Olga, Moscow, Russia. Travelled together with cousin.
I write review for the first time in my life and the only reason for it - reading the reviews of other tourists. I don't understand why the hotel can be only heaven or hell. Couldn't it be just a normal hotel with something good and something bad in it?!
I stayed in Spa Club for 4 nights together with my cousin. We just wanted to relax, to step in the Dead Sea for the first time and to visit some places like Ein Gedi etc. We had all this and we liked it.
1. The place - Ein Bokek - seemed to be the best choice on Dead Sea. Ein Gedi is beautiful but the prices are inadequate - too high I mean. Other resorts are too small. Ein Bokek is an ideal choice.
2. Spa Club has an ideal position in Ein Bokek. It's just near the sea, you only have to cross a road with no serious traffic (local road). Meanwhile some of the hotels are much closer to another road with more traffic (not local but the one that goes along the Dead Sea; more cars and more noise). Some of the hotels (even with higher prices) are surrounded by waste lands with only sand and dirt. An awful view!
3. Spa Club has its own beach and it's more than convenient. You'll come to this beach in 5 minutes even if you're an invalid and are walking VERY slow. Believe me Spa Club has one of the best beaches in Ein Bokek.
4. I don't understand the problems of some of the authors of reviews with entering hotel. Yes, Spa Club and Oasis have one common entry but it's large and lighted in the dark, how could they miss it and come from the back of the hotel?! I guess some of the tourists are blind with expectations.
5. Spa Club HAS RECEPTION. It's a normal size, believe me. But just like an entry it's one common reception for 2 hotels (Spa and Oasis). The problem with it is that sometimes it's crowded and you have to wait for a long time.
6. The rooms are not small but also not big. I would describe them as normal size. You'll also find some fruits and sweets in the room and free drinking water. Not fantastic but lovely. The bath was OK, I didn't notice it was small or old. But the windows are really small and curtains cover also a part of the wall together with this small window. Maybe it's a little disappointing but not a disaster. But of course if you dream about big windows with fantastic view and a balcony - Spa Club is not for you.
7. I had only B&B so I can't tell anything about dinner. The breakfast was nice but not VERY nice. They had plenty of cheese of different sorts and this was great. But maybe they should have more salads and cakes (sweets etc). I had breakfast in 3* in Tel-Aviv which I liked more. But tastes differ. I would only suggest that you should consider 2 things: 1) they don't give meat at breakfast in Israel and if you can't stand it you shouldn't go to this country (the have separate "milk cuisine" and "meat cuisine" and that means no meat on breakfast); 2) there are not so many opportunities for dinner/supper outdoors. Just few restaurants and most of them close early (at least it was so in January). So if you're going to stay for many days you'd better pay for half-board.
8. The Spa itself - swimming pool, different baths etc - is lovely but a little bit crowded. The massage etc - rather good. But they're trying to sell you cosmetics together (better say after) with cosmetic procedures. Of course you can say "No', and maybe it would be wiser. Later at home I've found that the cosmetics they'd sold me were not good for my type of skin. I think they knew it while persuading me that it was just all right for me so they cheated me (or maybe their professional skills were not so good).
9. What I really didn't like in this hotel - the staff. They we not rude ... but I have some remarks. First of all we had problems with TV. We couldn't turn it on on the 2nd day of stay. The man came to fix it. He did it but with such a tired face! I really felt uncomfortable as though I had broken TV on purpose. And when I asked what the problem with TV was he didn't explain. So when the next day we couldn't turn TV on again we preferred not to ask for help (anyway we were leaving the next day). And when we were leaving the hotel they did much mess with our bill. Check-out took us at least 20 minutes!
10. The people staying at Spa Club are usually old or middle-age, it's true. But the Dead Sea is not a place for teenagers. For the night life and action you should go to the Red Sea or Mediterranean.
So, summing up. Spa Club is not perfect, maybe to judge strictly it's not 4* but only 3* (or 3* super). It has not a staff of my dream and the meals could have had more diversity. But altogether this hotel is good for those who want to relax in not luxurious but a really nice place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Spa Club hotel is the first spa hotel of its kind in the entire Dead Sea region. Situated on the shores of the Dead Sea. The Hotel also holds a VIP lobby and spa facilities designed in authentic Moroccan style, fitness center, private beach, and outdoor pool. No smoking, no cell phones, age 18 and up only. . • 91 Rooms (2 Wheelchair Accessible Rooms) with FREE WI-FI in all rooms and public areas • 7 Delux Rooms • Daily VIP treat, daily newspaper in room • Courtesy Tea & Coffee making facilities in room • Mini refrigerator in room • Multi channel TV • Safe deposit box in room • Breakfast buffet served until 12 noon • Healthy tea infusions served throughout the day (complimentary) • Free access to a deluxe Spa featuring: Personal sulfur baths, wet & dry Finnish sauna & Turkish Hamam Heated indoor Dead Sea water pool and outdoor swimming pool Fitness room VIP spa-suites with private Jacuzzi, for couples massage • Solarium • Private beach • Free wireless internet in public areas and in all rooms ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spa Club Hotel Ein Bokek
- Hotel Spa Club Dead Sea Israel