to put their hands all over your child's hear or body. Neither is my child freely available to foreigners at their will, only because of the different skin color. The NeighborhoodArea with nice two story family houses, very quiet, very safe. There is actually security patrolling every few minutes in the neighborhood to make sure everything is fine. It is also on the whole a very clean neighborhood (unless the neighbors cut the green in their gardens and the city doesn't pick it up right away). It is close to the city center, so you have shops near by. Careful though, this is the only place in all of Israel where shops close at noon for siesta. I have been told than once it was all over the city like that because of the midday heat and this is the only place that still adheres to that tradition.
The supermarkets are open though throughout. As it borders on a strict religious area, there is a kosher coffee shop close by. The beach is not far away, but it is an estimated fifteen minute walk from the house. There may be bus transport to the beach, but I don't know about it, as I usually either walk or cycle the distance. Getting AroundKiriat Yam can be reached via the Kiriat Motzkin train station and then taxi, or you get here from Haifa and then connect to the Metronit, the 'new' tram service. There are also buses to Haifa, Acre and other Krayot cities in the area. There is a bike shop in the city but I don't know if they only sell or also rent bikes. Other Things to NotePlease note that I especially welcome black families, bi- or multiracial families, as we are such a family, too.
Please note that there is a toddler living in the house, so you don't want to leave things lying around in the reach of little kid fingers. You also want to look at the floor when walking, so as not to fall over toys or baby.
Single mothers with toddlers are especially welcome.
There is private parking available as I don't have a car and as such, my assigned parking place is available to my guests. Though the landlord's son tends to park there during lunch hours when visiting his father, who lives upstairs.
The landlord is a 93 year old Holocaust survivor who is bored and speaks Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish and Hebrew and he will be happy to converse with you to pass the time.