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“weird staff, nice location”
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Old Jaffa Hostel
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“weird staff, nice location”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

The location is perfect for hanging out in Jaffa. They do have a very strange, not always friendly staff, mostly the older people who are on staff seem to be unhappy. I stayed in the dorms and they had an older guest who had been staying their for months and months, basically living at the hostel. She was very strange and thought the room was hers and the rest of us were just guests in her room. Made for many strange interactions and awkwardness. I did find the people staying there very friendly, and met some cool people to explore with. All in all a great location and jaffa is fun, but the vibe is really strange.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

When you first arrive you think is quaint until you realize how filthy everything is. Roaches in the room, tables and couches that look like something died on it, The view on the roof is nice but it is no different than every other hotel. The bathroom doesn't even allow you to fully open the door. It is next to impossible to go with the door closed and shower floor is cover in mold and you have to stand on wood so you don't touch the floor. The rooms don't have real windows, they are views into the hallway and offices which means people can seen into your room if the shades aren't closed. There is no air in the rooms. The staff is the rudest I have ever met. DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!

Room Tip: FIND ANY OTHER HOTEL!!! There are other hotels near the beach in much better areas.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

The Old Jaffa Hostel is indeed atmospheric and nicely decorated. It has an older feel about it which comes with pros and cons. It is a little run down, the bunks are quite narrow but clean enough, and the cupboards in the room are impossible to put a lock on. There is a safety deposit box at reception but no lockers are provided to keep your belongings safe (and reception has limited hours anyway, so it could be hard to retrieve your items).

The overwhelming positive for Old Jaffa is the rooftop. Unlike other hostels in Tel Aviv which have rooftops that just overlook other scummy rooftops, this one is huge and has a wonderful view of the ocean, clock-tower and flea market below. It has couches and tables and the guest kitchen and is a lovely place to work away or read a book.

Other positives include the fact that the internet works well everywhere and the process for welcoming latecomers (after reception closes at 7pm) is clear and helpful. Breakfast isn't anything to write home about (tea, coffee, bread, spreads) but at least it's there. The location is fantastic - 2 minutes from the beach, great shops and cafes (many open on shabbat), the incredible flea market and a 10 minute taxi from the central bus station. (When catching the bus to the hostel ask the driver to tell you when you're near the clock-tower, as the bus doesn't go directly by it so it's not obvious).

The area is really great but also noisy at night - there is often (nice) music playing or noise from a wedding below. I quite enjoyed the sounds but beware if you're a light sleeper. No one in the dorm seemed to have any problem with it though.

The clientele seem to be a bit older here - most people around when I was there were in their 50s, there weren't many young backpackers. Perhaps it's just the time of year.

The showers are fairly unpleasant. Tiny stalls with a shower like a hose because there's no proper showerhead. Go when no-one else is showering as it affects the pressure. If you're staying in a dorm towels cost 3 NIS.

Unfortunately the overwhelming feature of the hostel is its unpleasant staff. Everything is a chore and don't you dare ring the bell when no-one's at the desk, or get buzzed in when you should remember the code. Omer was helpful at first finding a bus number but I'd clearly used up all my favours because subsequent questions were met with annoyance. The girls weren't much better, leaving reception early or snapping at the other staff. I was grateful that I wasn't charged the 2 NIS to print a bus ticket, but am still shocked at how much they seem to resent their guests. I was definitely afraid to ask any questions, including "may I check out now?". I had friends who left early because of the people here.

Overall it's not a bad place and I would probably come back for the lovely rooftop and great location. With such hostile staff, however, I'm just not sure.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

A lovely old building in a lovely part of town. Unfortunately the unfriendly attitude of the staff really ruins the atmosphere and we felt really unwelcome. Even relaxing in the common area seems to be not allowed. My girlfriend was changing in her dormitory room and the (again very unfriendly) cleaning man just walked in without knocking, and didnt even apologise. A real shame because the building is lovely...if the staff learn to smile and be a bit more friendly it would be a great place. TO BE AVOIDED until the staff and owners go on a customer service training course.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nir David, Israel
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

It's a nice place to stay everything was very clean,the sealing of the private rooms is quite low, and the doors are unique is like to be in a hobbit place, but very nice and the staff was very friendly. When I went out I found out I was in the middle of the flea market, I enjoy it cause is a nice place to walk around, is very close to the coast also. So if you want to be in a place that is in the city, but still have some magic old places, this is right one.

Room Tip: The rooms in the upper floors have the sealing quite low like 2mts.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

To whomever it may concern who plan to go to Tel Aviv!
Go to Old Jaffa Hostel. Lovely located place, in the heart of Jaffa, close to Flee Market, next to most modern though not distanced restaurants and boutiques ... and hostel itself has a really great atmosphere, nice top roof where breakfast is served and where you can serve yourself whatever you may wish! Its atmosphere made my Isreali holidays even more amazing!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

jus next to the Jaffa flea market and in walking distance to some of the doolest restaurants and bars in town (Vashti, Pooah, Container), it is a relaxed and calm place, lovely staff, most beautiful roof top and atmspheric interior.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Old Jaffa Hostel
Address: Rehov Olei Zion 8, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Location: Israel > Tel Aviv District > Tel Aviv > Jaffa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Jaffa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29
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Old Jaffa Hostel And Guest House Hotel Jaffa

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