1. Planning our vacation in Israel, we chose Tel Aviv for accommodation because of the relatively inexpensive accommodation and transport accessibility to the main attractions.
This hostel is more suitable to stay for 1-2 nights.
The building itself looks unassuming, but it is close to the necessary facilities. In the photo you can see that the building itself has a currency exchange.
When choosing a place to stay in Tel Aviv, my girlfriend and I were looking for something inexpensive. The main criteria were: the availability of public transportation, a private room with amenities, the availability of grocery stores and we would like to have a place near the hotel, where we can just walk leisurely. At the time, this hostel was the only one that met our requirements.
There is an AM:PM supermarket next door, which is open even on the Sabbath.
The beach is a five-minute walk away.
And, of course, the waterfront, which has many restaurants and eateries, including McDonald’s.
Across the street are several tourist offices where we bought excursions.
There are also several bike rentals within walking distance, but unfortunately, none of them, worked on the Sabbath.
We had a private double room with a private bathroom. Our room was on the third floor, with a window facing the wall of the house next door. The room was very small and we had to squeeze through the furniture. We had nowhere to put our suitcases.
It was difficult to drag the suitcases up the narrow, steep stairs.
On Bookings it said (my impressions from using Booking.com) : “Room with two separate beds or one large bed.” We indicated that we preferred two different ones, but, meeting this point was not guaranteed and we got one anyway. More like a twin bed. Spouses would have been fine, but with a girlfriend on such a small one was not very comfortable. In addition to the bed there was a large desk with a mirror. Some other small items of furniture.
The refrigerator was shared in the dining room on the first floor. We had a big fan under the ceiling instead of an air conditioner. I do not know how it cools in summer. We were at the beginning of November, so we were not fried and did not freeze. But if you are going to Israel in the wet winter, this room, I think, is not an option, because without heating with air conditioning would not be comfortable. In the hostel there are more expensive rooms that have this miracle of civilization.
I did not like the linen: old and laundered.
Downstairs there is a dining room and a large cozy lounge where you can socialize.
The staff is friendly, but if you, like me, do not speak English, you will probably be understood, but not every receptionist.
The breakfast included was scones with various toppings and a choice of coffee or tea. The buns were large and tasted wonderful! We had enough as breakfast. You can order an Israeli breakfast for an additional fee, we didn’t try it.
There were no problems with water.
Despite all these shortcomings, the main advantage of the hostel is its location. A minute walk to the bus stop, where you can get to the train (and from there by train to Ben Gurion Airport, Haifa, etc.) and bus station (from which you can travel to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea on a budget).
We walked to the main attraction in Tel Aviv – the old city of Jaffa.
2. A big plus is the location! Close to everything you need. There is an exchange office in the same building, a convenience store. The bus stop nearby, the bar. The market is a 10-minute walk to the beach. If you want to save money on all sorts of trips to Jerusalem, for example, or visit interesting places and activities in Tel Aviv, then contact Helena at the reception! She will tell you everything in the smallest detail! Helped me save money))) And if you go for an American visa, like me, it will take you 3 minutes on foot to get to the embassy. Was there in December and it was chilly in the room at night.
3. Wonderful place for a budget vacation. Very nice staff. Included in the overall price is a free breakfast. Great location, right in the center of Tel Aviv.