Sunday morning at the Herods Hotel on the Dead Sea. The hotel opens to guests for the first time after many weeks of closure. Over the weekend the staff worked on preparing the rooms, organizing the kitchen and dining room, and to celebrate the occasion – the hotel managers brought a clarinet player to move the first guests in, who did not wait even one extra day and immediately went on vacation.
The spectacle unfolding in front of the receptionists was moving: two couples set their suitcases aside, ignored those around them – and danced for a few minutes around the lobby to the wind instrument melody. There is no doubt that what was once taken for granted, like a visit to a hotel, takes on a different meaning after almost a year of fighting the plague.
Hotels in Israel are slowly starting to open. At this point the guidelines state that the dining rooms will remain closed in all hotels – except those returning to the Dead Sea, which has been designated a green island. Those who want a rich and pampering buffet will have to wait a little longer – until the third beat takes effect (probably March 9) and allows them to open. In the meantime, guests will have to make do with meals served in packaged packages or coolers, which guests will take to the rooms.
The opening is gradual, according to demand, but it seems that the Israelis are already preparing for Passover. Meanwhile, the sky is closed, the guidelines for returning to Israel (home isolation or in a hotel) are changing from moment to moment, and the plague is still spreading around the world – all of which provide a boost for hotels in Israel, which are expected to enjoy high demand from Israelis.
“We intend to open all the hotels by Passover,” says Anat Aharon, VP of marketing at the Fattal hotel chain. “Business boutique hotels may not open until the holiday, but at the moment we intend to open them as well. We are seeing high demand in the order center – they started already at the beginning of the month and not just now. “
A clear picture from the price comparison
In order to examine in which way it is most profitable to book the next vacation at the hotel, we compared prices for the costs of a vacation on Seder night in Eilat. We checked the price we were asked to pay for the same room through an international booking website (Booking.com), an Israeli travel agent (Gulliver) – or directly through the hotel’s website. The test shows a clear picture: the hotels have decided to fight the booking option through booking.com, and they offer lower prices (through customer clubs) – so that customers can book directly through them or through an Israeli agent.
The Booking.com company stated: “Our partner partners determine their pricing on the site on a regular basis. In most cases the partners give us the same prices they present to their customers, as it creates more orders for them and improves the customer experience for their guests. Our main goal is to provide vacationers from all. “The world has the widest choice when it comes to a variety of accommodations, all at the best possible price. We will not allow our customers to pay more. In simple words, if customers find a lower price than ours online – we will give them back the difference.”
Before you check the prices for your vacation, pay attention to the following.