Where to stay in Jerusalem?

Hostels in Jerusalem:

Abraham Hostel

The best Hostel in Jerusalem and one of the first modern backpacker's hostels in Israel. It was so successful,  it became a chain with Hostels in TLV and Nazareth.

It has a big lounge with Pool table, foosball and a bar which is one of the cheapest in Jerusalem. There is a big chilling area on the roof which is really awesome for summer days.
What is special about this place is that also locals are coming to hang in the bar and the lounge, it gives you great opportunity to meet some of the locals.

The Hostel is located in a great location. It's close to the Machne Yehuda market and a big supermarket which means you can get fresh fruits and vegetables for your meals if you are planning to cook something in the big organized kitchen of the Hostel. If you are too lazy to cook it means you can just go eat at the market.

The Post-Hostel

A modern well designed backpackers hostel.

  • Located 5 min walk from the old city.
  • good facilities, big lounge, and bar.
  • 5 min walk from the nightlife area.
  • closer to the Arab markets outside of the old city than Machne Yehuda market.
  • lacking the cool Abraham hostel roof and shuttle options between cities.

Citadel Youth Hostel

A small hostel located in an old building inside the old city. It has a unique atmosphere and structure and by staying there you will feel how it's actually to live in the old city. If you are on a tight budget they offer you a mattress on the roof for really cheap. 
The roof itself has an amazing view over the old city and gives you the feeling you are on assassin creed.

 

In case you are looking for something more luxurious, search here:

 

 

Couchsurfing in Jerusalem:

Couchsurfing is not quite popular in Jerusalem. it's not Tel Aviv and most of your host will be students and young people. during the holidays and students exams, it will be harder to find a host.

Camping in Jerusalem:

There are no campsites in Jerusalem.
but... there are a lot of forests and Wild areas. if you have a sleeping bag and a tent and you can find a hidden spot...

  • Lifta- good chance that already some people live there
  • Jerusalem forest- the forest area around mount Herzl
  • Valley of the Cross

 

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