This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ami'ad. To help you make friends with Ami'ad before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Ami’ad is a kibbutz in northern Israel just a few kilometres from the Sea of Galilee and the towns of Safed, Amirim, Karei Deshe and Tiberias. The easiest way to the get to the kibbutz is by car from Tiberias. If you take a public bus, you may have to walk as the hostel/guesthouse is off a private road and public transport is very limited. When booking, its best to enquire about transportation if you will not have your own car. It’s also worth noting that it is impossible to arrive at the kibbutz on Saturdays, or Sabbath days. You will not be able to check in!
The founders of Ami’ad were a group of young Israelis and immigrants from Europe in the years following the Second World War. They settled at first in a place called Jubb Yosef but moved to the present site a few years later. The first kibbutzim (plural for kibbutz) were founded on ideals of communal farming and life, although many have strayed from the agricultural side of things. Ami’ad, for example, runs a water filtration plant and a toy factory.
Lodging in Ami’ad is simple yet comfortable. You won’t find any traditional backpacker hostels here, however. The only accommodation is within the kibbutz and is mainly family cabins or single rooms. If you do prefer a hostel, the nearby towns will have one. Its worth noting that the accommodation in Ami’ad also has microwaves and kettles, but no kitchens. There are restaurants on site but expect to pay on top of lodging costs for any food. In general, hostels across Israel do not have kitchens for travellers to cook in.
Ami’ad does have quite a few attractions for travellers looking to have a few relaxing days in between hikes or bicycling. There is a winery on site which produces a wide variety of fruit wines and chocolate liqueurs, a large pool area, and trails to the lake and mountain vistas.
Written by local enthusiast for Ami'ad hostelsJakob Lombardi