It takes about an hour to an hour and 20 minutes to reach Kibbutz Ein Gedi from Jerusalem, dropping down about 3800 feet (785 metres) to 1388 feet (425 metres) BELOW sea level.
The hotel is placed well off the main road (wait until you see the signs for "Kibbutz Hotel Ein Gedi" and don't turn off at the other Ein Gedi signs for the Beach and the Nature Reserve). There is a large spacious lobby and the girl at the reception was friendly, efficient and informative. We had Room 15 which is very close to the main lobby and bar/restaurant area so it was very convenient. All rooms are quiet.
The room was a step up from the typical Kibbutz room; small bathroom with good shower, soaps, towels and sink. Room was a decent size with air con and very comfortable beds. Curtains had black out backings to keep room dark after sunrise.
We stayed out on the bar terrace for the evening with a glass of wine, a large bowl of humous and pitta bread and watched the stars come out in the black night sky.
The breakfast is held in the dining room (not bar/restaurant area) and is about a 5 minute walk. Superb quality breakfast with cereals, cheeses, salads, fish, breads, fruit etc etc and your coffee is filled up automatically by a roaming waitress. Believe me, after you've stuffed yourself with this breakfast you won't need lunch!
We booked out in the morning by simply returning the keys to the reception. Do ask for the voucher which gives you free access to the Ein Gedi Spa a couple of kilometres down the road which I'll describe in a separate review. Also, the rooms themselves are set in a botanical garden landscape and you must take a leisurely walk of about an hour to look at the wonderful plants and cactuses.
- Also Known As:
- Kibbutz Ein Gedi Hotel Ein Gedi