Let's face it , Eilat is not a cheap place to find a good hotel for 5 days. For this reason I read all of Bob's reviews for his apartment and decided to go for it because we like the idea of a bit more freedom and space that an apartment offers. I have to say that Bob is probably one of the most efficient and helpful owners I have come across. Whatever time of day I sent an email from England, he would answer immediately.
The apartment is very smart and modern and by chance Bob was there checking it just when we arrived although he had already sent us an excellent instruction book and guide for all of the appliances. One bathroom has a bath and the other has a shower so this was plenty for 4 of us. The air on is very good, sometimes too good, and we certainly needed it while we were there. We only had breakfast in the apartment and only cooked some simple food a couple of times, but everything you need is there. It was also nice to have a small dishwasher and a washing machine.
I only really have two slight negatives which may not be an issue for some people but are worth knowing. Firstly it is no more than 5-10 minutes walk to the Mall and beachfront activities but on the return journey is a reasonably steep hill which those of you pushing a buggy or older people will need to negotiate. It's not too long but in that heat it can get you out of breath. Further up the hill is the supermarket so at least it is a downhill walk with all of your groceries. A nice little touch was that there was a wheeled shopping trolley in the apartment.
The other aspect is that we had the apartment which Bob proudly boasts has a spacious outside patio area and also a family pool. I agree that it is a spacious patio but it has been so filled up by furniture that there is no space left. The photos were obviously taken before the pool was in place because we had the pool, a seat/swing, table and 6 chairs and two sun loungers a BBQ and fold up clothes drier! At times it was a squeeze to walk between them all.
Bob has added an extra large canopy over the patio which offers great protection but also means that only a small part of the patio is available for sitting in the sun because the pool takes up so much space. Although the pool is pretty small, my kids loved the opportunity to get in and cool off any time of day, but again, the photos make it look a bit bigger than it really is.
A couple of other little tips......we went to the Dolphin reef and scuba diving at Coral Beach (Marine Divers were great) . Only costs about 25 NIS by taxi and although the Dolphin reef is a little expensive to swim with the Dolphins, It was a highlight of the trip and worth it.
Eating out ...we went to Giraffe, a noodle bar which was very good and, on Bob's recommendation we went to the Achla Platinum grill......twice. (see my separate review) Would have gone a third time but it didn't open till very late on Saturday night.
Overall then, the apartment is clean , smart and reasonably spacious for a small group. Bob is exceptionally helpful but the photos were just a little misleading.
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