This is my hotel of choice in Eilat. The location is beautiful -- secluded from the overbuild Eilat center, closer to the Egypt border with the desert mountains below, and the reefs just across the street. The villas in particular are lovely, with large comfortable beds, good ac units, fridges and even an outdoor private jacuzzi. The setting is very nice -- small bungalows, great gardens, 'resorty' in a good sense of a relaxing escape. Although not cheap, it represents a good value for money, unlike some of the larger, drab concrete hotels in the city.
The staff here are typical for the country -- can be nice, but more often, are prickly, seemingly unconcerned about service, and not willing to correct issues raised to them. If you know this coming in, the service here is average, but if you are coming from the USA or other more service oriented locations, it will require an adjustment. I had issues with getting espresso at breakfast -- was told to go to the bar, at the bar i was told they were closed and that i had to order from my waiter, etc. This in fact happened on two separate visits.
The breakfast is average, was too crowded when I was there, but the staff seemed to try their best to keep it going.
Despite its shortcomings, i love this hotel and will return -- it certainly beats the other large hotels in Eilat, which are expensive and lack character.
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