Even before I flew to the Holy City of Jerusalem, I have heard of the amazing and overwhelmingly positive stories and feedback about the largest hostel in the city, Abraham Hostel. It was therefore a no-brainer for me to check out the place as soon as I arrived.
But before I share with you my experience, I must tell you that I am one of those travelers who don’t like over thinking and over preparing for a trip. I just go where the wind takes me.
So I didn’t book a room prior to my arrival and it was totally heartbreaking when the reservation staff told me that the rooms are completely booked.
Fortunately, they let me make a bag drop and stay in the lobby to rest. Having learned my lesson, I booked beds in a private room and in a dorm room for two separate days.
I shared that with you guys to give you some sort of preview on how in-demand this hostel is.
It is without a doubt the nicest hostel I have ever stayed at. And thousands of travelers agree with me. In fact, Abraham Hostel has been awarded as the number 1 hostel in Israel, and the fifth best hostel in the world by Tripadvisor.
It’s really easy to see why.
Abraham Hostel has complete amenities. On top of the prerequisite dorm and private rooms, the hostel boats of a large common room with a kitchen where you can cook your own food. The common room also has a small bar, hammocks, couches and tables for you to relax. They also have a plasma TV room, internet gallery at the mezzanine and cool rooftop. They also have a laundry area.
There is a staff manning the lobby 24/7 so you can get assistance any time of the day. Security is ok too.
At the lobby, you can also find Abraham Tours where you can book tours to various destinations in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt.
They have super cool tours such as a cooking tour in the nearby Mahane Yehuda market. They also offer Shabbat dinners where all guests get to help out in the kitchen.
The interiors of the hostel offer colorful walls and cozy ceilings creating a homey vibe where everyone can really let their hair down and connect with travelers.
The prices are a bit expensive compared to other hostels in the city but you get your money’s worth. Inclusive in the room rates is an awesome vegetarian /continental breakfast. (i booked a bed in a three-bed room and I paid 115 shekels and a bed in a 10-bed mixed dorm for about 80 shekels).
Abraham Hostel is located along Hanevi’im Street and if you follow that road and walk for about 20 minutes, you will reach the Damascus Gate of the Old City.
It is a few steps away from the Ha David-ka station of the light trail transit. and is about five stations away from the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. You can also walk eastward passing along Jaffa Street leading to the City Hall and eventually to the Jaffa gate of the old city.
This hostel is highly recommended for a lot of reasons. And if given the chance to come back to Jerusalem, I will definitely stay here again.