If you’re looking to save some of your hard-earned cash on your travels, you’ll be pleased to know that Israel has a number of very excellent and very budget-friendly hostels throughout the country! We’ve stayed in many of them and can vouch for their value & quality, whatever your budget and requirements…
Oh yes, those musty and, let’s be honest, just a little bit ropey hostels from a few years ago have been replaced with a new breed of hostel that are safe and cozy and perfect for every type of traveler, whether you’re a flash-packer or touring the world with your kids!
We’ve selected the best hostels in Israel for your reading pleasure below (if you’re hunting the best hostels in Tel Aviv only, read this). In no particular order…
Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv
Quickly established as the No.1 hostel in Israel, this huge hostel has fast become the hostel to go to. Great rooms, great staff and owners, and some great events in the huge bar/lounge (every day!) mean this Tel Aviv hostel is definitely going to be on your shortlist. We’ve stayed there a few nights, including with our kids, and can highly recommend it. Read our full review here.
Dead Sea Adventure Hostel
Located in the desert town of Arad, the recently established Dead Sea Adventure Hostel is the perfect place to lay your weary head after a long day’s adventure in the desert. It’s a great place to chillout, and also the perfect place to base yourself for some desert fun – owner Gilad has a variety of great tours to keep your adrenaline pumping, including an amazing salt caving tour. Read our full review here.
Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth
The Fauzi Azar Inn is a hostel cum guest-house that might just blow your socks off! Located in the Old City of Nazareth, and just around the corner from the aromas and sounds of the local outdoor market, this hostel is bursting with character! Yep, it’s no surprise to find the Fauzi regularly ranked as one of the best hostels in Europe! Read our full review here.
Port Inn, Haifa
Not strictly a hostel, the Port Inn got our vote thanks to some great staff and an excellent breakfast! If you’re looking to base yourselves in Haifa to explore the north of Israel, you won’t go far wrong with this place. Read our full review here.
Abraham Hostel Jerusalem
The original Abraham Hostel, the one that launched a thousand (and more) traveler dreams…a truly cozy, authentic hostel with some great friendly staff and owners, and some happening events pretty much every night of the week. And yep, this is the older, slightly more travel-worn sister to the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv. Read our full review here.
Shkedi’s Camplodge, Ne’ot HaKikar
Located at one of the hottest spots in the world, Shkedi’s Camplodge is an amazing gem just south of the Dead Sea. It’s not a hostel as such, but typically hosts backpackers, families and small groups in some pretty cool wooden cabins and tents – if you’re looking for a romantic getaway there’s also a refurbished, isolated bus to sleep in. It’s closed over the summer due to the heat, but if you’re in the area, this is a great option to check out. Read our full review here.
The Green Backpackers, Mizpeh Ramon
This little hostel (it only has 25 beds) is a great location for some Negev desert fun, as it’s based in Mitzpe Ramon, on the edge of the Ramon Crater. And yes, they’re “green” for a reason – they recycle all that is recyclable. For more details, click here.
Golan Heights Hostel
The Golan Heights Hostel is another cute little hostel that you might end up falling in love with. With just 28 beds, the hostel is located in the northern Golan Heights, perfectly situated for exploring some of the Golan’s amazing attractions. For more details, click here.
Overstay Hostel, Tel Aviv
The Overstay Tel Aviv is a great place for sitting back and chilling out. If you’re young, open-minded, and looking to meet fellow travelers, this is the place for you! Just be careful you don’t…overstay! For more details and a taste of what to expect, check out this clip, or just click here.
Juha’s Guesthouse, Jisr az-Zarqa
If you’re looking for something totally unique and just a wee bit off the tourist trail, head to Juha’s. Located in Jisr az-Zarqa, the only Arab village in Israel located on the Mediterranean Sea, you’re only a 5 minute walk from one of the last untamed beaches in the Med, with an authentic fishermen’s village to also enjoy! Small and cozy with only 18 beds, this is a great little option for those of you looking to connect with the locals. For more details, click here.