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“Nice Efficient Place to Stay at Dead Sea”
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Kibbutz Ein Gedi
Brooklyn
2 reviews
“Nice Efficient Place to Stay at Dead Sea”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We chose to stay at Kibbutz Ein Gedi Hotel because we didn't want the "Atlantic City", over commercialized beachfront Dead Sea experience that Ein Bokek appears to be, and it was close to Ein Gedi hikes and Masada.

It's not really a "resort" in terms of the rooms, facilities and perks but it's a lovely place to stay, far from any hustle and bustle. The room was nice enough and efficient but of course we spent very little time there. The grounds are well maintained, and provide a wonderful connection to the desert surroundings, mountains and sea.

The hotel provides free access to the Sea of Spas a few minutes down the road which gives you everything you'd want from the Dead Sea--a quiet beach and bathing, black mud area and a pool. The facility has food and a store, with great prices on all Dead Sea health and beauty products. We stocked up on a bunch of gifts for family without breaking the bank.

The dinner buffet (kosher meat) and breakfast buffet (kosher dairy) were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! If I could eat there once a week I would be very happy! So many amazing entrees, salads and desserts to choose from.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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26 reviews
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Even though Kibbutz Ein Gedi is catered for tourists, it will still give you a good idea of what this unique Israeli phenomenon and 'institution' - the Kibbutz - is all about. Kibbutz Ein Gedi is like an oasis in the middle of a desert, situated on a hill overlooking the dead sea. The rooms are simple but tasteful and clean. The food is great and the staff are very helpful and friendly. You should at least stay two nights to make the best of it. If you are travelling by bus to either Jerusalem or Eilat, you should make sure to have your bus ticket booked in advance - otherwise you might end up having to hitch hike! Also beware there are only two buses out of there a day. The only downside is that it is quite expensive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The grounds surrounding this lodging are a beautiful oasis in the desert with breathtaking views. After one night we uncovered a mouse moving around in the room. When reported to the hotel there was not much concern. They did move us though to another room. Cats roam the grounds for obvious reasons, to the control the population of other creatures. The Spa on the Kibbutz was very upscale, but the other one situated right on the Dead Seas was so so. Enjoyed the mud treatment, sulfur baths, and dead seas plunge. Food at the hotel was good but expensive like most places.

Room Tip: Get one of the newer rooms overlooking the mountains. Beautiful view & can park car next to room
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We stayed here during the weekend of the annual Masada music event in a large deluxe room. The room was very comfortable with quality linens and towels, efficient self-controlled A/C, big closet, coffee/tea, biscuits and a small fridge with complementary mineral water and milk. We were happy to find also a welcome gift of fruits, a cookie box and a Dead Sea minerals cosmetic set.
This secluded village type resort hotel, quiet and tranquil, with its walking paths, birds' twitting and wonderful landscape of trees and flowers, is the best alternative for the hassle of the big hotels strip located not far away.
The dining room, which is a 5 minutes' walk from the room (or you can take the golf carts shuttle) offers a huge variety of good food: the breakfast buffet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese variety, cereals and yogurts, many warm dishes (loved the eggplant shakshuka), breads, pastries and much more.
Friday evening dinner was great as well, with fresh salads, liver pate, smoked salmon salad and many hot dishes of meat, poultry, fish and veggies.
The most wonderful treat of this place is the SPA!!! It's spacious, well designed and it induces a very relaxing atmosphere. It consists of an indoor Dead Sea water pool, sauna, Turkish hamam and a large outdoor area with a small-size regular pool, many shaded lounges and the most fantastic surrounding view of the Dead Sea and the Yehuda Desert Mountains. The spa offers various body treatments which we were late to book..
Staff is friendly, efficient and helpful. Although the hotel was quite full during the weekend there was no queuing in the lobby or in the spacious dining room and we were seated immediately.
We were surprised to run into one of the main performers of the music event while returning from the dining room, and also to see another celeb in the Spa. As these people are known for being possessive for their privacy, it only strengthens our impression of the uniqueness of this place.
Will definitely return here on our next visit to the area!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Great place , nice "staff" in the Kibbutz , caring people and super food .
had a great time with two teenage daughters .
Perfect located close to the dead sea, which you can reach with a hotel shuttle .
Located on a hill overviewing the dead sea , mystic and beautifull !

Room Tip: new rooms or mini suites in the garden , we stayed argorut rooms
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Basel
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

We were staying in a very modern, beautiful and spacious room with a balcony/terrace with a view to the Negev hills, and we could also get a little glimpse on the Dead Sea. Beautiful bathroom with a big shower and there is also a bath tub. The breakfast buffet was just stunning - huge choice of anything you can imagine to eat. You get free entrance to the spa down at resp. near the Dead Sea (since it is shrinking) with access to a Dead Sea beach.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Arrived here from the hustle and bustle of downtown Eilat - where noise, called music, is blaring out at venues across the town..... Ein Gedi enabled us - three 60 year old women - to regain our composure, serenity and eardrums...! Delightful here. We had lovely rooms and peace reigned (until the following day when a Jewish festival heralded many families descending). That said, if you come here when it is not a weekend or festival it is tranquil and refreshing. Wonderful spa treatment at the hotel. Excellent food and service from all staff.. The botanical plants are wonderful to stroll around and the views of the mountains is inspiring. Would definitley come back.

Room Tip: Do not come on the Sabbath or festivals if you want peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Kibbutz Ein Gedi
Address: P.O. Box 32169, Ein Gedi 8698000, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Gedi
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Ein Gedi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Kibbutz Ein Gedi 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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