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“Spectacular hotel, across street from beach.” 5 of 5 stars
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Daniel Dead Sea Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ein Bokek MP, Ein Bokek 86930, Israel   |  
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Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Ein Bokek
Palm City, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Spectacular hotel, across street from beach.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2010

This is a beautiful hotel with many amenities. The lounge offers live entertainment. There is also a bar and a fine restaurant.

The staff was somewhat brusque. For example, the restaurant hostess greeted us with "room number," no welcome and no "please" attached. Restaurant staff busing tables did not yield to diners -- not only an annoyance, but an accident waiting to happen. The only warm and friendly staff we found were in the gift shop. The uniformity of the staff attitude and behavior strongly suggested that management is not requiring staff to render service at the same very high level as the hotel's physical attributes.

But the hotel has a wonderful spa, a huge pool filled with Dead Sea mineral water, and is across the street from public and private beaches on the Dead Sea. Some rooms have a view of the highway, not the sea.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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Israel
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2009

Claims to being a five star hotel but I would rate it three and a half at best.
We stayed there with our extended family for a weekend:
Accommodation: Room is simple and clean.
Dining: Food is plentiful but simple - don't go there if you're looking for a gourmet meal. Cold drinks and beer and included in the price of your stay. (In many hotels in Israel, you need to pay extra). There were too many flies in the dining room (to which the waiter said, "What do you want? You're in nature now.") And one morning, a group of sparrows waited for us behind our table in the dining room.

Children: This is NOT a hotel to bring your children to. There is a kid's club but it's open a few hours a day at best. They have nothing there except some paper and crayons and a small pool with plastic balls. It is NOT a safe environment for kids. My toddler banged her head on the corner of a computer table which shouldn't have been there to begin with. When I told the club worker she said, "Well, the door to that room had been opened by mistake by one of the other guests." (so why didn't she bother closing it?). (If you're looking for hotels with decent Kid's clubs, try Fattal of Isrotel chains). There is a bowling hall for older patrons, for which guests need to pay separately.

Pool: Large and clean looking. Did not go in (too cold in November)

Service: VERY unprofessional. None of the workers know anything. Ask them a question and usually the answer will be "no" or "I don't know" or "I have no idea".

In short, I'm sure there are better hotels out there.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2009

Although claiming to be 5 star quality it barely scrapes 4. Rooms: maintenance culd be better. Food: plentiful(buffet-self service!) but of average quality.The Dead Sea beach was hit by bad sewage problems and was ignored except by tourists who did not see the tiny warning notices. Prices are not cheap, though. There are better hotels along the Dead Sea.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2009

the hotel was one of the nicer ones in the area, with free parking, and right across the street, like a 2 min walk at most was the dead sea beach. the service at reception is kind of bad, but other than that the room was very clean, comfy pillows and bed, with views of the pool and the dead sea, for about 300 dollars (including breakfast, which was buffet and really good). we were there on shabbat, but nothing closed early and since we are not observant we didn't notice any inhibition on the experience. the shomer shabbas people had their own elevator and there was candle lighting and kiddish in the lobby. the bar area was fun and nice and clean, and the pub was cool, with an irish there. the bowling alley was really fun and unexpected as well! THE POOLS WERE AWESOME. one big hot dead sea water one which went half inside in and half outside, one medium heated one which was half dead sea and normal, and one cold normal water, as well as a hottub of normal hot water. there was also a turkish bathhouse (hamman), finnish sauna, and a steam room. It was free and great!! the outdoor pool is normal water as well and big and nice, with a bar nearby. the spa itself was very nice and relaxing. i got a mud wrap and a massage and loved both. it was 91 dollars for both. only thing that was lame was dinner, which was ok, buffet style with all you can drink beer, but ended up being 82 dollars, not really worth it. also pool and dead sea beach close at 5, and pool area inside and spa at 6 which means you have to make the most of your time, but this is standard for the area, and also it gets dark at 5 anyways.
all in all amazing experience. we rented a car and drove there, from avis.com, and it was only 100 dollars for three day rental.
great time overall

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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los angeles, ca
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

The hotel is across from its own private beach on the Dead Sea, and most rooms have simply breathtaking views of the sea. The rooms themselves are a bit small and just average in decorations and amenities. The spa service was excellent, although the treatment rooms were again not well decorated. As well, the amenities in the spa area were sparse and quite plain.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Israel
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

Recently we had spent a weekend at the Daniel. We had better to choose another hotel.
The only good thing I can say about Daniel Dead Sea is that the hotel is clean. And that it as a cute "Scottish pub" (that serves good Israeli beer). However, there are too many annoying little things that ruin the experience, for example:
1. The SPA robes should be "hunted" since they are never there.
2. On checkout, the clerk tried to charge us 2*$50 "robe deposit" even though we had returned our robes to the SPA earlier. Nice try, though.
3. During the breakfast, there is ONLY ONE waiter for the huge dining room that serves you coffee. That means, you can easily wait for 15-20 minutes for your morning coffee.
4. At the morning we found our car blocked in the parking lot by another car (even though we parked OK). The car was found to belong to one of the hotel's managers. Hey, nice service!
5. On Friday evening all guests checking out on Saturday found a nice letter that asked to leave the hotel by 4pm or pay "late checkout". I was shocked since in any other place in Israel you can check out after the Shabbat ends (6-7 pm) without additional charge.
And there were even more annoying moments....
6. There is no ice or cold beverage service at the hotel's private beach. The private beach gate lock is broken - anyone can enter.
So, next time we come to the Dead Sea - we will certainly choose another hotel, probably the Isrotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

We were only able to get rooms for one night in the Daniel Dead Sea Hotel. From the moment we arrived until we checked out the staff was so very unpleasant and unfriendly, and it started to annoy us and to spoil our vacation time. The staff hardly speaks English, but are fluent in Russian. After having a beautiful time in the Dead Sea we tried to have breakfast, but we were told that there is no table. There were plenty of empty tables, but all full of the leftovers from other guests. Instead of cleaning them they made us wait - unbelievable!! I loved the Dead Sea, but didn't enjoy the hotel :(

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ein Bokek MP, Ein Bokek 86930, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Bokek
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Ein Bokek
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ein Bokek
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ein Bokek
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ein Bokek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Daniel Dead Sea Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 306
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