Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv: A Complete Review

Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is an excellent place to stay when visiting the most fun city in Israel.

Abraham Hostel is a friendly hostel, suitable for solo travelers, couples, groups of friends and families thanks to its big variety of accommodation and facilities. Located in the heart of town, it offers a wide variety of services that will make your trip to Israel a memorable one.

In this post, I will explain everything you should know about Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv, so that you can make an informed decision when booking.

Reception at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
The reception at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv

What To Know Before Booking Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv

Location

Abraham Hostel is nicely located in the heart of Tel Aviv, in Levontin St.. It is a few steps away from Rothschild Boulevard, a street full of shops, cafés and restaurant and one of the main streets of Tel Aviv. From there, you can quickly get to Neve Tzedek, one of Tel Aviv’s nicest neighborhoods, and to the seafront, from where you can get to Old Jaffa in 30 minutes.

If you like the idea of using Tel Aviv bike lane, just walk to Rothschild Boulevard, where you will find lots of city bikes for rent. Alternatively, ask the hostel.

How to get to Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv from the airport

By Train

If you arrive in Israel by plane you can take the direct train from the airport, it’s only one stop. It will leave you at HaHagana Train Station. From there, you have three options:

  • Taxi – the most expensive, fastest but easiest way if you are carrying heavy luggage;
  • Walking – it takes around 20 minutes;
  • Bus.

By Bus

Alternatively, from the airport you can take bus 445. You will need to get off at HaRakevet / Begin road.

Please keep in mind that from about one hour before sunset on Fridays until about one hour after sunset on Saturdays (Shabbat) there’s no public transportation in Israel. If you arrive in Israel during Shabbat, you can book a shuttle bus (pretty much a shared taxi) via Abraham Tours website.

Double Room Economy Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
An economy room – it’s plain, but clean and cozy

Accommodation at Abraham Hostel 

Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv has both private and shared accommodation.

Private rooms

There are four kinds of private rooms:

ECONOMY ROOMS – Usually quite big, around 22 square meters, with a private bathroom, a fridge, air conditioning and Wi-Fi connection. You will also find a small closet and a desk with a chair. They fit up to two guests.

SUPERIOR ROOMS – Slightly bigger and with all the perks of economy rooms but in addition they also have a TV and a queen size double bed and a sitting area. They fit up to three guests.

FAMILY ROOMS – For up to 5 guests, they are perfect for a family or a group of friends. They usually have a double bed, a bunk bed and a crib (upon request). They rest is pretty much the same as in the economy rooms.

JUNIOR SUITES – They feature a sleeping room with a double bed and a sitting room with an additional sofa bed. They have a TV and a small kitchen with a sink, a fridge, a microwave and a small stove.

Private rooms are only cleaned upon request.

Pets are allowed in the hostel, in common areas and in private rooms. If you are traveling with a pet, let the staff know in advance!

Dorms

The hostel has 4, 6, 10 or 12 beds dorms. They can be mixed or male and females only. Dorms have bunk beds, an ensuite bathroom with toilet, sink and shower; air conditioning; free towels, sheets and lockers. They are cleaned daily.

The prices of rooms reported on the hostel website vary depending on availability and season.

Dining room and bar
The lounge area

The kitchen

The massive kitchen is available for guests use 24/7. There are fridges, pots, pans, utensils and all you need to prepare a meal. There’s also a pantry where you can leave food you didn’t eat during your stay.

The dining room is decorated with colorful paintings on the walls. It’s a nice place to hang out, meat other travelers, and simply relax while having a meal.

Breakfast

Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is served buffet style. It includes different types of cereals, vegetables, fruits, cream cheese, bread (that you can toast), jam, butter, salami or ham, occasionally hard boiled eggs and a selection of drinks such as juices, cappuccino, tea, coffee and milk.

All guests are requested to wash their dishes after breakfast. This is done to help the hostel run smoothly, since it is a really huge place and there are many guests. Unfortunately some people don’t seem to be too concerned with hygiene and they don’t care to properly wash their dishes. Don’t be that person: be considerate to other guests and their health, so what your dishes properly.

Other food

Every Friday the hostel organizes a Shabbat dinner. Traditionally, Israelis go home to their families during Shabbat, but if you are traveling you may still like to experience what it is about.

Shabbat dinners at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv cost 50 NIS (around $15 USD) and are cooked home style. They include a soup, salad, a main course (there are vegetarian options), side dishes (vegetables) and a dessert, as well as drinks. The atmosphere during the meal is lovely. Make sure to sign up for dinner at reception a least 12 hours before.

Wednesdays are Indian food nights! Indian chef Lahave Silliman cooks traditional dishes from 7:00 pm onwards.

Last but not least, Abraham organizes Israeli cooking classes every Saturday and Sunday for 75 NIS (around $23.50 USD). You can book yours here.

Bar at Abraham
Don’t you find the bar at Abraham so cool?

Social Spaces

The Bar

The bar is located on the first floor. It is open every day from 6:00 pm until late and the atmosphere is friendly and easygoing. It’s a great place to relax after a busy day in Tel Aviv. There are stools, hammocks and armchairs where you can enjoy your drink while having a chat. There also is a pool and a fussball table.

Make sure to claim your welcome drink!

The porch and the terrace

The rooftop is located on the third floor. On sunny days it’s a great place to relax, have a drink and soak in the sun.

Right by the entrance, a porch is where guests hang out while they wait for their tour to depart or for friends to arrive. That’s also where Sarah, one of the in-house cats, hangs out.

The Reception Area

Located at the entrance, you will find the receptionist desk and a big hall with chairs and tables where you can hang out, wait for friends, check out the map of town or wait for your turn at the Traveler Center.

The TV room

The TV room is big and equipped with sofas and a huge television. If you don’t want to miss your favorite TV series or want catch up with the news, that’s your spot. It’s actually a nice place to hang out, even if you don’t care to watch TV.

Events

In fun Abraham Hostel trusts – that’s the hostel motto. The hostel organizes events to keep guests and locals entertained every day of the week.

On Sundays there’s an open jam session; on Mondays you can taste 10 different types of Israeli craft beer for 80 NIS; Tuesdays are cinema days with personal headphones (36 NIS); Wednesdays are for art and wine (100 NIS), on Thursdays there are local musician and deejays. Fridays are all about the Shabbat dinner. 

The hostel also organizes a pub crawl every night, for just 50 NIS (less than $15 USD). You can book it here.

For more conscious travelers, there is a daily yoga session. 

Keep an eye out for special events.

The view from the terrace abraham hostel tel aviv
The view from the terrace

Services to visitors

Laundry

You can travel light if staying at Abraham. Right where the terrace is located you will find washing machines, dryers and irons. 

Tours

Next to the reception desk you will find a very useful Travel Center where you can book your daily tours across the region, including the West Bank, and get any other information you may need.

Shuttle bus

Shuttle buses are a quick and easy way to get to the hostel, especially during Shabbat.  

The shuttle doesn’t leave the airport until full so you may have to wait up to an hour. The bus is supposed to run every hour since the arrival of the first guest but I’m not quite sure this rule is respected.

Luggage storage and lockers

There’s a luggage room where you can leave your staff in case you arrive earlier than the check-in time or if you leave later than the check-out time. The luggage room is open to all guests so make sure to lock your staff or use the lockers for to store away any valuables.

Further Readings 

Make sure to read my other posts about Israel and the West Bank:

This post was written by My Adventures Across The World contributor Elisabetta Tavani.

Legal Disclaimer: Elisabetta was a guest of Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv during her stay in Tel Aviv. She wishes to thank them for their hospitality. The views expressed in this post remain hers without any bias.

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