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Ein Gedi - Beit Sarah Guest House
D.N. Dead Sea, Ein Gedi 86980, Israel   |  
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Haifa, Israel
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“A Motel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My wife and I decided to go with the kids to a short travel in the Dead Sea.
We decided to stay overnight in a cheap hotel, and return the next day to the North.
The hotel itself is located opposite the beach with a bus stop at the entrance.
All rooms have a sea view in a quiet and pleasant Atmosphere.
The rooms are simple, clean & equipped in accordance with well-maintaine
Breakfast is delicious and not grandiose as customary in hotels in the israel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights in a room with 5 beds. I shared it with 3 other girls the first night and had the room to myself the second night. We had a balcony overlooking the Dead Sea which was beautiful (and seems most rooms look towards the sea). It was a basic room but had all the necessities, so for the price (about $28/night) you can't beat it. There was a desk, a hot water dispenser to make coffee and storage for your things. And I saw a few buses of kids arrive and expected it to get loud but the noise level at night was quiet. Also, there is free wifi (the code is on a welcome letter or you can ask). You get a towel upon check in (and they left me a new one the second night after they had cleaned). Also had separate room for the shower and the toilet. As well as 2 sinks. The only tricky thing is we had only 2 keys for 4 girls. We just left the key at the front if we were going to be gone long. The free breakfast was a nice variety of food. Eggs, cereal, some sort of veggies. And I didn't have dinner but it seemed decent enough for about 50sheckles. There is a public beach just up the road (you could probably walk there in 10 minutes) that has a kiosk open 24hours where you can get drinks, snacks and sandwiches. Further down is the Sea and Spa, I recommend going there (you can take the bus) - it has mud baths, sulfur pools and showers as well as a nice pool to lounge around. I also think the beach by the sea there I better than the public one. If you have a car (or maybe you can go by bus) drive towards Massada and go about 15 min further and you'll arrive at the resort area where there's more restaurants and shopping and lots of beach areas. Overall it was a pleasant stay, the whole place is gated so I felt safe leaving my stuff in the room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Stayed one night with my partner in a flat overlooking the Dead Sea. Dinner wasn't anything amazing but it was good value for money (approx £10 per person) and it was a buffet so there was something for everyone. Likewise breakfast was also varied and a great opportunity to chat to other guests and swap travel tips. Dead Sea is about a 10-15min walk, we drove down early in the morning when there is no parking charge for a quick dip as the waters are much better early in the day when they are still cool. The national park is literally a few steps away, had a great time splashing about in Wadi David and taking photos of the local wildlife. If you need groceries there is the kibbutz/botanical garden about a 5 minute drive away and you can stock up on food stuffs for the fridge in your room or for driving (we were travelling down to eilat). There is also free wifi, just ask at reception for the 4 digit code.

Noticed other reviewers complain that the dining room staff are too personal, didn't find this to be the case at all, also as someone who grew up in Israel, the general attitude of most Israelis is happy and open (unless they work in the service industry then it is a potluck :p). It's not unusual to be asked 'what's up?' If you have a face like sour milk and be told to smile more.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was my third stay at the Beit Sarah Guest House. This year, however, I found it slightly more "neglected" than the previous visits.
We stayed for a week in one of the "flats"/rooms which has 5 single beds and it's own balcony overlooking the Dead Sea.
I have noticed that the floors were not kept clean, and I finally borrowed a broom from the kitchen staff to sweep the flat and balcony.
The rooms are basic but general clean. I like the nice direct light coming into the rooms, the beds are comfortable, the bedding clean and the view is just wonderful!

Another issue this year was that I find some of the dinning room staff overly friendly and sometimes even way to personal. I was told that my sister and I are "weird", because we were not so talkative and loud as some of the other groups from other countries. She was numerously asked why she is not smiling and was told how she should be more happy....even though she is going through a very rough time in her life. This happened almost ever morning during breakfast.
I find that it is way to personal and the dinning room staff is not so professional as the reception staff. The reception staff is always very helpful and professional.

But saying all of this, I will ALWAYS go back to this place. It is wonderful value for your money and has a wonderful view if you stay in the flats! You are about 10 min walk from the swimming area at the Dead Sea and the better swim area, at Ein Bokek, is easily reachable if you catch a Egged bus from the bus stop just outside Ein Gedi Youth Hostel.

A very good place in general.

Room Tip: The "flats" are the best option to stay, because you have a wonderful balcony with a view...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We spent two nights at the Beit Sarah Guest House (called the Ein Gedi Youth Hostel on our GPS) while visiting the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Dead Sea and Masada. Other reviewers are correct in that it is nothing fancy, but definitely all we needed for a reasonable price during our stay. We drove up to the Ein Gedi Resort and Spa (for their ATM machine) which costs twice as much and, although we didn't see the rooms, the grounds weren't that impressive and the location was much less desirable. The Hostel on the other hand is less than a three-minute walk from the entrance to Wadi David, and less than a five-minute drive to Wadi Arugot and the Synagogue. You could even walk to the Dead Sea public beach, but it's a bit far so we drove (20 shekels parking if you go before closing at 6:30 PM).

The rooms are spartan (like a dormitory) but the beds are comfortable and there is a refrigerator and coffee/tea maker if you want to bring your own food. (Watch out for ants if you leave food out.) The all-you-can-eat dinner buffet is the best option for the area (about $55 for two adults and two children) and pretty good - lots of choices but nothing exceptional. The included breakfast is great and kept us going for 4.5 hours of hiking in the Nature Reserve on the first day and the hike up/down Masada on the second day.

Best of all is the view of the Dead Sea from the balcony, and the ibexes walking around the grounds. And the guy at the desk (wish I'd gotten his name) who gave us a dozen insider tips on the area - by far the most helpful person we've met in Israel.

Would definitely stay here again and recommend over any other accommodations in the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I spent one night at this hostel. My tourists asked me to book a hotel near the dead sea, and they did not want to pay the prices of the hotels in Ein Bokek. I suggested the youth hostel in Masada, which is nice, but there was no room there because an army unit was staying there. I suggested that we try Ein Gedi youth hostel. Well, it was an experience... My daughter stayed there a few months back and she said that it was very nice. Imagine staying there after spending the night before at King David in Jerusalem... The location is great, right next to the national reserve and walking distance from the Dead sea. The room was large, and although I was there alone, there were 5 beds...including a bunk bed! Simple bed with thin mattress, but clean and comfortable. The shower was great and my guests were joking that it was the best shower so far that they had in Israel... The food was fine, and given the low price, it is a good value. So if you are open minded, and you want to have a good feel of the desert, this is an interesting experience. Who knows, you may even open your door and see an Ibex staring at you!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vista, Ca
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289 reviews 289 reviews
89 hotel reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a little older Guest House and the room had 5 single beds, 3 as bunk beds, including 1 bed over the 2 main beds. Room was a little worn and some places didn't look the cleanest. Everything worked along with the good wifi. Great straight on view of the Dead Sea along with a good sized balcony. Room was quiet. Think college dorm type setup but had 2 sinks in bathroom area which was very functional with shower and toilet each in seperate little rooms. While breakfast food was decent it was a noisy, chaotic affair with all the school kids. Make sure to get to breakfast on time because it looked like when the food was gone, it was gone. Isolated location so nowhere to eat nearby unless you have a car and then it is a 30 or so minute drive. All in all, pretty good value for a 1 night stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: D.N. Dead Sea, Ein Gedi 86980, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Gedi
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Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Ein Gedi
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Number of rooms: 63
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