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David Dead Sea Resort & Spa
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Ein Bokek
Reviewed April 4, 2010

If you're staying at any hotel in Israel don't expect the best service. It's not a service oriented culture. In this case though, who cares? You're on the Dead Sea. The surroundings are unbelievably beautiful. Rent a car and do some hiking at Nachal Arugot or Nachal David. Get a massage or shop for skin care products. Best of all, bathe in the Dead Sea at the Hotel's private beach. This was one of the biggest perks of this hotel. The beach isn't luxorious, but it's fairly quiet and there is lots of mud in that area.

The hotel itself is actually luxorious. The house cleaning but not be top notch and some of the amenities may leave something to be desired, but the hotel is the nicest in the area. The views are fantastic. The beds are the most comfortable you will find in Israel.

Again, luxury is at a different bar in Israel but versus everything else, and for its surroundings this hotel is top notch.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

Might very well be the best place in Israel, but inadequate on every level. Rooms old. Hotel run down. Dead Sea water piped into hotel changed once every week. FILTHY DIRTY! Overpriced and customer service does not exist. If you are going to the Dead Sea, take it from me. Go to the Jordan side. They treat you with respect.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

This hotel may have been grand at some point, but is now old and dated. My room was spacious with a great view. Cleanliness left a lot to be desired: the luggage stand in my room was crusted with mud. The bathtub was old with the coating peeling off. The dining room was overcrowded and inefficiently run, with long lines everywhere. The food was OK. The spa was also overcrowded and I could not get a robe because they had run out. The Wireless connection was expensive. There is not much to do around the hotel.
Overall forgettable.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Thank cqfp123
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

Pros
- Large rooms and large bathrooms
- Nice atrium where most rooms would face an interior courtyard
- 6 elevators serving 17 floors - few wait
- Dinner buffet was very good and dishes were cleared out very fast
- Private access to the Dead Sea beach with lounge chairs
- Hotel spa services were priced appropriately
- Large balcony
- Great view of the beach from all rooms
- Efficient housekeeping service
- Actual cool-air air-conditioning in room

Cons
- No tissue box at all, only pocket tissue, which is a big minus
- Internet was very expensive @ USD23 per 24 hour, but fast
- Rooms could need a little refurbishing, as there was some wear and tear
- Not enough lighting in room
- Bathroom needs a better drainage system, and also since stand-in shower doors don't close fully, so water was everywhere
- Towels were the cheap type and firm
- Bed was on the firm side

Stayed: February 2010
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

The Lobby and Spa are fantastic. I kind of wish they would have spent more money on the rooms and beds than the lobby, however.

Food was very good and plenty of it. Wish the spa stayed open longer.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

It's a nice, good-looking hotel near the Dead Sea. All staff speaks English. Rooms are spacious and clean enough (We stayed on the 17th floor and saw a room on the 14th floor) (though there are some spots on the carpet, but that wasn't too bad), our bathroom was nice and clean as well. However, I talked to people who got a room on the 12th floor and they said it needed renovation (especially bathrooms). So, I guess the higher the floor the newer/cleaner the room is and most rooms on 14-17 floors should be ok.
As for food - it was good enough (though nothing exceptional), good choice of kosher/non-kosher food, salads, meat/fish/chicken, sweets. Be aware that even though breakfasts/dinners may be included in the price of your stay, you will have to pay for drinks: soft drinks/ juices/ alcohol. (Water is free).
Spa is okay, but it's not big enough for this hotel, so when around 40 people get in one pool with dead sea salt... hm... it's not too exciting. But if you are lucky and not many people are in, you will definitely enjoy it.
Finally, be aware that in Ein Bokek you don't have many things to do: no restaurants (except for ones in hotels, no fun things to do except for spa/medical treatment and the Dead Sea itself. It is far from Jerusalem and all other attractions.
I would stay again in this hotel, but not for too long, and only in case if I could get a room on 14-17th floor.

Stayed: February 2010
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Reviewed January 23, 2010

This is the second time I've stayed at this hotel with my family. It is definitely not a 5 star hotel, but it charges as though it were. The spa is nice, but in need of renovations.

There were many things that were disappointing...and not "5 star" qulaity.
- Entrance was blocked and it was very difficult to get our bags to the front desk for check in.
- Roll Away bed was not in the room.
- Internet service was not included.
- No belts on the robes we got for the spa
- Slippers not included
- Only gave us two towel cards when we were three guests
- Pool not well maintained (plastic filters around the pools edge were broken and looked unattractive
- Tissue paper provided in the bathroom were very small. Little travel tissue box in the bathroom instead of a box.
- When we finally decided to pay extra for the internet, it would not work. We ended up driving down to an Aroma Coffee shop to get internet.
- Were told we would not be allowed to stay an extra 30 minutes for late check out.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about David Dead Sea Resort & Spa

Address: Main Road, Ein Bokek 8693000, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Bokek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Ein Bokek
#9 Spa Hotel in Ein Bokek
#9 Luxury Hotel in Ein Bokek
Price Range: $147 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — David Dead Sea Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 600
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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

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