Out of the range of hotels available in Eilat I chose to book the Yam Suf (Ambassador) based solely on the positive reviews found here on TripAdvisor...so it seems only right that I now come to review the place myself to help out other travellers!
The good news is, I wasn't disappointed!
My boyfriend and I stayed there between the 15th and 22nd of December, half board. The breakfast buffet was the best I had experienced in Israel, a lot of choice and variety and very tasty :)
We stayed on the fifth floor (we asked for a high floor in advance which they arranged) and had views over the sea, Jordan and the pool. The room was spotlessly clean and attended to very well by the daily maid staff. Unlike some hotels I've stayed in in Israel, there were not daily bottles of water provided, but there was a bottle of water and fruit basket on our first day.
The pool area and gardens were the main highlight for us, there were rocking chairs, mattresses, loungers, sofas, bedouin tents...everything you could want to relax. There was plenty of shaded green areas for those who wanted to be out of the sun. We spent most days just relaxing by the pool, the pool is large enough for a good swim and was again spotlessly clean. There are lots of palm trees and it's generally a very nice environment. It was also incredibly quiet, no doubt it will get busier this week now the schools have broken up for Channukah.
The hotel is set away from the main part of town, you can walk to the underwater observatory but not to the main part of Eilat. There is a free bus every hour into town though and the journey is 10 mins at the most. I don't think there's anything int he main part of town worth going to see though. If you're on holiday just to relax you can do that where the Yam Suf is. The restaurant choice in town or directly by the hotel is not on a par with Tel Aviv, but the dinner in the hotel was very good. If we were to come again I'd pay to upgrade to full board as it's quite expensive to 'pay as you go' in the hotel.
There's free wifi in Aroma next to the hotel if you bring your laptop, or there's internet for 25 sheks per hour in the hotel.
The staff were all very friendly, I couldn't recommend this hotel highly enough. Nicer than any hotel I've every stayed in in Israel :-D
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- Isrotel Ambassador Eilat
- Hotel Isrotel Ambassador
- Ambassador Hotel Eilat