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Messianic Guest Houses throughout Israel

Awake Israel Guesthouse

Very large great home near beach with rooms large , private bathroom, bath, terrace refrigerator.For couples, individuals and or small groups, restaurants, buses and shopping convenient and very near.. Airport only 15 min. Can also take you for Biblical or prayer touring in van 6 people. Suggested rates, all donations go towards local messianic ministry only and are heavenly good rates! 1700 7 222 77 or www.awakeisrael.org

Beit Bracha Prayer and Retreat Center

This House of Blessing, as it is called, is literally ministering peace to Christians from around the world, people who come to trace the steps of the Master and discover within a short distance the very places where Jesus walked and taught: The Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha…and much more.

Likewise, local residents often divided by religion and ethnicity flock to the House of Blessing because they are welcomed. One day it is an army commander seeking brief refuge from a war. Another, it is a Messianic Jewish couple celebrating their wedding; yet another, a group of young Arab believers there for Bible study and discipleship. Day after day, individuals, families and groups arrive from near and far for retreats, prayer tours, local gatherings and fellowship in this place that ministers the love of Jesus and fosters peace and reconciliation.


Beit Immanuel Guest House

Welcome to our Hostel and Guest House! Our accommodations are ideal for all travelers, couples, families with kids, as well as groups. We have private rooms with bathrooms as well as large dormitory rooms for younger people and those on limited budgets.We are a five minute walk from Tel-Aviv’s finest beaches, adjacent to the Ancient Port Jaffa, 25 minutes from the Ben Gurion International Airport, and only an hour from Jerusalem. Beit Immanuel is the perfect place to stay while touring the land of Israel on holiday, for special prayer tours or on short-term outreaches. We offer clean, quality rooms at very reasonable prices in a warm and friendly atmosphere you can trust. In our lobby there is free wireless internet!


Bethel Hostel

In the middle of the German Colony in Haifa, near the harbor and at the foot of Mount Carmel is the Bethel Hostel. We offer a centrally-located, clean and affordable accommodation for Christian groups and individuals who love the land…


Caesarea Villa

The Caesarea Villa offers you a luxurious time in the Central-Northern Coast of Israel.

The Villa is located in the center of Caesarea, in an exclusive and beautiful neighborhood, 5 minutes from the beach, ancient Roman ruins and an archeological park. A local trail takes you on a 5 minute walk to the sand dunes and private beach shoreline.

The Villa features a 3 story house with 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 business lounges, outdoor gardens & patios, a salon, dining area, backyard, and fully equipped kitchen with all necessary cookware, dish-ware, silver-ware, and appliances provided. Free WiFi is included, a barbecue, backyard deck and garden.

The house is ideal for family vacations, tour groups, community club gatherings, and celebration/event hosting (for bar mitzvahs, weddings, etc). Each room can be booked individually or the house can be rented as a whole. The Villa is available for short term or long term rentals (3-6 months maximum).

Visit our website for photos, full description, rooms & rates, availability calendar, and more info about the surrounding area (including local attractions & activities).

http://guesthouseisrael.com/property/caesarea-villa

Contact: Sarah at +972.50.9471705 or Contact@GuestHouseIsrael.com


Christ Church Guesthouse

For visitors to Jerusalem needing a place to stay, nowhere compares to the historic environment of Christ Church Guest House.

Located just inside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate, the Guest House is an integral part of the Christ Church Ministry Centre.  Outside shopkeepers hawk their wares and tourists throng the Arab Market and flock to the Old City’s many historic sites. Within a short walk are Herod’s Palace/David’s Tower Museum, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Garden Tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa, the Mount of Olives, and Mount Zion.

Inside a tranquil refuge greets the weary traveller! Your home in Jerusalem was built and is maintained in the Ottoman style; domed ceilings and Bethlehem stone floors; sympathetic modern decor sits alongside 19th century British colonial furniture and architecture.


Galilee Gateway

Our apartments are located in a serene Galilean village with a breathtaking view to the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Gilead mountains.

If you are exploring Israel for historical sites, our location offers you a central hub to base out of for your days in northern Israel. Within half an hour drive you can visit many different biblical sites like Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Beit Saida, Magdala, the Jordan River, the site of the Fish and the Loaves and the district of the Gaderene.

There are also various beautiful hikes in our neighbourhood as well as the hot springs of Hamat Gader and Tiberias.

Let us spoil you for a while in one of our gorgeous apartments, which enjoy complete privacy with a separate entrance!


Hotel Beth Shalom

Beth Shalom was first created as a branch of «Missionswerk Mitternachtsruf » (Midnight Call ), a worldwide ministry with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. For Wim Malgo, the founder of the Beth Shalom guesthouse, the return of the Jewish people to the land and the establishment of the State of Israel were clear signs of Jesus’ imminent return. In his sermons he constantly pointed out that Israel is the visible sign of this event and that Christians should be awake and ready for it.

The hotel was destined to serve as an effective and practical sign of the closeness that believers have with Israel and the way how God is dealing with His people. From its inception it has served as a starting point of tours through the land, so that many visitors can see with their own eyes how the ancient biblical promises for Israel are being fulfilled, promises that God proclaimed through His prophets thousands of years ago.

The first Beth-Shalom Israel tours were arranged in 1970. Since that time we have organised tours for many thousand visitors. One of the annual highlights is our «Congress Tour» including a two-day conference on biblical prophecy. Moreover, the hotel Beth-Shalom is open for both groups and individuals.

The management of the hotel is in the capable hands of Fredi and Beate Winkler-Malgo. As a licensed tour guide Fredi Winkler has a profound knowledge of Israel’s multi-faceted history, and he has the unique gift of combining facts of the land’s biblical past with recent and future developments. Guided tours with him make a stay at the hotel Beth-Shalom an unforgettable experience. He is also willing to arrange personalized excursions and tours for individuals or small groups. A minibus with 13 seats is available for these tours.


Hotel Gilgal – Tel Aviv

Boutique Hotel near the beach

Hotel Gilgal, owned by Jacob and Elisheva Damkani, is located in the heart of Tel Aviv, on a quiet street, only two minutes’ walk from the beach. It is a unique and modern boutique hotel with a relaxing and intimate atmosphere. This 3 star superior hotel, places the utmost priority on providing personal and warm service to every guest along with modern accommodations and high standard of comfort.

Hotel Gilgal is located in the vibrant heart of Israel, on a quiet street in the center of the city of Tel-Aviv. Here in the vicinity of the shopping district, are well known restaurants and popular bars. Only a short walk away from the Mediterranean seashore and a bit of a longer walk away from the old city of Jaffa and the Tel Aviv Port.

Original works of art inspired by Bible stories decorate the hotel. Each of the rooms is named after a historical site in Israel. The site’s picture decorates the room and welcomes you into a journey in Israel. Guest can join weekly bible studies and services which are held at the “Gates of Heaven” and enjoy the biblical library in the lobby.


House of Peace Hostel

House of Peace is a unique place in Bethlehem, located in the heart of the city in a calm, friendly neighborhood. The Guest House is only a short walk from the Church of the Nativity ‘ the birthplace of Jesus ‘ as well as the market streets with local shops and restaurants.

We offer Dorm rooms, Private rooms, a Lounge, a Guest Kitchen with a fridge, gas stove, and a microwave, Great Balconies on each floor, and an Awesome Roof Top open to each visitor.

Please Note : Our 10 bed Mixed Dorm is on the outside Roof Top

We have special rates for groups and long term stays

House of Peace is within walking distance from the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem’s major market streets including grocery stores and the old cities of Bethlehem and Bet Sahour.

