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“Wonderful vacation -suitable both for for families and couples” 5 of 5 stars
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Ein Gedi Resort Hotel
Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Ein Gedi 86980, Israel   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ein Gedi
Berlin, Germany
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12 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful vacation -suitable both for for families and couples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

The accommodation is very very basic, restaurant food is like a help yourself cafe but the produce is very fresh. No entertainment in the evening with nothing to do.

The kibbutz grounds are beautiful with a Dead sea spa as well as Massada a few minutes drive.

A worthwhile place to stay for its location,beauty & learning about the Kibbutz structure

But very expensive.






  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ashkelon, Israel
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

While the botanical garden setting was beautiful and relaxing, dining room satisfactory and ancillary services acceptable, the accommodation provided us was most definitely sub-standard for the price demanded; particularly since there were higher-grade rooms vacant and available. Strictly '50's kibbutz quality and unacceptable at any price in 2011!
The front-desk responses to our opinions was non-committal - we would not repeat the experience in the future, which is a pity, considering the potential of the establishment to aspire to a very much higher standard!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow
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43 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

Lived in Arugot room . Clean and cozy. Around such beauty and silence. Good breakfast and dinner. Bus in a spa on a schedule. No problems. Very pleased with visit to the kibbutz.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PA, USA
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

We wanted to stay in a kibbutz and this was the closest we could get. The location is great for the Dead Sea area, though it is far from the beach. It is in a real functioning kibbutz which doubles as a botanical garden. The service is what you expect from a kibbutz, I guess. They expect you tohe food was good solve your own problems. Breakfast and buffet dinner was fine. The food was good but the atmosphere is of an upscale cafeteria.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

We were staying in Arugot rooms with view of Arugot valley for 290 USD per night for a double room (halfboard).
Pros:
- *Great* location (wonderful botanical garden).
However, you will be much happier in the area with a rental car (to visit Massada, King David Nature Reserve or just the dead sea without waiting for the shuttle bus)
- very good breakfast and dinner buffet
- civilized guests, i.e. nights are quiet and buffet breakfast/dinner does not have the feel of a warzone
Cons:
- Very expensive given the rather mediocre quality of the rooms:
- first room we had had broken bathroom fan, broken showerhead, water was leaking from shower and flooded bathroom, maybe this was the reason for the damp smell. Next day we requested and got another room, this was also smelling damp but here everything worked.
- No internet in the rooms (free wlan in the reception area)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2010

This kibbutz hotel has a choice of three room types. We stayed in the middle priced room. It was clean, big enough, and something akin to a nice motel room in North America. The kibbutz grounds is beautiful. The pool is great-large, plentiful lounge chairs, very good snack bar. There are activities to choose from every day including tours of the kibbutz and it's outdoor botanical gardens. The food was more than adequate and the service staff in the dining room were helpful and pleasant. The price was $224.00US and included breakfast and dinner for two. I thought that it was well worth it since dinner alone would cost $50.00-$75.00 in a restaurant. If you deduct that from the $224.00 you get a rate of $150.00-$175.00 inc. breakfast which is great for Israel. The scenery is great-the Dead Sea and the Mountains of Jordan. I would return.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Ein Gedi 86980, Israel
Location: 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 166
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