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“Good but a little pricey”
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The Masada Hostel
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Ein Bokek
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Denmark
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35 reviews
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“Good but a little pricey”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

A friend and I stayed here one night for a morning walk up to Masada. Its a nice guesthouse with a good breakfast. Room was dull, and the bathroom was not very clean - long hair was everywhere. We enjoyed a solid breakfast after the walk to Masada - eggs, humus, salat and more was served. We found the price quite high compared to the other places we stayed at in Israel, but for some reason it is very expensive to stay near the dead sea, and this hostel is no exception. A car is essential as the hostel is very isolated. We drove to the Kibbutz for dinner, where an excellent buffet is served every night.

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Eagle, Idaho, United States
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Just stayed here one night, but would have been comfortable with staying longer. This is a clean and comfortable place to stay when you are out to see Masada's Archeological site. The rooms are not fancy, but have all your basic needs. They have a good variety of food available. There are stunning views of the Dead Sea from their main level patio. It is located right below Masada, so it is a quick walk to get to the tram or the snake path for the hikers. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

Room Tip: Get a room with a patio facing the dead sea. Beautiful view!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Prague
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

If you want to enjoy the desert, Dead Sea or trip to Masada, choose this hostel although it's not easy to make reservation, we had to call several times. View on Dead Sea and Jordan mountains from balcony is marvelous. The rooms are of a hostel style but quite sufficient for stay of several days and are equipped with air conditioning, simple shower and lavatory, TV and balcony. Just beds could be little bit longer. Swimming pool gives you place to rest even if it's 40°C in the shade as you cold yourself in quite pleasant water (closed in winter months). The breakfast and dinner were quite fine, from the restaurant you can also enjoy the view to Dead Sea. The staff is pleasant, just be in time on breakfast and dinner. The only shop around is on Masada visitor center (with several places to eat) some 300 meters far away but open only during a day.

Room Tip: Ask the room close to swimming pool. As you are higher the view to Dead Sea is nicer.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We enjoyed a very comfortable night at the Masada Youth Hostel. Lovely views from our balcony and it was great having a pool. Breakfast was good too and the staff were very helpful. The name is slightly deceptive though. The price is more like that of a hotel and the room was definitely nicer than most youth hostels I've stayed in. Great if you can afford it but not so good for those on a tight budget.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view towards the Dead Sea
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Luis Obispo, California
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

The hostel itself is very nice, with air conditioning, nice views (plenty of balconies), a little icecream shop, and a pool that is quite refreshing after climbing Masada. Unfortunately, the staff are terrible. Our minifridge was broken so we had to call a repairman. After waiting 40 or so minutes, he shows up and is extremely rude and unhelpful. The staff at the counters are rude and intimidating as well, it was quite the effort to do something as simple as check out a room. Maybe they don't have to try hard because they have no competing hostels. On the other hand, the breakfast buffet was epic and very delicious. The staff at the restaurant are not so bad.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

You kind of have to stay here if you plan on doing the sunrise hike of Masada because there's no other places to stay near by. As a backpacker on a serious budget I found it slightly expensive, but it's definitely a nice place. Unfortunately the pool was closed for the one night we stayed there and I didn't enjoy being swarmed by massive tour groups, but overall it was a good stay. I do wish there was a cheaper (and crappier) option for backpackers though.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Bellingen, Australia
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We received a cold and distasteful welcome, claiming that we were supposed to be staying with them the day before. When I showed her the copy of all our emails, there was no apology, just threw us the keys. When we asked what floor, she did not answer.
A bad start.
The room was very very basic but air conditioning worked. The toilet was extremely dirty and i needed to clean it thoroughly before i used it. The pool is beautiful. The surrounding area and walkways are lovely.
The position is absolutely amazing - right at the foot of Masada - so we did the walk at 4am to see the sunrise.
we booked in on a Shabbat as I asked if there was a special Shabbat dinner. Emails confirmed that there was, so I prepaid. There was no special Shabbat dinner, just an assortment of disgusting, tasteless, stale food - both dinner and breakfast. ( buffet style)
I spent the night and part of the Masada walk vomiting up the food.

This was our only bad stay during our 5 week stay in Israel - the rest of Israel seems to have lovely accommodation, with helpful staff and great food!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Masada Hostel
Address: Ein Bokek, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Bokek
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Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Ein Bokek
Number of rooms: 211
Also Known As:
The Masada Hotel Ein Bokek
Masada Hostel Ein Bokek
The Masada Hostel Dead Sea, Israel

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