Just a few minutes driving distance are Solomon’s Pools, David’s Wells, the Shepherds’ Fields, the Milk Grotto, and Rachel’s Tomb.

Using public transportation you can easily travel to Jerusalem, Jericho, Ramallah, Ein Gedi, the Herodian, Hebron, and most other places in mid-Israel. Some of the above places in the West Bank we can arrange for private transportation.


Jerusalem Hills Inn

Jerusalem Hills Inn is a family-run bed-and-breakfast, conveniently located about 10 minutes from downtown Jerusalem.  It is 30 minutes to Ben Gurion Airport, 45 minutes to the Dead Sea, and 45 minutes to Tel Aviv.  This makes a great base…


Messiah Guest House

Great location on Mt. Zion, within walking distance to the Old City. Free parking in gated community. Wifi. Breakfast included and cooking priveleges  Close to shopping and public transportation Erev Shabbat meal available for small fee.


Poriya Illit Refuge

Peaceful getaway in the Galilee. Come hear the birds sing as you gaze at the mountains of  the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. No traffic noise!   Lovely 3 bedroom apartment, sleeps 7, in…


“Retro” A Holiday Apartment in Israel

The luxury, gorgeous and romantic, renovated in “Retro” style, apartment is in the best location – Scenic Sharon Beach of Herzliya Pituach. The location is close to the beach. To the west of the highways, right on the…


Shelter Hostel

Welcome to The Shelter Hostel in Eilat, where the rugged Negev Desert meets the beautiful Red Sea. Here, you can enjoy friendly and peaceful surroundings with an international atmosphere. In the Shelter, each guest feels like they’ve found a home away from…


Shoshana’s Bed & Breakfast

B&B in the Haifa Area  The view from the apartment faces the whole port of Haifa. Lovely neighborhood.  Bus accessible, within a 5 min walking distance.  Suitable for a single woman traveling.  Includes breakfast.


Yad Hashmona Country Hotel

  • Yad Hashmona
“Yad Hashmona” means Memorial to the Eight. Sometimes it is written as Yad Ha8.
The name was given by the founding settlers
in memory of eight Jewish refugees, who
escaped in 1938 from Austria to Finland, and who were surrendered by the Finns to the Gestapo in November 1942. It was a time when the Finnish government collaborated with Nazi Germany in opposition to the Soviet Union, in an attempt to recover the Karelia region – which Stalin had ‘stolen’ from the Finns in the “Winter War” of 1939/40.

The eight refugees were taken to Auschwitz, where seven of them
were murdered. The lone survivor, Dr. Georg Kolman, who lost his wife and baby son in the extermination camp, made aliya to Eretz Israel. The Finnish founders of the Moshav wished to somehow atone on behalf of their nation for the surrender of the eight to the Nazis, and they viewed their contribution to the Land of Israel as a public request for forgiveness.

Notwithstanding the Finnish government’s refusal to surrender all
of their Jewish citizens to the Germans, the action taken on Finnish
soil against the eight Austrian Jews remained a heavy burden on the
Finns’ conscience. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until November 2000 that the Finnish government and Church leaders dedicated a memorial to the eight in Helsinki. A monument was erected in the Observatory Hill, opposite Helsinki’s South Harbour, from where the refugees embarked on the death ship SS Hohenhörn. In the presence of representatives of the Jewish community in Finland, the Prime Minister, Paavo Lipponen, begged the forgiveness of the entire Jewish people.

Sleeping in Jerusalem Old City

Again I’m sharing guide-information with you, but this time it’s about hotels and hostels in Jerusalem, especially the old city. Most budget accommodation is located in the Old City’s Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters or in the city center. Decent mid-range options are thin on the ground, but there are plenty of choices in the top-end category, including atmospheric Christian hospices in the Old City and boutique hotels in the city center.

There are no hotels or guesthouses of note in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter. If you want atmosphere, by all means stay in the Old City. But if you are after proximity to restaurants, bars, cafes and public transport, you are much better off staying in the city center, Mamilla or Yemin Moshe. If you have a car you’ll need to stay in the New City or pay NIS 48 per 24 hours for a space at Mamilla Parking near Jaffa Gate.

Room rates can fluctuate wildly between seasons and in response to political disturbances. I have quoted high-season rates in my reviews; these apply from April to June and from September to October, as well as during Easter, Christmas and the New Year.

Before I go, some words about hotels and (especially) hostels in Israel in general and the hotels and hostels in Jerusalem specific and I will be brief. The inside of the hotels in Israel are in general more or less shabby (with exceptions) and compared with anywhere else pricey. Hotels in Jerusalem have the same problem, but the hostels are worse compared with the rest of Israel (with exceptions)! So please, don’t let you be fooled by prices as the means to make a choice in hotel or hostel. The best way to indicate the shabby-state of hotels and hostels are the bedrooms.

Old City

If you arrive in Jerusalem by taxi or sherut (taxi-bus) and are staying in the Old City, you’ll need to alight at one of the city gates and walk to your hotel. Note that the call to prayer can be a problem for light sleepers in the Muslim Quarter – bring earplugs.

  • Hashimi Hotel & Hostel (02-628 4410; http://www.alhashimihotel-jerusalem.com; 73 Souq Khan al-Zeit St, Muslim Quarter; dm/s/d US$35/60/95, Map)
    Slap bang in the middle of the market, this Palestinian-owned hostel imposes a number of rules on its guests (no alcohol, no unmarried couples in the same room, no credit cards, no mixed dorms, no breathing (joking 🙂), etc), but all is forgiven when the newly renovated rooms are inspected and the extraordinary view from the rooftop is admired. Some of the rooms have views of the Dome of the Rock (request 313 or 311). Each of the two dorms has air-con, private bathroom and TV; the one on the 3rd floor has a view. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and on the 4th floor only (buy a SIM to be and stay independent and always have Internet).
Hashimi Hotel & Hostel
Hashimi Hotel & Hostel
  • Jaffa Gate Hostel (02-627 6402; http://www.jaffa-gate.hostel.com; Jaffa Gate; dm 100NIS, s/d 250/320NIS, with shared bathroom 200/280NIS, Map)
    Arab-run, this small and friendly hostel has one dorm (sleeping four) and 23 small and very basic rooms (more like extended coffins). There’s a lounge, a small roof terrace with wonderful views and a communal kitchen. Note that Muslim house rules prevent alcohol on the premises, breakfast isn’t served and credit-card payments aren’t possible.

    Jaffa Gate Hostel
    Jaffa Gate Hostel
  • Golden Gate Inn (02-628 4317; http://www.goldengate4.com; 10 Souq Khan al-Zeit St, Muslim Quarter; dm/d/tr 80/250/350NIS, Map)
    Set inside an atmospheric old home, this family-run guesthouse near Damascus Gate has single-sex dorms and clean rooms with en-suite bathroom, cable TV and air-con. The communal kitchen is spacious and well maintained, and there’s a rooftop with views. Note that wi-fi only works in the lobby and alcohol is forbidden on the premises.

    Golden Gate Inn
    Golden Gate Inn
  • Citadel Youth Hostel (02-628 5253; http://www.citadelyouthhostel.com; 20 St Mark’s Rd, Armenian Quarter; mattresses on roof 55NIS, dm 70NIS, d 320NIS, s/d with shared bathroom 180/200NIS, Map)
    A perfect example of a hostel with unrealized potential, the Citadel is only worth considering if the Abraham, Hashimi and Jaffa Gate Hostels are full. A labyrinthine 500-year-old building with plenty of Jerry-built additions, it offers thin foam mattresses on the rooftop in summer, old mattresses on the dorm beds, cramped and smelly shared bathrooms and overpriced private rooms.

