I'm very excited about planning our first trip to Israel next February and this forum has been very helpful with ideas and suggestions. I wonder if I could get some specific advice from the experts here on a choice of lodging near Masada. We will have a rental car and my plan is to drive from the Sea of Galilee area to the area near Masada, stay overnight, then hike up Masada early morning. We are NOT interested in seeing the Dead Sea per se as we will be going to Jordan after this trip and will see the Dead Sea from there, so our lodging near Masada does not need to be on or near the Dead Sea. I have been confused by the hotel ratings and reports; most hotels seem to have numerous negative reviews.
Basically we want to be somewhere we can get a good night's sleep in a quiet and comfortable room and have good food. We don't like buffet dinners if we can help it, buffets for breakfast are fine. We don't need a pool either. My price range is typically around $200-250, but if necessary we could pay more for this one night if that is the best option. I wondered about staying in Arad, as the walk up to Masada is shorter, but this would mean our drive from Galilee would take longer.
I would be most appreciative of any help and advice you could provide.