Fun, young, lively and hip, Tel Aviv is probably the top backpacker city in the Middle East.
From cute cafes, great galleries, hummus bars and of course the Mediterranean beach on its doorstep, this is a city that likes to play hard and work hard in equal measure.
It’s not surprising then that it’s such a hit with budget wanderers and, as such, competition for the best Tel Aviv hostel is stiff.
But I think I’ve found just answer…
Introducing the number 1 Tel Aviv Hostel… Abraham!
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The First and The Best
Yes there’s more than one reason, I’ve voted Abraham as the number 1 hostel in Tel Aviv.
Not only is this backpackers tip top when it comes to facilities and atmosphere, but it’s also the city’s first hostel and therefore is quite literally the number one in Tel Aviv!
Yes sometimes the oldies really are the best and this great backpackers is no exception.
Clean, modern and with a funky industrial aesthetic however, Abraham Hostel definitely looks anything but old.
Indeed with the great organisation and professionalism throughout the place, as well as pretty much everything a backpacker could need inhouse, it’s easy to tell these guys know exactly what they are doing when it comes to running a Tel Aviv hostel!
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And it really is just as well they know what they are doing because this place is seriously huge!
Yes, it’s like the mother of all hostels, and the warren of rooms and corridors and the amount of people moving in and out, means you’ve got to have a well-oiled system in place to avoid complete chaos.
And so they do.
Avoid it I mean.
With everything very clearly explained during check-in, through to tons of useful signs, clear instructions, free maps and loads of information, these guys are seriously on it when it comes to keeping travellers happy and enjoying the best of Tel Aviv.
Being such a large hostel, there’s also plenty of atmosphere here, with a great vibe on tap and a daily programme of events that makes it easy to meet other travellers.
Also, in true Tel Aviv style, the rooftop terrace here is an epic spot, with great views over the city and a top place to chill and socialise.
There’s also a happening bar downstairs, which makes for a super place to start your Tel Aviv night out, especially as the hostel is just a hop, skip and a jump from tons of bars and restaurants.
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So with tons of nightlife around you, it’s hard to deny Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv occupies a great spot.
To be honest, some of my best time in this city was just wandering the nearby streets, snapping the funky graffiti, checking out the cool shops and eating my body weight in hummus on a daily basis!
The main street in the city – Rothschild Street – is just minutes from this top Tel Aviv hostel and there’s regular bus connections to both Old Jaffa and the beach from right outside too.
The hostel also gives out free maps, which clearly mark all the best spots around, as well as the bus numbers you need and there’s loads of deals they’ve created with local eateries and bars for exclusive backpacker offers.
What did I tell you?
The number 1 Tel Aviv hostel for sure!
Number 1 Facilities
And exclusive discounts are just the start of the facilities Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv makes available to its guests.
There’s also free breakfasts – delicious – an awesome guest kitchen, free tea / coffee, super fast free wifi and a great travel centre that can easily arrange a whole heap of tours for you in and around Israel.
I actually took their Bethlehem tour and found it a brilliant budget and safe option for my first foray into the West Bank.
Plus, with 2 other hostels in Israel, stay at any Abraham hostel in the country and you can receive 10% off your accommodation at any of their sister properties.
Or, return to an Abraham hostel on another trip to Israel and can receive 5% discount – gotta love those deals!
But the thing I probably like most about Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv was how spacious the place was.
Yes despite being massive, with hundreds of people there, this place never felt crowded or overpacked.
There’s tons of communal areas, from outside spaces to cosy nooks and TV rooms, so you can pick and choose where to hang out.
My private room was also massive with a really comfy double bed, ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, fan, full-length mirror, desk (ideal for digital nomads!) and best of all, a fridge!
Yes the ideal way to keep your beers cold and your food away from communal sticky fingers, I loved having my own fridge in my room and found it ideal for storing my multiple tubs of hummus!
The simple, modern décor of this Tel Aviv hostel also made everything feel very clean and the stripped back raw, urban aesthetic perfectly complimented the central city location.
And despite being in heart of the city, Abraham Hostel also felt very safe with 24hr reception and a lockable front gate.
While the late check-in time of 3pm is slightly annoying here, you soon reap the benefits on your day of departure, because check-out then isn’t until 12pm!
And even when you’ve checked-out, there’s free luggage storage if you want to leave your stuff and hit the beach for one last day.
I definitely felt sad to leave this amazing Tel Aviv hostel, not only because there’s so much to do in this city, but also because the lively atmosphere here was so welcoming.
But don’t worry, I’ll definitely be returning and next time, it will be for a week!
I suggest you do the same!