My wife and two children stayed at this hotel recently as part of a two week visit to Israel. We chose this hotel because it has a private beach on the Dead Sea (and my wife loves the Dead Sea mud). It should be noted that there are two different Tulip hotels in Ein Bokek (one is this one - The Golden Tulip - it's an all inclusive hotel that includes all meals INCLUDING unlimited alchohol). The other one is the Tulip Inn (which I know nothing about).
There were several problems with our stay.
First, when we arrived, we were informed that our reservation (for a family room) did not include the price for the children. We were changed an extra $150 / night for the kids. I had certainly reserved the family room for two adults & two children; something was wrong with the reservation process on their website. I thought this was an exorbitant additional cost, but there was nothing I could do.
Second, there was no mud to apply at the beach. We used to live in Israel in the 1990s, and my wife fell in love with the self applied mud treatments that one can do at the Ein Gedi Spa. Our hotel did not have any "vats" of mud next to the beach. I asked the reception desk about this, and she said we could buy it at the gift store (so much for the All inclusive hotel). Anyway, we ended up having to drive to the spa at Ein Gedi to get the mud. So, the main purpose of staying at this location (the private dead sea beach) was negated.
Also, considering we paid so much for the room, the accomodations were quite spartan. It was the worst appointed room of all five of the places we stayed during our Israel visit (and it was the most expensive - even more than our Suite at the Hilton in Eilat).
The food (as I mentioned as being all inclusive) was pretty good. The breakfasts and dinners were both fine although nothing spectacular.
We checked in to this hotel on a Friday (weekend day) and checked out on Sunday (week day in Israel). It was packed on Friday/Saturday, but almost empty on Sunday. It seems this is a popular weekend destination for the Israelis. Some of the things (like the game room) were closed on Sunday. Also, they didn't have the kids food options (nuggets, hot dogs) out on Sunday, but they were available when we asked.
The location (Ein Bokek) was fine. It is about 20minutes from Masada and 30minutes from Ein Gedi.
I definitely would NOT stay at this hotel again. It ended up being extremely expensive, and we did not even get the dead sea mud that my wife desired. If we were to plan this visit again, I would have stayed at the Kibbutz at Ein Gedi and just used the Spa at Ein Gedi (included in the Kibbutz rate) that we ended up using anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Leonardo Club Dead Sea, you will enjoy an an "all inclusive" experience at the exclusive deluxe level. You will enjoy a private beach, luxurious pool, lavish spa treatments and all that will make your vacation an enthralling experience ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ein Bokek Golden Tulip
- Leonardo Club Dead Sea Hotel Israel