Israel’s first POD Hostel opens in April

Eytan Halon

If you are planning your next visit to Tel Aviv but, like many, are deterred by the city’s hefty hotel prices, then this option might just be for you: the country’s very first “pod hostel.”

The low-cost Spot Hostel, now taking bookings ahead of its April launch, is located at the entrance to Tel Aviv Port, spanning 2,200 sq. m.

offering 90 “rooms” for 300 weary travelers.

The pod hotel concept originated in Japan in the 1970s, offering bed-sized rooms known as pods or capsules at a far more modest price than conventional hotels.

The concept has since spread across Asia and, recently, reached Europe.

While good news for those on a tight budget, the pods – featuring both single and double beds – are not recommended for claustrophobic visitors. Bathrooms are shared.

So for those seeking more space while still not breaking the bank, approximately half of the hostel’s beds will be in shared 12-bed dorms, and an indoor tent complex, offering a range of different sleeping options under canvas, will also provide cheap accommodation. Prices start at $25 per night.

“Israel is an expensive country for tourists,” said Naama Shviki, marketing and sales manager at Spot Hostel.

“Our vision is to provide accommodation solutions at an affordable price, using common areas to provide meeting opportunities and activities for guests in order to create a unique hospitality experience and a shared community.”

In addition to pods, shared dorms and tents, the hostel will offer a cinema room, bar and restaurant, kitchens for personal use, lounges, performance space and a game room.

Guests will also have access to a laundry room, computers, bicycle rental and tourist info service.

The entrepreneurs behind the novel hostel are Rami Ohana – the owner of The Post Hostel in Jerusalem and Eden Inn in Zichron Ya’acov – and Shlomo Elia Investments. The project, costing NIS 27 million, has taken two years to construct.

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