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“Let your mind expand in Ein Gedi”
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Kibbutz Ein Gedi
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

After a few days in Jerusalem we wanted to let our minds relax a little, so booked the Ein Gedi hotel online, and hopped on a bus to the Dead Sea. The hotel, which is part of a long-established kibbutz is in a stunning location in an oasis against a backdrop of craggy, desert mountains. We took one of the apartment/houses which looked out onto the mountains. A mind-expanding view, and a clean, modern, spacious environment. Some of the smaller houses which are in the gardens have had less good responses from guests, but I think it all depends what you want, and there were some very satisfied visitors who were staying in the more basic houses. Sitting round outside and playing cards on tables. The facilities are shared - a cafe where you can have a glass of wine or light meal in the evening, or the dining room which has more of a kibbutz feel to it, but has a wide range of food and drink. It is worth having a look round the kibbutz and its history, the small zoo, and visiting the spa to float in the mud pool and have a treatment. It is also worth going down to the Dead Sea, sitting on the hard baked salt beach, and coating yourself in restorative mud. For two days this was close to paradise. A wonderful break in a fast-moving holiday in Israel. It isn't dripping with luxury, but it is a peaceful and interesting place. It could only have been made better if more people had had a smile on their face. (-:

Room Tip: Make up your mind about whether to go for one of the more expensive houses for comfort, or one of th...
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

I feel like I've said everything already. The kibbutz is an expansive layout, way up on the hill from the dead sea. We had a regular room which felt a bit like a cutely painted army barrack. No real double bed, just two twins smashed together. The compound has a restaurant which is adequate, and a pool and a spa which I didn't use because it was winter. During the summer this may have a better vibe. The customer service of the hotel was rather apathethic. We asked for help getting our bags down the 20 min long walk to the bottom of the hill to the main road where the bus stop is (because buses southbound to Eilat don't come into the compound) and no one would even try to help us.

The main bonus to this hotel is the free access to the Dead Sea Spa/Beach which was not exactly resort caliber but nice enough. There aren't really many choices to stay around here, although I heard very good things about the Massada Hostel from people there.

If you want a resort on the Dead Sea, go to Evason in Jordan. I'd still pick Ein Gedi over Ein Bokek which tries to be a resort town but the Dead Sea isn't really splash around fun so not sure why you'd want it. I'd just go down to Eilat and splash in the ocean. Otherwise this is just a good respite while visiting Massada and taking a soak in the Dead Sea.

Also if you're allergic to cats (like me), this place is riddled with them.

Room Tip: Upgrade if it's not too expensive to one of the nice rooms by the restaurant.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Very well located, close access to the dead sea, to both the Ein Gedi spa and the Ein Gedi public beach (we tried both and clearly preferred the public beach to the spa) and the Ein Gedi reserve (definitively worth a visit). However the service and the room were both disappointing and definitively not accordance with the price we paid.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

The kibbutz is located above the dead sea which gives you an excellent view of both the dead sea and the judia desert. The hotel itself got a range of room classes, from simple to deluxe. However the deluxe are not so deluxe... And the simple rooms are really simple for example old CRT televisions plastic spoons that bend when you stir your coffee, small blankets. For prices ranging from $300 per night for the simplest room to $450 for deluxe, I rather sleep in Jerusalem or stay for just one night if I have to.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Very expensive and the price doesn't justify it as the rooms are not clean and the stuff are not nice. And the service is bad. The food was good on the first day but after that you can feel its recycle food :-(
The view is amazing and the air is good. The spa is nice yet very expensive!!!!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

There are a lot of mixed reviews so here is a detailed rundown of our experience.

We took the advice of this forum and booked an expensive room (called "Deluxe Room - Mountain View" on their website). Can't speak directly to the "Superior Room Arugot" class of rooms, which was one step down. We visited in low season so the rates are probably higher at other times.

This was by far the most expensive room we booked during our two week trip to Israel and Jordan. It was a nice room--spacious, good design, nice bath and shower, decent bed--but not luxurious. Outside was a little patio table and chairs amidst the cacti and succulent landscaping. There was a gorgeous canyon/mountain view but you have to leave the room to see it if you are on the bottom floor (and, since there is a walking path there, most people downstairs would probably keep the curtains closed anyway). TIP: Try requesting an upper level room (505-508; 515-520). Another block of upstairs rooms that appear to have good views are 370, 372, 374, 376, 378, 380, but I don't know what class they are. A group of ibex (a wild goat with large curving horns) appears to spend a lot of time on the hillside here.

Anyway, what really made this hotel worth the expense were the extra perks--though I can't confirm if these are available for all rooms in all seasons:
1. There is a nice spa onsite (entry was free) that has an outdoor pool with a nice view, an indoor pool that mimics the salinity and buoyancy of the Dead Sea, a Turkish bath, and a dry sauna.
2. We were given free day passes to the Ein Gedi Sea of Spa (just a few kilometers south of the hotel) that has a variety of treatment options (including mud pots, sulfur showers, etc.) and access to a nice private beach on the Dead Sea. Just have to ask for the passes.
3. The botanic garden throughout the property looks very nice, with baobabs and many rare plants, but we didn't have time to take full advantage of this.
4. There is discounted admission to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve up the road, but we ran out of time to do it.
5. A volleyball court and what looked like a mini-golf course are onsite

Fortunately, these perks are still available after you check out. So you can go do Masada at sunrise, come back for breakfast, check out, and then relax however you choose. TIP: Plan to arrive early and leave late to maximize your experience.

As far as food goes, there is a huge breakfast buffet included in the room rate as with most hotels in Israel. The breakfast here was excellent , one of the best we had on our trip. We did not try the main dining room for dinner but the bar/café was expensive and mediocre.

Regarding service (which seems to have been an issue for some guests), the staff was helpful with our questions and no more or less brusque than our general experience on the trip.

One small caveat: A number of civilian and military aircraft flew over though I don't know how unique that was to our stay. There was some noise from this but nothing too disturbing .

Overall, we had a great stay that was well worth the expense.

Room Tip: Shell out for an expensive room with a mountain view. Try requesting an upper level room (505-508; 5...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Everything but the location at the bottom level. We paid like a 4star hotel (over $ 200 for B&B accommodation for 1 night) to get services of a low 2 star hotel: Forniture is old, the room is not clean while the bathroom is dirty and the staff is far from friendly. We wanted to have dinner at the bar terrace: we ended up trying to find a waiter ourselves as nobody came in a timely fashion way and eventually had to move inside bothered by the many cats that have access to the terrace.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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
Price Range: $194 - $398 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kibbutz Ein Gedi 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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