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.
This really is one great hostel, and although we haven’t checked out all the hostels in Tel Aviv, it surely has to be crowned the BEST hostel in Tel Aviv – if not Israel!
UPDATE 2018: They were just voted the BEST hostel in Israel, and the FOURTH BEST IN THE WORLD by the guys over at Hostelworld!We stayed there for 5 nights as part of our 32 day adventure across the whole of Israel, and enjoyed every minute! From the moment we stepped into the lobby, the experience was just great.
Our room was one of the big family rooms, which was superb and definitely a sight for sore eyes after a day’s traveling, especially with a view out across Tel Aviv’s business district. But within minutes of putting our bags in our room we were down at the bar for a free Welcome drink (nice touch guys!), and then heading straight for the awesome Shakshuka workshop (shakshuka is a delicious egg and tomato dish, with plenty of spices and other goodies thrown in!).
The hostel has a lot of activities and events going on which are well worth joining. They typically cost a few shekels but are great fun, and perfect for meeting other travelers and guests (you can see what they regularly have on here, but we’d highly recommend the Shakshuka workshop and the Shabbat dinner).
The video below shows the end of the Shakshuka workshop, with a toast in arak (a clear, unsweetened anise-flavored distilled alcoholic drink – and very strong!)…L’Chaim (Cheers!)!
As well as some fun events to enjoy, Abraham Hostel has a great free breakfast, which does more than a good job at keeping the hunger pangs away til midday. And yes, there’s a coffee machine! There’s also the typical laundry facilities, tour booking options at reception, and a well-oiled team of staff and volunteers who are friendly and can quickly point you in the right direction.
The open space lounge on the first floor is huge, and caters to a large bar (including Happy Hour), a large chillout space including hammocks and comfy chairs, a pool table and a large communal dining area, which adjoins the amazingly equipped kitchen. This lounge area is typically the place where most events take place. And where our kids had a blast!
You also don’t want to miss the roof balcony (which isn’t quite on the roof but it’s close enough!) for a sunset drink and chillout, while the huge skyscrapers in Tel Aviv’s downtown district tower behind you…awesome stuff!
In summary, you can’t NOT be impressed by the facilities at this hostel!
For more details and availability, check the official site.