On my second night in Haifa, I stayed at Hostel Roks. It’s a small hostel located in the upper part of Downtown Haifa. When I stayed there, it was very quiet. Sometimes even TOO quiet. I stayed there in a private room with two twin beds, because there was no dormitory. Nevertheless, the price was good and budget-friendly compared to the alternatives. Here is my full review of Hostel Roks.
Read my review of NestHouse Haifa, another hostel in Downtown Haifa.
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Short summary about Hostel Roks
Location: 5 stars – The location is great, about a 10 minutes’ walk from Wadi Nisnas and 15 minutes’ walk from the German Colony. Bus stations are within walking distance.
Cleanliness: 5 stars – My room and the public spaces were clean.
Staff: 4 stars – It was a bit weird because I didn’t really meet the owner or any staff members. When I was leaving the hostel, there was someone cleaning up one of the rooms. But the check-in went smoothly. I called the owner, he told me my room number, I found the keys in the keyhole, and then he sent me some rules and instructions on Whatsapp.
Security: 5 stars – There’s a code to the main entrance and a regular key to the room. I felt safe.
Facilities: 4 stars – The kitchen is a bit small but has an electric stovetop, a refrigerator, and even a water bar. There’s also free tea and coffee for the hostel guests. The shared showers and toilets were spotless and very private, with a door for each shower and toilet room. And there were liquid soap and shampoo for the guests. In the lounge, there was a TV and a dartboard. But I couldn’t find a laundry machine and it seemed like there was no storage room for luggage.
Atmosphere: 4 stars – The atmosphere is quiet. Sometimes TOO quiet. People weren’t hanging out in the lounge, but maybe it’s better because the lounge is right next to the rooms so you can sleep in peace and quiet.
Value for money: 4 stars – The price was good, and the stay was overall nice, so it was good value. Too bad there’s no breakfast.
Important to mention: The hostel is located on the third floor and there’s no elevator.
Detailed review of Hostel Roks
Hostel Roks is located in a perfect location in Haifa, about 10 minutes by foot from Wadi Nisnas, the ultimate place for authentic Arab food. It’s also about a 15 minutes’ walk from the German Colony, where you can find more modern and international cuisine. If you’re into science, the Madatech Museum is only 10 minutes away. To reach farther away places, you can use the buses that leave nearby or the Carmelit funicular railway. The Carmelit’s “City Hall” station is only 2 minutes away from the hostel.
The hostel’s address is Hassan Shukri 8.
The common areas
The common areas in Hostel Roks Haifa are the lounge, the kitchen, and the dining area. All are more or less in the same place because it’s a small hostel. They were all very clean and tidy.
In the lounge, there are some sofas, a TV, and a dartboard. Looks like the reception is also in the lounge, but there was no one there throughout my entire stay. The lounge is right next to the rooms, so if someone is talking there, you can hear them from the room. You can also hear every time someone opens or closes a door.
The kitchen is a very narrow place. If I had to cook there with someone else, I think that would be impossible. But it’s well equipped with a refrigerator, electric stovetop, cooking and eating utensils, and even a water bar. There is also free tea and coffee. Though, there’s no cooking oven, so think of stovetop recipes.
The dining area is right next to the kitchen. There’s a huge table there and placemats.
There’s no dormitory in this hostel, so I booked a private twin bedroom. The room was spacious, clean, and tidy. There was plenty of room for storage, two large mirrors, an A/C that worked very well, and a small table with two chairs. I tried working with my desktop on the table, but it wasn’t very comfortable. There’s also an electricity socket next to one of the beds. Too bad there’s no socket next to the other bed, too.
When I was assigned a room, I was also assigned a bathroom with a shower. I wonder if it was only my bathroom throughout my stay, or if other people were assigned that bathroom, too. Anyway, it was spotlessly clean.
From the lounge, there’s a door leading to a corridor. On one side of the corridor there are toilet rooms and on the other side, shower rooms. Each shower room has a number on it. It feels super private because there’s an actual door that you can lock. The shower is spacious, there’s a place to hang clothes, there’s a sink, and the shower itself has a sliding glass door so water isn’t spilling out. When I showered there, the water was hot.
If you need liquid soap or shampoo, you can use the ones outside the shower, on the small cabinet in the corridor. I also saw a hairdryer and ironing machine.
The hostel provides free Wi-Fi to its guests. They also provide free towels.
When I arrived, there was no one at the reception. I phoned the number at the entrance to the hostel and the owner answered. He gave me the code to the main door and told me my room number. He waited on the line until I found the room, opened it with the key in the keyhole, and then said: “If you need anything, I’m available.” Later, he sent me a set of rules and instructions on Whatsapp. The payment was done automatically. So… I didn’t really meet the staff, but the check-in was smooth and everything worked well.
When I was leaving my room, I saw someone cleaning up the room next door. That was the only staff member I saw throughout my stay.
Overall, I felt safe in the hostel. There’s a security code to the front door and a regular key to the private room.
Hostel Roks Haifa is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a quiet place to lay your head. The hostel is super clean, close to top attractions, and well organized. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to climb three floors each time you want to get to the hostel.
Review written in April 2022. My stay in Hostel Roks Haifa was not sponsored by the hostel or any organization.
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