This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you 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 Haifa.
Haifa, a beautiful port city on the northern coast of Israel, is the third-largest city in the country. Haifa's the largest city in the north of Israel and a perfect introduction to this great region; it's also a great place to base yourself to explore Israel's north and surrounding towns such as Akko, which has a lovely walled old town and some nice beaches surrounding it.
It's a great city to visit; there's a wide variety of places to stay including dormitories, private rooms with and without bathrooms, plus larger upscale hotels. Haifa hostels have all the usual amenities, such as Wi-Fi access; some have kitchen facilities and they usually provide towels for free. Several Haifa hostels and other accommodation options are located in the German District, close to the main train station and surrounded by an excellent choice of cafes, restaurants, pubs, and nightlife. You can even stay on the grounds of a German convent! There are also other Haifa hostel options outside of the centre, they are but easily accessed by public transport with train stations within walking distance and cheap local buses operating routes to and from the town centre.
Haifa is home to a large Bahai population -- one of the highlights of a trip to Haifa is a visit to the beautiful Bahai Gardens running down the hillside of the city. The gardens offer spectacular views across the city and port area as well as being extremely pretty with intricate hedges and flower landscaping. Strolling through the German District is another highlight; you can pop into one of the many cafes or restaurants for some great local food and a drink too.
Written by local enthusiast for Haifa hostelsmichael cowgill