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“Gorgeous location with spacious room” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Hotel

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Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Hotel
Huntington, New York
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47 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Gorgeous location with spacious room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

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.

Room Tip: A Deluxe Plus room with view of Arugot is the best choice for spaciousness, newness and amazing view
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

We had a very lovely stay in the Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel. The setting is amazing with views of the mountains and the hotel is set in splendid botanical gardens. The room was large,clean and and very comfortable with table and chairs to sit outside if you so wished.
The food was very good although it wasn't a personal intimate place to sit as there were quite a few groups. It is a large hotel but you dont feel it because it is very spread out and consequently very quiet.
The service was excellent and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to get away from it all. We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

The Ein Gedi Country Hotel was a very nice place to stay at. We had a room along the promenade, with an amazing view of the mountainous desert, and part of the dead sea. The rooms were very clean and the bathroom was spacious. They had stocked the room with tea bags, biscuits and a kettle. The buffet breakfast and dinner was amazing! There was so many different varieties of foods there! The location was also great, as expected. The only thing was no one was very friendly or warm towards us, it was just as if they had to do it. Saying that though, I very much enjoyed my stay at the Country Hotel and would probably stay again, if I come back to Ein Gedi.

Room Tip: The view of the mountains was great, we stayed in room 374, but I don't know if there were other...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AlannahBerry
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Netanya, Israel
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46 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Jerusalem, Israel
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank yuliaT
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Tel-Aviv
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Haimb
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netherlands
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2011

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

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hans67netherlands
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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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