The Kalia Kibbutz Hotel is conveniently located a short driving distance to the Kalia Beach where you can enjoy the Dead Sea, and is an hour drive to the Masada. Qumran, the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, are within walking distance. Potential guests should realize that this hotel is located inside the Palestinian territories and is surrounded with high fences and barbwire, and guarded by Israeli soldiers. The grounds are lovely and green and include a swimming pool, but are also surrounded by agricultural buildings in various states of disrepair. The room was clean but very small, and as a family of 4, there was barely room for us to put our suitcases down.
The breakfast is pretty dismal for the price. No fresh fruit, no fresh juices (only some sugary stuff that comes out of a machine), no local specialties...not even dates! There were tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and yogurt though. The eggs and bread were tasteless. We had considered eating dinner at the Kibbutz but after this disappointing breakfast, we chose to go off the Kibbutz to a restaurant.
The staff at the desk seemed reluctant to serve their guests. When we asked for extra towels for our trip to the Dead Sea they were planning on charging us a fee for them, until they realized my husband could speak some Hebrew. Suddenly, the towels were free! The woman in charge of the breakfast room was the friendliest employee we met, but even so she seemed more interested in her cell phone than in her guests.
For the price of this hotel, I expected a more welcoming atmosphere. I can't recommend it...go to the Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel instead. I've heard it's much better.