Sad, but true.
But not the most expensive.
And there are still great bargains to be had.
It is important to remember they are comparing average prices. Average means half are more and half are less. No one should construe this as you can't find a less expensive option, BUT Israel is not a cheap travel destination.
Not half more/half less expensive, that would be "median". But sorry for being pedantic.
Don't stay in a hotel! try B and B's or apartments - far cheaper and often better located!
If looking for alternative accommodation then the airbnb website is fantastic.
Yes yummy, technically that is median--but I wasn't teaching a Math class, I was talking practicalities.
Whether median or average, Israeli hotels are too expensive, in absolute terms and for what they give (as a generalization, of course).
Some of our friends abroad should consider introducing a Premier Inn type chain here. It would be a massive service for visitors, domestic tourists, and the Israeli tourism industry.
I agree, PRSV. Everyone on this forum who knows me knows of my loyalty to the country and that I am no Israel-basher. I am coming in two weeks and again next May and I hope every year after that.
But love and loyalty do not mean denying reality. The prices of hotels in Israel are for the most part ridiculously high for what you get. Yes, there are more reasonable options -- but far too few.
And.....to add my own .02 to the discussion....I often wonder...."WHY?" Why are hotels so expensive here (and, of course in other places as well)....when compared to, of course, USA (since I am American and most all of my travel is within the USA borders).......................??
Curt and I spent almost a week in Ft. Walton Beach, FL a year ago when I was in the recording studio for a few days and had a really, really wonderful, large room with king bed with pillow top mattress....plenty of space, desk, big TV and so on and so forth (full breakfast included)....for $100 a night. The cheapest hotel we stayed in on this Israel trip was $183 a night and was adequate.....I would stay there again ....but, old and "tired" and so on (and no breakfast buffet at this one...just a menu with a limited selection for their guests "free" breakfast.....).....why does it cost 3 to 4 X as much for Israeli hotels?
Yes, I have learned to compensate on these trips during the Jerusalem portion by renting an apartment.............but, I will admit a hotel where somebody "takes care of you" is quite nice. *grin*
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