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Cinema Hostel: Sleeping in Style in Jerusalem

One of the most popular hostels in the center of Jerusalem is the Cinema Hostel. This hostel is located just off trendy Ben Yehuda Street, in a renovated building which once housed the Orion Cinema. When it operated in the mid-20th century, it was one of the leading cinemas in Jerusalem. It was officially shut down in the 1990s and stayed abandoned for many years until it became the Cinema Hostel. I really loved my stay here! 

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Here’s a promotional video of Cinema Hostel, published by Christian James Lee, which includes some shots from inside the hostel:

Short summary about Cinema Hostel Jerusalem:

Location: 5 Stars – Perfect location, just off Ben Yehuda Street, a pedestrian street with many shops and restaurants. It is also very close to many bars and nightlife venues. The distance from the hostel to the Old City is about 15 minutes by foot, and to Machane Yehuda Market – about 10 minutes by foot.  

Cleanliness: 5 Stars – When I stayed there, the hostel was clean and tidy.

Staff: 4 Stars – The staff was notably friendly. But the guy who did my check-in seemed like he wasn’t sure about which activities are happening in the hostel. Also, I saw one of the receptionists struggling with English when checking in other travelers. I think a good grasp of English is a must.

Security: 4 Stars – The hostel has CCTV, but the front door is always open, which means anyone who wants to enter can enter without any security measures. I guess this is because the hostel bar is open to anyone who wants to come, also people who are not hostel guests. In other hostels, the front door is usually locked. The dorm key is a card, which you receive upon check-in, which is good!

Facilities: 4 Stars – The reception works 24/7, there’s a cool bar, there’s a beautiful and well-equipped guest kitchen, and there are plenty of common areas. There is also free WIFI, which works fine. But if you want a towel, you have to pay for it. Also, there’s nowhere to hang your clothes in the room. There are also no lockers in the room; only storage units beneath the beds, which you can lock with your own lock.

Atmosphere: 5 Stars – This is a party hostel. They offer plenty of activities and have a very active bar, which operates till the late hours. So, you can expect to hear noise till very late. Though, they do try to keep the volume down in the common area near the rooms.

Value for Money: 4 Stars – This isn’t the cheapest hostel in town, but it offers you free breakfast, beautiful facilities, lots of activities and a perfect location. Still, at this price, they could offer free towels and make a bigger portion for breakfast.  

Bottom Line:

Cinema Hostel is a beautiful hostel in the center of Jerusalem, offering a great atmosphere for the younger crowd (18-45). With a bit more attention to the small details, this could definitely be the coolest hostel in town!

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Detailed review of Cinema Hostel Jerusalem:

Location:

It’s located in a perfect location, right in the center of Jerusalem. Cinema Hostel stands right next to Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Street, where you can find many restaurants and shops. It is also a short walk away from plenty of nightlife venues. The “Jaffa Center” and “City Hall” light-rail stations are nearby, and the hostel is just 15 minutes by foot from the Old City and 10 minutes by foot from the Machane Yehuda Market.

See the McDonalds? Cinema Hostel is above it

The common areas:

The common areas are beautiful! It seems they have put a lot of effort into the interior design of the hostel. The common lounge has several levels. On the highest level, there is a small room with desktop computers. On the other floors, there’s table football, a reading area and a LOT of chairs. The chairs aren’t very comfy but have pics of movie stars on them. The different floors of the lounge are not so accessible for people with mobility issues. But, there is an elevator connecting between the reception area and the dorms and common area. 

Cinema Hostel’s common area

Another common area is the beautiful terrace, which overlooks the street below. There’s also shade from the sun.

Another cool area in the hostel is the John Smith Bar, located on the second floor. It’s a great place to have a drink and party until late. And hostel guests get 20{f224ba440c8e8489685f5be0eb52a1764ff3ab93b94d860236479bc3f69cbf7f} off the menu!

