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 (). The full list is below. My Top Recommendations are:
- The Norman Hotel ()
- David Intercontinental Hotel ()
- Shalom and Relax Hotel ()
- The Market House hotel ()
- Melody Hotel ()
In the North:
In the South:
This is the full list, according to regions:
Recommended Hotels in Jerusalem
As in most businesses, also in Jerusalem it’s all about “Location Location Location” :-).
Less expensive but still on a great location 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 .
Within the Old City there is a charming and recommended B&B place called “The Lutheran Guest house” ().
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 ().
Recommended Hotels in Tel-Aviv
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 The Norman Hotel () just off Rothschild Boulevard . Close to the shore line (and Jaffa ) is another special luxury hotel – the Setai Tel-Aviv ().
The Hilton Hotel () 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 (), Dan Panorama (), Renaissance (),
and Prima Tel-Aviv Hotel (). Herod’s Hotel () (Former “Moriah”), Sheraton hotel (), Carlton Hotel (), Metropolitan Hotel (), and Savoy Hotel () are old hotels in that area who have underwent proper renovations. Perhaps best of them in location and value is Alexander Hotel ().
On Dizengoff street go for Art Plus Hotel (), and for a really special place in a special area go to The Market House hotel () in the Flea Market , next to Jaffa , or Drisco Hotel () in the American Colony .
The Rotschild Hotel (), and The Rothschild 71 () are also good choices. Other good alternatives are the modern shaped Rothchild 22 hotel (), Diaghilev Hotel (), Brown TLV (), Montefiore Hotel (), Townhouse Tel-Aviv (), and Alma ().
And again, if a family, you might prefer to rent a flat. Such can be found on Tripadvisor’s list of Vacation Rental () or in .
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.
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 () (my favorite hotel in all of Israel!).
The Scots Hotel () in Tiberias , is also quite luxurious, as well as the new U Boutique hotel () and Galei Kinnereth Hotel (). On the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee, Setai , Sea of Galilee () can also be a nice option.
Less expensive alternatives in Tiberias are Europa 1917 hotel (), Ron Beach Hotel (), Leonardo Plaza Hotel (), Leonardo Hotel (), Leonardo Club Hotel (), or “Nof Ginosar” () in the nearby kibbutz Ginosar.
If you want a child-friendly experience, go for the Gai Beach Hotel (). It is outside the city, but has a great waterslide park that the kids will love!.
Further north, the new Galilion (), Hagoshrim Hotel (), or Pastoral Hotel (), in kibbutz Kfar Blum, is also a good choice. If you are seeking some Jewish spirituality after a tour of Safed / Tsfat , a stay at the Ruth Rimonim Hotel () would be a special experience.
On the Golan Heights itself Merom Golan Resort Village () is a very special option.
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 “Zimmers”, 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 .
If you are exploring the western Galilee, stay in Haifa at the trendy Haifa Colony Hotel () in the German Colony in Haifa , or on The Carmel at the Crown Plaza Hotel (), Dan Carmel (), or Dan Panorama Hotel () both providing beautiful views of Haifa Bay. South of Haifa the exclusive Carmel Forest Spa Resort () is also a good choice.
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 () is the most luxurious (and expensive..) option. Other good options would be the Royal Rimonim Hotel (), and the Daniel Hotel (). They have a nice spa, but to get to the Dead Sea you have to cross a busy street.
Of the hotels that are on the shore line, the biggest are the Crowne Plaza Hotel (), and further down south the Herod’s () and the Leonardo Club Hotel (). The renovated Lot Hotel () and Hod Hamidbar hotel (), are smaller but very nice.
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 or Scuba Diving at the Red Sea and 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 (), Dan Eilat Hotel ( ), Royal Beach Hotel (), and Queen of Sheba Hotel (). For families, I would also highly recommend Royal Garden ( ).
And again – you might also find an interesting place on home4trip.com or.
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 Beresheet Spa Hotel(), on the northern cliff of the Ramon Crater. This hotel 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 Caravan serai (), or “Kfar Hanokdim” () which offers Bedouin style accommodations as well as camel rides near Arad. In Arad itself small and comfy Yehelim () is also a good choice.
(* my gratitude to my cousin, Sue Dodick, for helping me on this page!)