Rimonim Hotel in Eilat is the first hotel to offer Escape Room to their guests.
(photo credit: YEHUDA BEN-ITAH)
Eilat, the Israeli vacation spot that lies ashore the Red Sea has earned a mixed reputation for being as fun as it is a hassle; and the summer swelter doesn’t help either when the average temperatures are well over 40 degrees, yet somehow the dozens of hotel and resort chains that line the picturesque beaches and trendy tayelet compete aggressively year round to lure in potential guests.
The Rimonim Hotel chain’s Eilat branch is no different. With their recent renovation of 44 family friendly rooms and addition of the country's first hotel to offer the popular “Escape Room” the hotel believes that this gives them a competitive edge during this busy travel season.
Hoping to sway families from flying abroad or choosing other locations in Israel, the Rimonim hotel in Eilat is confident that these two Escape Rooms available in the hotels basement will prove a logical choice when vacation time comes around.
For those not in the know, Escape Room can best be described as being part interactive scavenger hunt, part team building exercise and part “physical adventure”. Players are placed in a themed room in which they must escape by solving a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy in order to complete their designated room’s ‘mission’.
The two escape rooms offered at the Rimonim Hotel vary in difficulty, one is best suited for beginners or first timers while the other is advanced for those more experienced and looking for a fun challenge. Each month, the theme changes in order to keep up with the handful of other locations within the city also offering escape rooms.
On my first ever experience with this popular activity, a group of 5 other journalists and I barely made our way out of half of the alleged “easy” escape room without constant help and clues from the staff member who was accessed through walkie talkie. With the help of built in surveillance cameras throughout the escape rooms, the staff can monitor the participant's progress, the walkie talkies are in place should the players need extra help navigating their ways through the myriad of clues embedded throughout the room. Despite the rough start, I believe that Escape Room has the potential for a fun family activity for all ages.
For one hour of usage, the hotel charges 100 shekels per person, but then offers up discounts for each additional person and charges less for children, thereby making the hour long experience for a family of four around 350 shekels depending on the time of year or promotions offered at the hotel.
The Rimonim Hotel also wants to emphasis the other useful aspects it offers, such as their spa, beach access, sports and fitness center, nightlife as well as other kid friendly activities to keep everyone, busy, healthy and happy during their vacation.
Prices for the hotel vary depending on the time of year, in August, rooms go from as low as NIS 590 per person in a double room per night based on accommodation. They also offer all inclusive packages which include flights from their partner airline, Arakia.