Arad is definitely an up and coming town with a lot to offer; 30 minutes from the Dead Sea and 30 minutes from the back side of Masada (note: not where the incline is!), and only 45 minutes from Beersheva.
The apartment was small and cozy and the owners were so sweet and accommodating! We were 2 adults and 2 kids and the room was very comfortable.There is a great mirpesset outside the room (which we couldn't really use because it was cold!).
The only discomfort for us was that we had to go into the owner's apartment to get to ours. We felt as if we were disturbing them, so we tried to leave once for the day and come home in the evening. They were not bothered at all, but we felt a little bad.