We spent 4 days in Beit Immanuel Hostel and if I ever return to Israel, this is where I will return. A real gem. We all had a good laugh at the previous reviewers who seem to be very inexperienced travellers. The bottom line is this: if you are single, want to party, have no interest in history and are inclined towards narcissim, then don't stay here. However, if you seek a sanctuary, a spacious, fresh, quiet place steeped in history, with lots of like minded people and those who volunteer their time, then come here. Located in old Jaffa, the building is over 100 years old and was formerly a grand hotel owned by the Ustinovs. Later it was used as a school and offices. The facade is exactly as it was in 1910 as displayed in photos in the history room showing a visit from the German Prince. Next time we visit, the grandeur of the now crumbling building next door will be restored. There is a large poster showing the planned restoration. Formerly an American and German colony, restorations are now taking place in buildings around Beit Immanuel. I prefer the unrestored nature of this place. We spoke to an 85 year old great grandmother who spoke of how she grew up in this area and was chased here by a cow as a child.
There is a large car park at the back including playground. Breakfast is fresh and all that you need. Friday nights are 'messianic' musical evenings (rather professional)- even if you are atheistic (as we are), this is most
moving and fun.
The rooms are very large, fresh 500 thread count cotton linen, bathrooms clean, tea/coffee in every room plus communal kitchen, reading rooms and large airy lounge area with natural light. Daily newspaper too! All this for less than $30 USD pp. Now, where else could you get this?
In short, this is a gem of a hostel and my only concern is that too many might find this out and the quiet discovery might change it's character. Don't tell too many people!