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Reviewed 25 December 2011

This hotel is extremely overpriced for the standard it offers compared with other alternatives in the area (You can get a much better accomodation in one of the hotels in the Ein Bokek area for about half of the rate charged by this hotel). We stayed in what was described as 'renovated' Desert room. It turned out to be a very basic Kibbutz room made of very cheap materials (plastic), which was re-painted.
Having felt ripped off the only comfort of this hotel was the garden and the adjacent bothanical garden, but to see them you do not need to book this over-priced hotel which overall is a very bad value-for-money.

Room Tip: You will probably be much better off going to one of the upgraded hotels in Ein Bokek down the road.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Caroline M
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We have just returned from Ein Gedi Resort Hotel. The hotel is a 3 star hotel, but with all the amenities for a wonderful vacation. Having read some disappointed reviews regarding the accommodation- it is best to pay a little more for the "Arugot rooms"- which are larger but most importantly with a beautiful view of the desert mountains or the Dead Sea and a pleasant paio with chairs to enjoy a coffee in privacy. Neverthless, the rooms are not a 5 star delux experience. The showers are clean with Dead Sea mineral toiletteries, the bed comfortable, the AC working well, and the coffee maker and minifridge a pleasnat extra.

The hotel offered a half board package- which we were very happy to have taken. The food exceeded expectations, with a wide variety for any palate and taste. Children had options, while adults enjoyed a very wide variety (beef, chicken, fish), vegeterian and numerous tasty salads. The breakfast buffet was also very generous with pastries, fresh rolls, eggs, cereals, fresh fruit, many salads and fresh vegetables and many cheese types. They even had soy milk for a non-lactose breakfast.

The swimming pool is large, clean and with a beautiful view of the Dead sea. Pool toels were offered and comfortable reclining chairs in abundance.

Included in the package were daily tickets to the Ein Gedi Spa, where the Dead sea can be experienced in relative comfort; showers of fresh water at the beach itself, cooled drinking water at the beach and a minitrain shuttle back and forth. The Ein Gedi spa has sulfur baths and mud baths which we did not try. They are supposed to have curative benefits especially for the skin.

After dinner a small band played under a beautiful boabab tree, near the bar, where 4 tap beers were available (extras to the half borad but quite decently priced). The crowd was mixed- young and old, couples and families, creating a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. No one was drinking heavily or rowdy. The guests seemed to be mostly from: Sweden, USA, Germany, Israel and some from Russia.

Room Tip: Pick the Arugot rooms (larger with a patio), and ask for those with a view of the desert mountains.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Hk K
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

The accommodation is very very basic, restaurant food is like a help yourself cafe but the produce is very fresh. No entertainment in the evening with nothing to do.

The kibbutz grounds are beautiful with a Dead sea spa as well as Massada a few minutes drive.

A worthwhile place to stay for its location,beauty & learning about the Kibbutz structure

But very expensive.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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2  Thank judithgeoff
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Reviewed 6 June 2011

While the botanical garden setting was beautiful and relaxing, dining room satisfactory and ancillary services acceptable, the accommodation provided us was most definitely sub-standard for the price demanded; particularly since there were higher-grade rooms vacant and available. Strictly '50's kibbutz quality and unacceptable at any price in 2011!
The front-desk responses to our opinions was non-committal - we would not repeat the experience in the future, which is a pity, considering the potential of the establishment to aspire to a very much higher standard!

Room Tip: a photo guide to the accommodation being offered
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank eilonglen
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

Lived in Arugot room . Clean and cozy. Around such beauty and silence. Good breakfast and dinner. Bus in a spa on a schedule. No problems. Very pleased with visit to the kibbutz.

Room Tip: Arugot room
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank marishcher
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