An injection of art

Include a visit to the lobby and halls of the charmingly renovated Marina Hotel as part of an unusual, circular stroll along Rehov Hayarkon.

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July 21, 2011 17:37
Marina Hotel

Marina Hotel 5214. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

 
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