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Where to stay in Israel (2021)

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Once you’ve figured out your Israel itinerary (this is the easiest way to do it!) it’s important that you book your accommodations quickly – the good places do book up since Israel is such a popular tourist destination. This guide will show you where to stay in Israel to access the best places. We have options for every budget and type of traveler.

Two great platforms for finding the best places to stay in Israel are booking.com and VRBO.

Best places to stay in Tel Aviv

We recommend staying at one of the many hotels or Airbnbs near the beach in Tel Aviv. You’ll be close to all the sites but also have great access to the sea for strolling or swimming!

Vacation rentals in Tel Aviv:

Beachfront apartment for 4

Seaview penthouse for 3

Aparthotel for 4 along the Tel Aviv promenade

Budget hotels in Tel Aviv:

Beachfront Hostel – Perfect for 1-2 travelers, great location, modern interior, nice rooftop terrace to watch sunset over the Mediterranean, includes breakfast and even beach towels!

Abraham Hostel – Probably the most famous place to stay in all of Tel Aviv! Located just past Rothschild Blvd. Abraham Hostel is more than just a place to stay – they offer amazing tours, community programs for guests and more. Breakfast included.

Rena’s House – Located near Rothschild Blvd, Neve Tzedek and Florentin in a pretty hip area, “aparthotel” studios have a kitchenette, breakfast included (except Shabbat)

Moderate hotels in Tel Aviv:

Sunshine Suites – **Our favorite place to stay in Tel Aviv**, fantastic location near beaches, restaurants and shopping, free parking, clean modern apartments with washer/dryer, perfect for families

Designer apartment by the beach – Another fantastic apartment in an ideal location close to everything, two bedrooms, washer/dryer, perfect for families

Artist Hotel – Convenient location on Ben Yehuda Street near the beach, newly renovated interior, great common spaces (lounge, library, fitness center), gorgeous breakfast and afternoon snacks included

Ruby – Unique renovated building near Rothschild Blvd, shared kitchen available, nice common areas for relaxing

Luxury hotels in Tel Aviv:

The Vera – New gorgeous boutique near trendy Neve Tzedek, breakfast/wine/coffee/tea are all included, free bikes to borrow

65 Hotel – Beautiful boutique hotel on Rothschild Blvd (the poshest street in Tel Aviv), fantastic breakfast, great city views from the roof deck

Hotel Montefiore – Chic hotel in a chic location between Rothschild and Nachalat Binyamin, known for its amazing breakfast

Market House – Possibly the most beautiful hotel interior in Tel Aviv, trendy Jaffa location, extensive gourmet breakfast, free bikes, quick walk to the beach, family rooms available

Renoma – Biggest rooms in Tel Aviv since they’re converted apartments (some have multiple bedrooms and kitchens, others are studios with kitchenettes), close to the beach, nicely updated

Use the interactive map to find vacation rentals and hotels in Tel Aviv


Best places to stay in Northern Israel

Northern Israel is a vast area and the mountainous terrain can make trips take longer than you might anticipate. We’ll separate our recommendations geographically rather than by price, as you’ll want to choose your location based on the activities you want to explore!

Where to stay in the Carmel area

Here are great places to stay if you want to visit sites like Caesarea, Haifa, Baha’i Gardens, Rosh Hanikra and Akko:

Eden Inn ($$) – Top pick for families thanks to spacious rooms, outdoor pool, expansive grounds and included breakfast

Hotel Beit Maimon ($$) – Lovely natural setting but just 10 minutes walk to Zikhron Ya’akov, hot tub, outdoor terrace, breakfast included

Elma Hotel and Arts Complex ($$$) – All the high end amenities and design you can imagine, many room sizes available, breakfast included

Dan Caesarea Resort ($$$) – One of the best resorts in Israel, luxurious rooms, beautiful grounds, outdoor activities including swimming and tennis, great breakfast included

Haifa itself can feel very crowded, which is why I’ve recommended hotels further south that will give you a little more breathing room.

Use the interactive map to find vacation rentals and hotels in Mount Carmel, Israel here

Where to stay in the Galilee area

Here are great places to stay if you want to visit the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Tzfat, the Golan Heights (including Banias waterfall) and more!

Lavender in the Mountains – **Our favorite place to stay in Israel, we’ll never stay anywhere else in the Galilee after our visit here, beautiful wooded setting on moshav Ramot Naftali, simple rooms but lovely shared open-air lounge, courtyard with swings, BBQs, breakfast included

Lavender House – If you need more space, this house is around the corner from Lavender in the Mountains and owned by the same family, also offers a pool with an incredible view

Use the interactive map to find vacation rentals and hotels in Galilee, Israel here

Best places to stay in Jerusalem

Most visitors choose to stay in the area to the west and southwest of the Old City. There are plenty of options to choose from! To help you decide, we’ve created this in-depth neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to where to stay in Jerusalem.

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Best vacation rentals in Jerusalem:

Modern vacation rental for 6 people

Lovely 2 bedroom with a balcony

Charming 1 bedroom apartment

Budget hotels in Jerusalem:

Abraham Hostel – Perfect for 1-2 travelers (private rooms available but expensive), fantastic tours available every day, convenient location near Machne Yehuda market, great community feeling, breakfast included

The “Goral” Stonehouse – Airbnb offers incredible pricing especially for off-peak dates, sleeps 4 people, close to Machne Yehuda market

Moderate hotels in Jerusalem:

Check In Jerusalem – Modern “aparthotel” on convenient and lively Jaffa Street in the middle of the action, washing machine, kitchenette, discounts for longer stays

Templer Inn – Suites of different sizes (some with kitchenette), beautiful location near the old train station in the German Colony, breakfast included

Family apartment in Talbiyeh – Perfectly set up for a family traveling with kids, including a lovely garden in a quiet area that’s still close to the action

Luxury hotels in Jerusalem:

Mamilla Hotel – Gorgeous newer hotel right near Jaffa gate, great restaurant Rooftop, indoor pool for hot days, attached to high-end Mamilla Mall

King David Hotel – Classic luxury, reasonably close to the Old City, German Colony and Jaffa Street, outdoor pool, fantastic views from the back patio

Orient Hotel – Brand new, family-friendly location in the German Colony across from the First Station, huge selection of restaurants nearby, beautiful interior, stunning rooftop pool and dining patio

Use the interactive map to find vacation rentals and hotels in Jerusalem here


Plan your trip to Israel

Money-saving travel resources:
Find the cheapest flights on Skyscanner
Book your discounted rental car on RentalCars.com

Check out these helpful articles to plan your upcoming trip to Israel:
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10+ must-read tips for renting a car in Israel
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Where to stay in Jerusalem
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Israel with kids: the complete guide
Visiting Jerusalem with kids
Visiting Tel Aviv with kids
Best day trips from Tel Aviv
Best day trips from Jerusalem
Your Israel itinerary for (more or less) 10 days

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