My husband and I recently booked a 4 night stay at Leonardo Privilege. We were eagerly looking forward to this vacation and based on the reviews on tripadvisor and the description on the hotel site we were in for a real treat. We wanted a relatively economic vacation and therefore were excited about the all- inclusive deal. We realized that we were not going to the fanciest hotel in town but that was ok, because at least it was a four star hotel with unbelievable reviews! What really convinced me was that it was #8 out of 65 hotels!! It had to be an amazing place.
The good things I can say about the hotel is that it really can be so much fun! We enjoyed the around the clock food and drinks - after all we came to Eilat to relax - BUT the hotel is not at all as portrayed. I don't know how the reviews can be so misleading but we felt that the hotel did not live up to our expectations. The lobby is hardly a lobby at all and very cold in many meanings of the word. The dining room is sparse in terms of decor and also a general cold feeling. It resembles a high school cafeteria. It's too bad because the food is very good and plentiful, but a little more warmth, imagination and furnishings could go a long way. A little more thought in how to present the food would add such a nice touch. It was very nice to have unlimited wine with dinner and even lunch if you want it, but the room didn't have a cozy warm feeling that should go with the wine... In my opinion they would do well to hire a decorator.
The sports bar was a really nice idea - we would have enjoyed the around the clock unlimited coffees, wines and cocktails but the room was rowdy - full of a large group of noisy people that made our stay unpleasant.
To sum it up - nice idea for a relaxing vacation - but not very high quality - certainly not deserving of the four star rating or to be in the top 10 hotels of Eilat. We feel a bit cheated.
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Tulip Privilege Eilat Hotel Eilat