Was a little weary about this property based on the TA reviews and the fact that it was only 3K Starwood points. When making the reservation on the phone with the SPG rep I asked why this was only a category 1 property being that it was a Le Meridien resort at the Dead Sea. They did not offer a firm answer other than it was a way to entice more bookings. The rep also mentioned that we would receive comp breakfast for the two of us, which I thought was a nice idea in theory but doubted it would be honored at a franchise property. We arrived around 10am after taking on Masada, which was just up the road. The clerk was nice enough and was able to communicate in limited English. She told us the room would be ready around 2pm and gave us a card which enabled us to get towel service at the pools which was where we hanged until the room as ready. Went back to the front desk for the keys and was assisted by Michal, she was friendly and spoke English very well. I inquired about the "included" breakfast and got a deer in the headlights look. Mentioned that the SPG rep said it was included, she then asked what level my SPG membership was and I told her Gold and she handed over two passes. Our room was located on the 1st floor which was nice because we could avoid the elevators and was on the same floor as the gym, spa, pool, and breakfast room. The rooms on the 1st floor surround a large banquet area which should be taken into consideration when booking during a weekend as there may be banquets/parties going on.
We only visited the salt water pool which is right near the spa and gym and it has both an indoor and outdoor portion, there is a normal pool that is huge at the other end of the hotel. The gym was great as it has plenty of space, modern equipment, towels, water and an onsite trainer.
As for the public areas and rooms, things were fine. I had to remind myself that (1) this was a franchise property (2) located in an incredibly arid and salty environment. The lobby is nicely well done. Elevators and corridors do show their age, the last time this place had an upgrade was probably about 10 years ago. It could use new carpeting, repainting of the walls and housekeeping could be a little more detailed. The saltwater pool tile could also be refurbished. We were happy with the room, fairly large, big desk, flat screen, coffee area, good size tub w/ separate shower, sitting area and fridge. The patio is larger than most and looked out to the fresh water pool area and sea. No chairs on the patio and hot water in the shower was more along the lines of warm. When we came back from dinner there was a nice fruit plate and bottle of water that was placed in there room while we were out. It was a nice gesture and assume it was done because I am SPG Gold.
The breakfast was GREAT! We went late after a workout which is suggested if you want a calmer/quieter meal. It is buffet style that offers a bunch of different sections which included breakfast items with eggs, pancakes, potatoes, cereals, grains, and yogurts. Pizza station as well which we did not try. The winner for me was the cheese area which offered about 20 different types of cheeses and smoke meats and fish...loved it. Good strong coffee as well.
The hotel also has an area across the street on the shore of the sea, it has a lifeguard and lounge chairs with umbrellas, be sure to get your towels at the hotel as they are not provided down at the beach. The lounge chairs are also tethered to the umbrella which is a pain, but I guess they have had a problem with them being stolen.
Overall we enjoyed our time here for one night and would go back especially if the SPG redemption level stays the same. There is a charge for internet and there is no free wifi. Other than the breakfast we did not try any other dining. Would recommend to others as a good place to stay for couple of nights at the Dead Sea.
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- Also Known As:
- Meridien Dead Sea
- Le Meridien Ein Bokek
- Ein Bokek Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Dead Sea
- David Dead Sea Resort & Spa Israel