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Hostel Overstay TLV Reviews

Derech Ben Tsvi 47, Tel Aviv, Israel

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107 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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The place has a different vibe. Nothing to complain, i would stay there again.


Babes work at the Overstay!!!


Good and clean hostel with a nice spirit. You can sleep well there, but you can also spend the night drinking beers on the roof. Plenty of showers, good kitchen, tea, coffee, nice people and good prices comparing to other places.


The hostel is quite far away from the city center and it's difficult to find. It's not very clean, the breafast very poor.

Owner Comment (Hide)
true, true, not true, its basic just as advertised. :-)


Only have very small lockers, which require your own lock. Breakfast is just bread and spreads. Location is close to Yafo, but far away from everything else, and not in an attractive part of town. Staff is mostly friendly, but some of them can be a little sour (not just normal Israeli bluntness). Otherwise the vibe is pretty cool, and it's comfortable.

Owner Comment (Hide)
cheers. its all true. thanks for sharing. yah, when you want to keep prices low and the vibe high we take a staff of volunteers, cant expect american service smile from them. happy you enjoyed us in the end.


Warning! Only stay here if you don't mind getting eaten alive by Mosquitos at night. Everything else is fine.

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Lol.. welcome to the Israeli summer, next time go for an AC room so you can keep the windows closed. thanks for "Everything else is fine".


All the staff here are very friendly and helpful. I had one of the Israeli staff helping me to understand a Hebrew website better. And I needed to send a letter and they were able to provide me with an envelope and a stamp for a realistic price. The overall price to stay here is great. Tel Aviv tends to be expensive, but staying here is reasonable. The rooftop is very nice and you can stay up late partying or you can go to bed early and nobody will hassel you.

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Thanks man, hearing you i know we are managing to manifest our goal of affordable fun friendly Tel Aviv.


Nice hostel at a walking distance from HaHagana station and old city of Yafo. We especially appreciated the somehow alternative atmosphere of Overstay Hostel: it's located in an old factory building and has an element of DIY-culture. Latter also manifests in the number of guests that volunteer there for free housing. However this does NOT mean that the hostel would be not clean or so. More things we liked: + big rooftop terrace + late night check-in no problem

  • 10th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks guys, makes us feel more happy and sure about out path. come back!


the hostel was great :) atmosphere was amazing!

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Thanks, you were part of the atmosphere. come back !


Small, friendly, cleanhostel. all the staff speak english, are willing to answer questions, help you, give you ideas where to go the evening - open atmosphere in the hostel, everybody talks to eaverybody, you meet new people, good breakfast, good and free tee and coffee 24 hours per day, free wlan and internet - situated close to old town Jaffa - I staid there 7 nights - in the evening guests get together on the top of the roof and hang out there on sofas

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The man in the penthouse! you are the first of the many to start camping on our roof and enjoy the weather getting warmer. thanks for your words.


Liked to stay there and to be so close to old Jaffa. The Staff is nice, the Shabbat dinner was delicious but the toilets haven't been clean't properly in the first three day's of my stay, but after that it got better. And if you have problems with sleeping while its noisy, than that is not your place.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks alot! .We keep working on it, Hope you will give the sleeping quality another chance now that we ahve sound proofed the rooms.


Breakfast is extremly simple, but the athmosphere is very nice. We can recommendation it.

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Exactly! Well put. thanks for that. keep warm and come back.


The location is not very good. The organization and their system of work was not very good as well. For the price it's ok, but it could be better.


A bit far away from central Tel Aviv (though close to Jaffa), the neighbourhood does not look very pleasant, nor the buliding of the hostel itself. The common rooms lack place to put your stuff (I was in the upper bed, and there could at least have been a hook let alone a shelf). It is being renovated so should improve with time. Very basic breakfast, some staff friendly, others not so much.

Owner Comment (Hide)
yep, so we finished working on the rooms: soundproofing and electric sockets. next project - the beds: paint and hooks. come back in the future to check them out.


We are aware that it's a hostel, but the noise was unacceptable, and I've stayed at many hostels . We chose a private room, since we had to get up at 3 in the morning and didn't want to disturb people - but the private room is next to kitchen and we could hear every single word from there. When they say that they work 24/7 on making this hostel better, that's true, but though they have been runnning since August, nothing is finished.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Sorry about that, this week we start working on the soundproofing so that should be finished. but to say nothing is finished... why are you guys so extreme, you should have seen what we started from ;-). we do it all ourselves, using the money earned from providing the cheapest accomodation in tel aviv, so it take time. anyway, hope you will come back one day just to see how we progressed.


It is an excellent hostel with clean sheets and clean toilets and showers. There a lot of funny messages written around to remind the guests that Israel is a desert country, so use water judiciously! one of my best memories was the Shabbat dinner which Enero made for us. You will feel warm and welcoming, a positive and friendly vibe all around Ben Tsvi (the house cat) to entertain you :)

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Thanks! for the reminders and appreciation, will make sure to pass your words to Enerio.


Fine hostel, but nothing spectacular. Great kitchen and pretty clean bathrooms, but the common space inside lacks a bit of character. The rooftop seems like a good space during the summer. Try to avoid dorm room 17 -- there is another room that can only be accessed from inside this room, so the doors are constantly being opened and closed throughout the night, making sleep difficult. I and several others in the room also got insect bites while sleeping, but no way of knowing what kind of bugs.

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hello, we are working now on the indoor common areas, kitchen read,y next is the downstair lounge. about room 17, yah, we'll get to it soon. One thing i can assure you - we dont have bed bugs.


Cool place to stay, must be awesome in summer with the big Roof top! will definitely come back on my next stay in tel aviv!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks man, was great having you, do come in the summer, can you take the heat!?


Well, the place definitely has potential. We could find everything you'd expect of a hostel. Still, I found the atmosphere sort of lacking... the vibes were missing! Of course, that has to do with the travellers / guests. Then again, there were two staff members that didn't really struggle to change that; they behaved more like guests, running around with a sour face. The staff at the front desk, however, was very helpful, the bedroom was clean. Biggest issue though: very thin walls => loud.

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Thanks for your words. our staff are volunteers, and we let them keep their sour faces if thats how they feel, Israeli style. about thin walls, you are right, we hope to get to that in the next couple of months.


good place to stay

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