    Citadel Youth Hostel
    Citadel Youth Hostel
  • Petra Hostel (02-628 6618; http://www.newpetrahostel.com; Omar Ibn al-Khattab Sq, Jaffa Gate; mattress on roof 50NIS, dm 70NIS, s/d 220/320NIS, Map)
    Built in the 1820s, this is the oldest hotel in Jerusalem. Some of its illustrious former patrons include Mark Twain and Herman Melville (and me of course). Unfortunately, the antiquated charm counts for little when the hot, stuffy and grubby rooms and dorms are taken into account. Only worth considering if you’re on a very tight budget and don’t mind roughing it.
    The only thing still very special about this guest house is the roof! Don’t forget the roof when you are there. And for the price you pay, no complaining.

    Petra Hostel
    Petra Hostel
  • Austrian Hospice (02-626 5800; http://www.austrianhospice.com; 37 Via Dolorosa, Muslim Quarter; dm/s/d/tr  €26/76/118/165, Map)
    This castle-like guesthouse first opened in 1863 and has plenty of heritage features. Rooms are simply furnished but are large and have good beds; three have a balcony and two have air-con (€5 surcharge). Single-sex dorms are in the basement, where there are also squeaky-clean shared bathrooms. The cloistered garden cafe is a popular retreat for guests. The hospice is on the corner of Al-Wad St and Via Dolorosa. Ring the intercom to enter (reception is open 7am to 11pm).

    Austrian Hospice
    Austrian Hospice
  • Lutheran Guest House (02-626 6888; http://www.luth-guesthouse-jerusalem.com; St Mark’s Rd, Armenian Quarter; s/d/tr €?, Map)(I never managed to get to know their prices. The man kept on talking and talking …)
    Beyond the heavy steel door are a welcoming lobby, a variety of rooms, a courtyard garden and rooftop reading room and a lounge. Guest rooms are simply furnished but comfortable, and there’s a generous buffet breakfast. From Jaffa Gate, walk down David St, then take the first right up a narrow staircase; the guesthouse is 100m down on the left.

    Lutheran Guest House
    Lutheran Guest House
  • Ecce Homo Pilgrim House (02-627 7292; reservation@eccehomoconvent.org; 41 Via Dolorosa, Muslim Quarter; dm/s/tw US$35/63/106, Map)
    If staying a few nights in a convent sounds intriguing, book yourself into this 150-year-old pilgrim guesthouse on the Via Dolorosa. The stone walls and dim corridors certainly evoke the feeling of a time gone by, and the rooftop terrace and comfortable reading lounge are lovely. Rooms are simply furnished and can be hot (no air-con). There’s a curfew.
    I slept there one time for 5 nights because of a Pilgrim tour in Jerusalem. I lost 5 kg that week, it was so hot. That means that it’s good.

    Ecce Homo Pilgrim House
    Ecce Homo Pilgrim House
  • Hotel East New Imperial (02-628 2261; http://www.newimperial.com; Jaffa Gate; s/d US$70/120, Map)
    Owner Abu el-Walid Dajani provides a warm welcome to his family’s hotel (they’ve owned it since 1949) and can spin some nice stories about its history. The labyrinthine layout can be confusing and B&B rooms are of varying quality; ask for a newly renovated one overlooking the side street, as the others aren’t great. A four-course dinner costs US$20.

    Hotel East New Imperial
    Hotel East New Imperial
  • Armenian Guesthouse (02-626 0880; armenianguesthouse@hotmail.com; 36 Via Dolorosa, Muslim Quarter; dm US$39, s US$97, d US$136, Map)
    Recently renovated and reasonably priced rooms make this guesthouse in the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate worth considering. There’s no garden and no atmospheric common areas (the things that make the guesthouses run by other religious orders in the city so special), but the very clean rooms are modern with good bathrooms and comfortable beds.
    And there are the same beds my grandmother slept in in Holland. Amazing!

    Armenian Guesthouse
    Armenian Guesthouse
  • Christ Church Guesthouse (02-627 7727; http://www.cmj-israel.org; Omar Ibn al-Khattab Sq, Jaffa Gate; s US$128, d US$194, Map)
    This wonderfully maintained guesthouse gets high marks for its period atmosphere, multilingual staff, prime location and garden setting. The simply furnished rooms have stone floors, domed ceilings and comfortable beds, and there are lounges where guests can relax over free tea and coffee. Breakfast (included), lunch (20NIS to 60NIS) and dinner (65NIS) are served in the on-site cafe.
    It’s still quite pricey, and the food is reasonable (except that awful salad)!

    Christ Church Guesthouse
    Christ Church Guesthouse

East Jerusalem

Muslim Cemetery along the Eastern Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem near Lions Gate.
Muslim Cemetery along the Eastern Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem near Lions Gate.

The area immediately east of the Old City’s Damascus Gate is predominantly Palestinian and has a pronounced Middle Eastern vibe – street traders hawk their wares to housewives wearing hijab, Arabic music blares from cars, and shopfronts and streets are decidedly less manicured than their often-staid West Jerusalem equivalents. There is a mix of Arab- and multinational-owned hotels here, but few are worthy of recommendation. The Damascus Gate, Shivtel Israel and Shimon  HaTzadik JLR stops are close by.

  • American Colony Hotel (02-627 9777; http://www.americancolony.com; 1 Louis Vincent St; s US$265, d US$310-640, ste US$675- 955, Map)
    This historic hotel, built in 1902 and now Swiss-run, was a popular lodging for wealthy Westerners in the early 20th century and is still is a destination of choice for many VIPs. There’s a variety of rooms spread across three wings; all are elegant and comfortable, but those in the original building are definitely the best. The breakfast buffet is excellent. The facilities here include a pool, a well-equipped gym, a courtyard cafe, a lobby lounge, a cellar bar and a garden and the black haired receptionist with her smoldering green eyes and hot voice makes you not sleepy.
    If you have the budget, this is the hotel to stay when you are in Jerusalem. The one and only.

    American Colony Hotel In Jerusalem
    American Colony Hotel In Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem Hotel (02-628 8982, 02-628 3282; http://www.jrshotel.com; Derekh Shchem (Nablus) Rd; s/d US$160/240, Map)
    With tile-clad stone walls, high ceilings and antique furnishings, this small and friendly hotel in an 1890s building opposite one of the East Jerusalem bus stations can rightfully claim boutique status. The vine-covered courtyard restaurant is a lovely spot for dinner in warm weather.
    I love this hotel, because the rooms are amazing. And their stories are amazing too, especially when you cant sleep.

    Jerusalem Hotel
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • St George’s Guesthouse (02-628 3302; stgeorges.gh@j-diocese.org; 20 Derekh Shchem (Nablus) Rd; standard s/d US$110/150, deluxe s/d US$150/180, Map)
    Located on the property of a 110-year-old Anglican church, this tranquil guesthouse has twin guest rooms set around a lovely courtyard garden. Amenities are good – each room has beds with crisp linen, satellite TV and a kettle; the deluxe versions with their stone walls, extra space and modernized bathrooms are worth the extra charge.

    St George’s Guesthouse
    St George’s Guesthouse
  • Legacy Hotel (02-627 0800; http://www.jerusalemlegacy.com; 29 Derekh Shchem (Nablus) Rd; royal s/d US$150/185, executive s/d US$175/195, Map)
    After changing its name and having a major facelift, the former YMCA hostel in East Jerusalem is looking pretty snazzy. There are two types of room (deluxe and standard), both of which have kettles and cable TV. It’s worth paying extra for a deluxe version as these have larger bathrooms and balconies with views over the Mount of Olives. Facilities include a 5th-floor restaurant with great views over the Old City, a lobby bar and a garden cafe. Guests are given free entry to the YMCA gym and indoor pool in the building next door.

