We enjoyed our stay at Degania, which is the oldest Kibbutz and claimed to be one of the nicest ones; the people at the front desk as well as the inhabitants were really kind. When my wife got sick, they made a big support to us. We arrived as guests and left with a feeling of "guest plus X" (to avoid the word "friend"). Staying at a Kibbutz is different to a hotel or hostel, but highly recommendable when visiting Israel. One has to remember that it is not a hotel as such, but a Kibbutz where the people live together under certain rules.