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experience it as if you were there!


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Whether you’re looking to enjoy the entertainment, swap stories with other travellers or just hang out in a quiet corner, our cosy communal spaces bring a genuine Jerusalem welcome to the Cinema Hostel.

  • Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to answer your questions at reception, which is open 24/7.
  • Rustle up a bite to eat or muck in with other guests to make a meal together in our well-equipped guest kitchen.
  • Soak up the atmosphere of Jerusalem’s vibrant street life while you relax on our spacious and airy balcony.
  • Stay connected with high speed wi-fi. Guests are also welcome to use one of our desktop computers in the media room.
  • Our well-travelled staff are on hand to take bookings and offer advice on the many trips and tours you can take while here.
  • Other communal facilities include a laundry room, luggage storage and a safe for your valuables.
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John Smith Bar

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Events & Entertainment

As seasoned travellers ourselves, we know that a big part of the hostel experience is about striking up conversations with other people from all over the world. For that reason we often stage fun and interesting events for our guests. Highlights include:

Make food like the locals

Interested in a local cuisine adventure? Come learn about a few of the most famous dishes in the Middle East and prepare it yourself under the expert guidance of our guest chef.

Games night

Board games are a real obsession here in Israel. Join us for enjoyable night at our common area. Roll the dice and have a go, or take on a rival competitor at one of our many other board games. Don’t forget the Beer Pong at the end!


Mondays at 6 pm
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, there’s always a good time to enjoy one of our relaxing and revitalising yoga sessions, led by a highly experienced instructor.

Learn the lingo

Travelling is always easier when you learn the lingo, which is why we introduced our lively language evenings. Whether you’re already fluent or a complete beginner, pull up a seat and get chatting in whichever language you choose.

Jam Sessions

Tuesdays at 8 pm
There’s nothing like our Jam Sessions, led by local musicians. Grab a drink and join the fun! In addition, we regularly welcome talented singers, musicians and other performers to entertain our guests.

Shabbat Dinner

Fridays at 8 pm
There's nothing like the family-oriented warm and inclusive Shabbat atmosphere. Come enjoy an authentic Israeli Shabbat Dinner at our common space.

Pub Crawl

Thursdays at 9:30 pm
We think this one speaks for itself! Order your favourite drink in the hostel bar, before moving on to Jerusalem’s best nightlife spots.

Movie Night

Mondays & Saturdays at 7 pm Wednesdays at 8 pm on the rooftop
Every night the movie theater comes to life in our Lounge, unwind with free popcorn! Relax after a long day traveling, or rejuvenate for a big day ahead!

John Smith Bar

John Smith Bar is a cocktail bar and restaurant located in the gallery of an old cinema in the center of Jerusalem.

Step inside our 1920s-decor inspired cocktail bar and have a taste of both classic and young vibe. Enjoy a selection of fine and unique cocktails, interesting food menu, great music, and unforgettable atmosphere.

The נest part – 20% OFF FOR HOSTEL GUESTS!

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Day trips and tours

Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims or head beyond the well-trodden tourist trails, we have an action-packed itinerary for you. Our selection of fun and fascinating tours and trips, both in Jerusalem and further afield, offer something for everyone.

Some of our favourites include:

Dual Narrative Tour
Dual Narrative Tour
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In this multi-narrative experience, see Jerusalem presented by one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian guide in tandem.

Every Monday, 9:45 AM – 2:30 PM
Jerusalem Free Walking Tour
Jerusalem Free Walking Tour
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The original FREE walking tour of Jerusalem’s most visited attractions with a local guide.

Every day at 11 am and 2 pm.
Bethlehem Day Tour
Bethlehem Day Tour
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Explore the sacred town of Bethlehem in the heart of the West Bank.

Every Tuesday and Friday at 8:15 am
The Dead Sea & Masada Sunrise Tour
The Dead Sea & Masada Sunrise Tour
Dead Sea
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The Masada sunrise tour is an unforgettable 9-hour desert adventure combining history nature and fun all in one magical trip.

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The old Orion Cinema was housing classic, controversial, and independent films, and stood on the frontline of Israeli culture all through the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. The building’s classic Jerusalem stone and impressive dome structure was offset by an interior inspired by the Radio City Music Hall.   
By the 80s cinema in Jerusalem saw a decline, and the beautiful Orion building lay abandoned for 25 years.    
When two young entrepreneurs, Adir Amsalem and Michael Perelshtein, found the Orion building, they were keen to bring it a new life.  
In 2018, after a complete overhaul, the Orion once again opened its doors to the public; This time as the Cinema Hostel Jerusalem, a unique and affordable home away from home in the very center of Jerusalem.

Cinema Hostel Jerusalem is preserving the original architecture and incorporating the world of film into the overall design. Each and every room is themed on a different movie. 
Perfectly placed for exploring, the Cinema Hostel also offers tours and activities so you’re always around friends!
Grab a drink at our bar or just chill in the lounge, The Cinema Hostel is your place to feel at home and choose your own adventure.


We are always on the lookout for young and enthusiastic individuals to join our warm and friendly team. 
Contact us at reception@cinema-hostel.com to volunteer or check in for any job openings!

Contact Us!

  • 07-77037322
  • 4 Shamai st, Jerusalem
  • reception@cinema-hostel.com