    Legacy Hotel
    Legacy Hotel
  • National Hotel (02-627 8880; http://www.nationalhotel-jerusalem.com; As-Zahra St; s/d/tr US$170/200/270, Map)
    It wouldn’t win any awards for its design, but this modern hotel near Herod’s Gate has a number of things working in its favor, including good service, free parking and an on-site restaurant with views over the Mount of Olives (no alcohol, though). Wi-fi is available in the lobby only.

    National Hotel
    National Hotel

City Center

The commercial heart of predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem, this area is full of sleeping, eating and drinking options but almost totally closes down over Shabbat. The JLR travels down the city centre’s spine, Jaffa Rd, and both the Old City and the Central Bus Station are within walking distance.

  • Abraham Hostel (02-650 2200; https://abrahamhostels.com; 67 HaNevi’im St, Davidka Sq; dm 114NIS, s 300NIS, d 480NIS, Map)
    Put simply, the Abraham is an exemplar for hostels everywhere. The best backpacker option in the city (none of the others come close), it’s conveniently located next to the Davidka tram stop, its en-suite rooms are basic but clean, the convivial lounge-bar has an attached communal kitchen and – best of all – there’s a huge entertainment and tours program. Try to be here on Shabbat, when the hostel holds a dinner for up to 40 people (40NIS). You should also take advantage of the free Hebrew and Arabic lessons, enjoy happy hour (6pm to 8pm) at the bar and sign up for at least one tour. The entrance is on HaNevi’im St, near the bus stop.

    Abraham Hostel
    Abraham Hostel
  • Jerusalem Hostel & Guest House (02-623 6102; http://www.jerusalem-hostel.com; 44 Jaffa Rd, Zion Sq; dm 90NIS, s 220-340NIS, d 270-360NIS, Map)
    A fine option for budget travelers keen to base themselves in the city center, this hostel offers clean en-suite rooms, single-sex dorms, a communal kitchen and a rooftop. There’s a healthy traveler vibe, with lots of info tacked onto the walls and plenty of other guests willing to lend free advice. In addition to the main backpacker wing the hostel has a new section in a separate building with private rooms (300NIS).
    Many in those rooms tend to separate them from those in the dorms. That’s a pity, because they miss loads of socializing and traveling info.

    Jerusalem Hostel & Guest House
    Jerusalem Hostel & Guest House
  • City Center Suites (02-650 9494; http://www.citycentervacation.com; 17 King George St (cnr HaHistadrut St); d US$130-150, ste US$165-190, economy studio s/d without breakfast US$110/130, Map)
    ‘Plenty of character, but looking a bit worn’ is a common descriptor for accommodation in this ancient city. And that’s why the existence of this spick-and-span modern hotel should be wholeheartedly celebrated. Spread over two buildings in a conveniently located part of the New City, it offers 38 comfortable rooms with kitchenette; the economy studio is the least impressive. The same owners operate the equally impressive Shamai suites.

    City Center Suites
    City Center Suites
  • Shamai Suites (02-579 7705; http://www.shamaisuites.com; 15 Ben Hillel St; studio r US$140-160, ste US$200-220, Map).
    What hey call suites are nothing else then normal or ordinary rooms.
  • Hotel Palatin (02-623 1141; http://www.palatinhotel.com; 4 Agrippas St; s US$110, d US$155, Map)
    Located near the hub of Jerusalem’s shopping and cafe district, the Palatin has small but reasonably comfortable rooms that are overpriced at the rack rates cited above but can be found at much better prices on booking sites. The friendly service almost (but not quite) compensates for the polyester sheets.

    Hotel Palatin
    Hotel Palatin
  • Arthur Hotel (02-623 9999; http://www.atlas.co.il; 13 Dorot Rishonim St; s/d US$275/325, Map)
    There are plenty of small hotels in Jerusalem, but few are as well run as this classy place near Zion Sq. Rooms come in many shapes and sizes, but the best are those at the rear of the building (ask for one with a balcony). The breakfast here is impressive, and the complimentary afternoon aperitif is a hit with guests.
    The breakfast is really impressive and you can eat a wonder full breakfast with loads of sweets (that’s for me of course). I took a bag with me the last time with a German group. When I talked with the owner last Sunday he asked me if I take a bag with me again, so he could guard his sweets …

    Arthur Hotel
    Arthur Hotel
  • 7 Kook Boutique Hotel (02-580 8068; http://www.7kookhotel.com; Ticho St; d US$240-380, s without breakfast US$216-342, Map)
    There aren’t too many boutique hotels in Jerusalem, so the 2014 opening of this well-located example of the genre was a welcome occurrence. Part of an upmarket apartment development, 7 Kook offers four stylish room types – studio, deluxe, family and suite – all of which have comfortable bed, excellent bathroom with tub, espresso machine and kettle.
    It’s a beautiful hotel from the inside and outside too.

    7 Kook Boutique Hotel
    7 Kook Boutique Hotel
  • Harmony Hotel (02-621 9999; http://www.atlas.co.il; 6 Yo’el Salomon St; s/d US$275/325, Map)
    A spacious lounge with pool table, books and a fireplace is the major draw at this well-run hotel near Zion Sq, especially during the free afternoon aperitif. There are 50 rooms in total; those on the 1st floor are new and the others are being renovated (opt for a corner one if possible). Free parking is available.
    A strange hotel. The interior designers were or color blind or there is something wrong with me. I got the feeling of being seasick.

    Harmony Hotel
    Harmony Hotel
  • Notre Dame Guest House (02-627 9111; http://www.notredamecenter.org; 3 Paratroopers Rd; d/tw US$240-290, tr US$290, ste US$450-550, Map)
    Most of the rooms at this splendidly located Vatican-owned guesthouse have wonderful views of the Old City and the Mount of Olives. The building dates from 1904 and its recently refurbished rooms are a great choice, especially as the guesthouse also has a Mediterranean restaurant with a garden terrace downstairs, and a cheese and wine restaurant on the rooftop.
    This so called guest house is pricey, and not family owned, but it’s fancy and well maintained and run. When I slept here during a Catholic tour, I couldn’t sleep the whole night, like I was counting the mosaic above my head. Beautiful guest house though.

    Notre Dame Guest House
    Notre Dame Guest House

Mamilla & Yemin Moshe

  • St Andrew’s Scottish Guesthouse (02-673 2401; http://www.scotsguesthouse.com; 1 David Remez St, Yemin Moshe; s US$135, d US$180, tw US$200, ste US$240, apt US$380, Map)
    St Andrew’s feels like a bit of Scotland transported to the Middle East, stone for stone, nun for nun. Set on a hill overlooking the Old City, with leafy gardens and an imposing stone facade, it has simple rooms and one two-bedroom apartment sleeping four. The more expensive rooms include balconies with a view; those that don’t have access to a large sun deck. All have kettles.
    I knew once a Scottish cook, who hated Scotland, but always slept here for some reason. He also couldn’t cook, but that’s my personal opinion.

    St Andrew’s Scottish Guesthouse
    St Andrew’s Scottish Guesthouse
  • Mamilla Hotel (02-548 2222; http://www.mamillahotel.com; 11 King Solomon (Shloma HaMelekh) St, Mamilla; r US$510- 635, ste US$785, Map)
    The best location in Jerusalem (near Jaffa Gate, on the edge of the Old and New Cities) is but one of many inducements on offer at this luxury hip hotel. Rooms are large and well equipped, and leisure B&B facilities include spa with steam room and hamam, gym, indoor pool, two bars, cafe and rooftop Italian restaurant.

