The name of this place is "youth hostel and guest house" - I think that what's meant is dormitories as youth hostel and private rooms as guest house. We travelled in three, so the only reasonable option for us in Dead Sea region was either of the 2 youth hostels here. The hotels here, including those in kibbutzim, have no rooms other than single/double. We got a studio, I'd say. Two rooms with two beds each (in one room they are placed next to each other); cupboards in both rooms. The "main" room also houses a table with 1 chair, TV, fridge, and kettle. The bathroom is surprisingly large and composed of 3 rooms: wc, shower, sink area with a large mirror. Plenty of hooks for towels. There is also a terrace with a round table and 3 chairs. If I had to say what's missing or not ideal: only one bed has its own night table - the others don't even have a shelf to put glasses on (but each bed has its own night light); the fridge's door shelves are unprotected (the 'barriers' are missing) so that for example a milk carton cannot stand on them; one chair in the room is not enough (but one can manage using the terrace table or bringing one chair indoor); the mattress on one bed was incredibly hard (while the others are reasonably OK); all the party was only given 1 keycard (and then when we asked, also another key - but it would be better to have 1 keycard per person); only 3 hangers for clothes in the cupboard), lack of soap to wash hands (1 sachet of shampoo and 1 sachet of "soap" per person are provided, but it's not convenient to use it for hands; a dispenser at the sink would be more handy. I had taken a small soap bar from home so no problem). What are the positives: quite a lot of electric sockets, plenty of room in cupboards, good lightning. One light was out of order (over the table), it was fixed within 30 minutes.
No problems were noted with cleanliness. Towels were exchanged after the 1st night.
WiFi works fine, although it drives me nuts that it wants me to log in to the network each time I come back to my laptop (but it's just a minute). There is no landline phone in the room. When using your mobile, if you have an Israeli SIM card, please make sure to check first what your phone "is seeing". One of my phones knows it is in Israel while the other believes it is now in Jordan :-)). As you know, this type of problems is best prevented by switching to manual mode of choosing connection.
The hotel is equipped with lifts.
Upon check-in, the receptionist spontaneously said: "it will be quiet tonight, we have no groups, but tomorrow it may be loud, we will have a large group of school youth, but you are in the opposite end anyway". This is mentioned in many reviews here and indeed, this is a youth hostel and this type of noise must be taken into consideration. The children did not even scream too much and their soccer match (?) was not too loud, but at present (22:15 local time) some kind of concert is going on outside and unlikely to end soon,
The breakfast is included in the price. I saw in other reviews that people's opinions vary. I guess it may be influenced by the fact that us, Europeans, normally expect meat for breakfast (cold meats and/or hot sausages). However this is by definitione excluded here :-((. Dairy products are served for breakfast, therefore, as all canteens in Israel must keep kosher, meat cannot be served at the same time (no matter that you are not a Jew). This morning the choice was quite OK: scrambled eggs, hard eggs, toasts, French toasts, one type of bakery product with spicy filling, several types of pickles and cold fish products, several types of soft cheese (cottage cheese, cheese with olives etc.) - but no hard cheese; some types of typical Israeli spreads (t'hina?), 3 kinds of jam, butter, a choice of vegetables (lettuce, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes). Coffee was awful (as usually in most hotels and hostels all over the world - do they produce a special make "breakfast special"?!). Juices from a dispenser were artificial - no surprise either, it is typical. There was also hot water and tea/coffee/cocoa mix powder. I also saw milk and several types of cereals.
Dinners are available at about 57 NIS. We went downstairs to see - food looked tasty, we would have taken it but we had plenty of own food taken from home.
The parking lot is large, and free, of course.
Swimming pool was empty and closed (not a big deal - the weather is not very hot today). When we were walking to see it, I saw a vending machine, apparently with soft drinks, in a niche. It is not in the main lobby. Therefore, those reviewers who complained here that a bottle of water cannot be purchased at the hostel beyond opening Times of their small kiosk, may be wrong and just had not asked where the vending machine is situated. I saw it had logos of Visa and Mastercard, so I think it may even accept credit cards.
I would have given this place 5 "stars", however 160 $ per night (even for 3 people) is quite a lot. It's just an expensive region with limited numer of accommodation options.
- Also Known As:
- The Masada Hotel Ein Bokek
- Masada Hostel Ein Bokek
- The Masada Hostel Dead Sea, Israel