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“Found the Land of Milk and Honey”

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iBex (iBike) Unique Desert Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Mitspe Ramon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago
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“Found the Land of Milk and Honey”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Better than anything you could imagine. We stayed for 6 days and could have stayed much longer!
It was like staying with your best friends in a spectacular location. We weren’t treated as guests--we were treated like family—or better!

The warm hospitality extended by our hosts Aviva and Menachem emanated from every corner of this inviting hotel like the aromatic spices from the Ancient
Spice Trail that traversed the area hundreds of years ago.

The ambiance, and the colors and hues of fabric and furniture at iBike captured the essence and aesthetic of a true oasis in the desert beckoning travelers with delights.

Each day of our 6 day stay, in a charming duplex suite, Aviva and Menachem would advise us on an ideal activity or hike, expertly matching up our interests and abilities with the wide array of options--to create a spectacular and memorable experience. They extended their concierge service for example, to include --driving us to a trailhead at the top of the Makhtesh Ramon Crater and then picking us up at the base of the crater 3 hours later! One day Aviva outfitted us with mountain bikes and took us on a guided tour along the crater’s edge.

Menachem and Aviva were so attentive, warm and fun. They, along with their assistant Omri, literally anticipated our every need. And they created a very convivial atmosphere among all the guests.

This is how Joshua must have felt when he found THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY.

Room Tip: The Suites are delightful
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed in a suit with 2 kids (4 altogether) for 2 nights. Our visit was great as the owner helped us plan the trips to the makhtesgh, organised bikes, and made us feel at home in the accommodation. The owner came with cakes and free milk, coffee and cookies were available in the lobby to encourage staying there and get in touch with other visitors during the evening. Breakfast was great (all home-made stuff). The rooms were clean and beds were okay. One minor thing though was the doorstop on the flour in the middle of the room - kicked it few times with my foot - other solutions can be found. We will definitely come back to ibike in our next visit to makhtesh ramon.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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New York
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Our family of 4 spent 1 night at the wonderful boutique iBike Hotel in Mitzpeh Ramon in December 2013. We visited the area in order to take a jeep tour of the "Makhtesh". We had a wonderful visit and loved the hotel. The owner was very welcoming when we arrived, offering us fresh coffee & biscotti. The duplex room was clean, spacious and comfortable; bathroom was modern & well stocked; there was a small kitchenette which came in handy; and the room came with free wifi. The next morning, there was a delicious homemade breakfast (assorted eggs, "shakshuka", cheeses, yogurt, jams, breads, homemade labane with olive oil & za'atar, coffee, tea, etc.) We'll definitely stay there again! Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Very nice hotel and great for families. We are an American religious family and found this to be such a warm and welcoming place. The owners aren't religious but were very gracious to us and so warm and helpful. They were very sweet to the kids. It is just a short drive and the owners are happy to help you plan activities. We stayed in two suite rooms which were beautifully appointed and very clean. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and we will definitely stay there again when we return to Mitzpe Ramon.

Room Tip: Suites have kitchen and separate upstairs bedroom, so are great for families.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Ibike is the kind of hotel where you don't need room keys (it was the only time in all the traveling experiences I've had when I left a room unlocked for 2 full days)

Ibike stands for the slogan they have written on a wall and which I loved: "Friends are family we choose".
The wonderful owners, Aviva and Menachem created a friendly, welcoming, fun place that makes you want to stay as long as possible.
They gave us tips for areas to visit and explained thoroughly and patiently, they gave us 2 bikes for exploring the area and most of all welcomed us as in a home

Main plus-es:
- very nice and friendly atmosphere
- great decor, cheery and colorful, yet cozy and welcoming, upstairs they have book shelves and pillows to sit on.
- delicious breakfast, the best we had in all Israel
- very good wifi and a laptop for all guests in the living downstairs
- the little details that make the difference: milk, coffee, tea and cookies in the common area downstairs
- just across the street there is a kind of "oriental" corner outside with a vintage car, flowers, colorful carpets, a tent, pillows and a couch. Must be great to just stay there in a summer evening, reading or enjoying time with friends.

The only minor observation is that the standard rooms are quite small and do not have natural lighting, nor the charm of the common areas, but for us it wasn't a big thing.

It's doesn't seem cheap at first sight, but compared to the rest of the options in the area it is the best option.

I totally recommend this hotel and even make time to visit the area since it's fabulous. I would like to return and stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room in front of the stairs and if you are going for standard rooms it's a perf...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

The hotel is new, nicely decorated, and very comfortable. Very nice reception area with coffee machine and cake. Wonderful breakfast included. The staff was uniformly excellent, and the owners are delightful. You will leave there with new friends. They spend time with you and help you determine which are the best activities. They do have bikes and equipment for hire, but are very knowledgeable about all activities in the area. They can also take you on a Jeep tour of the crater. Very highly recommended.The hotel is kid-friendly, and you don't have to be a biker to have a great time here! We will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Raanana
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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Convenient, comfortable, fun: everything you need from a b&b. Great breakfast, lovely design. Located in a fun area of the town.highly recommended for families with kids, couples, bikers. The owners are lovely people too :-)

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: iBex (iBike) Unique Desert Inn
Address: 4 Har Ardon, Mitspe Ramon 8060000, Israel
Location: Israel > Southern District > Mitspe Ramon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Mitspe Ramon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — iBex (iBike) Unique Desert Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ibex Inn aims to provide its guests with the most memorable desert stay. Our location combines mild climate, exquisite desert scenery, exotic flora and fauna, thousand-years-old archeological sites, as well as exciting activities and trips. Our hotel space creates a ‘get-together’ ambience thus providing our guests with a relaxed ‘feel-at-home’ vacation experience. The rooms are spacious and inviting. Coffee and sitting corners are readily available, and our Conference & Event Hall enables group activities in a unique desert atmosphere. Your satisfaction is guaranteed in our both modern and cozy hotel that also offers you full assistance with planning your perfect desert experience: Recommendations about activities available for all age-groups and fitness levels - hikes, bike and horseback riding, Jeep rides, etc. ... more   less 
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