The Best Hostels in Jerusalem

Stay close to the Old City and sights like the Temple Mount at one of Jerusalems lively central hostels
Stay close to the Old City and sights like the Temple Mount at one of Jerusalem's lively central hostels | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
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Jerusalem‘s eclectic inventory of accommodation includes a buzzing hostel scene, demonstrating how popular the Holy Land is with younger travellers. Several of these new hostels have been developed in landmark buildings by canny entrepreneurs with an eye for detail. For an immersive experience of the city, choose one of these top central hostels close to the Old City or the Downtown Triangle, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Post Hostel

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A dining area centred around a semi-circular leather sofa at The Post Hostel, Jerusalem
Courtesy of the Post Hostel, Jerusalem / Expedia

On Jaffa Street, between Zion Square and the Old City, the Post is a dynamic hostel located on the top floor of the city’s imposing 1930s-built Central Post Office. Accommodation ranges from doubles and triples to 12-bed dorms. It’s modern and thoughtfully run with an outdoor roof terrace, a communal kitchen and lounge, plus a “chillout” room with a pool table. The atmosphere is convivial, with weekly yoga and jam sessions, hummus- and beer-making workshops and movie nights.

2. Cinema Hostel

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A busy communal area at Cinema Hostel, Jerusalem, with bean bags, leather seats and film-inspired decorations
Courtesy of Cinema Hostel, Jerusalem / Expedia

Once the Orion Cinema, this handsome 1940s building was saved from dereliction in 2018 by its clever conversion into a hostel. Much of the building’s original fabric and architecture have been preserved, and some of its private rooms and (mostly) bunk-bed dorms reference movies with pictures and posters. From hanging basket-chairs to decorative film spools and tripod-mounted movie cameras, the decor is fun and quirky. Expect movie nights, yoga, cookery, Hebrew classes and weekly live music.

3. Stay Inn Hostel

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A modern and stylish room at the Stay Inn Hostel with a double bed, wooden flooring and a shower
Courtesy of Stay Inn Hostel / Expedia

The Stay’s snazzy interiors, with geometric bathroom tiling and neon signage on bedroom walls, are a playful take on the hostel concept. There’s a vast array of rooms, from straightforward doubles to eight-bed “jumbo” family rooms – and with gigantic, 80s-style room numbers on the doors, you won’t forget which one you’re in. There’s also an in-house bar and restaurant, along with a roof terrace. But with the restaurants of lively King George St at your door, you may want to step out in the evening.

5. HI Agron Hostel

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A white room at Hi Agron Hostel with bunk beds and wooden cupboards
Courtesy of HI Agron Hostel / Expedia

Lording over a side street just off Paris Square, the Agron’s imposing facade and 60 rooms give it a hotel feel. Choose from dorms, family rooms or double rooms, each with an old-school hostelling vibe. Generous (and kosher) breakfasts are included in the tariff. If you’re after a more youthful party scene, this probably isn’t the place, but it’s ideal for a quieter, more leisurely stay in a peerless location.

This is an updated rewrite of an article by Taly Sharon.

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