I spent three nights with my friend in Tel Aviv. She came from abroad and had only five full days in Israel, so we decided to split it between Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Tel Aviv. And since I have not yet stayed in the famous Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv, which everybody is always talking about, I figured it would be a great opportunity to stay there. I told her: “If it is like the one in Jerusalem, then it should be awesome!”
Here’s a promotional video by Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv, which includes some shots from inside the hostel:
In this post I’m going to tell you the main things I have to say about Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv. If you don’t have time to read through it all, here’s a very short summary:
Location: 5 stars – Perfect! Near Rothschild Boulevard, many restaurants and nightlife venues.
Cleanliness: 5 stars – Everything was very clean.
Staff: 5 stars – Friendly and always at reception.
Security: 4 stars – I felt safe, but it seems like there are no security measures like in other hostels, such as an entrance code to the building. The doors seem to be always open.
Facilities: 5 stars – The common areas are huge and awesome, there’s a cool bar and everything needed.
Atmosphere: 5 stars – Abraham Hostel always has something going on, but if you don’t feel like doing something there’s always an option to chill out in one of the more quiet corners of the hostel.
Value for Money: 5 stars – Compared to other hostels in Tel Aviv, it’s reasonably priced (around 80-140 ILS for a bed in a dorm, depending on season), and the facilities are great.
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is the largest hostel I’ve ever been to, but despite its huge size it felt like home. The staff members were always friendly and attentive, breakfast was good (and free), the spaces were clean and there was everything I needed for my trip to Tel Aviv. I was just a bit disappointed that the hostel doesn’t have locks for the lockers, but they sell locks for just 10 ILS, so it was OK. Also – I really liked the beautiful wall paintings in the main lounge! If you’re looking for a hostel with quality facilities and an endless number of activities going on all week long – Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv could be the one!
And here it is in detail:
The hostel is located in the heart of the city. Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is located just a few steps from Rothschild Boulevard, the first street of Tel Aviv. In this area there are plenty of restaurants and nightlife venues. The Carmel Market is about a 15 minutes’ walk from the hostel. The beachside and Old Jaffa are about a 30 minutes’ walk. But if you don’t feel like walking, you can always take a bus from one of the many bus stations located near the hostel. The Central Bus Station is only 20 minutes by foot from the hostel, so yeah… The location is perfect!
The lounge is huge and offers a lot of resting places. The common lounge is the largest I’ve seen in my life. It is full of sofas, many types of chairs and even has four hammocks, which means you can rest in many different styles. If you don’t feel like resting you can play table soccer or billiard, go watch TV in the TV Room or get a drink from the bar, which operates from 6PM till late. There’s also a cool rooftop on the 3rd floor. There isn’t a great view from up there, but in the evenings it was nice sitting up there enjoying the good weather.
The dorm is very spacious. We stayed in a 6 bed female-only dorm that actually had 8 beds. Everyone had enough space for their luggage and stuff. There was one sink, one shower and one toilet, which was fine for us. If there’s a queue you can always go to the shared showers and toilets, which is on the same floor as the dorms. There’s soap in the shower if you forget yours. The beds were comfy, but a bit squeaky. Each bed has an electricity socket, a reading light and a small shelf. When you first come in, you need to choose an available bed and place your name on the board according to your bed number. You also get bed linens and a towel when checking-in. There were both A/C and fans, which worked fine in the Israeli summer. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the lockers in the room didn’t have locks, so we had to buy a lock from the reception. It costs 10 ILS.
If you don’t want to stay in a dorm, there are plenty of private room options for you. Just check out the Abraham Hostel website.
Everything was very clean, both the dorm and the shared spaces.
Breakfast is free and quite varied. Breakfast is served every day between 6:30AM to 10AM. They serve bread, halva, chocolate spread, jam, different kinds of cheese, salad, hard boiled eggs and cereal. You also have a free coffee and tea stand 24/7. You just have to wash all your dishes and cups afterwards.
And if you prefer to make your own food, the common kitchen is spacious and well equipped. There are also two big refrigerators, where you can keep your food.
WiFi is also free and works great.
So what isn’t free? As I said, if you need locks for the lockers you will need to pay 10 ILS for a lock. If you need to do laundry, there are laundry machines on the rooftop, which charge money. Also, if you forget to bring a beach towel, you can purchase one for 15 ILS and keep it.
The staff were very friendly and always there. There are a lot of staff members in the hostel and they were all very friendly. Some even told us “good morning” when they passed by us on the staircase. When we did check-in the staff member at the reception was very nice, explained everything we needed to know about the hostel and also answered all of our questions, including which bus leads to the airport.
There are tons of activities and tours. Abraham Hostels aren’t just the main hostel chain in Israel, but also one of the leading budget tour operators in Israel. There are plenty of self guided and guided tours leaving directly from the hostel to many interesting places in Israel, so it’s worth to check which tours happen on your travel dates. It’s also worth checking out the hostel’s weekly activities. There are many parties, cooking workshops and language exchanges going on. Not all of them are free, but they are all on a budget.
Because we stayed in the hostel during Shabbat, we decided to join the hostel’s Shabbat dinner. It costs 50 ILS per person, which is a great price for the amount of quality food you get. At the beginning of the dinner you get a short explanation about what Shabbat is and about the different Shabbat prayers and rituals. Then you begin the Shabbat feast, which in Abraham Hostel is mainly vegetarian, and get to know the fellow travellers who also came for the Shabbat dinner.
So… Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv was great. I’m not sure if it’s better than the Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem like some people say, but it doesn’t really matter. The bottom line is – STOP WORKING, START TRAVELLING!
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Review written on June 2019. My stay in Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv was part of a personal trip and was not sponsored by Abraham Hostels or any organization.
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