The Best Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals in Tel Aviv

Choose to stay in one of Tel Avivs best holiday apartments and easily discover local-favourite spots for food and entertainment
Choose to stay in one of Tel Aviv's best holiday apartments and easily discover local-favourite spots for food and entertainment | © galit seligmann / Alamy
Alicia Miller

Tel Aviv has fabulous hotels. They’re stylish, cool, buzzing… and unfortunately, often rather expensive. Which is exactly where a brilliant Airbnb-style holiday apartment comes in: helping you save your precious shekels for sightseeing and fun instead. And there’s a lot of fun to be had in Tel Aviv – between the beach volleyball sessions, late-night clubbing and world-class restaurants, you might find you’re hardly in your room at all. Here are the most fabulous Airbnbs and holiday apartments in Tel Aviv, whether you’re staying in to cook or heading out to party… You can even book your next stay right here on Culture Trip.

1. A balcony apartment by the beach


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If the beach is a priority when you’re in Tel Aviv (it should be), these two-bedroom apartments, sleeping four, are perfectly placed. Just 10 minutes’ stroll from popular Hilton Beach (known for its LGBTQ scene) and 10 from the marina (home to galleries and shops), they come with full kitchens for pulling together breakfasts, and balconies for enjoying them on warm Middle Eastern mornings. In addition to DIY amenities like washer/dryers, housekeeping is available on request for a hotel-style touch.

2. A stylish hideaway for foodies


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Perusing the fresh daily produce in Carmel Market – think nutty halva sweets, piles of ripe tomatoes, freshly baked breads – is one of the joys of a stay at this apartment complex, just six minutes’ walk away from the city’s largest market. Sleeping between two and five people in stylish studio, one- and two-bedroom spaces, they all come with splashes of contemporary art, furnished balconies and marble-topped kitchenettes for preparing your market haul. The beach is under 10 minutes’ stroll away, too.

3. A seaside flat overlooking the surf


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All just a few minutes’ walk from central Banana Beach, these apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, and sleeping between four and eight people, let you make the most of Tel Aviv’s alfresco lifestyle. Most have terraces that look right out to the golden Israeli sands, so you’ll wake to the sight of sun-bathed surf. Come evening, use an on-site barbecue to make a simple grilled dinner to devour as the sun sinks below the waves.

4. A trendy garden flat


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Get to know Tel Aviv’s cool side with this stay on the edge of Florentin, an up-and-coming district brimming with street art, hip restaurants and the thriving Levinsky spice market. Studio and one-bedroom apartments sleep two to four people, and come with kitchenettes, sheltered garden space and daily housekeeping. You won’t be needing many taxis: Tel Aviv’s historic neighbour, Old Jaffa, is walking distance away, as is the boutique-stuffed neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek.

5. A contemporary stay for a crowd


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Travelling with a crowd? With three bedrooms, this pad in Tel Aviv’s ‘Old North’, near the marina, is just what you need. Light mint walls, geometric pendant lights and lush houseplants give it on-point style, but it’s practical too, with a full kitchen, washer/dryer and free wifi (not to mention multiple TVs, in case you have little ones to keep happy). Block out a day for lazing on nearby Gordon Beach, and enjoy its saltwater pool and volleyball courts.

6. A family-friendly pick in the thick of it all


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Strolling the long boardwalk that sews up all of the city’s west-facing beaches is a classic way to spend an afternoon in Tel Aviv, and this one-bedroom apartment, sleeping four, is a great jumping-off point. With sands stretching equally towards both the north and south, you can take your pick of direction when setting off from its white-washed interiors, complete with chandelier and framed paintings. A natural choice for couples with children, there’s a perfectly portioned kitchenette and dining area for family dinners.

7. A culture vulture’s apartment


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A short walk from Tel Aviv’s coolest indoor food market, Sarona – which also happens to be one of the few city attractions open on Shabbat (Saturday) – this inland stay, sleeping three or four people, lets you make the most of Tel Aviv’s cultural attractions. Drop your bags at the studio or one-bedroom apartment and head out to explore the Tel Aviv Museum of Art or stroll Rothschild Boulevard, a park-like thoroughfare dotted with historic Bauhaus buildings.

8. A cool pick for couples & night owls


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Neutral greys, black-and-white photographs and (in most cases) windows letting Middle Eastern sunshine pour in: these studio and one-bedroom apartments will be a hit with travellers of all kinds. Sleeping two to three people, they come with kitchenettes so you can prepare morning coffees or a picnic to take to the nearby beach. Coming for Tel Aviv’s nightlife? Book the double interior room so you can sleep through the day, undisturbed by the sun’s rays, after enjoying your night out.

9. Boutique Guesthouse in Jaffa


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Yafo Creative is a boutique guesthouse, specially designed as a ‘creative hub’ for visitors seeking to connect to Tel Aviv’s creative scene. Located in the ancient port city of Jaffa, a short drive from the city centre, it is housed in a 100-year-old building that has retained a traditional Ottoman aesthetic, with high ceilings and domed windows. The interior is a mix of modern and carefully chosen vintage furniture sourced from local designers. The four double bedrooms offer queen-size beds and original paintings. Apart from the rooms, everything else is shared and communal, including a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, two terraces, and a ‘creative salon’ that serves as everything from a dining room to a co-working space. The hub’s ‘founders’ host regular exhibitions from Israeli and international artists in the lobby and other shared areas. Every Friday they also hold dinners for guests and other creatives, including local artists and musicians, so visitors can enjoy traditional food and live music performances.

10. Stay in style in upscale Neve Tzedek

Homestay, Apartment

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This spacious basement apartment is located in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s upscale neighbourhood, popular for its village-like streets, cafés and boutique art and fashion stores. Despite its basement location, the apartment is bright, with a mix of vintage wooden furniture and modern amenities – a design that encapsulates the stylishness of the area. With a queen-sized bed, it is ideal for couples, while two single beds can be added to accommodate small groups. The studio is within walking distance to Florentin – another neighbourhood renowned for its art – as well as the always-popular Rothschild Boulevard and the beach.

Reuben Lewis contributed additional reporting to this article.

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