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How to Find Affordable Accommodation in Jerusalem

There is a widespread misconception that finding comfortable accommodation in Jerusalem costs a proverbial arm and a leg. It’s certainly true that luxury accommodation is a big player in Jerusalem’s hotel scene, but there are also a wealth of affordable options that will provide you with comfort, great location and value at a reasonable price. You just have to know where to look.

Check out some of our tips for finding affordable accommodation…

Hostels

Many people think of hostels as accommodation meant for backpackers in Europe or Asia, but the game has changed over the years, and many hostels today offer comparable comfort standards to hotels at a fraction of the price and with a much livelier communal atmosphere.

The Post

The Post Hostel

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Jerusalem’s newest hostel, The Post, is located in the heart of downtown Jerusalem. Alongside comfortable and very cool dorms and private rooms, The Post is also chalk-full of fun stuff, including a movie theater and a bar, and it hosts a variety of events — from lectures and meetups to concerts — that are enriching, fun and a great chance to meet some locals.

Where: 23 Yafo St., Jerusalem

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Abraham Hostel

Abraham Hostel

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The Abraham Hostel near Mahane Yehuda is one of the top-ranked hostels in the entire world thanks to its comfortable private and dorm rooms of all sizes, inimitable atmosphere of travelers meeting and socializing, nightly events and affordable tours. If you’re a single traveler who’s not too shy, you can grab a dorm bed for around 100-120 NIS per night, and private rooms start at around 300 NIS.

Where: 67 Hanevi’im St., Jerusalem

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Photo: Courtesy of Cinema Hostel

Another excellent and affordable accommodation is the Cinema Hostel. It is designed in a classic movies atmosphere and unforgettable style, granted by the fact that this imaginative hostel is housed in the old Orion Cinema building, established by the British during the 30s. Additionally, you’ll find here a wide balcony overlooking the city center. There are plenty of parties arranged here during the summer. The old cinema comes to life every night in the public areas of the place. You may enjoy yourself, watch a movie and snack with some popcorn. And if you’re still hungry for more, you may get a beer and fine food in the hostel’s bar.

Where: Shamay Str. 4

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Agron Hostel

Agron Hostel

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If you’re looking for a bit more privacy, but don’t want to compromise on location and price, then check out Agron Hostel on the border between downtown Jerusalem and the neighborhood of Rechavia. A member of Hostelling International, Agron offers simple rooms in various sizes and a serene atmosphere at affordable prices. It’s only 5-10 minutes by foot from downtown Jerusalem, Mamilla Mall, the Old City and many other Jerusalem attractions.

Where: 6 Gershon Agron St., Jerusalem

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Vacation Rentals

Hotels always offer a range of services and amenities meant to make a vacation easier on the nerves, but sometimes all you need is a nice place to stay. Vacation apartment rentals are perfect for these situations, and often you can rent an entire apartment — with a full kitchen, dining room and other amenities — for the price of a hotel room.

This is our favorites…

Jonathan Hotel

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The Jonathan Hotel will make you feel at home away from home. Located in Downtown Jerusalem, this vacation rental, offers a variety of apartments to suit every possible travelling group. Perfect for families and couples, who want to explore the city while cooking their own meals in a homely setting.

Where: 29 Ben Yehuda St, Jerusalem

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Jaffa 35 Apartments

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Situated on Jerusalem’s main street, this modern aparthotel grants proximity and easy access to the city’s best shopping and entertainment centers, tourist attractions, and nightlife scene. Jaffa 35 Apartments offer one-bed room apartments with all the amenities for a comfortable stay for families and they also have a romantic studio apartment for couples that enjoy independent travel and an urban scene.

Where: 35 Jaffa St., Jerusalem

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The Market Courtyard

The Market Courtyard

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Located near the vibrant Mahane Yehuda Market, the Market Courtyard offers a variety of full-equipped apartments in a tranquil setting just a few minutes by foot from some of Jerusalem’s most popular attractions, including the shuk, the city center and the Old City.

Where: 30 Hacarmel St., Jerusalem

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Value Hotels

You don’t need to take out a second mortgage to stay at a hotel in Jerusalem, but you do have to know where to look to get comfortable accommodation for an affordable price.

Smart Hotels

Jerusalem Inn

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Smart Hotels is a national chain of value hotels with 3 properties in Jerusalem. The Montefiore Hotel and Jerusalem Inn are known for their comfortable rooms, good breakfast spreads, central locations and, of course, reasonable rates.

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Montefiore Hotel: 7 Shats St., Jerusalem

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Jerusalem Inn: 7 Horkanos St., Jerusalem

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Eden Hotel

If you don’t mind staying outside the main tourist areas, Eden Hotel is a classic choice in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, breakfast is always included and the neighborhood is quiet. While you may not be in downtown Jerusalem, the hotel is just a few minutes by foot from main public transportation routes that can take you almost anywhere in the city, including downtown and the Old City in about 10 minutes.

Where: 4 Giladi St., Jerusalem

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