About Short Term Rentals in Israel

Courtyard in the Jerusalem City Center

Photo: IsraelTourism, CC BY-SA 2.0

Tourism is big business in Israel, since the country serves as a magnet for people from every background and from all over the world. There’s no dearth of religious and recreational sites to see and experience. But, it isn’t always easy to find a place to stay that is comfortable enough but still within a traveler’s limited budget.

Five-star hotels abound in the holy city of Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, too, another major tourism hub in Israel. But hotel rooms can cost a fortune and besides, the space can be rather limiting. If you arrive before check in, you may have to park yourself (exhausted from traveling) and your suitcases in the lobby until your room is ready. And you have to check out by a certain time or pay for another day. You eat when the dining room is open and schlep out to find a restaurant when it isn’t.

Brilliant Concept

Colorful Jerusalem Balcony

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That’s where short term rentals in Israel comes in. The concept is brilliant. You rent a private residence with all the amenities of home, often at a fraction of the cost of a hotel room.

Instead of a little room with no personality, you get an entire apartment, decorated with unique charm and thoughtfulness. For less than what you would pay for staying in a hotel room, you get the use of a living room, kitchen, dining room, and bedroom. You can book with friends to split the cost and there will be plenty of room for all of you. Cook and eat when you like. Come and go as you please.

How does it work? You choose from a variety of apartments listed online. There are descriptions and photos of each apartment listed. As our new site is frequented, you will be able to access reviews and coming soon will be the ability to choose several places that interest you and compare.

Location, Location, Location

On the Old City Wall Ramparts

Photo: IsraelTourism, CC BY 2.0

The old truism, “location, location, location,” holds true for the most desirable short term rental apartments, too. Book early if you want a place close to the center of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or more common tourist destinations in Israel.

Be With Family

Many tourists attempt to travel to Israel during the off-season to save money. But since short term rentals are so affordable compared to five-star hotel rooms, renting a short term apartment may mean you can stay in Jerusalem for the High Holidays or over the Passover holiday—a vacation that might otherwise prove prohibitively expensive. If you have family in Israel, this may even become a regular vehicle by which you can spend the holidays with them each year. A Kosher for Passover apartment may mean you can host your family for the Passover Seder in the Holy City for a fraction of what it would cost you to have that same Seder in a hotel environment.

A Tel Aviv Synagogue

Photo: Christian Haugen, CC BY 2.0

Homeowners in Israel are also finding short term rentals a convenient way to make money while they are away, by renting out their homes through Baruch Haba. Why let your apartment sit empty when you can be earning money, instead?

A large apartment in the center of Tel Aviv that sleeps 12 was recently listed as a short term rental for just $280 a night or $24 a head, while a smaller apartment that sleeps 4 people is going for $120 a night, or $30 per person. A stone house with private garden in Jerusalem rents for $200 a night or $67 per person, while an apartment within a stone’s throw of the Old City holds 6 people for $125 a night or around $21 per person. You can’t beat those prices at any hotel.

Did You Know?

Short term rentals in Israel are cleaned and readied for your arrival. If you want cleaning service during your stay, make sure you discuss this with the owner of the apartment when you make your reservation.