It is always interesting reading opinions of Ein Gedi. It is amazing how peoples comments seem to focus on the quality of accommodation when the real magic here is the environment. Dealing with the hotel first - it is not a 5 star multi national. It is unpretentious, clean, comfortable and functional. The outdoor swimming pool is vast. It is not heated - so it can be cold in the Spring and Autumn and warm at the height of the summer. There is an indoor pool and gym on the site. The Spa is a bit worn but it is nearly impossible to keep indoor sulphur pools in spotless condition. The outdoor pool is very nice. The tractor to the Dead Sea beach is very naff but it wasn't needed when the spa was built and the sea came to the door. That is the price to be paid for the extraction of water from the Dead Sea.
But do not come here for the facilities - come here for the amazing view, the turquoise of the Dead Sea, contrasting with the red of the mountains, the dramatic and utterly surprising scenery of the Nahal David and Arugot, the amazing lush botanical garden which you stay right in the middle of, the proximity to Masada, the wonderful year round weather, the healthy atmosphere. The hotel is fine the rest is out of this world.
Israelis rude? Yes they are and they don't mind admitting it either. Go with it - they are warm and friendly people when you get to know them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 176 room Ein Gedi Kibbutz Resort Hotel is located in one of the most scenic areas in the world, on the edge of the Judean Desert, overlooking the mineral-rich Dead Sea and Moab Mountains. Ein Gedi Country offers a variety of safari routes in the wild, remote interior of the Judean Hills. ... more less