The Best Cheap Hotels in Eilat, Israel

When visiting Eilat, take a glass-bottom boat tour to explore the Red Sea
When visiting Eilat, take a glass-bottom boat tour to explore the Red Sea | © Sergey Savich / Alamy Stock Photo

Budget-friendly fun in the sun? It’s doable in Eilat, Israel’s Red Sea resort town. While you can spend time on the beach for free, you’ll have enough cash to explore the local restaurant scene, the Negev Desert and the Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve if you choose the right hotel. Here’s our pick – bookable with Culture Trip.

Motel Tsabar

Hotel, Guesthouse, Budget Hotel
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Motel Tsabar
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With a small pool for cooling off on sweltering days, trendy macramé throw pillows on the beds and beach towels to borrow, Motel Tsabar doesn’t feel like a budget hotel. However, this spot in downtown Eilat has prices low enough that you can save your money for exploring. Free parking and a daily breakfast are other perks, as is a 24-hour front desk to help book diving excursions and tours to the Negev Desert or give local restaurant recommendations.

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Sunset Inn

Hotel, Motel, Budget Hotel
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Sunset Inn
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While Eilat is a popular beach resort, you might think you’re in a tropical rainforest if you sit in the garden at the Sunset Inn. Lush trees, blooms and shrubs coddle a seating area, perfect for escaping the heat, while a hanging chair is the perfect cosy place to snuggle up with a book. An al fresco drinks station and a bar further ensure you needn’t budge until necessary. Finally, single rooms make it a thrifty pick for solo travellers.

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HI Eilat Hostel

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HI Eilat Hostel
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The whitewashed dormitory-style rooms at this central hostel feel bright and cheery – and they even come with TVs. More luxurious still is the location – just a short walk from Eilat’s beaches, which is the main reason you’ve come here. But the crowning glory? That would be the garden – complete with a swimming pool and a lawn for lazing, playing games or enjoying a picnic. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available on-site, and rooms have mobility access.

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  • Kibbutz Hotel Eilot Country Lodging

    Hotel, Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel
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    Kibbutz Hotel Eilot Country Lodging
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    A stay in a kibbutz – a collective community based on agriculture – is one of the unique experiences you can have during a holiday in Israel. Here, you have the chance to combine it with a beach break; Eilot Country Lodging, with its large family-friendly rooms, is only a short hop outside Eilat’s centre. The kibbutz offers tours, teaching you more about how it works, and if you visit on a Friday morning, you can check out the Eilot farmers’ market.

    Palma Diving Resort

    Hotel, Hostel, Budget Hotel
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    Palma Diving Resort – Hostel
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    If you’re an aspiring diver, Eilat is a great place to visit – you can learn the ropes before exploring the magnificent Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve. And where better to stay than at a diving school? By day, you’ll work towards your PADI-accredited diving certification (there are loads of different levels available), and by evening, you’ll unwind in an unfussy, whitewashed villa room. There are two villas, and each one has a pool to beat the heat. Need a break from studying? You’re moments from the beach too.

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    Prima Music Hotel

    Hotel, Independent Hotel, Budget Hotel
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    Prima Music Eilat
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    Along the western banks of the Gulf of Aqaba, near the Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve, the Prima Music Hotel is all about the tunes; each floor is dedicated to a different genre of music. That’s not to say rooms are over the top, though; striped bedspreads and crowd-pleasing pictures on the wall keep things relatively neutral. Unusual for a budget hotel, there’s an on-site spa, where you can indulge in a body scrub or an aromatherapy massage.

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    These recommendations were updated on June 9, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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