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The Red Sea resort city has about 50 hotels at different price points and of different flavors. Here’s a variety ranging from luxury to budget.

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

Israel’s  southern Red Sea resort city of Eilat is a fantastic vacation destination boasting beautiful beaches, scenic mountains and a fun boardwalk where you can buy souvenirs and hang out. But there’s so much more to do.

Eilat offers a full variety of water sports and hiking trails, the Coral World Underwater Observatory, Dolphin Reef, indoor ice skating, birdwatching station, Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and ∓ as an added bonus ∓ tax-free shopping.

It’s easier than ever to access perpetually sunny Eilat since the opening of nearby Ramon Airport in 2019. This winter, a record number of direct flights are heading to Ramon Airport from European cities and from Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, in addition to trains and buses.

Where to stay on your Eilat holiday?

The choices are plentiful for every budget, from huge 5-star resorts to small boutique properties and youth hostels. Eilat boasts about 11,000 rooms in nearly 50 hotels. In the coming years, a new golfing and tourism complex will be built in Eilat with about 560 hotel rooms.

Many of the hotels in our list below are geared to families, while some are intended for a romantic getaway and others for students and backpackers.

 

LARGE FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTELS

Aria Hotel

Astral Hotel’s 246-suite Aria is billed as a luxurious family destination. With direct private access to the beach and a variety of spacious suites including a honeymoon suite with outdoor double jacuzzi on a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Eilat’s Aria has the added attraction of an outdoor stage and dance bar for after-hours entertainment.

Address: 9 Derech Mitzrayim

Amenities: Outdoor swimming pool and toddler pool, children’s club and playroom, spa, dance bar, business lounge, event halls

 

VERT Eilat

Formerly the Crowne Plaza, the VERT is committed to environmental awareness . The 266-room luxury hotel has committed to a paperless check-in process and information service, increasing use of natural and biodegradable materials, reducing the use of plastics, utilizing solar energy, and saving energy.

Address: Kamen Street, North Beach

Amenities: Two kosher restaurants, swimming pool, toddler pool, pool snack bar, spa, gym, conference facilities, accessible rooms and services, Play Zone for children and teens, private babysitting available

 

U Coral Beach Club

This 282-room Fattal property puts the emphasis on offering a private beach and activities for the whole family from windsurfing and snorkeling to dance lessons and archery, cooking workshops and social games. There’s onsite entertainment for adults and children, and up to five meals per day (special meals can be pre-ordered).

Address: Almog Beach Marina

Amenities: Outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa, kosher Italian dairy restaurant, kids club, babysitting, tennis/soccer/basketball/volleyball, infant gear (cribs, baby bathtubs, bottle warmers) on request

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Queen of Sheba

The 12-story, 481-room luxury hotel features a dome-topped entryway spilling natural light on the floor decorated with animal mosaics, while the swimming pool is surrounded by animal statues and fountains symbolizing the charms of the legendary Queen of Sheba, who brought King Solomon exotic spices from her country and was charmed by his wisdom.

Address: 8 Antibes St., Eilat

Amenities: Three kosher restaurants and two bars, spa, swimming pool, executive lounge, conference and meeting facilities, babysitting/childcare for a fee, free children’s club

 

King Solomon Hotel

Across the road from the Queen of Sheba is Isrotel’s King Solomon Hotel comprised of 415 suites and rooms with balconies overlooking the pool or the Edom Mountains. The three top floors (10-12) are geared to business travelers and include free access to the King’s Lounge and its sun terrace as well as an exclusive café. The King’s Wharf at the foot of the hotel offers leisure, shopping, and watersports.

Address: 1 Antibes Street

Amenities: Cafe Royale, Angelina Restaurant, The King’s Table, lobby cafe and espresso bar, gym, outdoor swimming pool with waterslides, kiddie pool, Kids Kingdom, services for guests with disabilities

 

U Magic Palace

The 322-room U Magic Palace is designed as an all-inclusive family resort, with on-site live entertainment, children’s club, teen cooking workshops and poolside shows to something to keep everyone entertained day and night.

Address: 2 Kamen Street, North Beach

Amenities: outdoor swimming pool, indoor heated swimming pool, toddler pool, spa, gym, lobby bar, kosher restaurant and dining room, beauty salon, Welcome Baby service, kids club, accommodations for guests with disabilities

 

Royal Garden

The Royal Garden offers 331 suites set on an enchanted island with tropical gardens and several swimming pools, including one designed to look like the beach,  although the real beach is close by as well. Every suite includes a bedroom, living room, kitchenette and dining area. Next door, the Isrotel Theater features Las Vegas-style shows.

Address: 5 Antibes St., Eilat

Amenities: Swimming pool and children’s pool with waterslides, gym, spa, shopping boulevard, minimarket, kosher Mediterranean grill and dairy cafe, Playzone & Kiddos Club, services for guests with disabilities

 

BOUTIQUE HOTELS

Now

Catering to guests aged 18 and up, the 19-room Now is all about balconies and private pools, VIP parties, kosher chef dining and fine alcohol, in-room spa treatments and constant ambient entertainment and music.

Address: 20 Derech Hayam

Amenities: Rooftop restaurant and pool lounge, two swimming pools, personal concierge service, specially adapted meals available by prior arrangement for vegetarians, vegans, and those sensitive to gluten or lactose

 

Herbert Samuel Royal Shangri-La

Between Coral Beach Nature Reserve and Coral World Underwater Observatory, the Royal Shangri-La features 53 rooms and two villas with private swimming pools on a hilltop above the 144-room beachside Orchid Hotel. Unusual touches include an outdoor lobby, 24-hour transportation uphill and downhill via tuk-tuk (motorized rickshaw) and an all-day breakfast buffet.

Address: South Beach, Eilat

Amenities: Outdoor swimming pools including infinity pool, children’s playground, billiards, table tennis, bicycles, in-room spa treatments

 

Brown Eilat

This chain, which is growing rapidly in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, recently opened an 84-room boutique hotel in Eilat (formerly the Vista) designed to be reminiscent of 1930s Miami South Beach. Brown Eilat is billed as an adult couples hotel; for families, the Brown brand is soon opening the Lighthouse Eilat hotel in the former Palms Hotel.

Address: 17 Kamen Street

Amenities: outdoor pool, fitness room, chef restaurant

(Israel21C.org)

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