We have been staying in Aviv hostel for years on every vacation to Eilat. I was astounded to see the reviews from before the last January, it was so not true. Glad to see that people started to appreciate the place.
Overall - the hotel is conveniently situated just 3 minutes walk from the central bus station in Eilat. The hotel is a family-run establishment with caring and professional staff. The hosts are hospitality itself. The building is new and kept in good condition. The rooms offered in a range of accommodations, starting from basic rooms without balconies to large family suites with plenty of space, balcony and even a sea view (stayed in them all, on this visit in a family suite). The rooms are equipped with great air conditioning, kitchenette, small refrigerator, cable TV (never used them though), and of course en-suite toilet and shower. The rooms are spotlessly clean, the beds offer great quality of sleep. The hotel offers free wi-fi (on every floor), a cosy swimming pool and a breakfast.
Excellent hotel at most reasonable price (for Eilat).
In details -
The area is a typical old-Eilat residential area with low buildings, bordered by higher (3-4 stories) hotels. Currently many of the buildings are let as backpackers' hostels, but the area is perfectly safe. It also offers free parking, if needed.
The building of the hotel is a newly reconstructed building with 5 floors. The lower floors offer simpler rooms, the upper floors offer family suites. A small swimming pool is located on floor 1. The pool is shallow, and the hotel policy is to restrict the access to the pool to several hours in the afternoon, to avoid noise and nuisance to a variety of hotel's guests. There is an elevator on one side of the corridor, and a stair-case on the other.
The rooms are well air-conditioned, at every season, you get heating at winter and cooling at summer. The conditioning is individually controlled from every room (family suites boast two air conditioners). The beds are simple but comfortable, every once in a while you may come against a flat pillow, which will be with great apologies replaced at the reception desk. A bureau with a mirror is also in every room. The larger suites have a table with chairs in the room. Larger rooms also offer balconies that are not very large but allow great leisure once the sun is not scorching (in the morning or at dusk). Balcony furniture includes a plastic armchair and a plastic low table. The rooms are well cleaned before the check-in, and at least once during the stay, but can be also cleaned daily upon a request. A kettle and a small refrigerator are provided in every room, and larger rooms provide also a sink and a set of kitchen utensils. However, cooking is impossible, so only cold snacks or hot meals from elsewhere.
There is a free unprotected wi-fi on every floor, a swimming pool on the first floor and a billiards table in the lobby. Clean towels are supplied upon request (we just use our own, but not due to a faulty handling by a hotel, just our own habit), and the bed sheets are changed every time the room is cleaned. The breakfast is simple but ample, although we do not usually take it, once again - due to our habits. The room keys are to be deposited at the reception desk when leaving the hotel. The check-in time is usually 14:00, but early arrivals are almost always possible, even without prior notice. The check-out time ranges from 9:00 to 10:00, depending on the season and the occupancy, but occasionally late check-out is possible.
The staff is very friendly and obliging. The family (Jane and Gadi) are most pleasant people to be met. The hired staff is also keeping up to the high standard of service and knowledge. All the staff is fluent in English and Hebrew, and possibly in other languages (never needed more than that). :) The reception is occupied 24/7, and every issue is handled carefully, thoroughly and courteously to the utmost satisfaction of the guest. Insiders' tips are gladly provided, be it a good restaurant to eat, a good beach to go to, or any other fantasy, such as a musical instrument shop in Eilat.
At least for these reasons it was hard for us to believe to other travellers' allegations regarding the hosts/staff. I still doubt their veracity, on the frank side.
To conclude - I would gladly recommend the place to anyone coming to Eilat either on business or leisure.
- Also Known As:
- Aviv Spring Hotel Eilat