The Artists’ Colony Inn in Safed has been named Best B&B in the Middle East 2012 by travel review site TripAdvisor. Seven other Israeli guest houses made it into the Top 25 list as well.

The Artists’ Colony Inn is located in a restored stone building in the famous Artist Colony of Safed.

“It was like staying in the middle of years and years of history,” wrote Gale of Maryland, a visitor in January 2012.

“This Inn was such an unexpected delight. This little gem far exceeded our expectations. It is a quaint and beautifully restored property that has all the amenities of a first rate hotel,” another guest wrote on the TripAdvisor site.

TripAdvisor ran several contests simultaneously, calling on travelers around the world to vote for their favorite spots across the globe. Other contests included Trendiest Hotels, Best Food and Wine Destinations and Top Destinations in the World, among others.

Seven other Israeli inns to place on the coveted B&B list include Barbakfar (fourth) and Frenkels Bed and Breakfast (fifth) in the Galilee, The Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth (14), Posh Pina in Rosh Pina (15), Lutheran Guest House in Jerusalem (16), Eden House in Tel Aviv (20) and Vered Hagalil Holiday Village (21).

In related news, Shalom Hotel & Relax Tel Aviv was the only Israeli hotel to score a place (16) on the Best Hotels in the Middle East list.