The roof terrace

Activities:

Besides going to the bar, you can also participate in a wide variety of activities. Every day there’s a different activity. They even have Movie Nights, which is cool because they are located in an old cinema! When I came, the receptionist told me there was a jam session in the evening, but I couldn’t make it.  

The dorm:

I slept in a female-only 6-beds dorm. Like the rest of the hostel, the dorm is also beautifully designed and it was also quite spacious. The beds are very comfy and there’s a reading light, a small shelf, and a charging point next to the bed. There’s also an en-suite bathroom.

But I felt that there were some things which were missing. First of all, there were no hangers in the dorm (or at least I couldn’t find them). This means I couldn’t hang my towel anywhere in the dorm. The only hangers available were in the small en-suite bathroom, but I didn’t want to leave my towel there. There are also no lockers. What you can do is put your stuff in the bedding case below your bed. You might even be able to lock it with a lock, but in my view, it’s not ideal. I understood you can store your valuables in a safe at the reception, but I don’t think it’s ideal to have your stuff stored on a different floor than your dorm.  

The female only 6 beds dorm

The bathroom:

The en-suite bathroom is also very beautiful, but very small. After taking a shower, the floor gets wet and it could have been great if there was a mop to dry the floor up after every use of the shower.  

The en-suite bathroom – small and beautiful

Location of the dorm:

Another thing you should be aware of is that you might stay in a dorm that isn’t soundproof. I stayed in a dorm quite close to the common area and you could hear the noise of people over there. There are also some rooms with doors facing the common area. I wonder if people who stay in these rooms suffer more from the noise. Anyway, if you plan to stay up till late this shouldn’t be a problem for you. If you sleep early and have trouble falling to sleep with noise, you might want to ask for the dorm that is farthest away from the common area.

Besides dorms, Cinema Hostel also offers some private rooms.

Breakfast and guest kitchen:

Breakfast is free and quite varied. The breakfast is served between 7:30 to 10:00 AM in the common area and includes sliced vegetables, different types of cheese, cornflakes, pita bread, and shakshuka. The shakshuka is made from fresh eggs by one of the hostel’s staff members or volunteers.

The problem is that each time only one pan of shakshuka is made, and when there are a lot of people who come to eat breakfast, the pan is finished quite quickly. It takes several minutes until the next round of shakshuka, which could be problematic if you’re in a rush. As in other hostels, you also need to wash your dishes after yourselves.

If you prefer to make your own food instead of going out to the many restaurants that are in the area, you can use the beautiful and well-equipped guest kitchen, which is in the common area.

The guest kitchen

Extras:

The WIFI is also free, and you can get the password from reception. If you want, you can also work on the desktop computers in the common area. Bed linen is also given upon arrival, and you need to put the bedding on your bed (as in other hostels). If you come early you can also use the free luggage storage room.

If you’ll need a towel, you’ll need to pay 10 ILS as a deposit and an extra 5 ILS. The 5 ILS won’t be returned to you, but you’ll get the 10 ILS back when you return the towel at the end of your stay. I recommend bringing your own towel.

Staff:

The friendly and attentive staff are at the reception 24/7. I always saw someone at the reception, at day and night. They were also very welcoming at check-in and were attentive to my questions. Though, I felt that the receptionist at check-in wasn’t too sure about the activities of that specific day. Also, I saw another receptionist struggling a bit with English when talking to a couple of travelers, which left them a bit confused. Bottom line, I felt they were a bit unconfident. These are little things, that could make the overall experience better.

Security:

The front door of the hostel is open the entire day with no security measures, but I guess this is because they don’t want to block the entrance to people who want to go to the bar. The place is fully networked with CCTV, and the dorms are accessed by a hostel card given upon check-in.  

Bottom line:

To sum it up, Cinema Hostel Jerusalem has a great young vibe and is the perfect place for those of you who want to experience Jerusalem in style!


More hostels in Jerusalem:

Jerusalem Hostel

CapsuleInn Jerusalem

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Review written on October 2019. My stay in Cinema Hostel was part of a personal trip and was not sponsored by Cinema Hostel or any organization. 

