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I can think of so many reasons to spend a few days in Tel Aviv. This metropolitan city is bustling with life where you can relax on the beach, go shopping for local designers and international brands, visit Old Jaffa for a bit of history, indulge in Israeli cuisine with a modern twist and party like nowhere else, 7 days a week.
While Tel Aviv is the most modern, liberal city of the country it is also one of the most expensive. Therefore choosing the right accommodation for your stay might be a bit of a struggle.
Location wise I would suggest Old Jaffa; somewhere near Rothshild Boulevard where you find many clubs, bars and restaurants; or close to the beach.
Luxury: Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Looking for something special for your stay in Tel Aviv? The Royal Beach Hotel, which is part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, might be just the right place for you. The location is perfect: just opposite the beach and close to the cities hot spots and sights.
What really has sparked my interest in first place was their gorgeous swimming pool and sun deck – a real highlight.
The entire hotel is held in a very modern design, which we liked since we first set foot in the lobby.
For two nights we stayed in one of their Bellavista Rooms. On our arrival we had some complimentary water, cookies and fruit waiting for us. As it was my birthday the following day the hotel also left me a note and a small present.
The rooms are like the rest of the hotel in a modern and elegant design and was equipped with a queen-size bed, flatscreen TV, mini bar and a luxurious bathroom with rain shower.
Most rooms have their own balconies, allowing you to sit outside and enjoy the view over the beach promenade and the Mediterranean Sea.
During your stay make sure to pay the swimming pool and spa area a visit. Covering a surface of 2000 square meters it is the perfect playground to unwind, go for a swim, sun bath and relax. Here you will also find the gym equipped with the latest in fitness technology.
At their West Side restaurant by the sea side you can enjoy a contemporary Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine in a setting that has been inspired by those chic New York eateries. The restaurant is also named as one of the top kosher restaurants in the city. For us it was the first time trying Israeli cuisine and we loved how fresh and full of flavor everything was.
A lavish breakfast buffet is also served here and I was looking forward to it every morning. The buffet offers a lot of choice, delicious salads, fresh fruit, warm dishes, pastries etc., eggs any style and hot drinks got brought to the table. Since it is kosher you will find no meat products, just fish.
I loved the fact that there were a lot of Israeli dishes that I haven’t tried before, like Shashuka, Israeli sweets and other delicious things.
As we were celebrating my birthday in Tel Aviv we were looking for something special, a real treat and found all that in the Royal Beach Tel Aviv.
Find out more: http://www.isrotelexclusivecollection.com/royal_beach_tlv/
Mid-Range: Getting an apartment for your stay
I love having my own place when staying in a city. It really makes me feel like I am a local at the destination that visit. The perks of renting an apartment for your trip: it is usually much cheaper than a hotel, you get the chance to explore a local neighborhood and make new friends, you can do your groceries and since the place usually has a kitchen- prepare your own food and safe money on eating out. I could go on like this for hours, but I think you get my point
On sites like Airbnb you can choose from a large variety of places that can be found all over Tel Aviv. I had a browse through the website and you can find everything from a cozy room close to the beach, to a private apartment in a trendy neighborhood.
Prices start from 28$ a night.
Budget: Enjoying the hostel life at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
A lot of people I know have prejudices against hostels. Maybe they still have some distant memory of a sleeping in a bunk bed on a school trip. What is also a big misbelief is that hostels are only for broke backpackers on their gap year. I have met people of all ages in hostels, even families or pensioners.
I think nowadays hostels are way better than their reputation. They are very safe, modern and provide travelers with everything they need (a comfortable bed, free WiFi, a lot of information, organized tours, cold and cheap beers 😉 ). Especially when traveling solo, hostels are my accommodation of choice as I love to meet like-minded people and really appreciate things like a kitchen or the option to do my own washing when on the road. See the hostel life ain’t too bad. And if you can’t stand the fact that you have to share a room with other people, their is always the option to get a private room at a fraction of a price than a hotel room.
If you are traveling on a budget and looking for a hostel in Tel Aviv or Israel in general, I can warmly recommend Abraham Hostels to you. There is an Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Nazareth. All can be found in a central location and the price includes free breakfast, free internet, a 24/7 reception and what I really loved is that they organize a lot of different tours and events.
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is not far from Rothschild Boulevard, so you will have many bars, cafés and restaurants just in front of your door step. At night this is also a great area to go out.
Find out more: https://abrahamhostels.com/tel-aviv/
Have you been in Tel Aviv before? If you can recommend a place to stay please share in a comment below.