With one exception, Haifa's recommended hotels are all up in the Central Carmel area, with its fabulous vistas. Despite the fact that you're way up on the top tier of Haifa, thanks to the Carmelit you're only minutes away from the other parts of the city.

On the Carmel Beach -- This beautiful beachfront area, just being developed at the edge of the city, is served by buses during the day, but can seem somewhat isolated from the rest of Haifa at night. The area offers a beach-resort atmosphere but is also close to the hi-tech Matam Industrial Park, at the heart of Israel's own version of California's Silicon Valley. It is also convenient to Haifa's new International Convention Center. Parking is free.

Bed & Breakfasts -- The Haifa Tourist Board, 106 Ha-Nassi Blvd. (tel. 04/853-5606; www.tour-haifa.co.il), can arrange for a variety of accommodations. A double room in an apartment runs in the $70 to $90 (£35-£45) range. A double room in an apartment with a private bathroom or with a self-catering setup with private bathroom and separate entrance would be more. The reservations service is open Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm. Expect to pay host families in cash; breakfast is usually extra.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.