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Ramat Rachel Resort
Ranked #40 of 99 Hotels in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Tel Aviv, Israel
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40 reviews
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“Standard...Nothing special”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our family stayed for Shabbat before Passover.
We took 20 rooms.
The rooms are nice and spaces.Good for family's with kids.
The food is okay...nothing special.
The service was standard.
There is a lot of room to play outside.
They have a pool but I didn't try it.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The Ramat Rachel serves the most delicious hummus I’ve ever tasted, accompanied by freshly baked bread and very agreeable white wine. My wife and I enjoyed a buffet lunch in their 900 seat Banquet Hall, and were thoroughly spoilt by the wide choice of freshly-prepared cold salad starters. These were so tasty that I didn’t need a main course, saving space instead for the mouth-watering array of flans and honey-soaked cakes from the dessert table. Yummy yum! The young waiters spoke excellent English, were genuinely friendly and more than happy to replenish our empty wine bottle. This must be a great venue for celebrating a wedding or bar mitzvah!

The Ramat Rachel is a kibbutz of almost 400 people founded back in 1926. It is situated on the outskirts of Jerusalem, near to the border with the West Bank/Bethlehem. They produce their own olives, cherries and other fruits.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Stayed here as part of a trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Comfortable hotel with most rooms having a view of Bethlehem. Rooms very large and spacious.
Location is a bit out of Jerusalem but the reception are happy to organise taxis.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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cambridge
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We were in a group on a day tour of Jerusalem from a cruise ship. This hotel was our included lunch break. Part of the dining room had been reserved for us, the tables were all nicely laid out and had water and wine on them. There was a large choice from the buffet, I had boiled beef and carrots, after a salad starter, which was funny considering its a line from a london cockney song, the beef was lovely and tender, everyone I spoke to was happy with the food they chose. There was a shop to buy local nik naks and nice gardens to relax in.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Beautiful Hotel . Gorgeous wedding room fit for a King. Spacious rooms for rent clean friendly service. Nice lobby area to meet people from all over the world. If you didnt know better aside from the accents you would think you were in a better quality American Hotel. Would loved to have stayed longer if we could but the party moved to another area of Israel. Next time we will try to stay longer. only reason its not 5 star is because I base it on American Hotels and value. Its expensive and not quite the 5 stars you get in America however the breakfast was out of this world !

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This review is by someone who usually stays at the King David in Jerusalem, so as you can imagine I was a little worried when I found out I was staying at Ramat Rachel on a Mother and Daughter tour of Israel. Though I was very pleasantly suprised when I saw our room. It was modern, clean and had everything we needed. I had been pre-warned not to expect a bathrobe or slippers or all the nice smelly stuff you get in luxury hotels but it had a safe, air conditioning comfortable pillows, and even a very nice view of Bethlehem.
The reception area was dated and I believe that not all the rooms were as contemporary as mine. Perhaps they have not completed updating all the rooms so ask for a new room when you book.
The hotel is set in the beautiful grounds of a kibbutz and next to an area of archeological interest. You can walk around or get a guided tour which I found fascinating.
Breakfast was quite good. Israeli hotels really know how to do sumptuous breakfasts, but the Friday night supper was not quite so great.
The big disappointment was the lack of a pool. It is covered by a bubble (I am assuming this is over the winter months) and it had recently blown down. The kids were desperate for a swim but I doubt they will do anything to fix it as the weather will be warm enough to swim without it soon enough. The gym was an excellent size compared to most hotels that I have stayed in but I think it is a commercial enterprise and is used by the kibbutz and local residents as well as hotel guests. When I went to look at it, it was extremely busy on a Friday afternoon. Unforunately I didn't get a chance to use it but it would have been more than sufficient for my needs with the full range of equipment to suit everyone and a variety of classes were on offer as well. The jacuzzi on the other hand was full of men over the age of 65 and did not look inviting for any of the Mothers or daughters on our trip - maybe we just came at the wrong time. It wasn't particularly attractive in any case.
The hotel is situated around 17-20 minutes by cab from the old city and it cost us around 45-50 shekels for most journeys. I have no idea if there is a local bus as we didn't even check.