    Mamilla Hotel
    Mamilla Hotel
  • David Citadel Hotel (02-621 1111; http://www.thedavidcitadel.com; 7 King David (David HaMelekh) St, Mamilla; r US$510-634, ste US$1000, Map)
    Like airports, some large hotels are microcities, populated with different people, housing, businesses and leisure facilities. The 400-room David Citadel fits this description, providing a city within a city for its pampered guests. Rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed (the suites are knockouts), there are three restaurants, and facilities include executive lounge, outdoor pool, children’s play centre, spa and gym.

    David Citadel Hotel
    David Citadel Hotel
  • YMCA Three Arches Hotel (02-569 2692; http://www.ymca3arch.co.il; 26 King David St, Yemin Moshe; s/tw/tr/ste US$200/220/250/290, Map)
    This 1933 building is an important local landmark and a decent place to spend a few nights. The hotel’s 56 rooms are simply furnished and could be cleaner; all have twin beds and cable TV. There’s an on-site restaurant, a gym and a pool.

    YMCA Three Arches Hotel
    YMCA Three Arches Hotel

German Colony & Rehavia

  • Little House in Rehavia (02-563 3344; http://www.jerusalem-hotel.co.il; 20 Ibn Ezra St, Rehavia; s 450NIS, d 600-690NIS, Map)
    There’s a boutique feel to this hotel in a restored 1942 stone building. Located in  one of Jerusalem’s prettiest neighborhoods (a 1.5km walk to the Old City), it has 28 rooms, a roof terrace, a garden and a strictly kosher dining room where a daily breakfast and Shabbat lunch and dinner are served.

    Little House in Rehavia
    Little House in Rehavia
  • Arcadia Ba’Moshava (02-542 3000; http://www.arcadiahotels.co.il; 13 Yehoshua bin-Nun St; s/d midweek US$240/270, weekend US$270/300, Map)
    Opened in 2014 after a major restoration, this hotel occupies a gorgeous Arab-style villa dating from 1935. ‘Ba’Moshava’ means ‘in the Colony’ and its location in a residential street off the Emek Refa’im shopping and entertainment strip is excellent. Rooms are smallish, but that won’t matter, as you’ll spend most of your time in the elegant lounge or leafy garden. The hotel provides bikes for the use of its guests.

    Arcadia Ba'Moshava
    Arcadia Ba’Moshava
  • Jerusalem Garden Home (050 524 0442; http://www.jerusalemgardenhome.com; 74 Derech Beit Lehem; s/d/tr US$140/185/210, Map)
    Run by a friendly couple, this B&B near the German Colony has a real home-away-from-home feel. It offers four rooms sleeping between two and four persons; each has a kitchenette and cable TV. The same owners operate a garden restaurant across the road, where breakfast is served.
Jerusalem Garden Home
Jerusalem Garden Home

Romema & Mekor Baruch

  • Allenby 2 B&B (052 396 3160; http://www.dahliaandnirbnb.com/ALLENBY-2; Allenby Sq 2, Romema; s 180NIS, d 330NIS, d with shared bathroom 250NIS, Map)
    One of the most popular B&Bs in Jerusalem, Allenby 2 combines a warm and convivial atmosphere with excellent service. With 11 rooms spread over a few properties, it’s also one of the larger B&Bs in the city. The shared kitchen and location close to the Central Bus Station and JLR line are definite draws. There’s no reception, so call ahead.

    Romema & Mekor Baruch Allenby
    Romema & Mekor Baruch Allenby 2

Where to Sleep in Tel Aviv? Hotels, Hostels, Boutique Hotels

There are accommodation choices to meet every budget and style requirement in Tel Aviv, but the city’s ever-expanding range of boutique hotels includes the most alluring options. The best location for visitors is the wedge of the south city center bounded by Rothschild Blvd, Sheinkin St and Allenby St, which is richly endowed with cafes and restaurants. It’s also within walking distance of most sights. Further away, Jaffa offers some stylish boutique options and a vibrant Arab-influenced street life.

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Just like Sleeping in the Old City Jerusalem, this article is about hostels and hotels in Tel Aviv. I believe that all budgets are covered here and there is also a small review for each hotel.


The major hotel chains tend to locate their monoliths on Ha-Yarkon St overlooking the beaches, which is fine in summer but not particularly pleasant in the colder months. On-site parking is rare; instead, most hotels have deals with nearby car parks for around 65NIS per day. In Jaffa, there’s free street parking at the Old City during the day and overnight parking there for 10NIS.

You’ll need to book ahead at weekends and at most times of the year, particularly during July, August and festival periods such as Sukkot, Rosh Hashana, Hanukkah and Passover. During Tel Aviv Pride Week every hotel in the city is full – make your booking as far ahead as possible. Note that we have cited high-season prices in our reviews – low-season prices can drop by up to 50%.


City Center

Brown TLV (03-717 0200; http://www.browntlv.com; 25 Kalisher St; budget s US$135, d US$250-350) (map)
Attention all party animals: this ‘urban hotel’ is after your business. It may not be in the best part of town, but scenesters love the rooftop bar with its sundeck and hot tub, can’t wait for Tuesday’s art event in the downstairs cocktail lounge and adore  the weekend yoga sessions. Rooms are compact but stylish; some have hot tubs. Other enticements include free bike hire, on-site parking (35NIS per day) and vouchers for a complimentary breakfast in a range of chic Neve Tzedek cafes.

Brown TLV
Brown TLV

Center Chic Hotel (03-526 6100; http://www.atlas.co.il; 2 Zamenhoff St; s US$189, d US$210) (map)
The name is cringe-worthy, but this 50-room hotel in a Bauhaus-style building is worth considering for its central location, its well-equipped and attractively decorated rooms and its pleasant roof terrace. Breakfast (US$21) is served in the next-door Hotel Cinema, which is operated by the same company, and guests can also enjoy an complimentary early-evening aperitif there.

Center Chic Hotel
Center Chic Hotel

Hotel Cinema (03-520 7100; http://www.atlas.co.il; 1 Zamenhoff St; r US$240, ste US$300) (map)
Fans of the silver screen will appreciate the decor of this converted Bauhaus-era cinema. Public spaces feature old projectors and cinema memorabilia, and the 83 rooms have movie posters and lights made from tripods. The feel is functional rather than glamorous, though the complimentary early-evening aperitif on the roof terrace strikes a Hollywood note. There’s free parking and bike hire.

Hotel Cinema
Hotel Cinema

Lusky Hotel (03-516 3030; http://www.luskysuites-htl.co.il; 84 HaYarkon St; s/d/ste US$140/200/315) (map)
This family-run choice offers well-appointed rooms featuring large windows letting in lots of light. Most of these have kitchenettes, and a number have balconies with sea view – the pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the one-bedroom penthouse, which has a huge balcony overlooking the beach. Drivers will appreciate the free underground parking.

Lusky Hotel
Lusky Hotel

South City Center

Florentine Hostel (03-518 7551; http://www.florentinehostel.com; 10 Elifelet St, Florentin; dm 88NIS, d 280/300NIS, s/d with shared bathroom 240/260NIS) (map)
On first view, the less-than-pictureque district in which this hostel is located can be off-putting. However, it doesn’t take backpackers long to appreciate the location, which is close to Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Jaffa and the beach. Eight six-bed dorms and nine private rooms are on offer (all small), as is a rooftop bar and busy entertainment program.

