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“Exotica on the Coral Beach”

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The Orchid Hotel and Resort Eilat
Ranked #24 of 62 Hotels in Eilat
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“Exotica on the Coral Beach”
Reviewed 26 April 2012

The exotic Orchid Hotel located on the Coral Beach. There are the Siam Wing, designed in Far Eastern style, and the Shangri-La Wing of deluxe villas.
Our family room with a gallery was very comfy for 4 of us (suitable for two adults and two children) and designed in traditional Thai style.
The balcony of our room overlooked the amazing view, room was equipped with air conditioning, cable LCD satellite television, digital safe, king-sized bed, a mini-refrigerator, and hair dryer (but the bathroom accessories were pretty basic).
Access to the rooms by tuk-tuk (golf cars) – a unique experience for all the family to enjoy. Our children were so happy!
A rich Israeli breakfast, wireless Internet free of charge, bicycles for fun rides in the area (free of charge), free computer and Sony Play Station games in the lobby area, transportation back and forth to the city every hour. New exotic look on vacation. And... good to know - International service calls free of charge from the hotel lobby!
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Stayed at this hotel just before Easter. Based loosely on a Tie Village them, the hotel is built into rocks on a hill and you can order took-took's to take you to your room or the pool area.These are electric cars but be aware that the maintenance staff use petrol ones and they are noisy. It is a few miles from the main town. The number one reason I liked this hotel was that it is not pretentious in any way and the people staying there do not look you up & down or care what you are wearing around the pool unlike a lot of other hotels in this region. The pool area is lovely with free towel's although the pool is not heated. For some reason they have another swimming pool towards the top of the hotel gardens but it is only ornamental (I kid you not, a good sized pool but only to look at!) The rooms are fine but do need some refurbishment. There is free internet access although only available by the pool. They offer free computers and international calls by the pool as well. Breakfast was rubbish compared to other hotels in Eilat, no toaster for starters. Maintenance is slow to react, (computer down for 3 days no one fixed it, telephone not working during our stay no one fixed it etc.) Very clean pace and staff are helpful for a change. Would stay again.

Room Tip: Rooms at the top are away from the hub-a-bub but being close to the pool you do not have to wait for...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Brussels
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2012

On the positive side, this hotel is located south of Eilat, three kilometers north of the Egyptian border, far away from the Pharaonic monstrosities, scruffy shopping centers, and airport downtown. It is built into the sheer rock and you may just glimpse the sea from the terrace of rooms on the uppermost tier. There are bouganvilleas and palm trees. Birds hop around the branches when they are not ransacking used room service trays considerately left by customers outside their cabins and neglected for hours by hotel staff.

Despite certain positive features, this hotel's low rating reflects its surly, brusque and often ill-trained Israeli staff (the only smiles during our stay came from migrant workers confined to menial tasks), unbearable ambient noise, poor food, and dilapidated, chipped bedroom fittings.

Upon arrival the grim young receptionist provided no information about hotel facilities. Responses to questions during our stay were monosyllabic and unhelpful.

The bar staff hasn't a clue about wine or alcohol. We had to show the wine waiter how to open a bottle, first removing the foil, levering the cork screw against the neck of the bottle and finally removing the cork. A request for a mojito produced incomprehension and half an hour later a watery lemonade-like concoction.

There is not an instant of tranquility with rival loudspeakers booming out over diners and the swimming pool at all times, the electric caddy cars constantly clattering up and down in front of the rooms, neighbors' domestic lives penetrating thin walls, and of course childrens' cries on all sides. (Our neighbor had the decency to spare his family by stepping onto his balcony to smoke and to bellow into his mobile phone - we, of course, paid the price).

In the evenings poolside entertainment shatters the peace of the whole establishment and there are no tranquil corners to pass a quiet moment. High decibel resistant earplugs are indispensable to sleep at night and to survive during the day.

The food is mediocre and institutional, without a trace of the much-touted Thai influence. All meals are buffet style and there is a scuffle to get near the food at busy times.

Let us not even mention the minute "Spa" where Thai massage is indeed on offer, if you can relax against the background of the blaring TV in the tiny directly adjoining gym.

Overall, the oriental theme is apparent only in the occasional wooden carving and in the well worn basic structures which are overlaid with bland international hotel fittings. The general atmosphere is of a theme park or shopping mall, which has seen better days, on a busy holiday week-end.

This hotel could only prove satisfactory to families with children who have been offered a promotional all-in price and who just don't care about bad service, bad food and constant noise.

