Our family stayed for one night at the Ein Gedi kibbutz's hotel during our recent trip to Israel. We loved it! We got a Deluxe Plus Arugot Room, which was a new, sparkling room with enough space for the three of us to share it comfortably. (My in-laws' room next door was very nice, too.) The best thing about our room, however, was the location. Besides being just a short easy walk from the buffet-style restaurant and the botanical gardens of the kibbutz, the view from our window was AMAZING! One of my favorite memories of our Israel trip was standing on our room's porch looking out over the wadi as the sun set behind the mountains. The desert mountains were gorgeous, lights twinkled across the Dead Sea in Jordan, and, best of all, seven beautiful ibex were resting on the cliff right in front of me.
Also nice was that this hotel has access to its own spa on the Dead Sea (a drive, though, not right there). We did not do any 'spa' activities because that is not the type of thing our family enjoys, but we did enjoy visiting it to visit the Dead Sea. As the Dead Sea shoreline has receded in recent years, the spa provides a tractor and wagon to pull you down to the sea (especially convenient in July's heat when walking would be too hot!). There are fresh water spigots along the Sea, shaded spots within the sea as well as on the beach, and even a rail to help movement-challenged patrons enter the Dead Sea without slipping on the salt, which was great for my 76-year-old father-in-law.
The hotel gets 4 stars instead of 5 only because of some minor inconveniences-- only mini-packs of tissues instead of boxes were provided, the third bed for my son was not set up upon our arrival nor were there towels for him, and the air conditioning was not turned "on" when we arrived-- although the latter two issues were quickly fixed, they were an annoyance.
The kibbutz also offers its own tours and activities. Finally, it is located a short distance from the hikes in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, which are beautiful. We arrived at the Nahul David hike at its 8 a.m. opening and were delighted to see many animals: hyrax and ibex.
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay in the Dead Sea area and has your own transportation to take you to places like the nearby Masada fortress.
- 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