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iBex (iBike) Unique Desert Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Mitspe Ramon B&B and Inns
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6 reviews
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“Very basic”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

Amazed this place got such amazing reviews. I mean for 120 bucks I was expecting a lot more. To me it was like an over priced youth hostel. The rooms have NO window facing the out doors. Big no no for me. The rooms have NO TV. Breakfast was OK. I wouldn't stay here again. Very nice owners and workers. the hotel was too basic for the price.

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ibikehotel, Manager at iBex (iBike) Unique Desert Inn, responded to this review, 16 December 2013
The feedback of our guests is important to us and we take it as good advice. You suggested to add more windows in the rooms – and we already did it ! thanks and we will happy to see you again.
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Shoham, HaMerkaz, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

Located the abondened industrial area of the small town of Mitspe Ramon, one would never guess or imagine what a perfectly designed boutique lodge is hiding behind the rather unattractive walls of this former and metamorphosed warehouse. The warm shades and colors of the open space lobby with a huge table as center piece, reflects a feeling of cozyness and comfort. The atmoshpere is relaxed and so are the guests, who are all into biking, jeep touring or other adventurous eco trips, so that it is easy to exchange information or find a partner for your tour. The owners, Aviva and Menachem are the perfect hosts and will be more than pleased to share their knowledge of the area with you and to give you any advice you need. They will even pick you up by car, if you bike down into the crater and return you to the lodge. Breakfast is colorful, rich and splendid and gives you enough energy for your tour. The rooms for couples are nicely designed, yet very small and without windows which might be a problem if you are claustrophobic. All in all a great place to spend a night or two and definatley the perfect choice for us.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

No grand 5 star hotel but you don't pay 5 star prices either. What you get are comfortable lodging and impeccable personalized service. When you combine it as the base for exploring the southern Negev especially the Israeli version of the Grand Canyon, the Makhtesh Ramon it is a great selection for your accommodation.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

In the eye of Israel's swirl, a tranquil dusty little town holds surprising artistic delights and opportunities for meeting real locals, and here one finds iBike under the night time glow of a sign that has its own place in the dazzling desert stars and which swayingly declares in red lights "SO GOOD" - because that's how it is. Aviva and Menachem are perfect company and good souls and they serve up a breakfast that makes you feel royal. Because this place is SO GOOD, it attracts the right people, and that means you end up doing stuff together with people who are SO GOOD.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

Aviva and Menachem are excellent hosts. We extended our stay because the lodging was in such perfect harmony with the Makhtesh – airy, bright, colorful, lofty, and open. Every component of the unit reflected the functional and artistic proclivities of the owners. We did not bike, but were impressed with the quality and variety of outdoor experiences and activities available. Instead, we opted for the adventurous jeep tour offered by Menachem to Nabatean cisterns, local vineyards, a Bedouin village, camel farm, and uncharted historical sites within the crater. Our stay was a revealing panoply of dessert experiences highlighted by savory evening treats, a bountiful breakfast, combined with copious desert wisdom, humor, sights and sounds. These accommodations are a must for anyone seeking to experience the essence of the Negev Makhtesh. Our recommendation pales in comparison with the experience this lodging will occasion.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Givat Ella, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

The idea of Ibike is that you are never alone. You can enjoy the amazing hospitality of Aviva and Menachem who are so knowledgable on any subject related to the area (bike routes, tracks, restaurants and sites in and around Mizpe Ramon. The main location is the homely lobby where it is possible to meet travelers from around the globe. This special atmosphere is what makes us want to return again and again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Kfar Saba, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

I'm only 5 hours after 5 days in iBike. 10th time ... it's like a second home for us.
The atmosphere is amazing. Meditation ... This time we had 2 times Horse riding!!! amazing view! Relaxation experience.
Menachem & Aviva the owners, are family for us - Justifying thier MOTO:
Freinds are the family you chose ...
I can say 1000 words about them
nothing will describe the energy upgrade abd battery filling we had.
Don't expect a 5 stars hotel. Expect love! warm attitude for the ones knowing the language of brotherhood and a home feeling. The place's design always give me INSPIRATIONS.
For any reccomendations call +972-544-34-64-94. Eran

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: iBex (iBike) Unique Desert Inn
Address: 4 Har Ardon, Mitspe Ramon 8060000, Israel
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Region: Israel > Southern District > Mitspe Ramon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Mitspe Ramon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — iBex (iBike) Unique Desert Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ibex Inn aims to provide its guests with the most memorable desert stay. Our location combines mild climate, exquisite desert scenery, exotic flora and fauna, thousand-years-old archeological sites, as well as exciting activities and trips. Our hotel space creates a ‘get-together’ ambience thus providing our guests with a relaxed ‘feel-at-home’ vacation experience. The rooms are spacious and inviting. Coffee and sitting corners are readily available, and our Conference & Event Hall enables group activities in a unique desert atmosphere. Your satisfaction is guaranteed in our both modern and cozy hotel that also offers you full assistance with planning your perfect desert experience: Recommendations about activities available for all age-groups and fitness levels - hikes, bike and horseback riding, Jeep rides, etc. ... more   less 
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