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Stays Tel Aviv

Roger’s House: A Tel Avivian Hostel with Cool Vibes

I’ve spent another weekend in Tel Aviv and this time I spent it at Roger’s House Hostel, a fairly new hostel that opened about a year and a half ago. The hostel is situated in a beautiful Templar house, which dates back to 1929, and stands between the neighborhoods of Neve Tzedek and Florentine. I loved its inner design, especially the colorful Templar floor tiles. The first thing I saw when coming to the reception was the wall covered Birra Roger bottles – a beer brand made by the hostel, which has a very special taste (and it’s the only hostel that makes its own beer).

When I started wandering around the hostel, I could find Roger everywhere. I guess you just need to come to the hostel to understand what I mean.  

Here’s a short video by Roger’s House Hostel that gives you a bit of the vibe:

In this post I’m going to tell you the main things I have to say about Roger’s House Hostel. If you don’t have time to read through it all, here’s a very short summary:

Location: 5 stars – Perfect location between the neighborhoods of Neve Tzedek and Florentine. It’s also located in a fairly quiet street. 

Cleanliness: 4 stars – Overall it was quite clean, but there were some places which seemed like they needed a bit more cleaning, especially the showers. Still, even there it was OK.

Staff: 5 stars – Friendly and welcoming.

Security: 5 stars – There was a buzzer at the front gate of the hostel, which means only the reception could open it. There was also an entrance code for the dorm.

Facilities: 4 stars – The hostel is still being upgraded, so there are some facilities which need some improvement, but overall you have everything you need. There isn’t a bar, but the reception sells beers, amongst them Roger’s Birra. 

Atmosphere: 5 stars – Loved the atmosphere. The hostel has a good vibe and offers great common areas for interactions between travelers. Seems like this hostel attracts mainly young travelers. And it really feels like a house!

Value for Money: 5 stars – The price of a bed in a dorm is quite cheap – between 60 to 80 Shekels – so for this price I believe the hostel is totally worth it! 

Bottom Line:

Roger’s House is a beautiful hostel in a quiet, but very central area of Tel Aviv. The fact that it’s located in an old Templar house really gives it a different feel, especially thanks to the amazing colorful tiles all around the hostel. The place has great potential and I’ve heard it’s going to get upgraded soon. Overall, I really enjoyed my stay here and recommend this place if you’re on a tight budget and want to stay in a hostel with a great vibe. It’s also great for those of you who are looking for a dorm which has some privacy, thanks to the curtains around each bed.  

And here it is in detail:

The hostel is located between the neighborhoods of Neve Tzedek and Florentine, which are both beautiful neighborhoods of Tel Aviv. In Florentine you can spend hours looking at graffiti works and in Neve Tzedek you can learn a bit about the history of Tel Aviv and enjoy the beautiful architecture. The hostel is also just about a 10-15 minutes’ walk from the beachside and a 15 minutes’ walk from Old Jaffa. If you’re into markets, it’s also about a 10 minutes’ walk from Levinsky Market and a 20 minutes’ walk from the Carmel Market. My conclusion is – The hostel has a PERFECT location, about 15 minutes by foot from all the main attractions of Tel Aviv.  

This is how it looks from the outside

There are nice common areas on every floor. At the entrance of the hostel there’s a nice front yard with comfy places to sit and chat with fellow travelers. On the second floor there’s also a nice indoors common area with sofas and books to read. If you’d like to breathe some air, there’s also a small balcony overlooking the construction works of the Tel Aviv light rail train – which I suppose won’t be completed in the next couple of years. The common area on the third floor is a bit dusty, so… nobody was really there.

The front yard – cool place to sit in the evenings
The common area on the second floor

The dorm is quite spacious. I stayed in a 10-bed female-only dorm, which had quite enough space for everything. I could easily walk between the beds and around the room without bumping into anything. The beds all have a curtain around them, which gives a lot of privacy. There’s also a small shelf, light and USB plugs for each bed. And the bed is super comfortable – one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept on in hostels. If you want to get a bottom bed, you should try to get to the hostel as early as possible, because when you enter the dorm you get to choose which bed you want, as long as it’s not occupied. There’s also great A/C!

