When visiting Tel Aviv there are plenty of accommodation options ranging from budget to luxury, but all of them would have trouble beating the Abraham Hostel for comfort, convenience and sheer outright hospitality.
The first thing you notice is that this place is huge, and I do mean huge. The bar alone is bigger than many hostels I have stayed in, and they have 350 beds ranging from dorm rooms to private rooms and even small apartments, so you will have a lot of choice in whether you want to sleep in a dorm or want a little bit of privacy for a night or two.
The rooms themselves are minimalist and functional, everything just feels brand new and fresh but still maintain a welcoming feel. All rooms have all the amenities you could need too, from en suite bathrooms and fast wifi to aircon and a good sized fridge in the room.
The rooms are cleaned daily, and are done to a high standard. My room and bathroom were absolutely spotless on checking, and the soap dispenser by the shower was full too. It sounds daft, but little details like this really do make a big difference.
Located in the middle of what is known as the electric garden, the location is pretty central and easy to get to from almost anywhere in the city. Tel Aviv is pretty spread out so regardless of where you stay you will generally have a fair walk to get there, but everything from the bus station to the beach is within five to twenty minutes walk. Alternatively there is a public bus that stops just outside the hostel itself, and if you want to get between Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Nazereth, the hostel also has a handy free shuttle provided you are staying at the hostels in each city.
Abraham are a small chain that also have hostels in Jerusalem and Nazereth, and it feels from the start that they are constantly trying to perfect and update the art of welcoming travellers into a home away from home.
From check in to check out, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the emphasis on social activities was obvious from the start. From the cosmopolitan lounge area on the roof to the epic scale of the bar – which gave me genuine flashbacks to my time at university and even held a full scale concert over the weekend – the friendly atmosphere is really conducive to meeting other travellers and having a great party while you do it. The weekly communal shabbat dinner every friday not only allows you to share a traditional meal with your fellow travellers (as long as you muck in with the washing up of course), but gives you a great insight into local culture too.
Of course there are also the obligatory pub crawls and social events, marked on the weekly calendar by reception, but Abraham’s also offer a variety of tours across Israel, the West Bank, and even Jordan and Egypt. The longer ones aren’t cheap, but they are pretty good value for money and are easy ways to explore Israel and the wider region if you aren’t quite comfortable organising trips on your own.
I genuinely enjoyed my time staying at the Abraham hostel, and completely recommend it to any and every traveller heading to Israel. There may literally be other accommodation options available, but believe me when I say Abraham’s is the ONLY place to stay in town.
The Abraham Hostel is situated on 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ready to book? The Abraham Hostel’s website can be found here.
This review was written with accommodation provided by the Abraham Hostel. The views and opinions expressed are entirely the authors own based on personal experiences when travelling and are honest and factual without any bias.