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Magdala Guesthouse

From the project’s inception the Magdala Guesthouse was meant to be one of the main host centers for the activities and programs planned for Magdala. Allowing pilgrims to spend a relaxing and comfortable time on this Holy Site to meditate, pray, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Galilee over a few days was always envisioned as a way to help guests find renewal, reconciliation and have an encounter with one´s faith.

The guesthouse is centrally located on the premises and adjacent to Magdala’s First Century Archaeological Park, with south wing rooms offering beautiful views of the archaeology and Duc In Altum, as well as Mt. Arbel and the Sea of Galilee. North wing rooms feature beautiful views to Magdala’s “Living Water” prayer gardens, the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Arbel and Mt. Hermon.

The guesthouse features:

  • 150 rooms and suites for those guests desiring to enjoy longer stays.
  • Buffet service restaurant combining local and international flavors with an amazing view of the “Living Water Gardens” and Sea of Galilee.
  • Lobby cafeteria overlooking Magdala´s first century synagogue and gardens
  • St. Josephs Chapel, open 24 hours to in-house guests.
  • Business Center offering small working area with free Wi-Fi for guests
  • Meeting Rooms and banqueting facilities to host retreats, special events and ceremonies.
  • Swimming pool and gym to relax after a long day’s pilgrimage.

Welcome to your house

Situated at the shores of the Sea of Galilee, guests can experience an ambience of serenity, extraordinary natural beauty, and ancient history.

Guest Information

Tel: +972 (0) 74 700 3204

Reservation Inquieries please email to reservations@magdala.org

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Magdala´s guesthouse is one of Israel´s newest and most uniquely situated hospitality projects in the Galilee.

Guests and pilgrims enjoy a truly serene atmosphere surrounded by extraordinary natural beauty, and ancient history. With a pleasing welcoming environment and each employee dedicated to ensuring guests experience and pilgrimage are enjoyable and enriching the guesthouse hopes to ensure you never want to leave.

The guesthouse gardens provide beautiful spaces to enjoy the fresh Galilean breeze or simply contemplate the natural beauty around. Artistically finished they also connect guests to the Sea of Galilee and the archeology on site.

Interesting Facts

  • The gardens were inspired by two major symbols of daily life in Magdala, the fishing trade and the springs of water from Magdala’s Mikva’ot.
  • From an aerial perspective guests will see delineated paths resembling fish coming from the Sea of Galilee entering the guesthouse welcoming all our guests and visitors.
  • The intricate design and detail on the columns of the gardens include pieces of pottery found during the excavations of the first century town of Magdala.

Natural textures and contemporary design make our rooms and suites ideal and cozy places to unwind and disconnect from your daily routine.

Enjoy views to Mt. Arbel, Magdala´s Archaeological Park or the Sea of Galilee in rooms and suites that range in size from 28 m2 – 66 m2  / 301 – 710 ft2

2 Double (full) beds
2 Double (full) beds
Air-conditioner
Air-conditioner
Balcony
Balcony
Ahava amenities
Ahava amenities
Coffee-Tea set
Coffee-Tea set
Hair dryer
Hair dryer
Laundry - Additional Charge
Laundry – Additional Charge
Minifridge
Minifridge
safe-box
safe-box
Cable-TV
Cable-TV

Interesting Facts

  • Rooms and Suites were decorated by interior designer Sofia Aspe from Mexico, Raneen Nakhleh from Nazareth, and Beatriz Leon from Spain.
  • Balconies are painted in various colors, inspired from colors sourced from the synagogue and resembling artwork from Duc In Altum.
  • Artwork in rooms is done by Mexican painter Marian Reynoso or Award Winning Canadian Photographer David Delgado and inspired in the nature around the Galilee.

Allow our world class chefs to entertain your palette with a varied selection of local and international dishes offered at our Magdalena dining room. Located on the first floor of the Magdala hotel this unique loft setting overlooks the impressive atrium of the Magdala hotel on one side and to the other the famous first century Magdala Synagogue. Its wall to wall and ceiling windows allow for natural light to pour in as well as guests to have incredible panoramic views of Magdala’s Archeological site and Mt. Arbel.

Menu Offerings vary daily.

Please contact awinter@magdala.org or call 04 620 9900 to reserve your table or for additional information.

Interesting Facts

  • Taricheae has been selected as the name of Magdala’s restaurant due to the fact that this was the ancient Greek name of Magdala, meaning place of salted fish (Don ́t worry we will serve more than just fish...).

The Lobby

Magdala´s Guesthouse Lobby is a wonderful space to relax and meet guests from around the world. Featuring wall to ceiling windows and views to Magdala´s gardens and to the Sea of Galilee this is a place where to make friendships of a lifetime or just sit back and enjoy the view.

Magdala Café

On the run? Stop by to the Magdala Bistro & Café Bar and enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared international and local comfort foods on the go, or choose a table overlooking the Magdala Synagogue and enjoy a quick lunch.

Interesting Facts

  • Artwork in the main lobby corridor was hand painted by Mexican Muralist Lucero Pani.
  • The lobby fountain is an original first century fountain where the day´s fresh catch was kept in the first century. It was located in the port marketplace of Magdala.

Enjoy a refreshing swim and relax under the sun in our outdoor pool or head to our gym for a quick toning workout.

Extensive hiking trails and watersport are also available in the area. More information can be received from Reception Team.

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