There’s a connected locker room, which has a lot of space. The lockers have been refurbished recently. If you want to store something in a locker, make sure to bring your own lock with you, since the hostel doesn’t provide a free lock. If you forget to bring a lock, you can get one in their vendor machine for 20 ILS, which is quite expensive, so try to not forget!

The dorm I stayed in

The dorm doesn’t have an en-suite bathroom. There’s a small female-only bathroom on the dorm floor, which has two showers and one toilet. The showers have curtains. There’s not much room to move around there, so I preferred to go downstairs to the shared bathroom on the second floor, which is open to both women and men. It has plenty of showers, which all have doors which you can lock, and plenty of toilets. There’s no soap, so make sure to bring your own. I’ve been told that the bathroom on the third floor will be upgraded soon, so… let’s see.

The better uni-sex bathroom on the second floor

Other than the dorm I stayed in, there’s also a HUGE dorm on the ground floor, which is called the OMG Dorm and has 30 beds in it! There are also many other dorms, which have an age restriction of 18-45, but if you prefer to stay in a private room, they are also available. The most unique private rooms are located in the hostel’s backyard. There, you can sleep in an Urban Caravan or a T3 camper 1985.

If you have a problem with climbing stairs, you should make sure to book a room on the ground floor of the hostel. The OMG Dorm is on the ground floor, and the private caravans are also down there, in the yard. There’s no elevator to the upper floors, but it’s not a long climb. The guest kitchen is on the second floor.

The caravans in the backyard

The hostel was quite clean, and I even saw the cleaners working in the morning, but somehow, I felt it wasn’t clean enough. The common area on the third floor, for example, felt very dusty and stuffy to me, and the shower I used was a bit dirty, but I guess it also depends on the people who use the shower.

There’s no breakfast in the hostel. Though, you do get “surprise” pancakes in the morning starting from 9:30AM. Each guest can get two pancakes, but they’re quite small, so don’t count on them for breakfast. Instead, you can use the fully equipped guest kitchen to make your own breakfast. There’s also free coffee and tea 24/7 and a water cooler.

Part of the guest kitchen
Another part of the kitchen

There’s free WiFi, which worked well along my entire stay. The hostel also provides bed linen, blanket and a towel for the shower. You can’t take the towel to the beach, though!

If you need to do laundry, there’s a laundry room next to the reception. Also, there’s a luggage storage room next to the reception, which you can use for free if you just want to leave your luggage for a few hours. If you want to leave it there for more than a day, you’ll need to pay. Keep in mind that the luggage room is the same as the laundry room, so there’s free access to the room. Don’t leave your valuables there!

The staff were very friendly. It seemed like they were mostly volunteers or people who came from abroad, so they have no problem with English. At check-in, they give you a tour of the hostel’s main facilities and show you to your room, which is nice. It also seemed there was always someone at the reception if needed.

The hostel offers a pub crawl, a graffiti tour and other activities. Since I stayed there on Shabbat, I joined the Shabbat Dinner, which costs 45 ILS. The menu of the Shabbat dinner includes mainly shakshuka, but also burghul and a yummy salad, so it’s vegetarian. Usually, most families in Israel eat a non-vegetarian meal on Shabbat dinner, so don’t think we don’t eat meat on Shabbat. There was a short explanation about Shabbat at the beginning of the dinner. Actually, I as an Israeli was asked to explain about the Shabbat. When I explained about the challah, the special bread we eat on Shabbat, I was disappointed that there was no challah to show. That was my only disappointment. The meal was very tasty and the atmosphere was great.

The shakshuka served during Shabbat Dinner

So… Bottom line – Roger’s House Hostel is a beautiful hostel with a young vibe, perfect for those of you looking for a budget hostel with a great atmosphere!

You can book your bed at Roger’s House directly through their website.


