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.
A few years ago, you’d never have considered Nazareth as a true northern stopover on a trip around Israel. You might have bused through, or stopped by for a quick peek at the Basilica of the Annunciation, but that was typically that.
Until one day travel entrepreneur Maoz Inon came along and decided that Nazareth was the perfect spot for a hostel/guest house. Teaming up with local resident Suraida, the grand-daughter of the legendary Fauzi Azar and owner of the original family mansion which dates back some 200 years, the Fauzi Azar Inn was born!
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!
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.
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!).
The Tiberias Hostel is fairly new on the scene (or at least it’s under some great new management, who look like they’re going to do some great things with it) but it looks like it’s going to be a player in all things Galilean!
If you’re looking for a desert hideaway, a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Shkedi’s Camplodge at the southern end of the Dead Sea.
Actually located between the Dead Sea and the Arava region, Shkedi’s is the perfect spot if you’re looking for hiking trips in the area (although head there in the winter/spring only, it’s just too hot from May – October). And heck, if you’re not looking to put in some hiking, it’s also a superb spot!