Florentine Hostel
Florentine Hostel

Hostel Overstay (057-421 0200; http://overstaytlv.com; 47 Derech Ben Tsvi St; mattresses on roof 50NIS, dm 80NIS, d 260NIS) (map)
Friendly owner-manager Omer knows exactly what backpackers want from a hostel: cheap prices, secure and clean rooms, a communal kitchen, bathrooms with plenty of hot water, a laid-back lounge area (there’s a great one on the roof here) and a busy entertainment program. The location on a busy road in an industrial area southeast of Jaffa is the major drawback.

Hostel Overstay
Hostel Overstay

Beit Immanuel (03-682 1459; http://www.beitimmanuel.org; 8 Auerbach St, American Colony; s/d 200/390NIS) (map)
This convent-style hostel is located in an 1884 building opposite a pretty Lutheran church. Operated by an evangelical congregation known as CMJ, who aim to convince Jews that Jesus is the Messiah, its rooms are clean and comfortable and it has a private garden and a free car park. Unfortunately, the atmosphere isn’t particularly welcoming. The building once housed a fashionable hotel – German Kaiser Wilhelm II stayed here in 1898 – owned by Baron Plato von Ustinov, grandfather of the actor Peter Ustinov. It’s located on a quiet street just off Eilat St (the continuation of Jaffa Rd).

Beit Immanuel
Beit Immanuel

Hotel Montefiore (03-564 6100; http://www.hotelmontefiore.co.il; 36 Montefiore St; s/d 1420/1560NIS) (map)
A truly classy choice, the Montefiore occupies a heritage-listed 1920s villa in a tree-lined street running between Rothschild Blvd and Allenby St. The 12 elegant rooms have high ceilings, wooden floors, an armchair, a generously endowed bookshelf, double-glazed windows and a spacious bathroom. As is the case in the fashionable downstairs bar and restaurant, contemporary Israeli art adorns the walls.

Hotel Montefiore
Hotel Montefiore

Shenkin Hotel (03-600 9401; http://www.shenkinhotel.com; 21 Brenner St; s US$240-350, d US$300-380) (map)
Its mantra is ‘Locals Know Best’, and the excellent recommendations supplied by the Shenkin’s friendly staff certainly prove the point. A small and stylish place in a great location behind Sheinkin St, it offers four attractive room types, common areas showcasing local contemporary art, a roof terrace and a lovely rear terrace where complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available.

Shenkin Hotel
Shenkin Hotel

Rothschild 71 (03-629 0555; http://www.the-rothschild.com; 71 Rothschild Blvd; r US$300, ste US$350-750) (map)
Housed in a 1934 Bauhaus-style apartment block, this luxe hotel offers 32 sleek and stylish studios and suites with good amenities (Nespresso machine, iPod dock, work desk). Located in the centre of the inner-city action, it’s a great choice for couples as it doesn’t accept guests under 16, has an attached cafe and offers unobtrusive yet efficient service. Guests have free access to bicycles and a nearby gym. Breakfast isn’t included in the room charge, but croissants, biscuits, tea and coffee are available in the small lobby lounge.

Rothschild 71
Rothschild 71

Diaghilev (03-545 3131; http://www.diaghilev.co.il; 56 Mazeh St; d US$190-280) (map)
Paintings, prints and sculptures decorate every wall and common area in this ‘Live Art Hotel’, which occupies a handsome Bauhaus-style building off Rothschild Blvd. The spacious rooms have sitting area, kitchenette and separate bedroom. Top marks go to the quiet location, on-site parking (US$15) and helpful front-desk staff. Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate.

Diaghilev
Diaghilev

Rothschild Hotel (03-957 8888; http://www.rothschild-hotel.co.il; Rothschild Blvd; s 1070-1350NIS, d 1100-1400NIS, ste 1700-2800NIS)(map)
Ofra Zimbalista’s sculpture of choral singers on the exterior is but one of many whimsical features at this exemplary boutique hotel. Pre-dating Tel Aviv’s recent boutique-hotel boom, the Rothschild’s decor has worn extremely well and the place still leads the pack when it comes to service. The in-house restaurant serves what it describes as ‘Zionist cuisine with a French accent’.

Rothschild Hotel
Rothschild Hotel

Alma Hotel (03-630 8777; http://www.almahotel.co.il; 23 Yavne St; s/d deluxe US4420/470, executive US4440/490)(map)
The lovely 1920s building, theatrical decor and on-site restaurant and tapas bar are the main draws at this recently opened boutique choice just off Rothschild Blvd, but the rooftop bar and pretty rear courtyard garden provide additional inducement. Both room types offer plenty of space, a huge bed, an espresso machine and a lovely bathroom with luxe Sabon toiletries.

Alma Hotel
Alma Hotel

Townhouse Tel Aviv (03-944 4300; http://www.townhousetelaviv.com; 32 Yavne St; s/d US$200/240, ste US$350)(map)
Reasonable prices and a good location mean that this 19-room place deserves consideration. Though not as stylish as many other boutique hotels in this area, it offers comfortable rooms with large beds, airy white bathrooms and espresso machines, and has a small downstairs lounge where breakfast and all-day tea and coffee are served.

Townhouse Tel Aviv
Townhouse Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Beach & Port

Beachfront Hotel (03-726 5230, 03-744 0347 ; http://www.telavivbeachfront.co.il; 78 Herbert Samuel Esplanade; dm US$30, s US$80, d with/without bathroom US$99/79)(map)
The beach-party vibe is one of many reasons to stay at this hostel opposite  Trumpeldor Beach. An array of clean, well-maintained dorms and rooms – some with views and private terraces – awaits, as does a rooftop bar serving free sangria nightly. Free wi-fi and beach towels are provided for guest use, but internet costs 60NIS per hour. No breakfast.

Beachfront Hotel
Beachfront Hotel

Hayarkon 48 Hostel (03-516 8989; http://www.hayarkon48.com; 48 HaYarkon St; dm 113NIS, r without/with bathroom 330/385NIS)(map)
Just two blocks from the beach, this hostel has decent facilities including communal kitchen, rooftop terrace and lounge with pool table and TV/DVD. Dorms are mixed and female-only, and the simple private rooms have double bed and cable TV. All dorms and half of the private rooms have air-con.

Hayarkon 48 Hostel
Hayarkon 48 Hostel

Embassy Hotel (03-679 9999; http://www.embassy-hotel-telaviv.co.il; 76 Hayarkon St; d US$150-160, d US$160-170, ste US$180)(map)
A decor reminiscent of Mad Men (series one) and a location directly opposite Trumpeldor Beach mean that this small hotel will please summer style-meisters whose budgets can’t quite stretch to the prices charged by boutique hotels in the Rothschild enclave. Opt for a suite if possible, as these are larger than the slightly cramped standards and come with a kitchenette.

Embassy Hotel
Embassy Hotel

Port Hotel (03-544 5544; http://www.porthoteltelaviv.com; 4 Yirmiyahu St; s/d US$150/160)(map)
This self-titled ‘mini hotel’ near the Old Port offers something that is very rare in Tel Aviv – stylish accommodation for those on a budget. Though small and without views, rooms are clean and comfortable. The roof terrace and proximity to the beach are major assets.

Port Hotel
Port Hotel

Mendeli Street Hotel (03-520 2700; http://www.mendelistreethotel.com; 5 Mendeli St)(map)
In summer, the living is both easy and glamorous at this hotel close to Bograshov and Frischmann Beaches. The hotel lobby and restaurant are design magazine chic, and the rooms are similarly stylish, with contemporary fittings and good amenities. The standard room is compact, so consider opting for a deluxe or superior version. Staff are young, charming and extremely helpful.

