London-based design studio Saar Zafrir Design has unveiled its latest project, the Galei Kinneret Hotel, a restored 123-room hotel situated on the historical Sea of Galilee in Northern Israel. Initially built in 1946, the original Galei Kinneret was one of Israel’s first luxury hotels founded by entrepreneur Lotte Eisenberg, inspired by a trip to the Villa d’Este Hotel in Lake Como. Having been appointed to fully redesign the uninhabited hotel, Saar Zafrir Design has drawn inspiration from the ancient ruins discovered onsite, and reworked the charm of Lotte’s vision into a seamless design concept that blends the hotel into the natural landscape.
Honoring Lotte Eisenberg’s innovative vision and the discovery of the archeological remains on the land, Saar Zafrir has drawn on these historical references to determine the narrative of the hotel, which celebrates the property’s long-standing history. Manifesting a clean, white structure, the hotel’s facade has been kept very much the same, and the interior of the hotel has been transformed into a calm oasis that ushers guests seamlessly toward the still waters and spectacular views across the Sea of Galilee. Emanating a sophisticated and serene atmosphere, the remodeled hotel features a neutral color palette and the use of natural materials that complement the hotel’s natural surroundings.
Photo: Courtesy of Saar Zafrir Design