Room Tip: The only acceptable rooms are at the very top of the hotel from which you may just glimpse the sea.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Israel
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Untraditionally built as a mall Thailand village on a slope of the mountain this hotel is located about 6 km from Eilat center. You are hauled around anytime in golf carts. free WIFI is provided everywhere, free international calls and computers are available in the lobby. Bicycles are provided free of charge as well as shuttle to the beach in a sister hotel, about 500 meters fromorchid.
Stunning Red Sea and opposite Jordanian shore view is visible almost from all units.
Mornings are hazy but in the afternoon, when sun is locatted behind your back you can see them very beautifully colored.
Israeli buffet breakfest is OK but I wish they could provide better coffee.

Room Tip: There are several types of units, some with jacuzzi. The higher you are the better is the view and l...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

As I said, not a 5 star hotel. No promised sea view, not quiet because of the children pool renovations, dust all around and constant tuk-tuk car driving, loud music over the main pool. Everything is heard what neighbour doing. No bathrobe - only in Villas? And rustling bed linen-cant stand them. Ironing is in the room on the half way of the hill and ironing time is max for 10min. - then no ironing for unknown time...Well its bit uncomfortable and worn out. No one cleans verandas...Dinner is way too expensive ca 70€ per three persons since products is more cheap than expensive, and lack of variety. All and all it looks like managing on the low budget. Nearest beach ca 2 km away and the entry is for fee, nearest promising restoran ca 4km away - its difficult to "travel" with the small children, every night somewhere else to eat so no way out - you must eat at the hotel. The staff seem to be the best thing at the hotel but they don't have a habit of greeting and english is not their strongest language? All fish lovers and fighters for animal rights do not visit this hotel - lobby fishes are in a sad environment there. Inspite of all incomfortability in hotel - Eilat is a pearl. Lovely place to be with the children. Lot of time spending activities. Well be back in autumn, but definitely in different hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Orchid Hotel and Resort Eilat

Property: The Orchid Hotel and Resort Eilat
Address: South Beach | PO Box 994, Eilat 88000, Israel
Region: Israel > Southern District > Eilat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Eilat
#11 Business Hotel in Eilat
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Eilat
#17 Spa Hotel in Eilat
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,690 - ₹ 22,739
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orchid Hotel Eilat PO Box 994 south shore of Eilat Orchid Hotel Eilat The Orchid Hotel Eilat, classed as one of Israel's most beautiful hotels, is located on the slopes of a mountain, on the shores of the Red Sea, overlooking a majestic view of the Red Sea Gulf and Edom Mountains. The hotel, situated next to Coral Beach offers two wings with 192 luxurious well-equipped rooms and suites, designed in the style of Asian architecture. The Siam Wing invites you to enjoy the magical and unique setting of the Red Sea in air-conditioned rooms featuring a balcony, a king-size bed, LCD TVs and other luxurious amenities. The Siam Wing offers rooms with a gallery, suitable for two adults and 2 children and the highlight is the luxurious Chao Phaya Villa, with private pool and breathtaking views. The Shangri-La Wing, located on the mountain summit, proudly boasts the Grand Shangri-La Villa and Shangri-La Villas, decorated in the inspiration of the magical Far East. Each room has a balcony with breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of the Red Sea, spacious bathroom, plasma T.V screen and elegant furnishings. The hotel's most luxurious wing, Villa Royal, features 4 luxurious villas located on top of the mountain with breathtaking views surrounded by private swimming pools, spacious tanning decks, luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms. Guests staying in the Villa Royal Wing enjoy a special and exclusive Butler services. If you conjure up the will to explore outside these luxurious rooms, you can enjoy a range of other facilities including a fully equipped gym, a spacious swimming pool and a luxurious spa complex. The spa offers spacious massage rooms operated by a team of professional and courteous staff and Thai style dry and wet sauna. The hotel offers a range of complimentary services for the benefit of hotel guests that include high-speed Wi-Fi access, international calls from rooms and lobby, children's club, and back and bicycle loan services. If you are feeling peckish, the hotel offers superb cuisine with a variety of freshly prepared dishes. The lobby bar serves a variety of dairy dishes from morning to evening and meat dishes can be ordered at the snack bar. For those who prefer to dine in the comfort of their own room, our efficient and professional Room Service team will be happy to deliver these dishes to your room. Finally, if you want to venture out and enjoy Eilat's many attractions, the nearby beach offers a variety of water activities. In the city center itself visitors can enjoy a vibrant nightlife, variety of restaurants and, of course, tax-free shopping centers! *Smoking in the hotel and it's grounds is strictly prohibited. * Please note that pets of any kind are forbidden in the hotel, other than guide dogs for guests who are registered disabled ... more   less 
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