We spent two nights at the Beit Sarah Guest House (called the Ein Gedi Youth Hostel on our GPS) while visiting the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Dead Sea and Masada. Other reviewers are correct in that it is nothing fancy, but definitely all we needed for a reasonable price during our stay. We drove up to the Ein Gedi Resort and Spa (for their ATM machine) which costs twice as much and, although we didn't see the rooms, the grounds weren't that impressive and the location was much less desirable. The Hostel on the other hand is less than a three-minute walk from the entrance to Wadi David, and less than a five-minute drive to Wadi Arugot and the Synagogue. You could even walk to the Dead Sea public beach, but it's a bit far so we drove (20 shekels parking if you go before closing at 6:30 PM).
The rooms are spartan (like a dormitory) but the beds are comfortable and there is a refrigerator and coffee/tea maker if you want to bring your own food. (Watch out for ants if you leave food out.) The all-you-can-eat dinner buffet is the best option for the area (about $55 for two adults and two children) and pretty good - lots of choices but nothing exceptional. The included breakfast is great and kept us going for 4.5 hours of hiking in the Nature Reserve on the first day and the hike up/down Masada on the second day.
Best of all is the view of the Dead Sea from the balcony, and the ibexes walking around the grounds. And the guy at the desk (wish I'd gotten his name) who gave us a dozen insider tips on the area - by far the most helpful person we've met in Israel.
Would definitely stay here again and recommend over any other accommodations in the area.
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