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“Nice family break for 2 days”
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Ein Gedi Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ein Gedi
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Nice family break for 2 days”
Reviewed 22 December 2012

We spent 2 nights here as a family with young kids. The price (high) isn't reflected in the rooms which are decent but not outstanding, but the setting makes up for it. We took the higher level (Arugot) rooms - some of these have dramatic views of Nahal Arugot which is worth asking for. The dining room food was good with a lot of choice. On the kibbutz, close to the hotel dining room, there's a small zoo with a petting corner which our kids really enjoyed visiting. We made use of the free entrance to the Ein Gedi spa down the road - the complex is quite outdated but it's a quick and easy way to get to the sea, plaster on Dead Sea mud and have use of hot sulphur baths. Overall this was a nice, though not necessarily cheaper, alternative to the big hotel chains at Ein Bokek and very convenient for seeing the main sites in the area (Nahal David/Nahal Arugot, Dead Sea, Masada).

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

Spent only a single night there in Dec 2012.
The rooms are very basic, and could do with some renovation.
The up side that the room was clean and had all the basics.

The food is mediocre, buffet style, with many choices, but nothing excellent.

In Dec, although there is no rain and the temperature is about 20 C, the outdoor pool is closed.

There is a bus service that takes you once an hour from the hotel to the dead sea.

The price in my view is fairly high,

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Chicago
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Our room was average, the pool was nice but a bit crowded. We didn't realize we'd get a free visit to the Ein Gedi beach. We didn't end up going but it could be a nice perk for those planning on getting in the dead sea anyway. The buffet dinner was a bit expensive for what it was but there are not many options in the area and we didn't have any complaints. Breakfast was decent as well. Overall, I don't regret the stay. It wasn't really anything ground breaking or worth writing home about.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Israel
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

Good points:
- free shuttle to the dead sea SPA every our
- great location with excellent view
- very clean and nice room (we took mini suite for 4 people)
- breakfast and dinner were excellent
Bad points:
- very expensive
- all surface of the swimming pool is open to the burning sun. No shading!!!
- check in was very late (it should be at 3 p.m., we actually got the keys at 4:15 p.m.). They told us, that they had some problem with the cleaning stuff this day...

Room Tip: Get the map of the hotel in the reception and take a little walk to see the houses (before getting t...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

This is a completely unique place - breathtakingly beautiful, wonderfully peaceful and serene with the best views from a pool, walk to the dining room etc I have ever experienced anywhere. I have been going with my family every year for the last 6 or 7 years and for us it is much more relaxing and enjoyable than any spa or luxxury hotel (which we have done in other places). Don't bother going if you want room service or mega luxurious rooms - do go for a beautiful, safe (for your kids) and unique experience where a kibbutz veteran takes you for a moonlit walk of the wadi or another takes you round the cactus garden, or a founder member walks you through the amazing botanical gardens. My kids ache to go here every year.

The prices have gone up rather steeply in the last several years. However compared to the concrete nasty places down the road for passover for example? I know where I would rather be. The only reason I never commented before is I didn't want anyone else to know wabout it!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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London
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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.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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48 reviews
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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.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Ein Gedi Hotel
Address: Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Ein Gedi 8698000, Israel
Region: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Gedi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ein Gedi
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Number of rooms: 166
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