Mendeli Street Hotel
Mendeli Street Hotel

Shalom Hotel & Relax (03-542 5555; http://www.atlas.co.il; 216 Hayarkon St; standard/superior r US$263/303)(map)
Styled as a beach house – albeit one with 51 rooms – this spa hotel offers a free 15-minute massage to every guest at its rooftop treatment room. Rooms are attractive but small, so you should opt for a superior one if possible. Common areas include a rooftop sundeck and a welcoming lobby lounge where a delicious breakfast is served.

Shalom Hotel & Relax
Shalom Hotel & Relax

Art Plus Hotel (03-797 1700; http://www.atlas.co.il; 35 Ben Yehuda St; s/d/ste US$265/280/310)(map)
The interiors at this five-year-old art-themed hotel haven’t aged particularly well and are definitely in need of refurbishment. Fortunately, a new gym and spa provide compensation, as does the free parking and complimentary afternoon aperitif. There’s a roof terrace with sun lounges, though most guests prefer lazing on the nearby beach.

Art Plus Hotel
Art Plus Hotel

Jaffa (Yafo)

Old Jaffa Hostel (03-682 2370; http://www.telaviv-hostel.com; 13 Amiad St; dm US$25, s US$70-98, d US$80-105)(map)
Occupying an Ottoman-era house in the flea market, this hostel is definitely the most atmospheric option in its price range in Tel Aviv, but it’s not the most comfortable. Dorm beds are reasonably priced and there is a generous number of communal bathrooms, but the private rooms are overpriced. There’s a communal kichen and a roof terrace with sea glimpses. In summer, guests can sleep on the rooftop for US$21.

Old Jaffa Hostel
Old Jaffa Hostel

Old Jaffa Khan (052 866 6232; info@oldjaffakhan.com; 5 Mazar Taleh St, Old Jaffa; d US$350)
Hidden in an quiet enclave of artists’ studios in Old Jaffa, these studio apartments are perfect for a romantic getaway. Two have a sea view and two have private gardens – all are gorgeous. Amenities include hot tub, cable TV, music system, and kitchenette with kettle and espresso machine. Breakfast is served at a nearby cafe.

Old Jaffa Khan
Old Jaffa Khan

Market House Hotel (03-542 5555; http://www.atlashotels.co.il; 5 Beit Eshel St, Jaffa; s US$285, d US$300)(map)
There aren’t many opportunities in life to stay in a building incorporating remnants of a 8th-century Byzantine chapel, but that’s what’s on offer at this recently opened hotel in the middle of the flea market. Rooms are stylish, soundproofed and equipped with kettle and fridge; the standards are a bit cramped, so opt for a superior or penthouse if possible. Breakfast is enjoyed in the downstairs lobby and there’s a complimentary aperitif session in the upstairs lounge in the early evening.

Market House Hotel
Market House Hotel

Most Beautiful Hotels in Israel

As a tour guide (and tour operator) I get sometimes strange requests. A man, who wants to have a customized Cultural tour through Israel with the best and most beautiful hotels had to offer. I customized the tour and we went! Can you imagine, that as a tour guide, I slept in those amazing hotels too? Here’s an overview of those hotels.



Prices are ranging from $239 per night till $2,955 per night! Honestly, I didn’t see much difference in the service, but the hotels above the $600 per night for a double room looked amazing.

Zimmerbus In The Negev
Zimmerbus In The Negev

This hotel is located in the Negev (Ezuz), relatively cheap from $150-$350 per night.

West Boutique Hotel Tel Aviv
West Boutique Hotel Tel Aviv

Nice hotel with a price from $320 and of course more expensive. The service is okay, but outside it looked amazing.

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Jerusalem
Waldorf Astoria Hotel Jerusalem

It’s a very expensive hotel with prices from $720 per night. And you also need loads of money, because everything additionally you need to pay for … and it’s not cheap. With all those extreme prices, at least the people working there bow, just like the hotels in China. If you give them a tip, they bow lower and if you add to the tip, their bowing becomes deeper again. One lady tried.

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Jerusalem
Waldorf Astoria Hotel Jerusalem

The inside was like a museum and the rooms were large and a museum as well. I felt like the the old Sun King of France.

Waldor Hotel Jerusalem
Waldorf Hotel Jerusalem

And if you can believe it with those prices it’s also totally full! So many people from the government (in Israel and other countries), can you imagine what they do with our tax money. And then there was that little fat man, who dressed like a pauper, acted like a barbarian … until he took his wallet out and spread the ‘God’ message in the form of dollar bills ($100). In that time, I just finished explaining to the group the long and ancient history of Jerusalem and he gave me $100 tip! He was not part of the group. I spent it for ice creams and cakes (outside the hotel later).

Shalom Hotel Jerusalem
Shalom Hotel Jerusalem

Actually, the name for this hotel is Rimonim Shalom Jerusalem Hotel and the price per night is from $140. It’s a nice, normal hotel, nothing special. Except that the group discovered a shop nearby, which was selling falafels. They bought it and brought it back … no, they smuggled it back into their rooms. When we left the next day, they were so friendly to leave behind a large tip for the room cleaners.

Royal Tulip Hotel Eilat
Royal Tulip Hotel Eilat

This is a hotel with a $2,000 per night price and it’s all worth it (if you have that money). Those rooms there are not normal rooms! The hotel management calls it suites, but I call it heaven with room numbers.  And the people working there are angels and the males are really bowing. Except that desk manager, he acted like the devil.

Ritz Carlton Israel
Ritz Carlton Israel in Herzliya

There is spa, and many other nice and expensive things. The room prices are from $171, but everything else in that hotel cost fortunes. If you don’t look out, one evening there and you spend a year salary! The outside is cool, especially in the evening after dinner.

Orchid Hotel
Orchid Hotel

The one in Eilat is really good. It’s grand, large, the rooms are indeed very large as well, but you need to walk a lot inside to get to the restaurants. But you pas many bars, bistros and more fun stuff. Prices are from $500-$1,200 per night. I got blisters that night, because some people couldn’t sleep well and was getting warm milk, until I discovered the bless of room service.

Being a guide is not always fun, because as guide, you have the responsibility of your group!

Orchid Hotel
Orchid Hotel
Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem
Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem

I fell in love with this hotel. Prices are from $500 and more of course, but it’s amazing. It’s very relaxing there.

Magic Sunrise All Inclusive Hotel
Magic Sunrise in Eilat

This is a really good hotel for a bit more then $220 a night. The hotel is large (again), the rooms too, the beds are amazing (trampolines I would say), and the service is excellent and professional. Except that breakfast, but that was not their fault. I was boasting at night about my ability to make Dutch pancakes. So in the morning, they got the cook crazy enough to let me make those pancakes. At the end everyone left for the bus with a full stomach, except me. I didn’t eat, because of the work. When I finally left for the bus, I was so hungry! I ate a bag with chips, cookies and at the end three pizzas.

Magic Palace Eilat
Magic Palace Eilat

And no, those are not sharks!

Magic Palace Eilat
Magic Palace Eilat

The view of this hotel is spectacular.

Leonardo Plaza Hotel Eilat
Leonardo Plaza Hotel Eilat

Leonardo is a hotel, which has new owners and they discovered how much the hotel chain needs to be maintained. With the old owners, all furniture in the rooms were shabby, the TV’s small, the walls had spots, the doors cracked and the bathroom doors fell apart and the carpets were worn out and a bad smell. And that for the prices of $150-$400 per night!Almost every night there were rooms and even floors in the hotel flooded with water from one or more toilets!

Now it’s a bit better, except the one in Tiberias, it still looks shabby there.

