We stayed two nights at the Zimmermantur B&B. We arrived very late, but that was no problem as our local friends had picked up the key. We had reserved breakfast included and that was a good choice. The housekeeper of the B&B prepares the breakfast personally at the spot and brings it to your front door.
The B&B has several rooms, all with their own modern amenities like Airco, bathroom, shower and kitchenette.
The bed was fine, only the TV (flat screen) needed a little programming, but worked in the end.
There is a bus stop for the local Arad bus just in front of the B&B on the corner of the HaGilad St.
Booking the B&B via the website was a bit too complicated as the English version was limited (could be improved now). Making a reservation by phone was no problem at all.
Major credit cards are accepted and work. BTW as a foreigner you get discount (VAT return in fact).
Terrace with relaxing seats and a great view
Went to check out this new B&B that I had heard of from a friend. Einat, the owner met me to show me the rooms and explain what she offers. Located in one of the small neighbourhoods of Arad, it is only a few minutes from the center of town, even by foot.
She has three rooms, the two smaller ones can take a couple with kids and the larger can handle two couples with kids. The largest has also a complete kitchen setup if you would like to stay for a longer time.
All the rooms are very large and comfortably appointed. They have been operating for less than two years (as of 2012) so everything is new.
Will have to add a few photos later. But for now, take a look at:
No pool, the costs of maintaining a pool in the desert are immense. There is only ONE private pool in the whole of Arad. But each apartment has a porch attached where you can relax or do a BBQ and two of the apartments face west so you can enjoy a sunset from the porch.
Einat also offers an Israeli Breakfast for 50 NIS (New Israeli Shekel) per person.
In the smaller rooms the prices are 400 NIS for two people, 100 NIS for each additional person. This is the price during the week.
In the larger room, also 400 NIS for two, but there must be a minimum of 4 people for 800NIS.
On weekends, the cost is 500 NIS for two.
If you are a tourist and produce your passport there is a 16% reduction in prices since tourists do not need to pay taxes.
We have never stayed here ourselves (it is out of our price range), but friends of ours from the US did and they said that they enjoyed the roominess of the rooms, the upscale atmosphere and especially the espresso maker in the room.
Dalia Yahel, the owner/manager also has a restaurant that has a beautiful porch overlooking the valley that leads down to the Dead Sea, we often take coffee or a snack there to enjoy the view. If you call or write her, make sure to mention Martin and Zohara from Arad.
Ownership has changed hands to Gili Soffer and he is improving on the hotel but expanding the dining area, adding an additional 3 luxury suites and refurbishing the porch area. He told me that the work should be done in the coming months.
I had the misfortune to spend one sleepless night at the Arad Hostel. What they don't tell you is that they cater to large adolescent groups who are un-supervised and spend the night running around the grounds whooping it up. When I complained, the group's staff asked me what they should do? Obviously they were not in control. I finally got to bed at 3 A.M.
There are many hotels along the Dead Sea Beach, lots of them belong to well known hotel chains. The Royal Dead Sea hotel is not exactly Waldorf Astoria, but is indeed of high standards. Each of its 420 rooms has balcony with a great view on the Dead Sea. Rooms are large, very clean, and nicely decorated. The hotel has a big launch, dinning room, and a bar. Besides the regular facilities the Royal hotel has spa, gym, and a tiny gift shop (I wouldn't buy there since the shopping area is just 3 minutes away from the hotel).
I spent 2 nights at the Royal hotel and enjoyed my stay very much. However, the hotel is not cheap so it won't be suitable for budget travelelrs.
This is the hotel Inbar, located in the town center here in Arad, it is the best in Arad I am told. They have an indoor swimming pool and are for certain the most modern hotel. It is directly across from the bus station with easy access to buses for the Dead Sea. I will not rate the hotel as I have not personally stayed there, this is for information only.
This is a list of the hotels, B&B's and Pensions in Arad in no particular order...I have not tried them out personally.
Hotel Yehelim Family Boutique Hotel (tel: 077-2028126)
Hotel Margoa (tel: 08-9951222)
Hotel Nof Arad (tel: 08-9957056)
Hotel Inbar (tel: 08-9973303)
Hotel Arad (tel: 08-9957040)
Youth Hostel (tel: 08-9957150)
There is also the "Kfar Nokdiem", the "Wanderers Village", just outside Arad on the eastern road to Masada, they offer spartan accomodatios similar to the Bedouin (08-9950097)
B&B and Pension:
Mitzpeh Midbar (tel: 08-9959203)
Nofesh BaRotem (tel: 08-9952961)
Nofesh Liliana (tel: 08-9953173)
Pension Rachel (tel: 08-9952977)
A.A. Irucah Ehotee (tel: 08-9954791)
Neve Midbar (tel: 08-9950308)
Irucah BaArad (tel: 08-9954423)
Irucah VeNofeesh BaGilad (tel: 08-9957177)
Beit Ahuvah (08-9950642)
Beit Kolet (tel: 08-9957069)
Melonit HaTzafiem (tel: 08-9952207)
Full service, even if you have to do it yourself. The coffee in this picture was made by Carmen I believe, or maybe it was my turn.
Here you can see the look on Stacey's face, he was saying "What its MY turn to make breakfast, but its only 9 am and I'm on vacation".....Well we soon straightened him out on the finer points..
No pool, no view, no facilities, but the company is not too bad and the wine is usually plentiful.
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