Marvin's Place


Entire guest suite hosted by Ilan

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the guest suite to yourself.
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100% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
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Marvin’s Place offers a high-end lodging experience in the quaint southern town of Arad, Israel. ​If you’re looking for a peaceful, quiet and romantic get-away – this is the place for you.

​Enjoy our beautiful wooden deck overlooking the captivating shapes of barren desert mountains and the distant Dead Sea on the horizon, the silent breeze of desert wind and a flock of camels strolling by.

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Marvin’s Place served, for two decades, as the workroom of Marvin Friedman, who in August 2019 celebrated his 80th birthday; this is where he spent much of his time studying desert life and creating magnificent artwork. In this one bedroom / 1 kitchen / 1 bath apartment, attached to the main house but accessed separately, Marvin stored his arsenal of books, magazines, and art material.

​Ask anyone in town about Marvin Friedman – they pretty much all know him as the mythological Biology teacher at the Arad High School, and a wildlife zoologist par excellence. “A legend” and “a rare person” are just two of the many powerful words used by some of Marvin’s former students to describe him. His unique teaching method involved taking students out to the desert so that they experience it, and bringing desert life into the classroom. He had a way with students, leaving them with great memories many years after his retirement; in fact, many of them claim he was the reason they began to love animals and nature in the first place. ​

Marvin’s workroom was recently renovated to accommodate individuals or couples looking to enjoy their time in the peaceful town of Arad, and no expense was spared to provide guests with a luxurious experience.

Initial entry to the property is through main driveway, but then guests take path to back of house where guesthouse has separate and private entry. Guests have full and private use of backyard wooden deck from which they can enjoy captivating views of the desert and the Dead Sea. Guests have private use of entire deck, including gazebo-covered table, swing, small table, and charcoal grill (including starter pack of charcoal and lighter fluid). The unit has a bedroom, bathroom/shower and kitchen. Bedroom is built and equipped to the highest standard - exceptionally comfortable bed for two, 43 inch smart TV with complementary Netflix, Spotify and more. Bathroom access is throuh narrow door - 50 cm (20 inches) wide. The kitchen is chef-ready, fully-equipped with everything you'd need for your own cooking (fridge/freezer, gas stovetop, microwave/oven combo, Nespresso coffee machine, milk foamer, kettle, complementary water bottle and milk, spices and all kitchenware). Bathroom is comfortable with walk-in shower, shampoo, body and hand soap, toilet paper, hair dryer, even Q-tips and bandaids.

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What this place offers

Free on-street parking
TV with standard cable/satellite
Washing machine
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Luggage drop-off allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Arad, South District, Israel

Arad is a small town, numbering about 24,000 people. It is situated in the southern district of Israel, on the border between the Negev and the Judean deserts. It is only a 20-30 minute drive away from the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, known for its unique beauty and serenity, and for its healing effects on various skin conditions. Thanks to its clean and dry air, Arad has attracted people suffering from Asthma and other respiratory conditions as well.

The modern town (now city) of Arad was founded in 1962 – the first planned city in Israel. It is named after the nearby biblical Canaanite town of Arad, now called Tel Arad, situated 9 kilometers west of the modern city. Tel Arad was resettled by Israelites in the 11th century BCE and destroyed by the Babylonians somewhere between 597 and 577 BCE. The name Arad was preserved by the local Bedouins (nomadic tribes) and later on became a Christian bishopric. Arad is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.

​Arad is centrally located near several attractions: Bedouin communities, archaeological sites, the Dead Sea, Masada, Ramon Crater and the Small Crater, the ancient Spice Road, desert hike trails, wineries, and much more.

Hosted by Ilan

  1. Joined in July 2016
  • 16 Reviews
Born in the US, raised in Arad, Israel. Hi-tech executive in the areas of global sales and business development. Fluent in English and in Hebrew.
  • Languages: English, עברית
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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House rules

Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 12:00
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm

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