Many of Eilat’s best hotels are grouped in the city’s marina | Courtesy of Herods Hotel & Spa Eilat / Expedia
With guaranteed sun, unique coral reefs, dramatic desert surroundings and busy nightlife, this Red Sea resort town draws in visitors throughout the year. These are Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels in Eilat, Israel.
Royal Beach Eilat
A Las Vegas-style show accompanies dinner at the Royal Beach Eilat | Courtesy of Royal Beach Eilat / Hotels.com
The five-star Royal Beach Eilat is a grand, family-friendly resort with three separate pools, its own private beach and an excellent spa offering more than 70 treatments. Guests can enjoy a nightly Las Vegas-style show and dinner at a range of restaurants, including the Ranch House for steaks or Italian food at La Cuccina.
Luxury chain Dan Hotels provides accommodation options all over Israel. The Dan Eilat Red Sea Hotel enjoys an ideal position on the shores of the sea. While there are many restaurants, bars and attractions nearby, there’s plenty to enjoy in this family-friendly hotel, from swimming pools and water slides to a kids’ club and even a disco.
If you’re looking for something right next to Eilat’s airport, consider the Soleil Boutique Hotel. The design is quirky, featuring fun colourful floors, funky light fixtures and even a glittery exterior. Enjoy the afternoon at the swimming pool or spa, or take a short stroll to the nearby beach. Entertainment options at the hotel include wine-tasting activities and various cultural events. It’s a great-value option for this often expensive resort city.
The Queen of Sheba was inspired by its namesake’s biblical palace, and contains suitably lavish statues, fountains and mosaics. Rooms offer views over the Red Sea, the mountains or the lagoon, and there are all the facilities you would expect from a hotel of its size and reputation, including the Sheba Spa, an on-site shopping mall, four restaurants and an executive lounge.
Herods Hotel & Spa Eilat is jam-packed with family-friendly facilities, as well as two pools, five restaurants and a quality spa. Split into three hotels with historical themes, the different buildings cater to families, conferences and those in need of a wellness break. Enjoy the spacious rooms overlooking the Red Sea, and spend the day at the nearby attractions, such as the beach or the shopping centre.
The recently renovated Isrotel Agamim stands out for its interior design, not just in the public areas, but also in its smart blue and white rooms. The hotel is equipped with a lagoon-like pool area, a restaurant, a gym, a spa and a bar that offers New York vibes with great music and an exclusive drinks menu.
Love being on or under the sea? The Orchid Reef Hotel is the place for you | Courtesy of Orchid Reef Hotel / Hotels.com
Set in an ideal location right on the beach near Eilat’s Coral Beach Nature Reserve, the Orchid Reef Hotel is the perfect choice for fans of snorkelling, scuba diving and water sports. It has more of a boutique feel, with stylish rooms in muted colour schemes. The hotel’s facilities include a pool, a restaurant, a gym and direct access to the beach.
At the U Magic Palace Hotel, on the Eilat Marina, there are two enormous pools – one for children and one for adults – and an excellent spa that offers a variety of treatment rooms, a jacuzzi, a gym and wet and dry saunas. There’s always plenty going on, including live shows, night swimming and kids’ club activities. Unlike many other hotels, U Magic Palace serves breakfast every day until noon.
Overlooking the Eilat Marina, Dan Panorama offers easy access to many of the city’s tourist activities. Besides its gorgeous pools, spa, private beach and kids’ club, the hotel also has a seafront promenade with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. A typical Israeli breakfast buffet is served each morning in the Dolphin dining room.