One of the first things to do when planning your trip to Jerusalem is to find an accommodation option that suits your needs. Up until recently, this was real pain in the neck: Most of the options available followed a single pattern that seemed to do the trick for them: fancy suits with a swimming pool, a mini bar, cable TV and servants running around treating you like no less than royalty. Sounds nice, but do you really need all this luxury if you’re gonna be moving about all day? Wouldn’t it be better to spend your money on a real experience, and get to know the real Jerusalem? Hell yeah!
Fortunately, ever since Airbnb got into the picture, the Jerusalem accommodation sector have gone through a major shift. They are facing tough competition, with hundreds of B&B options that offer an authentic experience at a much better price. So to overcome that, good old Jerusalem hostels have awakened from the dead, offering a vibrant atmosphere that makes them a popular choice among younger visitors. Naturally, prices have gone down too, and the focus now is less on luxury and more on the social side of things.
In this post we’ll be going through some selected jerusalem hostels that have made the right choice, making it more affordable for people like you and me to have a good time in Jerusalem.
Centrally located opposite the city hall, in the legendary central post office building, the post hostel offers an eclectic fusion of modern design, cultural events, interesting people and memorable experiences. Accommodation options include mixed bed dorms and private rooms ranging between 79-208 NIS per person , all tastefully designed and air-conditioned. Additional facilities include a cosy lounge for get-togethers, wifi, laundry facilities, security lockers and meals, and check this out: Free breakfast is included in the price!
Not nearly as savvy, but nevertheless central and hospitable, the Jerusalem hostel offers male and female dorms, as well as single, twin and double bed rooms for a private stay. Prices range from 80-220NIS per night, with a variety of facilities available including a cable TV in every room, self catering facilities, swimming pool, washing machine and free wifi. It also has a children’s play area and declares itself as pet friendly. Here too, free breakfast is included.
Although it takes pride at its outrageously low rates, the citadel hostel is actually quite a chikey place, stylishly designed in a traditional Arab deco and centrally located in the heart of the old city’s Armenian quarter. Its got private and shared rooms available, or if you’re on a really low budget, a tent or a mattress on the roof can also do the trick. Speaking of the roof- did we mention it’s got the most gorgeous view of the old city?
The Abraham hostel is a trendy place for young visitors to not only lay their heads at night but also to meet other travellers and hang out. It is located in the center of the new city- in very close proximity to the light rail station on Jaffa street, and the Mahane Yehuda market. The facilities are clean and modern, with either private rooms or mixed dorms for your choice. Other cool features include optional bike hire, a games room, a steam room and more.
Visitors seeking for a quiet, tranquil place to rest their heads at night would appreciate the Eden hotel- A sweet little family-run hotel located in the peaceful residential area of Arnona. The Eden hotel offers clean private rooms and is known for its friendly atmosphere. It also has a wonderful vegetarian restaurants with new home-made dishes every day. Some examples include chickpea salad, homemade Kube soup and more. If you’re lucky, you may come across a bread-making workshop hosted at the hotel lobby, or even better- get to know the Jamshid sisters- owner’s daughters and current rising stars of the Jerusalem music scene.
Going over to the other end of the spectrum, the Hebron hostel offers exactly the opposite experience: It is located in the heart of the old city market where merchants and tourists are hustling and bustling 24/7, and only 5 minutes walking distance from the church of the holy sepulchre and the temple mount. The building itself is an impressive Roman remain, with ancients arches and stones to keep it cool all year round. You can book a private room or join the shared dorms, or if you’re coming with a big group you can book a whole floor all to yourselves! Additional features include an amazing old city rooftop view, free Wifi, traditional arab meals and more.
Not a youth hostel but nevertheless an affordable and worthwhile option to consider is to stay at a private vacation rental in Jerusalem. We all know Airbnb and its benefits. My place Jerusalem is a private venture that have taken the concept of airbnb to the next level, with over 40 apartments available in different locations around the city. So whether you’re coming with a big group or on your own; for a long term or just a couple of nights; and whether you need a full range of amenities or just somewhere to sleep, these guys can help you find what you’re looking for at a price that suits you.