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Hostels for Israel trip

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Hostels for Israel trip

Dear friends,

I am working with an Israeli tutor to get my Hebrew up to speed for my October trip. She's terrific! Her Catholic fiancé is traveling to Israel for the first time in a couple of weeks (arriving on Erev Simhat Torah), and he is planning on a visit of about that length. He needs to save money so is looking for hostels that might run about US $30 per night or so.

I would guess he'll be staying a couple of nights in Tel Aviv, maybe 2-3 nights in the north, and the rest of the time in Jerusalem. He'd like a small place in interesting neighborhoods, if possible. Obviously, with that price range, can't be too picky.

I've never used the hostels, but several of you have recommended some. Any recommendations? I'm trying to help them out, and would appreciate your recommendations as soon as possible.

Thanks, all!

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1. Re: Hostels for Israel trip

I recommend the Youth hostels at iyha.org.il. Some are more expensive than that, but maybe a student card or some other membership system it can get the price down to the budget. Beith Shmuel is certainly more expensive, especially during the holidays. Look at the places SuzPom recommends in the Old City - not the best of location transportation wise but cheap. Womanatthewell stayed in Kikar Zion and she found it noisy - which it usually is.

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2. Re: Hostels for Israel trip

If he's in J'lem for a week or so it might also be worth trying to find a sublet on Flathunting: http://www.flathunting.com/

Of course the other route is the infamous Israeli networking/protectzia - surely the ex-roommate of the cousin of someone his fiancee served with in the army (for example) has a room to spare... This is a perfectly normal way of making practical arrangements in Israel - and as long as there is some kind of connection you can usually come up with something. Perhaps she can give him a hand with this.

אז, איך העברית שלך? אני שמחה לשמוע שיש לך מספיק כח ללמוד ולהשתפר!

שנה טובה,


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3. Re: Hostels for Israel trip

I also recommend the Israel Youth Hostel Association at the link Anon gave.

Since he's Catholic, he might have a look at the hotel at

Notre Dame - http://www.notredamecenter.org/

index.phtml - which is located just across

the street from New Gate. They show rates for full board,

half-board and B&B.

Also - Casa Nova - http://www.custodia.org/casanovaj/

index_eng.htm - is the Franciscan guest

house in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, telephone

972-2-6271441 (from abroad) and their email address is:


In Tel Aviv-Yafo, I suggest Beit Immanuel - http://www.beitimmanuel.org/index.html - which is

Anglican and located within easy walking distance to Old Yafo.

Here's a link to Christian Guest Houses & hostels all over Israel:

Hope that helps!

suzanne pomeranz, jerusalem, israel

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4. Re: Hostels for Israel trip

Their is also a hostel called Beit Gesher (phone: 972 2 6241015) located near the YMCA and King David Hotel. I stayed there in high school and it was clean, well maintained and if I remember correctly had a private bathroom in each room.

I would recommend (at all costs) staying away from the hostel that either is (or was) located above the Jersualem Underground bar/club on Ben Yehuda Street (if either is still there). I stayed there in college and it was awful.

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