Other recommended hostels in Tel Aviv:

Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv

Little Tel-Aviv Hostel

HaYarkon 48 Hostel


The review was written on July 2019. I’ve been invited to the hostel, but can assure you my review is loyal to my experience.

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Stays Tel Aviv

Little Tel-Aviv – A Great Stay in the City Center

Last month I decided to spend a weekend in Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps. It was quiet spontaneous, so most hostels were already totally booked. I was left with only a few choices, amongst them Little Tel-Aviv Hostel, which was also almost fully booked. I stayed in this hostel for one night in a female-only dorm and it was great!

In this post I’m going to tell you the main things I have to say about Little Tel-Aviv Hostel. If you don’t have time to read through it all, here’s a very short summary:

Location: 5 stars – Perfect!

Cleanliness: 4 stars – Everything was very clean, but I didn’t like the smell in the bathroom.

Staff: 4 stars – Knowledgable and friendly, but not always at the reception.

Security: 5 stars – There’s an entrance code to the building, which worked well.

Facilities: 5 stars – The common areas are awesome and everything needed is available.

Atmosphere: 5 stars – A place to chill out and have fun. It didn’t seem like a party hostel, which I personally liked, but there are plenty of common areas to make friends.

Value for Money: 4 stars – Compared to other hostels in Tel Aviv, it’s reasonably priced.

The hostel entrance at night… The name of the hostel disappeared in the photo!

And here it is in detail:

Its location is perfect! It is just a few steps away from Rothschild Boulevard, the heart of Tel Aviv. On Rothschild Boulevard you can find plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as historical sites. If you’re into architecture, you can also find many beautiful buildings along the boulevard and a great amount of international style buildings (commonly referred to as Bauhaus). Around the corner there’s a small supermarket and on the other side of the road there’s a bakery. Marketplaces are also a few minutes’ walk away. And when you’re coming or going, the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station is just a 20 minutes’ walk away. Bottom line – The location is amazing!

This is beautiful Rothschild Boulevard

The lounge is beautiful and fun. It’s huge and has sofas as well as chairs and tables. There’s a closet full of social games and books, so if you don’t want to mess around with your phone, you have plenty of other things to do! Though, you should take into account that if you’re planning to work in the lounge, there’s music playing in the background, that might get you out of focus. If you want to enjoy some sun or some good air in the evening, there’s also a cute garden.

Part of Little Tel-Aviv’s lounge…

The dorm is a bit small, but is finely furnished. I spent my night in a female-only dorm with four beds (two bunk beds). There’s not much room to move around, espeially if each of the girls brings a lot of things with her, but the point of staying in a hostel is not being stuck in the room, right? There are four open lockers and four small safety boxes that can be locked (if you have a lock). Each bed has an electricity socket, a reading light and a small shelf for small things, like a phone, glasses, etc. There’s also an A/C, but we didn’t use it. What I found unusual (but interesting) is the sink we had inside the dorm, which means we don’t have to stand in line inside the shared bathroom when it’s time to brush teeth in the morning.

My cozy little dorm (:

And if we’re talking about sinks… There weren’t a lot of shared toilets and showers on the dorm floor. I counted only two toilets and two showers in the women’s bathroom. But it seems that they were enough, because I didn’t have to wait for any of them… I’ve also heard there were more on the other floor, if you want to climb upstairs. Like the dorm, the showers are also quite small and you’ll need to hang your things outside the shower. 

A sneak peek into the women’s bathroom…

The breakfast isn’t free, but it’s reasonably priced and has a wonderful range of options. The breakfast costs 20 ILS and includes bread, different spreads, pancakes, cereal, fruit and vegetables. You can even ask for one of the staff members to make you eggs! It was totally worth the price.

The yummy breakfast!

And if you want to cook something for yourself, the common kitchen is awesome and fully equipped! I really loved the colorful kitchen and it seemed like it had everything you need to cook yourself a great meal – dishes, cutting boards, bowls, utilities, pans, microwave, stove tops and a variety of spices.

The amazing kitchen!

WiFi is free and works great. 

