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Recommended Hotels

Where to stay is always a tricky question. You don’t come to Israel for the hotels, but you want your hotel to be a good value.  

The following list is based on my own personal experience, with links to the accumulated experience of contributors to Tripadvisor ().

Recommended Hotels in Jerusalem.

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As im most sites, In Jerusalem too, it’s all about “location location location”.

The city is large yet its tourist attractions are concentrated in the Old City   and the streets of Mamilla  and Ben Yehudah Street  .

Since sleeping in the Old City is not recommended, if you want to be within walking distance from everything, you would want to stay not too far from Jaffa Gate .

The most luxurious (and most expensive…) choices would be the David Citadel Hotel ( top 5) (F) and the King David Hotel ( top 20) (F Frommer's Exceptional) (F). Mamilla Boutique Hotel ( top 10) and the new Waldorf Astoria ( top 10are also good choices. Less expensive but still on King David Street is the Eldan hotel ().

There are a number of hotels that are all just beyond walking distance, but still not too far from the Old City.  These include the brand new Herbert Samuel Hotel  ( top 5),  the unique Notre Dame Guest house ( top 20),  Mt. Zion Hotel ( top 20(F),  Dan Boutique Hotel ( top 30), Prima Kings Hotel ()King Solomon Hotel (), Leonardo Plaza Hotel (), Eyal Hotel ( top 10),  Hillel 11 ( top 20). Another surprisingly nice accommodation experience is at the St. Andrew’s Guesthouse (). If you have a car you would also like the Dan Jerusalem Hotel (former Hyatt) ( top 30), on Mount Scopus, or Holiday Inn Crown Plaza ( top 30), near the parliament and the central bus station.

Within the Old City there is a charming and recommended B&B place called “The Lutheran Guest house” (#10)

Harmony Hotel  () and its sister hotel Arthur Hotel () are both in a good location, mext to Ben Yehudah Street  , but I had too many guests complaining the rooms are too small. Besides, their new policy to charge tour guides for morning coffee when meeting the tourists in the morning (unlike ALL the other hotels) shows perhaps a new attitude that is not very service oriented. Same for  Dan Panorama Hotel () and Inbal Hotel ().

Especially if a family, you might prefer to rent a flat. Such can be found on Home4trip.com; Tripadvisor’s list of  Vacation Rental (), , or upscale offers at VIP-Jerusalem.com


My personal best recommendation: Mamilla Boutique Hotel (), King David Hotel (), David Citadel Hotel (),and Mt. Zion Hotel ().

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Recommended Hotels in Tel-Aviv

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Tel-Aviv’s attractions are spread over a large area, so you will most likely use a taxi to get around. Most of the hotels are located on the beach strip, along Hayarkon Street and they are walking distance from the shore and many restaurants.  A cluster of small Boutique hotels can be found along Rothschild Boulevard .

The most luxurious hotel in Tel-Aviv (in my opinion) is the David Intercontinental Hotel ( top 20(F), although to access the beach you have to cross a busy street. Same for the bran new Royal Beach luxury hotel ( top 20). The Hilton Hotel ( top 30) has a beach that is almost private, but the 40 year-old building could use some remodeling. The same can be said about other hotels along Hayarkon street, such as the Dan Tel-Aviv Hotel ( top 10)Dan Panorama ()Renaissance (), and Prima Tel-Aviv Hotel (). 

Herod’s Hotel ( top 30) (Former Moriah),  Sheraton hotel ((F)Carlton Hotel (#29),  Metropolitan Hotel (), and Savoy Hotel ( top 30) are old hotels in that area who have underwent proper renovations. Perhaps best of them in location and value is Alexander Hotel ( top 30). 

Nice new hotels in that area include “Brown Beach house” hotel (), Shalom and Relax Hotel ( top 5), Melody Hotel ( top 10), and Gilgal Hotel ().

On Dizengoff street go for  Art Plus Hotel ( top 20), and for a really special place in a special area go to The Market House hotel ( top 5)  in the Flea Market  , next to Jaffa .

Along Rothschild Boulevard  you can find a nice selection of small Boutique hotels. Best (in my opinion) is the new The Rotschild Hotel ( top 5), But also its competator, The Rothschild 71 (top 10) is a good choice. Other good alternatives are Diaghilev Hotel ( top 5),  Brown TLV ( top 20(F),  Montefiore Hotel ( top 10) (F) , Townhouse Tel-Aviv ( top 30), and new Alma ( top 5). In Nearby Neve Tzedek , Neve Tsedek hotel  () is nice and special choice.

And again, if a family, you might prefer to rent a flat. Such can be found on Home4trip.com; Tripadvisor’s list of Vacation Rental () or in .

If on low budget, a real good option (perfect location!) is “Beachfront hotel”  ()

My personal best recommendation: David Intercontinental Hotel (), Shalom and Relax Hotel (), The Market House hotel (), and Melody Hotel ().
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Recommended Hotels in the North

A tour in Israel is not complete without a few days in the north.

In the north, your choice where to stay depends on whether you are heading to the northwest or northeast of the country.

