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Ein Gedi - Beit Sarah Guest House
Helsinki, Finland
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100 reviews
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Ein Gedi Youth Hostel as this is also called has two buildings with private rooms and separate buildings with hostel dormitories. The hostel was very popular with several busloads of school kids. Fortunately private rooms were more calm.

Guest house is located across the road from the Dead Sea. The rooms have balconies with views. The rooms are basic with two separate beds and a bunk bed, separate shower and toilet spaces (en-suite) and a spotty wifi. They server a buffet dinner but we opted to buy some groceries in Ein Gedi kibbutz supermarket. Breakfast is a lively affair with all the school children. Disposable cups, plates, cutlery. Better be there when the dining room opens at 7:30 am.

This is a reasonably priced option to stay in Dead Sea area and the location is very good for visiting Masada and Mineral Beach. Just do not expect too much.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We loved our stay here. It is a hostel, but unlike other hostels in Israel, (ie Masada and Akko), it was not swarming with bus loads full of school kids. The rooms do have bunk beds but you do have the entire room to yourself. There is coffee and tea provided and a totally seperate large washroom with shower. Soap and shampoo along with towels. The balcony is lovely as it looks out onto the Dead Sea. It was especially wonderful at night as the sun was setting. I loved the air temperature and the lack of a breeze when we were there. I found it quite ideal. There is aircon in the room, but we did not use.
The supper was good and the breakfast basic. You do have to book and pay for the supper but it is well worth it, for unless you brought food with you, you really are in the middle of nowhere.

Just up the road is a place to go bob around in the Dead Sea, (for a price), but we opted to just cross the road, walk across the sand/earth - down the hill and down to the Dead Sea. BEWARE though if you undertake this on your own, for there are sink holes that appear out of the clear blue sky, and like in Lawrence of Arabia, you could disappear forever. Walk gingerally if you do undertake this adventure with much Caution!!

The hostel is right next door to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and it was well worth the trip. Go early to avoid the crowds and to see the Ibex and Hyrax. It was really lovely here and should not be missed.
This hostel is also close to Massada, but we opted to stay at the hostel at Massada in order to get a very early start up.

Parking is free and very convenient as you do get to drive up to your room and unload your baggage. It also is a very secure place with a gated rolling door that opens for your car or a small door for you when you buzz reception.

Room Tip: I believe all room will look out onto the Dead Sea. They are also building an addition.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We reserved two double rooms and didn’t expect to see bunk beds in addition to two single beds. We were told that all rooms have the same arrangement. We had more beds than we needed, so we used the bunk beds as luggage racks. The toilet is separate from the shower and the bathroom has double sinks, which is a plus for couples. Our rooms, which are clean, have balconies, each with a table and chairs, and overlook the Dead Sea. The location is perfect for us, since we only had to walk to Ein Gedi National Park to see King David’s waterfall. The public beach is across the road, but we drove our car, since the road is a busy highway. Being a public beach, you only have to pay for parking, which was cheap, and no entrance fee is required to float at the Dead Sea. There’s even free black mud if you walk a little farther to the right facing the Dead Sea, and just dig your hands into the warm mud and then apply on your body. It was definitely a great experience! But if you don’t want dig for the free black mud, you can also buy packaged mud at the store in the beach – 2 little bags (600 grams/21.16 oz) for 30 shekels.
Not being used to such an enormous breakfast, we thought the food at Beit Sarah was delicious - lots of fresh vegetables, several kinds of fresh cheese, herring, tuna, cakes, French toast, bread made of phyllo dough, cereal, butter, jam, milk, coffee, tea, juice, etc. The chef, who is from Ukraine, treated us so nicely, and even gave us dried apricots after breakfast. All I wanted was some honey, which they didn’t have, so he gave me maple syrup which I poured over the phyllo bread. And for Friday night dinner, the buffet at Beit Sarah was so delicious! We thought the chicken and fish (tasted like kingfish) were so greatly prepared; the cabbage soup with carrots and tomatoes were also delicious; the cooked vegetables, like eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, were all tasty; rice was perfect; desserts were delicious. Overall, it was the best Shabbat dinner during our trip in Israel. FYI – Kibbutz Ein Gedi have dining rooms open to the public, but if you are not staying with them, the rate is higher. We thought about having Shabbat dinner over there, but they were going to charge $142 (not shekels!) for 3 adults, so we decided to have dinner at Beit Sarah instead (67 shekels each).
The following night, Beit Sarah’s dining room was closed, so we ended up having dinner at Kibbutz Ein Gedi’s bar/restaurant, which is not to be confused with their dining rooms serving buffet dinner. The serving portions were small, so we thought the place was overpriced. Food was ok, nothing special. Some of the guests at Beit Sarah went on Saturday night to Ein Bokek where there are several restaurants, but we didn’t want to drive all the way down there.
We highly recommend the place and would stay there again if we travel back to the Dead Sea.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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98 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

If you search this place anywhere else than here, search for Ein Gedi Youth Hostel.

And it's a hostel. You may book double private rooms and get confused at the sight of 4 bunkbeds, but fear not, no-one else suddenly appears to share. Bathroom and WC are separate (great if you're more than 2 to share a room) and views from upper-level rooms are great, overlooking the Dead Sea. Underneath goats roam freely and the sound of happy kids are around. Breakfast is good, but fairly basic and the locker room is communal with shared shelves. Their staff is very helpful and they have an option to lock your valuables in a safe. Masada is nearby, as is the Dead Sea Spa, but if you're not driving, bring a printed Egged bus table with you and make plans for one departure early as the bus goes past you if full. Remember, there is *nothing else* around the area so make sure you book yourself for the dinner!

Room Tip: Try and get an "upstairs" one.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto
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81 reviews
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

The youth hostel is a hostel. You were warned. The place is in a great location. It's right beside the Ein Gedi National Park (go cool off in the waterfall). Couples should also be warned that the room has separate beds. No cuddles here. Breakfast was bad. Close to Masada - only 17 kms away. Price is cheap. Clean. Good showers and free parking. Again, you were warned.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Whangarei, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

En Gedi has limited accommodation and hotels are probably expensive to service, so the high prices may be justified. Comfortable recently-built/refurbished rooms, though clearly designed to double as dorms, Very good meals (there's nowhere to eat in En Gedi so dinners are important). Tame gazelles inhabit the grounds. PC-based internet slow and expensive (wi-fi free)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Warning this is a review of ein gedi youth hostel and not beit Sarah guest house. I can't seem to find a listing for the hostel and that is too bad b/c its a hidden gem. We got our own room which can hold five plus private shower toilet and huge balcony plus bk for four and dinner for four all for $225 US. Did I mention that the balcony let us watch the sun rise over the dead sea? Did I mention the 20% off coupons for admission to the nature reserve? Note the accommodation is very utilitarian. The meals are good but limited to buffet with a few mains and sides.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Address: D.N. Dead Sea, Ein Gedi 8698000, Israel
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