In most cases, you needn't go far out of Ha-Atzma'ut Square to find a hotel. Netanya is oriented toward warm-weather vacationers, and prices are seasonal. Even inexpensive hotels can charge moderate to expensive rates during high season. Generally speaking, high season is from early July to the end of August, plus Jewish holidays, and low season is November to February; between these times prices will be somewhere between the high- and low-season rates.

In winter, be sure to check for heating -- days can be balmy, but nights can get chilly. Note: All of Netanya's hotel kitchens are kosher.

North of Ha-Atzma'ut Square -- Rechov Ha-Melech David is the main street going north out of Ha-Atzma'ut Square, close to the beach.

South of Ha-Atzma'ut Square -- On the south side of Ha-Atzma'ut Square, several main streets and side streets will lead you to hotel choices that are only a short walk from the beach and the busy square.

Private hotels & Apartments

One of the best ways to save money on accommodations, particularly if you plan to stay in Netanya for some time, is to rent a private room or apartment. Actual rental arrangements are generally handled by local agents, and you'll have to pay an agent's fee, which is a flat 10% of the total rental (no extra charge if meal arrangements are made).

Room rentals are available for at least 3 to 4 days, apartments for a week or more. Most of them are within walking distance of the sea. Rooms in private homes come with sheets and blankets; no meals are served, though guests may use the refrigerator and stove. The cost is about $50 to $70 (£25-£35) per person in summer; prices go up on weekends and holidays, and are lower off season.

Apartments have basic furniture. The place is clean when you arrive, but upkeep is left to you for the length of your stay. A studio or what is known as a two-room flat (living room, one bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, balcony) starts at about $1,000 (£500) per couple per month and goes up from there.

Consult the Tourist Information Office desk at Ha-Atzma'ut Square (tel. 09/882-7286) for listings of private room and apartment rental agents.

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.