Thanks for writing and following the journey, Curtis! I am pretty sure you’re going to love your visit in Tel Aviv – it’s one of my favorite cities in the world and I lived there for a year!
Before you choose where to stay in Tel Aviv, let’s discuss how the accommodations in this city are like. They’re pretty decent but some can be really small. Hostels are super basic (there are only a few in Tel Aviv) but they are quite decent. The hostel industry in Tel Aviv is just slowly booming so you will find less than 10 hostels in the city.
As your friends have told you, Tel Aviv is a really expensive city so I suggest if you are traveling by yourself, just get a bed in a dorm. The starting price for this accommodation in Tel Aviv starts at $14 USD (not shitty, I promise!).
If you’re looking for something more private and luxurious, you can check the list below where I rank the best hotels in Tel Aviv.
Good luck in finding accommodation and I hope you’ll enjoy Tel Aviv as much as I did!
For the backpackers/budget travelers
#5 – Pepo Hostel Tel Aviv
Pepo Hostel Tel Aviv is one of the up and coming hostels in the city. It’s only 400+ meters to the beach and super close to the famous Carmel Market (about 90 meters). This area is really good for backpackers who want to know the real Tel Avivian lifestyle.
#4 – Overstay Jaffa Backpackers Hostel
A little far from the center, I am very biased to Jaffa because I lived here. The vibe here is pretty cool and Overstay Jaffa Backpackers Hostel will definitely heighten that vibe. You will easily make friends in this hostel as their staff is very friendly – the guests are infected with that vibe!
#3 – Little Tel Aviv Hostel
From the white sheets to the very minimal design, everything in Little Tel Aviv is super clean! I saw the staff cleaning all the time – it’s definitely perfect for travelers who are a bit freaky with dirty places! This hostel is also great for meeting people as there is a garden, a common area for all the guests to drink beer or be on their phones. 😉
#2 – Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
Abraham Hostel is my ultimate favorite, not just in Tel Aviv but all over Israel! I stayed in their Jerusalem hostel a lot of times and in Tel Aviv once. It’s a really big hostel with so much amenities – you will not be bored being inside this hostel! I found it very hard to interact because of the hostel’s size so I did not make a lot of friends when I stayed here. Anyway, you’ll manage!
#1 – Florentin Backpackers
I only stayed here twice and this was during my first weeks in Tel Aviv. I really love this small hostel because everyone is always doing things together! There is only one common area where you will get to interact with other people. All the guests, together with a volunteer goes out every night to do something! I met most of my friends in Israel in this hostel – I’m even friends with the staff until now!
For the mid-range travelers (more like boutique hotels)
#5 – A23 Boutique Hotel Tel Aviv
A23’s location, Arlozorov is not my area but pretty decent. It is right in the city center of Tel Aviv and is near the beach. This hotel has a super friendly staff that maintains the cleanliness of the hotel. This place is always sparkling clean!
A23 is close to many landmarks like the Tayelet (1.25 km), Old Tel Aviv Port Area (1.34 km), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1.58 km), Tel Aviv Beach (1.76 km) and Sarona Market (2.04 km).
#4 – Ultra Tel Aviv Boutique Hotel
Now if you are one of those vacationers who love to take their time in the morning and eat breakfast, this hotel is for you! Ultra Tel Aviv serves a very tasty (and generous) breakfast! The location is pretty neat as its a few minutes walk to the beach. The staff is super friendly and this hotel is clean all the time!
#3 – The Diaghilev Live Art Boutique Hotel
If you are a fan of music and arts, Tel Aviv is no stranger to these departments. There are many places to go for live music and art installations but at the Diaghilev Boutique Hotel, live music is always present! You will notice it with the interior design of the place – this hotel really screams art!
#2 – Florentin House
Nested in one of my favorite areas (out of 2), Florentin House is a good score for me because it looks like the other boutique hotels but cheaper. For the same service, you can get a private room in this hotel for $140 USD (for 2 pax). The rooms also have a balcony so it makes the place feel spacious.
#1 – Cucu Boutique Hotel
I love them, I love them, I loveeee theeemmmm!!!! The staff at Cucu Hostel is pretty young so I really got along with them very well. The room I got is pretty small but is enough for one person. My couple friends stayed here with me (in another room, of course!) and they said it was a comfortable space even for two. Cucu Hotel’s location is right in the heart of Tel Aviv so you’re near everything, including the shopping malls!
For the luxury travelers
#5 – The Norman Tel Aviv
The Norman Tel Aviv’s rooms are pretty much like the others but if you are looking for a rooftop pool, then this is your best bet! They also have the best food selection and quite a number of restaurants inside The Norman.
#4 – Melody Hotel
The Melody Hotel has a super modern design and trendy look. I love the interior so much I even asked them where they bought the pieces of furniture! Hayarkon Street, where the Melody Hotel is located, is the street closest to the beach. It’s just a 3-minute walk! This hotel has a rooftop terrace where you can see the city of Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Sea. Free drinks and appetizers are offered to guests from 17:00 – 19:00 every day!
#3 – The Poli House
I would probably tag the Poli House as best in location because it’s right next to my two favorite hangouts: Carmel Market and The Prince! The Poli House has very small spaces but it did not bother me. I think it’s pretty much okay for one to two persons. I didn’t spend a lot of time in the room anyway – I was always at their gorgeous rooftop pool!
#2 – Cinema Hotel
Can you believe I lived here for a week? It was my birthday in 2016 and I couldn’t find an apartment yet. While I was on the hunt, I stayed at the Cinema Hotel and it felt like my own house! Everyone took care of me very well. And I super loved my room!
The Cinema Hotel is an authentic Bauhaus building dating back to 1930s. It really was a movie theatre in the past called Esther Cinema. They did not remove most of the memorabilia from the cinema so guests can immerse in the unique cinema atmosphere. There are movie screenings, too!
#1 – Fabric Hotel
And now, for my top pick in luxury hotels in Tel Aviv: The Fabric Hotel. I put it on number one not just because of my 5-star experience with their lovely staff but because I am so obsessed with how this hotel was designed. But the best thing about Fabric? It’s located in my favorite street!
Have you been to Israel? What are the best hotels in Tel Aviv?
Where did you stay? What hotel will you recommend? Leave your thoughts and recommendations in the comment box below – let’s help other travelers find the best accommodation in Tel Aviv!