By: iTravelTelAviv Staff
Tel Aviv hostels are the accommodation of choice for travelers on a budget. They may not have all of the glitzy amenities that those luxury and unique boutique hotels provide, but many Tel Aviv hostels ensure that guests don’t have to sacrifice comfort in order to find an affordable place to stay and provide lively atmospheres that you won’t find in any hotel.
If that sounds like what you’re looking for, check out these Tel Aviv hostels that won’t break your bank:
Tel Aviv City Hostels
The beach has traditionally gotten all the glory in Tel Aviv, but over the past few years, the city’s urban character has been a main attraction to backpackers and young travelers looking for diversity and character.
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
This one is brand spanking new (opening February 2016) and one of the most anticipated Tel Aviv openings for backpackers, alternative travelers and other visitors on a budget.
Based on the concept of the renowned Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem, which is regularly mentioned alongside the best hostels in Europe and Asia, the Tel Aviv edition is poised to add a whole new element to the city’s budget accommodation scene.
The Abraham Hostel is essentially the resort of hostels, managing to maintain an authentic backpacker/traveler atmosphere, while offering a full-service hospitality experience, including comfortable private and dorm lodging, a lively bar, fun and interesting events every night, affordable tours in Tel Aviv, to other parts of Israel and even to Petra.
Located on Loevontin Street in South Tel Aviv, Abraham Hostel is right on the main public transportation lines that can take you all over the city (including the beach), just a few minutes walk from the popular Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street and 15 minutes from the Carmel Market.
Check out this video from Abraham Hostel Jerusalem to get an idea of what to expect…
Where: 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Contact: +972-(0)3-624-9200 or [email protected]
Chef Hostel Montefiore
Set in a UNESCO-protected town house from the early 20th century in Tel Aviv’s White City area, the Chef Hostel is a popular choice for travelers on a budget.
The hostel offers both dormitory and private room accommodation, and its communal areas include a kitchen, a lounge with LCD TV and DVD player and a sunbathing area with BBQ. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel.
Chef Hostel offers free walking and free introduction bike tours, while bike rental, as well as other tours can be arranged at a surcharge.
A day tour to the northern cost and the Dead Sea is organized every Saturday, and the official city pub crawl meets here every Thursday and Saturday evening.
The Florentine Backpackers Hostel
True to its name, the Florentine Backpackers Hostel has the atmosphere and all the features backpackers look for in a hostel, including a location close to one of Tel Aviv’s trendiest and affordable districts, the Florentine.
The spacious terrace common area is equipped with comfortable couches, tables and hammocks. The kitchen is basic, but more than enough to cook a meal, and perhaps most importantly, their staff is made up primarily of volunteers who are also travelers themselves.
Guests benefit from free landline calls within Israel and the use of two computers with internet access. Towels and bedlinen are provided free of charge.
The Florentine Hostel is a 10-minute walk from Old Jaffa and the flea market, and the Tel Aviv beach and Rothschild Boulevard are a 15-minute walk away.
Florentine Hostel only accommodates guests between the ages of 18 and 40.
Address: Elifelet 10, Tel Aviv, 66080, Israel
Contact: + 972 (0) 3-518-7551 or [email protected]
Hostels near the beach
Yes, it’s true — you don’t need to pay for a hotel to stay on the beach.
Thanks in part to its location about a minute’s walk from one of Tel Aviv’s most happening beaches, HaYarkon 48 is one of Tel Aviv’s most famous hostels.
The hostel offers both dormitory and private room accommodation, and its communal areas feature a rooftop sundeck for relaxing and hanging out while enjoying the wonderful Tel Aviv weather, a lounge with a pool table and LCD TV, a kitchen with a dining area and clean communal showers and bathrooms.
HaYarkon 48 is also known for its friendly staff of Tel Aviv locals who are more than happy to advise visitors on where to go and what to do as well as arrange all types of tours in Tel Aviv and to other places in Israel.
Tel Aviv Beachfront Hostel
It may have some of the steeper prices among Tel Aviv’s hostels, but when you consider that you can take in a sea view at any time you please from their rooftop terrace bar or many of their private rooms, for significantly less than just about any hotel in Tel Aviv, it doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. Tel Aviv Beachfront Hostel is located on the Herbert Samuel Promenade, just a few steps from the beach and noted expat hot spot Mike’s Place, as well as just 10-20 minutes by foot from other Tel Aviv destinations, such as the Tel Aviv Port District, the Carmel Market and Jaffa.
Address: 78 Herbert Samuel Promenade, Tel Aviv
Contact: 03-7265230 or [email protected]
Immerse yourself in the unique surroundings of Jaffa by staying in one of these Jaffa hostels.
The Old Jaffa Hostel
Located within a short walking distance to Tel Aviv’s beaches and the Old Jaffa harbor, the quaint Old Jaffa Hostel has a prime location in the middle of Jaffa’s Oriental Bazaar. The area is lively during the day and quiet in the evening. Apart from the magical surrounding, it is also just a hop, skip and a jump from the local hot spots of Tel Aviv.
Located in an industrial area of Jaffa, just ten minutes by foot from the port, flea market and nightlife districts of both Jaffa and Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood, Overstay is one of the most affordable and unique hostels in the city. The owners built the hostel themselves, renovating an old textile factory, and while its primary function is as a backpacker hostel, it is deeply entrenched in the local community, as it invites local and international guests alike to contribute to its art wall and take part in its events and parties.
Address: 47 Derekh Ben-Zvi, Tel Aviv
Contact: +972 (0) 57-421-0200 or [email protected]
Photos: Courtesy of Old Jaffa Hostel