I told the guests that the hotel was hunted (I was joking, but what could I say different). One girl believed me and I spent much of the night apologizing and proving that I was joking. We had a very nice time in the kitchens, the girl, the cook and I. And of course we spent our time tasting Chinese cuisine.

Leonardo Club Tiberias
Leonardo Club Tiberias

Thank god they renovated this hotel. The prices per night are from $200, but the service is worth maybe $5! Many of those people working there don’t speak English or you can’t understand them, except one man who worked there behind the desk. He spoke like John Wayne, and his friend spoke like Donald Trump. The last one looked like him too, including his hair. There were people who were able to speak English though, but they worked in the laundry and house holding service.

The problem with those large hotel chains is the personnel. They focus on the numbers; pay as cheap as possible for their personnel and hire as less as possible.

King Solomon Hotel In Eilat
King Solomon Hotel In Eilat

This ‘little’ hotel is ‘not so’ expensive, only more then $2,150 per night! At least you get a breakfast ‘for free’. The hotel looks great, from the inside and the outside as well, but the service was worth maybe $1. It’s a perfect example of loads of glitter, but no class. And can you image, this hotel is constantly full. Maybe it’s part of a large hotel chain.

King David Hotel
King David Hotel

This hotel is my favorite. You pay like a CEO ($770 per night), but you live like a king (or queen). It’s a living museum, with indeed some Israeli glitter, but with class. The people working there don’t bow, and they don’t need to … they are professional, quick and always focused on our satisfaction to the extreme. And the room service there is a show by itself. Excellent hotel.

King David Hotel
King David Hotel
King David Hotel
King David Hotel

We had one guest with us who was 2.20 m. tall and he hit his head right here.

King David Hotel
King David Hotel

The one who made this all come true here is an older woman. Amazing! She paid for the tour with her family and friends, who wanted to see the real life in Israel, but she refused to sleep in a “ordinary’ hotel, she stated.

Isrotel Yam Suf Hotel Eilat
Isrotel Yam Suf Hotel Eilat

This is another hotel from the Isrotel chain in Eilat, this time with ‘cheap’ prices of $220 per night. It’s a family hotel for the middle class in Israel and when you are unlucky to have rooms near those families, prepare yourself not to sleep.

The funny thing was that the time we went to sleep at this hotel, there were several Israeli families on our floor and one Dutch family. The children from the Dutch family were looking shocked at the wild behavior of the Israeli children. A hour later they were screaming like the hotel was on fire (which actually was true in a way, they lit a fire in the stairway).

Isrotel Hotel Jerusalem
Isrotel Hotel Jerusalem

This is a nice, new hotel and everything looks still new. There is a spot though, which is caused by a few members of my group and I know that they can’t clean it anymore. I think they might cover it up in a way with a carpet on the walls, or maybe a painting.

If you go to the market in the city, never allow teenagers with the second hand stalls with spray paint, or you regret it in the evening or early morning.

Isrotel Hotel Jerusalem
Isrotel Hotel Jerusalem
Isrotel Hotel Eilat
Isrotel Hotel Eilat
Intercontinental David Hotel Tel Aviv
Intercontinental David Hotel Tel Aviv

It’s a business hotel with prices from $280 a night (and up) with a breakfast. It’s an okay hotel and the people speak English (even the dishwashers) and that’s always good, not? Behind and below the hotel is a mess and the smell is terrible because of the garbage and neglect. The elevator is not working well, but at the end we came to the 7th floor, where our rooms were. In the morning, some of us had pain in the back, because of that air conditioning, which nobody could switch off. Not me, because I spend the night hunting for people who could help us. They fixed it at 4 am. I was so tired, that I could not sleep, so I slept in the bus for 20 minutes.

Inbal Luxury Hotel Jerusalem
Inbal Luxury Hotel Jerusalem

This amazing hotel, looking like a castle from the inside, cost ‘only’ $500 per night (and of course more), but it’s worth it. The inside of the hotel is even more cool with many niches and strange corners. The rooms are not too large, just as the group liked it.

Hotel Herods
Hotel Herods
Hilton Eilat Queen Of Sheba Hotel
Hilton Eilat Queen Of Sheba Hotel

This is my favorite hotel in Eilat and not as expensive as you would expect it to be. The price is from $325 per night, and it’s absolute worth it, every penny.

Hilton Eilat Queen Of Sheba Hotel
Hilton Eilat Queen Of Sheba Hotel

This is the pool I fell into after the group wanted to make a photo of their guide. They kept on saying “… one step back, Wim. Yeah, that’s right, another small step …” until suddenly I didn’t feel anything under my feet and fell in the swimming pool. The photos they produced of my face when I was falling into the water with waving, wielding arms was hilarious for the people for many days in the tour.

I had my little revenge next day when we went out to visit the Red Canyon! At the end of the canyon we needed to go back to the bus, but because of all that water still in my head, I ‘forgot’.

Oh … before I forget. Do you know how much an ice cream cost in the middle of the desert? I tested it out with an icebox I smuggled in the bus.

David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

The architect must have been drunk or stoned, but you get dizzy when you really look at this building. Anyway, the price is steep with their $720 per night. It’s a nice building in and outside I guess. I lost three times my way and I tried to enter two times the wrong room. I told the group that it was by design of course. I can’t allow them to think that the guide lost his way, can I?

The problem was at breakfast the next morning, when a charming 70 year old lady told me that I could come into her room if I wanted. And the group was still laughing at me till the end of that day after heavy touring.

Dan Hotel In Jerusalem
Dan Hotel In Jerusalem

The Dan hotel in Jerusalem is an amazing building, a very large hotel and the prices are from $240 per night. Their breakfast is amazing and we (the group and I) kept on eating! It might have to do with Timba jeep tour the day before.

Dan Hotel In Jerusalem
Dan Hotel In Jerusalem
Dan Eilat Hotel
Dan Eilat Hotel

The Dan hotel in Eilat is run by a twin of the one in Jerusalem. The building was different, but the service the same. The people also looked like each other in Eilat and Jerusalem. Maybe they followed us? Or maybe they have twins there?

Club Hotel Eilat
Club Hotel Eilat

Prices are from $300 per night, but sometimes there are days you can get the same room for $96! What can I say, it’s a family hotel and that means not sleeping at night because of still running around little kids, who also like to barge in your room if you don’t lock it. And they also love to try their English on you.

Beresheet Hotel
Beresheet Hotel

This is not really a hotel, it’s more like a hostel. The prices are from $1045 per night and they might think it’s the same price as a hostel. The people are strange and quiet and it’s located next to the crater Mitzpe Ramon. There was one person working there at night, who got the nickname ‘Tarzan’ from the group. Maybe it has something to do with the clothing he wore, or his obsession with pushups. No idea. Some ladies had half of the night need for something to drink or a snack or a friendly talk with Tarzan.

Beresheet Hotel
Beresheet Hotel
American Colony Hotel In Jerusalem
American Colony Hotel In Jerusalem

This is a hotel with class. Many fancy and expensive hotels in Israel try to impress with fancy buildings and architecture and loads of glitter, but this hotel doesn’t need to do that. It breathes class and not even so expensive compared with the rest. They ask $370 per night and of course more, depends on what you want.

American Colony Hotel In Jerusalem
American Colony Hotel In Jerusalem

This hotel is for serious people and not a group I had that time, who had too much fun, and thank God not because of me, for the change.

American Colony Hotel
American Colony Hotel

At the end of the tour, and I created multiple ones, because there were more people interested in those tours, I must say that I was the most impressed by the way how the personnel was working in the hotel, not how it looks like, or how fancy everything was.