The Best Hostels in Tel Aviv, Israel

Hostels are an excellent place to meet like-minded travellers
Hostels are an excellent place to meet like-minded travellers | Courtesy of Florentin House / Expedia
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8 February 2021

Travellers visiting the opulent city of Tel Aviv don’t need to worry about spending all their money on expensive hotel rooms, the ‘Nonstop City’ has a plethora of affordable hostel options from which to choose. From rooms set in charming old buildings to beachfront properties with spectacular views of the sea, visitors are spoilt for choice in their search for the best hostels in Tel Aviv.

Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv

Hostel, Hotel, Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.4/5 (409 Reviews)
Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel. | Courtesy of Abraham Hostel /

The owners had already established their hip hostel credentials with the Abraham Jerusalem, which is all-but legendary in hostel circles. Their Tel Aviv counterpart has the same great atmosphere and boasts 380 beds (both mixed and single-sex options are available) – the largest hostel in the city. Although it’s located in the city centre and is close to Tel Aviv’s key nightspots, the Abraham Hostel hosts many of its own events, including live music with the occasional dancing, pub quizzes and a Shabbat dinner every Saturday. Murals of biblical figures, especially the one after whom the hostel is presumably named, adorn the walls of common areas, and swinging chairs and hammocks make up its clean, modern look. Guests congregate on the rooftop where there’s a bar and a good mix of both young and old. A full Israeli breakfast is included in the price, and there’s a shared kitchen for those staying indoors.

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Free Wifi
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Overstay Hostel TLV, Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Overstay Hostel TLV, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Overstay Hostel TLV, Tel Aviv-Yafo | Courtesy of Overstay Hostel TLV /

Overstay is an art-forward hostel, run by creative owners and their equally creative staff, many of whom are volunteers from abroad, and often create some of the art installations on display. The hostel, furnished in finds from friends’ houses and giveaways, provides just the basics to keep costs as low as possible. For instance, towels and locks are available to rent. It’s a fun stay with great experiential events, such as tahini-making workshops on the roof, giving guests plenty to do.

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  • Florentine Backpacker's Hostel

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    Florentine Backpacker's Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel.
    Florentine Backpacker's Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel. | Courtesy of Florentine Backpacker's Hostel /

    How about sharing drinks with a new friend on the rooftop of a hostel in Tel Aviv’s ultimate scruffy, hip neighbourhood? Florentine Backpackers is named after the neighbourhood that is Tel Aviv’s answer to Bushwick, a one-time furniture-manufacturing enclave where today aromas from market spices, espresso from third-wave coffee houses, baking from patisseries and weed waft together in the air. Florentine Backpackers channels the neighbourhood vibe where an international crowd has breakfast in the morning or late-night drinks on the hostel rooftop space. They might stay there, whiling away the day on a hammock, or they might go out to explore Florentine together. There is a variety of sleeping options on the hostel’s three floors, where walls are filled with postcards of Israel’s scenes, from private rooms with a double bed and a private room with two singles to various dorm configurations.

    Little Tel Aviv Hostel

    Hostel, Independent Hotel
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    Little Tel Aviv Hostel
    Little Tel Aviv Hostel | Courtesy of Little Tel Aviv Hostel /

    Little Tel Aviv Hostel is located just five minutes away from famous HaCarmel market and near the pivotal Rothschild Boulevard, where people can be found leisurely strolling down the leafy promenade, or sitting on a bench while sipping a fresh-squeezed juice from a nearby vendor. The hostel has 58 beds divided into four- and six-bed dorms (mixed and single-sex), and private rooms with twin beds and economy twin beds. Linens, toiletries and free Wi-Fi (even in the rooms) are provided. Each month, the walls in the common rooms are offered to different artists to hang their work on. The hostel owners organise great experiential tours, including a pub crawl on Thursdays and Sundays, and vegan food tours. An on-site restaurant offers a 20% food and beverage discount to guests. The hostel’s best feature might be its open-air shared space with a charming garden.

    Lior Kantor and Aimee

    This article is an updated version of a story created by Lior Kantor.

    These recommendations were updated on February 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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