Would I stay here again? Yes if I was coming on another trip like the one I did with my daughter. It is clean, the staff were friendly and I liked the surrounding views. It is most definitely NOT a luxury hotel as described in the brochure but you get what you pay for and this was perfect for our needs on this occasion.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Tyler, Texas
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay at Ramat Rachel, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, overlooking Bethlehem. Our touring group of 25 was easily transported via our tour bus to the center of Jerusalem and surrounding areas. Rooms were lovely, spacious, clean, had large closet and drawer space, but plenty of room to "spead out" in room with extra seating, window bench, large window overlooking Bethlehem. (Christian tourists not able to enter Bethlehem today, so this was the closest we got!) Bathroom large, clean, fully equipped, bathtub and separate shower. Refrigerator, coffee pot, safe, etc. Free WiFi available in lobby-lounge area, comfortable area to visit with fellow travelers and check email, Facebook, keep in touch with family abroad. GiftShop and jewelry shop on main floor. Large restaurant, round tables for visiting, buffet style, lots of variety including delicious desserts and coffee. Lovely grounds with flower beds, scenery, lovely areas to stroll and patio balcony areas for viewing Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Pros: Upscale feel but not overdone, all amenities, great food and helpful staff. Cons: We had no problem with location on outskirts of Jerusalem with our tour bus, but not sure if location would hinder solo travelers (this was mentioned by another reviewer).
Note: secure bomb shelter was down hall from our rooms... this is way of life in Israel, so nice to know it was easily accessible.
Loved our stay!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Ramat Rachel Resort
Address: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel | D.N Tzfon Yehuda, Jerusalem 90900, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Jerusalem
#30 Luxury Hotel in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramat Rachel Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ramat Rachel Resort offers first class accommodations and a kibbutz experience in the heart of Jerusalem. Situated in a tranquil garden, the hotel features large spacious rooms with views over breathtaking natural surroundings. The resort is surrounded by landscaped gardens, natural flora and large green expanses. The hotel staff offers dedicated personal service to guests. The resort is located just a 15 minute drive from downtown Jerusalem Nearby public transport offers bus connections to the city center every 20 minutes Free onsite parking for hotel guests Conferences and events are available and tailored to guest needs and requirements. Hotel Facilities: The hotel restaurant offers a buffet of Israeli and international cuisine for lunch and dinner, as well as a diverse Israeli-style buffet breakfast. A café and two shops are open to guests in the lobby. Due to scheduling changes in construction of Ramat Rachel's new Sports Center for summer 2017, only one swimming pool will be open this summer. The 1.20-meter pool has designated areas for laps and free swimming. Throughout the summer, guests can enjoy a new inflatable water playground, as well as Jerusalem's longest water slide. A children's pool will not be available for use this summer. Have a safe and happy summer! The Hotel Staff. The Sports Center is open to hotel guests from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm. Entrance to Ramat Rachel's Sports Center-Country Club is free to all hotel guests. The facilities are modern and spacious, and the equipment is state-of-the-art. The Center is the perfect combination of utter tranquility and fitness activities of every type. The facility is equipped with the most advanced machines and equipment available, and experienced trainers are on site throughout the day. The Jacuzzi and dry and steam saunas, also open to hotel guests, are a great way to unwind while on vacation. Swimming Pools: A covered, heated pool is open every season of the year for lap swimming and any type of water exercise. In the summer of 2017, we will inaugurate new pools for the enjoyment of guests. Fitness Room: The fitness room at the Sports Center renews itself constantly to provide the most up-to-date, sophisticated machines and equipment available. It is open free of charge to guests in Superior rooms (age 16 and older), with a modest fee charged to other guests. Along with construction of the new swimming pools, begun this September2016 , we are renovating and upgrading the entire Sports Center. All activities will continue to take place during this time. We apologize for any temporary inconvenience. Adjacent to the hotel, guests enjoy access to diverse family-friendly kibbutz attractions: the Olive Park, Yair Lookout, an archeological site and 'Eyal Farm' - an eco-therapeutic farm that serves as an educational home in the disciplines of sustainability, ecology, environmentalism and animal rights. Nearby Attractions: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel overlooks Jerusalem's numerous historical heritage sites. It serves as the perfect base point for city tours and is also conveniently close to the city's lively nightlife and cultural sites, including the German Colony, The First Station, Chan Theater and Alrov Mamilla Avenue. Guests also enjoy the proximity to Yes Planet movie theaters, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, the Bloomfield Science Museum, the Israel Museum and the Hadar and Malcha malls. ... more   less 
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