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“Le Meridien Dead Sea Hotel - Honest Review” 5 of 5 stars
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David Spa & Resort
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road, Ein Bokek 89680, Israel   |  
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Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Ein Bokek
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Le Meridien Dead Sea Hotel - Honest Review”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Due to my Psoriasis condition, I have been in last octber in dead sea hotels for 28 days.
I have been before at Isrotel and decided to try something new.

Isrotel can't compare to the Meridian in room size, hotel layout, pool's,
general facilities, value for the money, etc.

The food has been mostly good with a few exceptions.

Due to their recent renovations two years ago - their rooms are modern,
fresh and relaxing but only from 14th floor and up.
Hotel staff is nice and had a really good service.

the bad thing at this hotel and the entire dead sea hotels that they are remote
and if you would like to buy something that the hotel can't supply so you need to drive for
an hour at least to get it.
I will be at the Le Meridien from the next stay and until I will
want to try something new again.

Room Tip: take the mesada room and ask for pool view - pay if needed!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

we were at the hotel last week and had fun. the hotel stuff made the vaction an excellent one. all the friends at work still speak and we will be at the hotel next month probably. biv thanks to Roni and Reuma and Salim!
ghe spa is the best thing and too bad that the hotel is not on the beach despite the shuttle service. nevrr mind - see you next month...

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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23 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

the hotel is nice. if u stay there be sure you have the deluxe rooms. They are very nice. Ive stayed there 2 times. Its a bit more with children but its ok. The breakfast is very different from the other Le Meridien I didnt really go there as its to crowdy in there. If u go, be sure you go very early.
The Dead sea is a bit walking distance but the have a small bus to drive you there. So no problem

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Was a little weary about this property based on the TA reviews and the fact that it was only 3K Starwood points. When making the reservation on the phone with the SPG rep I asked why this was only a category 1 property being that it was a Le Meridien resort at the Dead Sea. They did not offer a firm answer other than it was a way to entice more bookings. The rep also mentioned that we would receive comp breakfast for the two of us, which I thought was a nice idea in theory but doubted it would be honored at a franchise property. We arrived around 10am after taking on Masada, which was just up the road. The clerk was nice enough and was able to communicate in limited English. She told us the room would be ready around 2pm and gave us a card which enabled us to get towel service at the pools which was where we hanged until the room as ready. Went back to the front desk for the keys and was assisted by Michal, she was friendly and spoke English very well. I inquired about the "included" breakfast and got a deer in the headlights look. Mentioned that the SPG rep said it was included, she then asked what level my SPG membership was and I told her Gold and she handed over two passes. Our room was located on the 1st floor which was nice because we could avoid the elevators and was on the same floor as the gym, spa, pool, and breakfast room. The rooms on the 1st floor surround a large banquet area which should be taken into consideration when booking during a weekend as there may be banquets/parties going on.

We only visited the salt water pool which is right near the spa and gym and it has both an indoor and outdoor portion, there is a normal pool that is huge at the other end of the hotel. The gym was great as it has plenty of space, modern equipment, towels, water and an onsite trainer.

As for the public areas and rooms, things were fine. I had to remind myself that (1) this was a franchise property (2) located in an incredibly arid and salty environment. The lobby is nicely well done. Elevators and corridors do show their age, the last time this place had an upgrade was probably about 10 years ago. It could use new carpeting, repainting of the walls and housekeeping could be a little more detailed. The saltwater pool tile could also be refurbished. We were happy with the room, fairly large, big desk, flat screen, coffee area, good size tub w/ separate shower, sitting area and fridge. The patio is larger than most and looked out to the fresh water pool area and sea. No chairs on the patio and hot water in the shower was more along the lines of warm. When we came back from dinner there was a nice fruit plate and bottle of water that was placed in there room while we were out. It was a nice gesture and assume it was done because I am SPG Gold.

