Ein Bokek - Dead Sea Hotel & Resort Area
The main Dead Sea hotel center is at Ein Bokek; towards the southern section of the Dead Sea. The Ein Bokek hotel area consists of about 30 hotels of varying levels of luxury. Even more affordable accommodation may be found in the form of B&B in the nearby Neve Zohar village. Two of the hotels in the Dead Sea was awarded the best hotel in Israel 2011 prize.
The Ein Bokek hotel area includes several public beaches that are open to the public at no cost and have reasonable facilities.
There are two small shopping centers, one along the beach and one by the northern entrance to Ein Bokek (with the McDonald sign on top of it).
Be aware when you book a hotel, in most hotel web sites you will see a picture with the sea, but most of them are across the road and require a short walk or a ride to the beach. It is recommended to select a hotel with an adjacent beach - although almost all of them have a salt water spa with sea water inside the hotel.
The hotels on the beach at the Dead Sea hotel resort center are (from North to South): Hod, Tsel Harim, Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Lot, and the Leonardo Dead Sea Hotels the Leonardo Plaza and the Leonardo Club. I would recommend the Crowne Plaza which is the most modern, and Lot which provides a more continental touch.
The water in all the hotels rooms is not for drinking and you should fill your drinking bottles in one of the many coolers spread all over the place.
Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel
Another tourist center is located at the Ein Gedi beach, but accommodation is available only across the main road inside the Ein Gedi Kibbutz.
A youth hostel is located at the northern entrance of Kibbutz Ein Gedi.
Other Dead Sea Accommodation
Other possible accommodation is available on northern Dead Sea villages such as Vered Yericho, Kalya and Almog, but they all require a short drive to one of the 5 beaches near them.
General Dead Sea Safety
It is strictly forbidden to walk along the Dead Sea beach in a non marked (designated) beach as the risk of opening and falling into sink holes is very high. When you drive near Ein Gedi you can see the detour in the main road that was paved after a huge sink hole opened in the middle of the main road. After bathing in the Dead Sea you need a shower to remove the salt - again another reason to use designated beaches.
Things to do in the Dead Sea - Ein Gedi - Ein Bokek Area
See also Dead Sea Photos
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