- Reviews: 3819
SARA Hostel and guesthouse: SARA Hostel and guesthouse
Not many choices in Ein Gedi but Sara Hostel and Guest House was the cheapest one and the closest to Nature Reserve. We used booking.com, double room was at 347nis(about 72euro) in October 2013. At that time a bed in dormitory was 124nis
3’ walk to the entrance of the Nature Reserve, it was perfect and the local beach less than a 1km away. There are no stores around but you can buy some supplies at the shop of nature reserve (open when the reserve is open only). The bus from Jerusalem/Tel Aviv stops 200m from the entrance of the hostel. The next day we took the bus to Masada (30’ drive away) and then to En Boqueq so many people use it as a base for the general Dead Sea area.
It’s a complex of different buildings (some with the private rooms and some with the dormitories), very quiet because we were lucky and there were no groups of kids/students that day, in reality even the cats were lazy there (pic 5). Entering the hotel was strange as we stood in front of the big iron sliding gate (where the cars go) but those with no car have to use the small door on the left (they have to unlock this for you when you buzz)
although we booked a double room we got a spacious room with 3 beds. There was a big bathroom with two separate toilet and shower rooms (en suite) along with towels and sampoo.
It was very clean and the A/C so powerful we frozen to death when we got inside :) We didn’t expect luxury from a hostel but it was probably the best hostel we ever stayed at (but also the most expensive but this is Israel). There was coffee/tea provided in the room.
there was a huge buffet for breakfast included in the price
we bought a voucher at the reception for 58nis(about 12euros) and were pleasantly surprised of the amount of food we found at the buffet, various different salads but also meats, fish and many others, there was nothing to do in Ein Gedi after sunset so we ate much more than we usually do. After all this is the only choice for food in the area unless you want to eat just a sandwich from the store or whatever else you have with you (otherwise you may want to walk 2km to the kibbutz).
Free all over but the signal was weak in some parts
- Reviews: 338
Field School: Field School
Nice to see have a view on to the sea, with your own terrasse (even if we were told on New Year's Eve to go inside because our conversation was too loud). Breakfast of excellent fresh vegetables and breads
Bit expensive - 405 shekels for two people
- Reviews: 733
Ein Gedi Resort: An Oasis on the Dead Sea
We stayed in the Ein Gedi Resort Hotel for a weekend in February and were very happy with our choice.
The Ein Gedi Kibbutz Resort-Hotel has some unique qualities, which make it a very pleasant place to stay on the Dead Sea. Its location, for one: built on a hill overlooking the Dead Sea, against the dramatic backdrop of the cliffs of the Judaean Desert. This is a resort hotel, composed of many small kibbutz-style one-storey pavilions surrounded by lawns and lush vegetation. The room we stayed in was quite small and the pavilion itself very modest looking, but inside everything was nice and modern, from decoration to furniture to bathroom. Coffee, tea and dates Ein Gedi dates were waiting for us on the table.
The hotel grounds are part of the Ein Gedi Botanical Garden (see "things to do" tip), with unusual trees, shrubs and cacti in every corner. On the central lawn there is a big baobab tree, impressive by day and dramatically illuminated at night.
The food was plentiful and tasty, buffet style, with lots to choose from. Meals are served in the resort dining hall, uphill from the hotel rooms along a beautiful path. For those who have difficulty walking there are golf carts providing shuttle service from the lobby to the dining hall.
There is a free shuttle service (by bus) from the resort to the Ein Gedi Spa (see "things to do" tip), located about 3km to the south. Resort guests receive free entrance tickets to the spa.
Service was efficient and friendly, and our request for late checkout was also granted.
- Reviews: 753
Ein Gedi kibbutz: Kibbutz
We have actually drove to En Booqeq and stayed at Sheraton - which I dont recommend at all - pls see En booqeq's tips.
A kibbutz, founded in 1956, is located about a kilometer from the oasis, taking advantage of the local weather patterns and the abundance of natural water to cultivate out-of-season produce.
Prior to the founding of the kibbutz, the Ein Gedi area had not been permanently inhabited for 500 years.
- Reviews: 89
Ein Gedi Kibbutz hostel: Dead Sea hostal in Israel
the rooms were comfortable an very clean, however the hostal does not provide towels in the price so estimate extra to rent a towel or bring your own.
there are only 2 hostals in that area and the bus from Jerusalem leaves you at the entrance, so I went to the one that had availability.
The closest market or store is about 1km away and there is no street lights so be sure you have everything you need. and the kitchen closes early, right after dinner, I think 8pm
( be sure to carry your flashlight, extra food , etc)
It is near the Ein Gedi National Reserve, so the sunrise tours depart from the 2 hostals.
The hostal ensures to prepare a lunch pack for your trip to the Park, charish it because it will be a great lunch and the only thing you will have once up there in the rocks.
- Reviews: 1548
Lot Hotel - En Boqeq: Lot Hotel - En Boqeq
This is a 4 Star Hotel on the shores of the dead sea , on En Boqeq.
With regular pool , spa - with sulfur pool , salt pool , sauna , jacuzzi ,. a private beach , nice people , good food.
Rooms with view to the mountains or to the sea.
Although it is not the best hotel in the area it is a very good one !
Sulfur pool , salt pool.
- Reviews: 1325
Besides staying in the...
Besides staying in the youthhostel you have three other options. You can work for the preserve and stay in a guesthouse instead of getting money, you can stay in the kibbutz nearby and work for your staying and food there or you can drive further and choose for one of the hotels.
- Reviews: 1325
The gardner of the hostel told...
The gardner of the hostel told me, the cats are at the hostel for years. They are cats of special races. They are beautiful indeed, but most of all I found that this little kitty was very sweet.
- Reviews: 1325
A lot of cats are around Beit...
A lot of cats are around Beit Sarah youth hostel. The one on the picture sneaked in our apartment for some attention.
- Reviews: 1325
There are several places to...
There are several places to stay near Engedi, but there's only one Youth Hostel near the natural preserve here and that's Beit Sara. The hostel is very big, you can choose between your own luxury apartment or staying in the bunkhouse which is cheaper ofcourse.
I had to pay 50 dollars a night for an apartment. The apartment has several beds, beautiful bathroom, table with chairs & a balcony with view on the Dead Sea.
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