From camping and hostels to 5-star luxury hotels, Israel offers a wide range of lodging choices. In general, accommodation in Israel is comparable to Western standards, both in terms of price and service. Hotels in Israel do not have star ratings yet, therefore be aware that if you see them, they were given by the hotels themselves.
- The Israel Hotel Association (IHA) is the umbrella group that represents Israel’s hotels. The IHA has around 350 members, ranging from Metulla in the north to Eilat in the south.
- The Israel Youth Hostel Association manages a flourishing network of youth hostels across the country.
- ILH – Israel Hostels is a network of 40 self-contained hostels, guesthouses, and resorts for independent travelers.
- A growing number of kibbutzim now provide bed and breakfast accommodations as part of their services.
- A handful of private residences (particularly popular in northern areas) rent rooms (commonly known as “zimmer”, from the German word for room).
- There are a lot of 3-4 star hotel chains in Israel.
- Israel has a significant number of boutique hotels, including one major chain.
- Several Bedouin settlements dot the Negev Desert, providing shelter and an unique desert experience. Depending on the camp, you may be able to ride a camel.
- Most King beds at hotels are really two smaller beds put together, which may be separated if required, due to a Jewish religious ban on couples sharing a bed during specific times of the woman’s menstrual cycle. If no other options are available, two tourists who are not in a romantic relationship may reserve a hotel with one King bed and then divide it into two individual beds.