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Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ma'agan
Reviewed November 29, 2013

stayed here with tour group for 2 nights, setting right by the the lake is beautiful - but given our tours were from early morning til evening, didn't spend much time here, the facilities closed by time we returned from tour and our cabin was on the far side away from the lake.
location far away from anything, one night walked 20 minutes to nearest small group of shops as friend needed medicine from pharmacy
staff not very helpful
accommodation ok, nothing special
food selection very minimal on shabbat, and not great compared to other places we stayed on other night
wifi free in lobby area, no signal in rooms.
probably a good place for families wanting peace and quiet in country setting for kids to run around in, but not great for others

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Had stayed for a night at Ma'agan Holiday Village. Managed by the kibutz next door. had thought this was like a kibutz this, but this is more of a resort on its own. the rooms are like apartments - with a bedroom and a living room with a small kitchenette area. good for long stays. all rooms are on ground level, and you have a small lawn in front of your rooms. enjoy the open space. great swimming pool. also at the banks of the sea. as this is a kibutz concept - the breakfast is not very elaborate, but good. they have a general store within the resort for you to purchase stuff. overall its a nice stay. seemed a bit pricy though.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank RajatBMumbai (Bombay)
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

At first, I was disappointed not to be located in a waterfront chalet along with most of our party, seeing as we had all paid the same price. The robotic receptionist's response was "the hotel is full", but I soon realised this was untrue, as many chalets around me were unoccupied.

Taking an evening walk past the waterfront chalets I suddenly noticed 4 huge rat like creatures sniffing around the chalet doors. When we left 3 days later I showed the receptionists my photographs and asked what was this creature? One receptionist looked and wouldn't reply, the other said "nutria, water rat" and then went very quiet.

Our chalet had an odour - a cross between vomit and strong cleaning fluid. Even with the windows open, this odour which seemed to be on the sheets, clung to my nightdress until I washed it when I got home.

The worst thing for me was the food. Four members of our party ate out at the restaurant down the road after the first night, despite being tired and having paid for an evening meal. The vegetables were either out of a freezer or out of catering tins. Food was tipped into the metal serving trays like feeding pigs from a trough. We had no fresh green vegetables and the salad was cheap - no artichokes, asparagus, stuffed vine leaves, olives as we'd had in other hotels in Israel. The main course was luke warm and greasy, the soup was cold. The dining room was like a college canteen, suitable for backpacking students perhaps.

Had we not been part of a group, I would not have stayed more than one night. I very much got the impression that this badly managed kibbutz is trading wholly on it's great location, taking advantage of the fact that most of their clients are part of group tours - so you can't just check out and go elsewhere without inconveniencing the whole group. Therefore, they are able to feed you as cheaply as possible but charge a commercial rate.

Room Tip: large water rats hang around the waterfront chalets
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank AWalkerSurrey
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

On our tour of Israel, my husband and I stayed here for 3 nights. It was wonderful! Lots of food variety in their cafeteria. Rooms are quiet and relaxing. Very nice grounds to stroll around. Great swimming pool area. The Sea of Galilee was warm and the water clean and clear.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Nedra B
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Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Although the rooms are equipped with a kettle and microwave but there is a big but! Minimum was put in coffee, tea, sugar Fork and spoon, dish!!! Too bad the location is very good place but the total cultivated in a neglected Breakfast needs improvement

  • Stayed: September 2013
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3  Thank Eldad195
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Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Great place, nice rooms and most important tons of activity for the kids.
Rooms maintenance could be better and a lifht resturant is needed...
Very nice beach

This is not our first time

Very expensive compering to the area

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Shlomi B
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Located in the Tiberias area of Israel on the Yam Kineret (Sea of Galilee for Christians) this Kibbutz is one of 260 Kibbutzim's in and around all of Israel. Created out of the Zionist Youth Movement around 1938-39, now prioritized, they are great accommodations for families traveling with young children and tour groups. MA'AGAN'S majestic views of the "sweet" sea waters of the Kineret is a sight for sore eyes in Israel whose lands tend to be parched and aired. Our tour group family members found the rooms to be clean by Israel standards. Great AC, very comfortable beds provided your not over 6 feet tall...comfortable in size which was nice after some of the cramped rooms we stayed in. Good Israel food buffet, Internet (free in lobby,in room for a fee but can be negotiated) big beautiful swimming pool, bar, a mini market which was nice for stocking some minor essentials and cool drinks and a very large common area with huge windows over looking the Kineret. The grounds need a bit of "grooming". Discarded trash and debris is everywhere as well as plant life looking a bit neglected but again, "Dorothy...this isn't Kansas any more" and this tends to be common in Israel as it is a bit of a cultural thing. Shiatzu massages are available by appointment (did not experience this so I don't know about quality). Prices are bit over priced but they are all over Israel. A five star facility it is not but kids can run around on the beautiful lawn (day or night) while parents relax and "recover" since summers in Israel can be really hard on the body due to summer temperatures. This type of accommodations cater to the masses. Our tour group was over 40 people so do keep that in mind. With over 148 rooms spaciously sprawled out over the many acres, you really don't feel crowded. This agricultural and tourist Kibbutz can become a favorite for families traveling Israel's Golan Heights area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Ma'agan 15160, Israel
Location: Israel > Northern District > Jordan Valley > Ma'agan
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ma'agan
Hotel Class:3 star — Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village 3*
Number of rooms: 148
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