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. You’ll also probably have a great time, especially if you take on one of the hostels in our list below!
Your No. 1 choice should be…
First up, the hostel that has taken Tel Aviv by storm over the last few months is the Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv. We stayed there ourselves for 5 nights as part of our crazy summer adventure, but can testify to its awesomeness. It’s not the cheapest hostel in Tel Aviv (check out some of the other options below for cheaper options), but it has probably done more than enough in just a few short months to claim the title of best hostel in Tel Aviv!
Some of the reasons to stay at the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv:
- The hostel is new, so the rooms are clean, freshly painted and yes, almost sparkly…
- They have something happening almost every night, with some great concerts, parties, and art exhibitions – plus the usual hostel activities associated with Abraham Hostels, such as Shakshuka workshops, Pub Crawls, and a great Shabbat dinner.
- The bar is very decent with a great – and long – Happy Hour!
- The location is great, being just a minute’s walk from the trendy ‘hood of Rothschild. When the inner-city rail line finally gets completed in Tel Aviv, it’s also going to be just 100m from one of the main stations on the line.
- There’s a very decent FREE breakfast included.
- The kitchen facilities are top class, just in case you want to rustle up something.
- The owners of Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv are not newbies to the tourist scene – they also own the legendary Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem, and the groundbreaking Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth (both of which we can highly recommend).
- They have some awesome, great value tours to enjoy.
Prices start from 80 shekels for a dorm bed, and 300 shekels for a private room. For more details and availability, check their official site.
Other great hostels in Tel Aviv…
We can appreciate that not everybody wants to stay at the Abraham Hostel, as it is a fairly big place to stay (5 floors high and usually steaming with people!). So we’ve rounded up another few options for you here, additional Tel Aviv hostels well worth checking out. Especially if you’re looking for something a little bit more intimate, and a little cheaper. You should be aware that there are quite a few “hostels” out there, but these are the ones that are highly rated on sites like hostels.com.
Note that most dorm beds will set you back around 50-100 shekels, while a private room will typically start at 200 shekels.
Overstay TLV in Jaffa: A cute, atmospheric hostel, and as it says on the website: “an urban art hostel for laid back people”. Located about 1 km from Jaffa Market, and 1.4 km from the beach. Enjoy AC or fan dorms and AC double rooms, and don’t miss the rooftop bar which hosts frequent parties, a communal indoor lounge, swimming pool, free wifi, breakfast, and yes, great fellow travelers! Owner Omer is also the owner of the Tiberias Hostel, a place that looks like becoming a must-stay on your travels in northern Israel. Website.
Florentine Backpackers Hostel: This one is, as you can probably tell, located in the trendy ‘hood of Florentine, an area with great bars and restaurants. The young and vibrant hostel has AC rooms, a nifty communal area with a huge terrace, great free breakfast, free wifi, free tea & coffee, and good fellow travelers! Also claims to be the coolest hostel in town! Website.
HaYarkon 48: Founded in 1998, this hostel is one of the mainstays in the Tel Aviv hostel scene, largely thanks to its location in the heart of the city – and being a stone’s throw from the beach doesn’t hurt! Free wifi, great dorms or private rooms, a chillout rooftop, and a great lounge with wide-screen TV. Just no free breakfast, but it does have a fully equipped kitchen for cooking up that morning omelette! Website.
Little Tel Aviv Hostel: Located just down the road from the Abraham Hostel, this great little hostel is fairly new on the scene but looks quite awesome! There are some great private rooms, as well as dorms, free wifi, and a nice little courtyard/garden, a cute bar/restaurant of its own (Hostel 51). Again, no free breakfast, but it does have great kitchen facilities. Website.
Old Jaffa Hostel: This one is amazingly located, just above the famous Jaffa Flea Market. It’s also one of the longest running hostels in Tel Aviv – we recall a rooftop night up there some 20+ years ago! It’s located in a charming old building, with a certain quaintness and color (think high celings and cute floor tiles) that you might just fall in love with. That rooftop is still alive and kicking, and looking a lot greener than we remember it! Free wifi, free Israeli breakfast, and a decently equipped kitchen. Website.
The map below features the above Tel Aviv hostels and their exact locations…