If you don’t want to spend extra money, you should bring a lock for the safety box. Inside the dorms there are small safety boxes, which can be used to store a laptop and other small valuable things. From what I understood, a lock costs 10 ILS.

If you wish to get a towel, you can get one for free at the reception. Just ask 🙂

See the colorful boxes down there? Those need locks!

The staff were friendly and helpful. They explained well about the hostel and were also able to give me good answers to some of my questions, such as “Where’s the nearest supermarket?” Problem was that they weren’t always at the reception. When I came for checking-in, there was no one there and I had to wait until someone showed up. Also when I came for checking-out, I had to wait until they came back from the kitchen. I just think it’s more welcoming to find someone waiting at the reception, at least when arriving… But overall, they were very nice, especially one of the volunteers, which I had a great conversation with! 

To sum it all upLittle Tel-Aviv Hostel is a superb place for those of you who want to stay near Rothschild Boulevard and the coolest nightlife venues of Tel Aviv. It’s clean and reasonably priced for a hostel in Tel Aviv. The dorms and bathrooms are small, but there are plenty of large and fun common areas where you can chill out and meet new friends.


Review written on December 2018.

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Acre Stays

Eco Akko – A Great Hostel in Old Acre

A few days ago I went on a short trip to Acre with three friends of mine. Acre (Akko) is amazing! Beautiful alleys, historical buildings, and highly interesting human stories. After we found out that the place we wanted to stay at was fully booked, we booked our beds at Eco Akko Hostel. This hostel is about three months old, and it’s one of the best I’ve ever been to in Israel. If you want to stay in the heart of the Old City of Acre and enjoy some great, chilled out ambience, you should definitely check out this place. After one night at the hostel, here are the main things I have to say about it:

It has a superb location on the Old City’s main road! The hostel is located on Salah ad Din Street, a few steps away from the Old City walls, the marketplace and the Hospitaller Fortress. The green dome of the el-Jazzar Mosque can easily be seen from the hostel’s rooftop. Plenty of restaurants and grocery stores are just a few feet away.

Sleeping in a beehive gives you lots of privacy. At the moment, there’s only one dormitory in the hostel. It’s a huge space with over 20 beds. Most of the beds are enclosed bunk beds, designed like beehives. There are also enclosed double beds. Each bed has a private USB charging point and a small fan. The dorm itself is air conditioned all day long.

Some of the beehives…

When we booked the beds, I was a bit sceptic about it – Will it be comfortable? Will it be scary to sleep in an enclosed space? Won’t it be hard to sleep in the same dorm with over 20 people? After this night, I can happily report that I was able to sleep very well. There’s a sign asking to be quiet in the dormitory and people did respect it. Though, at night, when people were coming into the dormitory to sleep, the dorm door was making lots of noise. You need to put in a code to enter, so the noise of the code machine was a bit disturbing, and the door was slamming hard when it closed. Other than that, the entire night was quiet.

If you’re claustrophobic, you can always sleep outside of the beehives. There’s a loft in the dormitory, where you can sleep on mattresses on the floor.

Lockers are not available, but I was told that they’re working on it. Meanwhile, you can keep your valuables in a locked box at the reception.

The dorm is very clean. The toilets and showers are also clean. The showers are lockable and there’s soap if you forgot to bring yours. Don’t forget to bring shampoo, though!

The dorm is located on the second floor and there’s no elevator.    

You get sheets, towels and WiFi for free. WiFi doesn’t work too well, but I’ve discovered that the internet doesn’t work well in Acre in general. Just take in account that WiFi might be slow at times.

Reception only works from 8 AM to 11 PM. They can wait for you if you tell them you’re coming late. But, if you need something urgent, you’ll have to wake up the volunteer from 11 PM to 8 AM.

The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need. There’s a refrigerator, a toaster, a coffee maker, an electric cooking stove, a microwave, and plenty of cookware. There’s also free tea and coffee 24/7. Because the hostel is Eco(logical), there are some bins for recycling in the kitchen area, so don’t forget to recycle!

