If you’re in the need for budget, hostel accommodation in Tel Aviv, you’ll be pleased to know there are some mighty fine options available!
Hostels are, of course, an excellent way to really get to know the local area (many in Tel Aviv now offer some very cool tours, providing a terrific insight into areas you’d never typically get to experience as a “regular” tourist), and also meet some cool new people.
The Dead Sea Adventure Hostel was opened in the Spring of 2016, and is located in the dusty, desert town of Arad. Run by the affable Gilad, this place is absolutely perfect for those of you looking for some real desert adventure!
I’ll be perfectly honest about the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv: I wasn’t expecting to be wowed quite as much as I was wowed!
These guys know how to do hostels, that’s perfectly clear (they also own the Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem and Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth). They know how to make their guests feel at home, how to host events that help integrate those guests and get those guests socializing, and they know how to keep it all relatively low-cost.
We’ve said it before, but the guys at Abraham Hostels know how to run hostels. And the Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem is where it all started, the hostel where Abraham first let Jerusalem travelers rest their weary heads…
We stayed at the Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem for 4 nights, straight after spending time at their new Tel Aviv hostel, so if it’s a comparison you’re looking for, you’re going to get it!
If you’re in need of some desert fun, but have a hankering for some eco-friendliness, head to the Desert Shade Eco Lodge in Mitzpe Ramon!
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.
When chatting with Clil Guest House owner Oded about stopping by for a couple of nights in mid-summer, I was less than convinced by his comments that there was no air-conditioner, but that we wouldn’t need it…this is Israel we’re talking about after all, home to some horrendously loooong summer nights!
But by golly, he was right! With the rooms of his guest house on the second floor, there’s enough of a breeze to bring down the heat levels – and then there’s always the supplied fans to add some extra chill.
First of all, I have to say that camping at the Sea of Galilee in recent years has become a bit of a nightmare, especially during the holiday season (we did warn you). As a result, we’ve started to steer clear of camping out under the stars around this wonderful lake…
However, as part of our amazing 32-day family adventure across Israel, we decided to give the Sea of Galilee another chance – to be more specific, Susita Beach, next to Ein Gev on the Eastern shore of the lake.
And we were happy little campers!
We recently discovered the Mongolian tents at Genghis Khan (in the southern Golan Heights) as part of our crazy 32-day family adventure through Israel, and what can we say – we were completely charmed!
When we first booked a couple of nights through Sara, the amazingly helpful owner, I have to admit to being a bit dubious about staying in tents in the middle of the summer in Israel. But we couldn’t have been more wrong – the tents were amazingly spacious, comfortable, and fully air-conditioned (we even had to turn off the AC at night, it got too cold!).
As part of our crazy 32-day adventure across Israel, our very first stop was at Among The Cherry Trees (Be’in HaEtzy HaDuvdavan) in Metulla.
Run by Motti and his wife, this is a great little B&B (known as zimmerim in Israel) at the very northern point of Israel, and makes for a perfect base for exploring the area!