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Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Hotel
Netanya, Israel
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53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Run down rooms and poor service for a pricey premium”
Reviewed December 1, 2011

Unfortunately, Kinbutz Ein Gedi takes advantage of its excuisite location in a desert oasis to do the minimum for their customers. Would avoid if you do not wish to be over chaged for bad service, run down rooms and "accidental" credit card transactions.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

I stayed here for a week, first with family and then for a conference. The kibbutz has a very special atmosphere with beautiful garden and swimming pool, right in the center of the desert. The food was excellent (we got two meals a day). I will definitely come here again - there is nothing in the area with so much character.
Less than perfect things: the arugot room has no view and is in the less pretty part of the garden. Take a regular room. It's better to have a car if you want to see some things in the area. The hotel is not on the sea shore, so you need to take a bus to get there. The wi-fi is problematic in most parts of the hotel.

Room Tip: Don't take the Arugot (superior) rooms without view. They are not worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Tel-Aviv
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2011

The bath/toilet was quite clean. Quite good breakfast but no omelets & the food was a bit lukewarm at dinner. The surrounding is very quiet, birds twittering at the morning :), lot's of green & on every plant at the Kibbutz there is a description beside it.
For photographers - I recommend to bring a 300mm lens for all the birds near the room :)
There is a little Zoo with monkeys, turtles and birds. The swimming pool is big with view to the sea and the mountains.
The Wi-Fi is free around the hotel. also, there are many cats around the lobby's restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2011

Perfect place to stay. In the middle of a botanic garden.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2011

I booked a deluxe room expecting a view but all I saw was the room opposite. It is quite expensive compared to the grander hotels down the road but I suppose one is paying for the kibbutz experience. Without transportation, it is difficult to get around from Ein Gedi and it is half an hour's drive to the main drag if you want to eat somewhere else. Do not go for the dinner bed and breakfast as dinners can be had down the road at similar price but far better. The restaurants in the Isrotel are particularly good. Expect only kibbutz service (no one to help with luggage or directions etc) although everyone very friendly (except for the chap at reception who was extremely off hand and couldn't be less helpful). It is ok as an experience but not great value for money. The gardens are the only thing I would recommend as they are particularly beautiful, extremely well kept and impressive but you don't have to stay in the hotel to see this.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 29, 2010

I recently spent three days at Ein Gedi while my husband attended a conference there. I absolutely fell in love with this place! Our room (an Arugot room) was lovely - simple and comfortable. I would wake up to find ibexes munching grass outside our door! The pool was very nice and usually fairly empty. The grounds are a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. One of the kibbutz members, Yehuda, took me on a 2 hour tour of the kibbutz and garden, which was one of the highlights of my stay. The food was great - a huge buffet of typical Israeli food for breakfast and dinner. Very heavy on fresh vegetable salads and side dishes, plus the meat buffet. Didn't really need lunch, but there was minimarket that is part of the kibbutz where you could buy snacks, yogurt, etc. I spent 2 days at Ein Gedi Spa, floating in the Dead Sea, soaking in the mineral baths and covering myself with mud. Masada is a short cab ride away, and my friend and I hired a tour guide, Younnis, who took up up into the desert for a wonderful tour. It was very hard to leave this amazing place and I hope to return!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2010

If you are planning to stay in the Dead Sea area for a couple of nights, this is a highly recommended hotel. While the rooms are simple and set in motel like structures (some rooms are larger than others), they are very clean and comfortable. The staff is extraordinarily friendly and helpful and really go out of their way to assist you. The grounds are extensive, rising oasis-like in the middle of the desert, with a pool and other leisure facilities, and are set within a botanical garden. The desert bluffs/hills and the Dead Sea, viewed from the grounds of the hotel are stunning at different times of the day. The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and Masada are a short drive away, making this hotel a convenient base for hiking trips. The hotel has a shuttle to the Dead Sea Spa. The hotel would have been even better if there was internet access in the rooms . . . .

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Property: Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Hotel
Address: Ein Gedi 86980, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Gedi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Ein Gedi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 176
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 176 room Ein Gedi Kibbutz Resort Hotel is located in one of the most scenic areas in the world, on the edge of the Judean Desert, overlooking the mineral-rich Dead Sea and Moab Mountains. Ein Gedi Country offers a variety of safari routes in the wild, remote interior of the Judean Hills. ... more   less 

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