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The Masada Hostel
Ranked #12 of 17 Hotels in Ein Bokek
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

The guy at reception (Saturday evening) was most helpful, I guess that we were lucky after reading of others experiences. We arrived just in time for a really quick swim in the stunning pool . I do not understand why the pool closes at 6pm on a hot summer's night but I was grateful to have the opportunity to cool off. The room ( a private double with bathroom) was small , the beds really narrow but the bedding was crispy clean. The bathroom was clean and everything worked. The aircon worked.
We went out looking for food to discover that most places in Ein Bokek closed early, we found ourselves at the Aroma Cafe (mainly because of wireless internet) and had a good light meal.
The breakfast was plentiful but not very exciting, although I did find an olive in my strawberry yoghurt!
We had planned to climb Masada to see the sun rise but owing to physical restraints did not make it. We did get to see sunrise from the roof though. Being so close to the cable car and being able to get up to Masada by 9am made the visit enjoyable in the intense heat.
Generally, excellent value for money especially in comparison to a hotel in Ein Bokek

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2010

Myself and my friend were touring Israel and stayed at this hostel for two nights. It is right at the foot of Masada with the cable car right outside the door. The rooms are spacious and clean and the food there is very good. There were nice hotels further down the road in the Dead Sea resort but as we wanted to see Masada this was convenient for us and a whole lot cheaper than a hotel. There is nothing to do in the hostel, it is literally just a place to stay for when you are out all day on Masada. I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

We wanted to have an early morning visit to Masada, so this location was a great one for us. It was also our cheapest stay during our 2 -week trip to Israel. It's a big place, but we were lucky to catch it on a quiet night because it seemed almost empty. There were only a handful of people there for meals. The 3 of us had a spacious room which could have slept 5. It had a balcony with a great view of the Dead Sea and was very clean, though no frills. We arrived at dinner time and tired from a busy day so we decided to pay the 51 shekels to eat dinner there. It was institutional and nothing great, but okay for the price. They had some good salad options and a very nice view of the Sea. We were sorry to be a little late for the pool (which closes at 6 PM), as it looked very appealing. We were sorry that there was no wifi available, just a computer console with somewhat expensive internet access. Breakfast was nothing exciting, but adequate and we were able to be in the first group of visitors to Masada the next morning.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

This is a hostel - but a very good hostel. The rooms are big and clean. Our room had a nice view to The Dead Sea, and the Hostel is just next to Masada.
The price is resonable compared to the other options in the area. You could stay at a hotel in Ein Bokek - but it`s very expensive. We choose to pay to go to the beach at Ein Gedi Spa.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

Yes, it's cliche, but this place looks like a fantastic complex from the outside, but as soon as you enter the gate you will begin to see it's true colors. We arrived later at night to a gentleman at the front desk who was not able to do anything for us (i.e. answer questions about internet, the area, etc) except give us our room key. The place was overrun with high school students who were extremely loud (which may have contributed to the mood of the gentleman at the front desk). Even though the lobby was very spacious and seemed like a nice place to relax in the evening, this could not be done because of all the students.

We followed somewhat of a maze down to our room. While walking there we noticed all of the space and the great views, but that all stopped as soon as we got to our very small room with a tiny window, and paper thing walls. It sounded like we were hearing everything in the hotel. The hotel is in a great place to climb Masada at sunrise and obviously there were many people in our surrounding rooms around us who did (they left at around 4:30 am) because we heard every move they made.

The food at breakfast reminded me of either summer camp or cafeteria. It wasn't quite Passover yet, but there was no bread, only matzah. The redeeming factor was that the breakfast room had an amazing view of the Dead Sea below.

Also, although the place advertises having internet, there are only two computers for use and there is a charge and the nearest wireless is in Ein Bokek (it would have been nice if I had known this in advance, so this is a warning to those who might need to send documents while there).

I rarely rate hotels poorly, but the Masada Guest House is the type of place that can lull in travelers due it it's great location and beautiful complex, but I would strongly urge you to pay extra and stay in Ein Bokek if you are in the Dead Sea area.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2010

I agree that the Masada Hostel has excellent new facilities and a great location but does this make a great hotel? Basically, there are three significant problems that I need to address: 1) Staff – The night front desk staff was the most rude and unfriendly people that I have ever experienced and because of this I would never stay at this hostel again; 2) Food – The food is basic military issue served high school cafeteria style which makes it look less appealing than it actually tastes; 3) Clientele – We checked-in just before five buses of Israeli high school students arrived so try to image what it was like carrying luggage through the lobby and later standing in line to be served dinner or breakfast the next morning. Maybe you could have a better experience but next time I will stay in seaside resort and drive to Masada in the morning for a relaxing climb.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2009

As two students going on a weekend to the dead sea, me and my girlfriend looked for a place that can give us a good deal and still be clean and pleasant.
Well, I must say that the Massada Hostel is more than just a good deal, it is a super deal!

When you first get to the place it doesn't feel like a cheap hostel or anything else you might think of. The place has a very nice design, though not as prestigious as the hotels near by, it has a very interesting architecture, Make you think that you've reached a place who cares about his visitors. As for parking, it is located just in front of the entrance.

The good impression doesn't end with the outside design, it also continues to the more important part, the room.
We had a double room, don't look for anything fancy (You won't find it anywhere for that price), its design is very simple and basic.
The room was very clean, including the bathroom and the shower. The bed was comfortable and the sheets also very clean. Again, don't expect to sleep in a bed with millions of cushion and pillows, It is just a convenient and clean bed - just as we needed. Shower has a good flush of water, and everything with the shower and the toilet was functioning with no problems.
There is a CRT TV in the room, though lack of remote control makes it a bit not comfortable to watch it from the bad. There is also a mini bar which you can easily put a 1.5lt bottles in it. There are a number of big closets and a window with a nice desert view. The room area is very big, even if compared to hotel rooms.
Air conditioner in the room was functioning.

Breakfast was fresh and tasty. Simple things like eggs, salads and different types of cheese (And a tasty shakshuka :)). Dining room has large windows facing the desert. Tables and chairs are again - all very simple.

And I almost forgot to tell, it even has a pool!

The hostel is located just in the middle of the way between Ein Gedi (Large Spa site) and Ein Bokek (The hotels area of the Dead Sea). So it’s a 20 minutes drive either to Ein Gedi or to the Hotels. Though not a long drive, it’s still not so comfy to drive this two-way narrow road, especially at night (The road is not lighted at all). This is really the only thing that I can say that is not so good about the hostel.

The bottom line is: At a price lower than half of the price of a cheap hotel in Ein Bokek, We got ourselves a very clean, comfortable and large room, with everything we need, including breakfast. If you don't care about prestige and splendor, but don't want to compromise on important things, well, you don't need to. Just go to Massada Hostel, You'll have a great place to stay in, and extra money for fuel, spa activities, and a good restaurant in the evening.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ein Bokek, Israel
Location: Israel > Dead Sea Region > Ein Bokek
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Ranked #12 of 17 Hotels in Ein Bokek
Number of rooms: 211
Also Known As:
The Masada Hotel Ein Bokek
Masada Hostel Ein Bokek
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