Israeli has some really cool hostels! Here is our guide, divided into Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, The North and the South.
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CENTER | 26 King David Street | $
The YMCA Three Arches in Jerusalem has an amazing location, opposite the luxury King David Hotel and 10 minutes walk to the Old City. The rooms are decent, and the hotel also has an indoor swimming pool and squash court!
SHUK | 67 Hanevi’im Street | $
Definitely Israel’s most popular hostel, it even picked up a gong at this year’s Hoscars (hostel associations’ version of the Oscars, Abraham Hostel was ranked 8th large hostel in the world!).
Abraham Hostel Jerusalem opened in 2010 and has 250 beds, hosting guests from around the world. It is located just near the shuk in Jerusalem, and has an on-site bar, organised tours, and most importantly an amazing atmosphere! The bar hosts cool events pretty much every night, from Shabbat dinners to hummus workshops to cool live music!
THE OLD CITY | 7 HaMalakh Street | $
With an awesome location in the heart of the Old City, and an amazing price (a bed is typically $5/night/ $6/night in the weekend), Heritage House Hostel is a great place to stay if you are travelling on a budget. Free WIFI is available, and you can also find cooking and laundry facilities. This hostel is also great if you are traveling in a group.
THE OLD CITY | 20 st. Marks Road | $
Travel to Jerusalem, stay at a quiet hostel and just enjoy the view from one of the tallest building in the area. The Citadel Youth Hostel is guaranteed to give you amazing view while being well within your budget. During the months May to October you can save a lot of money by booking a bed at the Hostel’s rooftop (Great for travelers who travel in groups).
THE OLD CITY | 37 Via Dolorosa St. | $
One of the first hostels in Israel, the ecclesiastical institution known as the ‘Austrian Hospice of the Holy Family’ is a pilgrims’ guest-house belonging to the Austrian Catholic Church in the Holy Land. Established in 1854, it started its activities in 1863. Emperor Franz Joseph stayed at the Hospice in November 1869.
Most of the guests staying at The Austrian Hospice are coming from Austria, or from other German speaking countries, so if you are speaking German this could be the very best hotel for you in Jerusalem. If you are not Austrian but want to enjoy this unique combination of an Austrian experience in Jerusalem, you are also more than welcome.
SHUK | 44 Jaffa Road | $
Located 5 minutes walking from Ben Yehuda shopping street and right next to Zion Square, The Jerusalem Hostel offers free WIFI and an access to a shared kitchen. The hostel rooms are located on 2 floors, with no lift, some with air conditioning and some without. A light breakfast is served in the hostel and you can find a 24-hour supermarket in front of the hostel.
SOUTH TEL AVIV | Elifelet 10 | $
Florentine Backpackers Hostel is definitely one of Secret Tel Aviv’s favourites. Located in trendy Florentine, an area with great bars and restaurants, the hostel has a good sized communal area, excellent breakfast, free wifi, good fellow travellers, and a great price tag.
JAFFA | Ben Tsvi 47 | $
Another Secret Tel Aviv favourite. Hostel Overstay is located in Jaffa (about 1 km from Jaffa Market, 1.4 km from the beach, and 2.3 km from the central bus station), but it definitely has a special atmosphere. It has a rooftop bar which often hosts parties, a communal indoor lounge, swimming pool, free wifi, breakfast, and awesome people.
CENTRAL | Levontin 21, corner of Allenby and Yehuda Halevi | $
Following the huge success of Abraham Hostel Jerusalem (8th Best Hostel in the World) and the Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth, Abraham has come to chill out with the hipsters in Tel Aviv. His new hostel in Tel Aviv welcomes guests from around the world to clean and comfortable rooms, free breakfast, and a cool lounge, bar and roof facilities. His family organise cool parties, and the most interesting tours around Tel Aviv, Israel and the West Bank, and even Petra in Jordan.
BEACH AREA | Hayarkon 48 | $
One of Tel Aviv’s largest and most famous Hostels, Hayarkon is two minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from the Shuk. There is a rooftop bar, free wifi, communal areas, and breakfast included.
CENTRAL | Yehuda HaLevi 51 | $
Another new hostel, Little Tel Aviv opened in 2015. Located on Yehuda Halevi, just near Rothschild Boulevard and the Central Bus Station, Little Tel Aviv has stylish modern rooms, indoor and outdoor communal areas, and organises bar crawls and other social events. It also has a cool bar downstairs called Hostel 51.
JAFFA | Amiad 13 | $
A great location just near the Jaffa flea market and 400m from the beach, the Old Jaffa Hostel has a communal kitchen and a rooftop terrace.
JAFFA | Salame 4 | $
The Milk and Honey Hostel is a fun hostel with a cool location on the border of South Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Within a 15-minutes walk you can reach Jaffa Market and Jaffa Port, the beach, Neve Tzedek, and Florentine.
Massada Hostel, Dead Sea
Hostel | Booking.com rating 8.4 | $ | Swimming pool
A good cheap alternative for people who want to visit the Dead Sea and Massada on a budget. The hostel has clean rooms, free breakfast and wifi, and an outdoor pool! It is located on the foot of Massada, making it a great option for hikers and travellers who want to walk up Massada or hike around nearby trails.
The Ein Gedi Hostel, Dead Sea
Hostel | Booking.com rating 8.0 | $
Located about 1km from the Ein Gedi Kibbutz, the Ein Gedi Hostel has many of the amenities you would expect from a decent hostel – clean rooms, free wifi, free breakfast good location. Many rooms have balconies overlooking the Dead Sea, and the location is great for people wanting to hike nearby.
HI Eilat Hostel, Eilat
Does exactly what is says on the tin – Cheap accommodation in Eilat! Located in the city center, about 1km from the touristy North Beach, the hostel has various different room options and a free breakfast.
Find the perfect hostel for your adventure in Israel!
This guide is part of our series of Best Hotel Guides in Israel. Also check out our guides for Best Hotels in Israel, Best Hotels in Tel Aviv, Best Hotels in Jerusalem, Best Hotels in the Dead Sea, Best Hotels in Eilat; for those looking for boutique hotels we have guides for the Best Boutique Hotels in Israel and Best Boutique Hotels in Tel Aviv; and for those traveling in a budget, we have guides for the Best Hostels in Tel Aviv.