Part of the kitchen 

The refrigerator and the recycling bins

Hostel staff were super friendly and helpful. We got a chance to meet both Shaya (who worked evening shift) and Sahar (who worked morning shift). They were happy to answer all our questions, were super friendly and had great stories to tell. Hope you readers will also have a chance to meet them or other friendly staff members.

And… There’s an amazing rooftop! If you climb up to the top of the hostel you’ll find a beautiful rooftop, with a sofa and a huge table, which you can sit around with the new friends you’ll make here. We were up there only during the night, so couldn’t see too much of the view because of the dark, but it seemed promising. If it’s too cold on the rooftop, you can sit in the shared space next to the kitchen. Look in the wooden box and you’ll find some books you can read or games you can play with fellow travelers.

The amazing rooftop!

To sum it all up – I am extremely happy that I got a chance to stay in Eco Akko Hostel. The hostel is very cozy, clean and has a cool ambience, and I really liked sleeping in a “beehive”. The staff were super welcoming, and I can just hope that they will keep on the good work and expand their hostel so that more travelers will be able to enjoy it.   

This review was written October 2018. If anything has changed, please update me.

Hope you have an amazing time in Acre! 


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Galilee Stays

Tiberias Hostel – Close to the Kinneret

Tiberias is a beautiful, but quite neglected town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (which is the “Kinneret” in Hebrew). I got there without any early intention.

We were looking for a cheap place to stay near Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights (“Ramat A-golan”), but we thought about it only a day before we wanted to go. We phoned some places, amongst them Golan Heights Hostel, but they were all fully booked! We wanted to stay on Friday night and on a wintery weekend everyone wants to go to the Golan Heights, so yeah… everything was booked. The closest place we found was in Tiberias, an hour and a half drive from Mount Hermon.

We got to the Tiberias Hostel late. There’s a blue sign indicating the place. We parked in front because the parking was empty and there are no inspectors giving away parking reports on Friday evenings. Usually you need to ask the hostel for a code for the back parking lot.

We buzzed at the entrance and made our way up all of the stairs, until we got to the lobby. The man behind the counter greeted us with a surprised smile:

“Hey,” he said, “How did you get here so late?”

There’s no public transportation during Friday evening and Saturday, until Saturday night, because of the Shabbat. “We came with the car,” we told him.

“Ah, great!” he said and helped us with check-in.

Our room was a 4-bed room, with two twin beds, situated at the end of one of the corridors. The A/C worked perfectly, the water in the shower was hot and the sheets were all clean, so it was great all in all. The beds are very basic, but at least there’s electricity next to each one. There are also lockers, if you need them. The bathroom door was a bit creaky, and we accidently locked from the outside during the night, but overall the place was worth the price. We paid only 105 Shekels per person, which means you, as tourists, will pay less for a night.

Our room at the Tiberias Hostel

As we left early for the Hermon, I couldn’t really see all there is to see in the hostel. In the lobby there’s a cooler, where you can fill up your water bottles, and there’s a small amount of snacks and drinks for sale. There are plenty to sofas to sit on in the living area. The kitchen is very small and I couldn’t see any refrigerator, but maybe I didn’t look well enough. There’s a place to make tea or coffee.

I tried looking for the shared showers and bathrooms, but couldn’t find anything on our floor. I tried going up, but got to a dead end and didn’t find anything on the lower floors. I suppose they will let you know everything you need to know when you arrive.

I can’t tell you anything about the breakfast either, because we left at around 6:00 a.m and breakfast starts only at 8:00.

But I can tell you that Tiberias Hostel is a great place to stay at, with friendly and helpful staff and basic rooms. It’s a short walk away from the Sea of Galilee shore and the promenade, which is truly beautiful at every hour of the day.

If you want to enjoy the beautiful Kinneret and just chill, or if you want to learn a bit more about Jesus Christ, you should make your way to Tiberias and stay at Tiberias Hostel!

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Want to book a room? Take a look at their site: Tiberias Hostel.