Eastern Galilee/Golan: If you are traveling around the Sea of Galilee, the Upper Jordan Valley, and up the Golan Heights, the most luxurious place to stay would be at the Mizpe Hayamim Spa Resort (#1) (F) (my favorite hotel in all of Israel!). The Scots Hotel ( top 5) (F) in Tiberias, is also quite luxurious, as well as Galei Kinnereth Hotel ( top 10). Further north, the Pastoral Hotel ( top 5), in kibbutz Kfar Blum, is also a good choice. If you are seeking some Jewish spirituality after a tour of Safed, a stay at the Ruth Rimonim Hotel ( top 5) would be a wonderful experience.

If you want to stay in Tiberias but the Scots Hotel is a bit over your budget, other big hotel alternatives would be RonBeach Hotel (#2), Leonardo Plaza Hotel (#5), or Leonardo Hotel ( top 20),  or Leonardo Club Hotel (#14). If you want a child-friendly experience, go for the Gai Beach Hotel ( top 20).  It is outside the city, but has a great waterslide park that the kids will love!

There are also MANY nice B&Bs, which are cozy wooden huts in farms in the Galilee and the Golan. They usually include a Jacuzzi and some also have pools. These “Zimmers,” as they are called, are very popular among the Israelis. For high-end “Ziummers”, try www.bordo100.co.il  or www.weekend.co.il. Check also Tripadvisors’ list for Vacation Rental () places in the north , or track a spot in .

Western Galilee: If you are exploring the western Galilee, stay in Haifa at the trendy Haifa Colony Hotel ( top 5), or on The Carmel at the Crown Plaza Hotel ( top 10),  Dan Carmel  ( top 10), or Dan Panorama Hotel ( top 10) both providing beautiful views of Haifa Bay. South of Haifa the exclusive Carmel Forest Spa Resort ( top 5(F) is also a good choice.

In Akko,the Akkotel ( top 5) is a nice boutique hotel built in the walls of the old city. The only drawback is that the old city is a bit gloomy after dark.

In Nazareth, the nicest hotel is the Nazareth Golden Crown Hotel ( top 5), but there is no nightlife in the area if that is what you like. Again – you might also find an interesting place on .

My personal best recommendation: Mizpe Hayamim Spa Resort (), Scots Hotel (), and Galei Kinnereth Hotel ().

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Recommended Hotels at the Dead Sea

A dip in the Dead Sea is a MUST when touring Israel and can be done during a one day tour to Masada from Jerusalem. But if you are heading further south, you should stay a night in one of the Dead Sea hotels.

The Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel ( top 10) is the most luxurious (and expensive) option, and other great options would be the Royal Rimonim Hotel ( top 20), and the Daniel Hotel ( top 5). They each have a nice spa, but to go into the Dead Sea water you have to cross a busy street.

Of the hotels that are on the shore line, the biggest are the Crowne Plaza Hotel ( top 20), and further down south the Herod’s  (#2) and the  Leonardo Club Hotel ( top 20).  The renovated Lot Hotel ( top 5) and Hod Hamidbar hotel ( top 5), are small but very nice.

The Eingedi Guest House ( top 20) in Kibbutz Ein-gedi is a charming option mostly because of the views and the botanical garden, but the hotel facility and the spa desperately need renovations.

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Recommended Hotels in Eilat

Despite the lack of Casinos, Eilat has the feeling of Las Vegas – a remote desert location with a wide choice of deluxe hotels. Instead of gambling you can swim in the Red Sea or scuba dive to discover its unique colorful coral reef. Eilat can also be an anchor for tours in the Eilat Mountains, as well as a long one day tour to Petra.

The most luxurious hotels in Eilat are along its northern shore – Herod’s Hotel ( top 10)(F Frommer's Exceptional)Dan Eilat Hotel ( top 5) (F),  Royal Beach Hotel ( top 20),  and Hilton Queen of Sheba Hotel (#22). If you have a car, I personally prefer the Princess Hotel ( top 30(F), near the border with Eilat. It is a rather remote location, but a spectacular setting and it has a private beach! .

There are many less expensive hotels, guest houses, and hostels, of which I would recommend the Agamim Hotel ( top 10),  the Magic Palace Hotel ( top 20), the Dan Panorama Hotel ( top 5), and the Eilat Youth Hostel ().And again – you might also find an interesting place on home4trip.com or .

My personal best recommendation:  Royal Beach Hotel (), Dan Eilat Hotel (), and  Herod’s Hotel ( ).

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Recommended Hotels in the Negev

On the way to or from Eilat, or as a destination by itself, the Negev is worth a tour too. The most luxurious option in the heart of the Negev is the new spa, called Beresheet ( top 5), on the northern cliff of the Ramon Crater. Though not in harmony with nature (why did they have make such a conspicuous design?), it sets a new standard of deluxe accommodations in the heart of the arid Negev Desert.

Other popular choices would be a B&B in one of the remote agricultural farms scattered in the Negev, such as Shivta Zimmers (), Carmey Avdat Zimmers (, Naot Farm Zimmers (), Boker Valley Zimmers (), and more. If wooden huts are not extreme enough for you, go for Indian style Tipi tents at Zayit Hamidbar (), Chan Hashayrot Caraven seray (), or “Kfar Hanokdim (which offers Bedouin style accommodations as well as camel rides near Arad. In Arad itself small and comfy Yehelim ( top 5) is also a good choice. And again – you might also find an interesting place on .


(* my gratitude to my cousin, Sue Dodick, for helping me on this page!)