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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #180 on: May 06, 2013, 08:10:03 AM »
id still pay that over 6-7 hrs of driving

True... though last time I went, the guy driving did it in under 5. ;D

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #181 on: May 06, 2013, 08:55:48 AM »
My rule when I go with family. If I start or end at TLV i fly. I got 79 shekel with arkia/isra air, 99 shekel also not hard to find...
If i start/end in jerusalem i prefer driving, as its less time. takes me less then 3 hours and i dont have to shlep with family through airport.
If I fly its: loading car in jerusalem, unloading in TLV, shuttle from rental to terminal, loading on luggage cart, security, check in, security and eilat loading on luggage cart, finding cab.... a lot of hassle and doesnt save time

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #182 on: May 06, 2013, 09:55:04 AM »
True... though last time I went, the guy driving did it in under 5. ;D

Last time i drove, i did it in 3:45 minutes. thats a lot better then going from jeruselam to ben gurion (40 min) and waiting for flight

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #183 on: May 06, 2013, 10:14:46 AM »
From Jerusalem I think its best to drive...

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #184 on: May 06, 2013, 11:22:07 AM »
True... though last time I went, the guy driving did it in under 5. ;D
im assuming you mean round trip...

i did one way in 2.5 in my bochur days on erev shabbos

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #185 on: May 06, 2013, 12:24:19 PM »
im assuming you mean round trip...

i did one way in 2.5 in my bochur days on erev shabbos

But of course. >:D

The guy driving was a trained ambulance driver, with years of experience.

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #186 on: May 06, 2013, 12:44:49 PM »
well, if youre the passenger, it makes for a very uncomfortable drive with all the turns

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #187 on: May 06, 2013, 02:05:22 PM »
well, if youre the passenger, it makes for a very uncomfortable drive with all the turns
Have done it a few times, Driving by day has worked best, never had traffic , and its a nice easy drive with no temptations of rushing through the curvy  roads

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #188 on: May 06, 2013, 02:25:44 PM »
well, if youre the passenger, it makes for a very uncomfortable drive with all the turns

You're telling me?! :P

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #189 on: December 04, 2013, 11:34:48 AM »
Anyone have info on dolphin viewing, scuba diving, or jetskiing in Eilat? Places to go etc.

Here for a day and looking for attractions. 

Thanks.

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #190 on: December 05, 2013, 11:43:22 PM »
the dolphin reef was the best attraction for our kids in Eilat (they touched a dolphin that swam right up at feeding time http://www.dolphinreef.co.il/), and scuba diving is amazing and cheap (if u are not licensed and never did it, u should do it in eilat b/c its easy and cheap without certification). there is a place right next to le meridien that rents out banana boats/jetskis etc. very nice people.

enjoy!

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #191 on: December 05, 2013, 11:45:41 PM »
well, if youre the passenger, it makes for a very uncomfortable drive with all the turns

when i went there with my wife and kids, we made a whole game whenever we passed signs that said Dangrous Curves (and thats how i now refer to my bashert  ;D)

we went during day too on the east side highway (i think it is 6, past the dead sea) and it took less than 4 hours each way with kid ice cream stops.

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #192 on: December 09, 2013, 04:13:28 AM »
the dolphin reef was the best attraction for our kids in Eilat (they touched a dolphin that swam right up at feeding time http://www.dolphinreef.co.il/), and scuba diving is amazing and cheap (if u are not licensed and never did it, u should do it in eilat b/c its easy and cheap without certification). there is a place right next to le meridien that rents out banana boats/jetskis etc. very nice people.

enjoy!

Ended up using "lucky divers" for scuba which was simply amazing and only 180 NIS which I believe is a really nice price. They wanted 100 NIS to take a picture of us underwater which I later found out is less than the competition charges - I turned it down. I think I regret that.

Will try to do a full trip report soon (including my stay in Park Hyatt in Paris which is where I am posting from - I am in a junior suite and I have to say I am severly underwhelmed).

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #193 on: December 09, 2013, 09:57:06 AM »
People haven't been whelmed by the php in several years already

I'm sorry to say that I fear my writing about it and the GHK did damage to both :(
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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #194 on: December 09, 2013, 10:05:10 AM »
Dan gives a sad smile and pats himself on the back for how influential he is.  :)

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #195 on: December 09, 2013, 11:11:17 AM »
Dan gives a sad smile and pats himself on the back for how influential he is.  :)
::)

Or how abusive we can be as customers to the point that policy changes are inevitable.

Not unlike how stores have to make special return policies in NYC.
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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #196 on: December 09, 2013, 11:46:32 AM »
People haven't been whelmed by the php in several years already

I'm sorry to say that I fear my writing about it and the GHK did damage to both :(

My wife and I stayed in the php earlier this year in an executive suite and loved every second of it !

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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #197 on: December 09, 2013, 12:11:19 PM »
My wife and I stayed in the php earlier this year in an executive suite and loved every second of it !
It's a fine city hotel, but service has gone downhill.
All about expectations.
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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #198 on: December 09, 2013, 12:18:38 PM »
I prefer the Intercontinental Le Grand. Meanwhile I only stayed at the PHP one night so might not be worth much.
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Re: Eilat, Israel, Master Thread
« Reply #199 on: December 19, 2013, 01:47:19 PM »
What is the consensus around here on the nicest hotel in Eilat?
Do people prefer Royal Beach /Queens of Sheeba/Dan?