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“Great location to slum it in Tel Aviv” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beachfront Hostel

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Beachfront Hostel
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great location to slum it in Tel Aviv”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

This is a youth hostel that wants to be treated like a hotel: the shag carpets in reception area, mold on shower curtains, stains on the walls by trash cans, fresh towels that turn out to be stained (front desk is happy to swap it out), spartan rooms - all make it ideal for budget-conscious travelers who do not mind a few discomforts.

The location is excellent - right on the beach, easily accessible by city buses, many of which have stops on Ben Yehuda street two blocks inland. Can walk to attractions such as old Jaffa (40 minutes), Ruben museum (15 minutes). The staff is very helpful and accommodating. A/C in the room is very good. An outdoor locker safe is provided for extra peace of mind.

Even if your reservation confirmation says "en-suite room with a sea-view balcony", do not expect to get a balcony or sea-view unless you get a written confirmation from the hotel well in advance. Apparently, the terms "sea-view" and "balcony" are draw-ins, not promises.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Canada
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57 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

Relatively cheap hotel in Tel Aviv. Nice location right on the beach, close to city center. The hotel's building is outdated and needs renovation. Area around the hotel is really dirty, lots of litter everywhere, but it is a common sight all over in Tel Aviv. Staff is indifferent, not eager to help or solve accommodation problems. Good location and relatively low cost overweight the negative side though.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

Great location directly at the beach, our room included a patio directly at the seafront. Rooms were cleaned daily. Staff was extremely helpful and always very nice!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

I had a room on the ground floor with a wonderful terrace looking over the Mediterranean. Check in is 3pm but if you arrive early you can store your luggage.
Rooms were clean, had flat screen TV excellent shower and most importantly for me free WiFi.
I left the charger for my iPad and when I contacted them they immediately went looking for it. Unfortunately I would not be returning to TA so they posted it to my home.

Would stay here again

BTW although there is a lot of traffic at certain times I slept like a log.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

This hostel doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you step inside that changes. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and all of the amenities (WIFI, AC, TV) worked well. The roof terrace is a nice place to hang out, with comfy lounges and a good view.

The location is good, right on the beach and close to everything you'll need.

The staff were a bit hit and miss. One lady was very friendly and helpful where as one didn't really want to lift a finger to help. We met the owner and he was very nice.

A good budget option for staying in Tel Aviv.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bergamo, Italia
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49 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

this hostel has a fairly good position on the seaside walk of Tel-Aviv.
The rooms are clean and confortable, but unfortunately the guest is simply a number.
I've had a discussion with the staff about my willingness to cancel the booking for the second night of stay, and there has not been any way to get the cancelation without paying the full amount, even if my request has been forwarded more than 24 hours in advance.
The street in front of the hotel is jammed with traffic till late at night, if you go there try to get a room in the back-side.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012 via mobile

Clean, nice bathrooms, very helpful staff, fantastic beach out front.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Beachfront Hostel

Property: Beachfront Hostel
Address: 78 Retsif Herbert Samuel, Tel Aviv 6343121, Israel
Location: Israel > Tel Aviv District > Tel Aviv
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 91 Specialty Lodging in Tel Aviv
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Beachfront Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beachfront Hotel is located on the famous Tel-Aviv Promenade, Herbert Samuel, overlooking the beautiful beaches of Tel-Aviv. We are situated in the most lively and vibrant part of the city, with all the best attractions within walking distance or a short bus ride away. The Beachfront is a comfortable and friendly hotel offering affordable accommodation right on the beachfront. The two story building offers a variety of rooms accommodating any travelers budget. Our cozy rooms all have air-conditioning, 32" flat screen cable TV, refrigerators and free WI-FI internet connection. We have a huge roof lounge area that is great for sun-bathing, soaking up the sun and loosing yourself in the amazing sea view. We provide an unlimited supply of beach towels and free hot/cold drinks are complementary throughout the day. Our guests enjoy a full breakfast for just 30 ILS at the famous "Yotveta" restaurant next door and 20% discount at the popular 'La Mer' beach restaurant just across the promenade. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you find great areas in the city to explore, book tours and tell you about the best pubs, clubs, restaurants and other hot spots in Tel Aviv! We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more   less 
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