The Port Inn in Haifa is another great option to consider if you’re in Haifa, or looking for a budget-friendly base for a few days from which to explore the north of Israel.
We spent two nights there as part of our 32-day family adventure across Israel, and enjoyed our stay a lot. Although we didn’t stay in the actual dorms or private rooms, we were booked in to the family-sized flats across the road from the Port Inn. Which were quite superb, it has to be said. Two large-sized rooms, with two balconies to enjoy, plus your own TV, a mini-kitchen complete with all the utensils you’ll ever need, and, of course, a much needed fridge (when you’re on the road in Israel, a fridge becomes sooo crucial!).
One of the big factors in enjoying your stay at the Port Inn is the terrific breakfast served up in the dining room. When coupled with extremely helpful staff (who went out of their way to help with my daughter’s gluten free diet), the breakfasts seem even tastier! There’s also a cute living room area, where you can chillout and read today’s newspaper, or alternatively, sip your morning coffee in the small, leafy courtyard at the back of the building.
The cute receptionists were also super helpful, pointing us in the right direction for things to see and do. They’ll also sort out the parking tickets and laundry options (we did our first batch of laundry there!), with a decent-priced parking lot right next to the building.
What surprised us most about the Port Inn is that although it has its dorms and is listed under the Israel Hostel network of hostels, it is far from a hostel and more like a cozy, almost boutique-like hotel. Impressive stuff and yes, highly recommended!