The breakfast was GREAT! We went late after a workout which is suggested if you want a calmer/quieter meal. It is buffet style that offers a bunch of different sections which included breakfast items with eggs, pancakes, potatoes, cereals, grains, and yogurts. Pizza station as well which we did not try. The winner for me was the cheese area which offered about 20 different types of cheeses and smoke meats and fish...loved it. Good strong coffee as well.

The hotel also has an area across the street on the shore of the sea, it has a lifeguard and lounge chairs with umbrellas, be sure to get your towels at the hotel as they are not provided down at the beach. The lounge chairs are also tethered to the umbrella which is a pain, but I guess they have had a problem with them being stolen.

Overall we enjoyed our time here for one night and would go back especially if the SPG redemption level stays the same. There is a charge for internet and there is no free wifi. Other than the breakfast we did not try any other dining. Would recommend to others as a good place to stay for couple of nights at the Dead Sea.

Room Tip: Beware of rooms on the ground level as it is near their function space.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We did our checkin in a rush hour. Although we were prefered guest and we had a separate checkin line the staff did not force it and we waited the same a a regular line. The lobby was a mess. Finally we receive our room keys. We went to the room and instead of having a room with a king bed we received a room with 2 queen beds and a baby bed (!?). We went to the front desk, instead of changing the room at once they started to urgue. after few minutes they gave us the correct room.
The room was not clean and in the bath we had sand on the floor. The room itself is OK, nothing more, it is a little old and need renovation.
We went to dinner, the veriaty was good but nothing was tasty. The Restaurant arrangment is owfull making it hard to navigate to the food and to the table. Parts of the restaurant have a brimstone smell.
The SPA is Good, we spent a day in it, it is not crowded, the treatment were good.
The beach is also good, you need to walk 5 minutes.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kfar Saba, Israel
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. We booked our holiday in this hotel because it was recommended by our friends who are travelling a lot and usually are very critical. We read the critical reviews and we don't know what it is about.
Our room was very spacious and clean. The view is outstanding! The hotel is very nicely decorated inside and outside. The regular pool is so large that we could not feel that there are so many people in the hotel and there were enough sun beds all around. There are 2 spa pools with dead sea water: indoor and outdoor. All the pools are crystal clear and clean. The hotel has a private beach, with many sun beds and facilities. What can you ask more?!
There was stuff all over: kind and willing to help. They called us to our room to ask if everything was o.k. and while we were in the pool they made a survey about our satisfaction or any remarks that we had about the hotel. One can see that they take into consideration the reviews and are determined to improve what is needed.
Entertainment: we stayed for 2 nights and every night
there were performance and d.j. We were singing, dancing and enjoying very much with all the people around.
The food is not "gormet" but very tasty. There is a large variety for every taste and for children. The dining room is large and the stuff is cleaning constantly.
We enjoyed our stay very much and we will definitely come again!

Aviva and Eli, Israel

Room Tip: high floor facing the dead sea
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed at this hotel as part of a tour group. Our particular group was a day late in arriving and although we were late in the day our rooms were not ready. When we were allowed in they were not cleaned properly with dirty towels left on the floor and streaks on the mirrors. The facilities are very nice though yet somewhat dated and in need of some repair. The Dead Sea access is down the hill and across the road. Not a long walk but not attached to the property. We didn't find the staff very friendly or helpful. The buffet breakfast and dinners were a wonderful mix of really good foods but those serving were not helpful and were very abrupt. We had a mud treatment and the staff did not speak English. They were abrupt and I felt uncomfortable with the whole process. Love the Dead Sea but would definately choose a different hotel next time.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about David Spa & Resort

Address: Main Road, Ein Bokek 89680, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Bokek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Ein Bokek
#11 Luxury Hotel in Ein Bokek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — David Spa & Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 600
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Also Known As:
Meridien Dead Sea
Le Meridien Ein Bokek
Ein Bokek Le Meridien
Le Meridien Dead Sea
David Spa & Resort Dead Sea, Israel

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