Planning a family vacation to Israel? Well, it’s not for nothing that Israel is a famously kid-friendly destination.
Not only do we have tons of attractions children will enjoy, we also have many hotels across the country that cater to families.
In general, larger hotels and kibbutz hotels are more likely to have amenities geared to kids, such as toddler pools and playgrounds.
The Dan and Fattal chains are always a good bet. Dan offers Danyland children’s clubs on weekends and holidays, while Fattal (including its Leonardo brand) offers Welcome Baby packages with accessories such as baby baths and bottle warmers.
Here are 16 family-friendly hotels to get you started.
TZUBA HOTEL, Kibbutz Tzuba
What could be better than staying at a hotel next to a kiddie amusement park? Getting free admission as a guest of the hotel, throughout your stay.
That’s one of the perks of this hotel nestled among the vineyards of Kibbutz Tzuba in the Judean Hills west of Jerusalem.
Tzuba Hotel offer 64 accessorized family suites containing a bedroom and a lounge comfortable for up to five people. The kibbutz also houses a chocolate factory where hotel guests receive 25% off hands-on workshops.
When the kids are asleep or otherwise occupied, you can sample the offerings at the Tzuba Winery Visitor Center.
Address: Kibbutz Tzuba, Judean Hills
Child-friendly amenities: Outdoor half-Olympic swimming pool and toddler pool with fountain; free admission to Kiftzuba Attraction Park (for ages 1-14); discount on workshops at Galita Chocolate Farm; guided tours of the kibbutz including the former children’s houses
PRIMA MUSIC HOTEL, Eilat
Experience harmony – literally – at this unusual 144-room hotel in the Red Sea resort of Eilat.
The Kids’ Music Club offers music-related activities in the summer and during holidays, such as talent shows, trips to the onsite recording studio, karaoke, disco dancing and more. The recording studio is always available for guests to record themselves singing to playback. There’s even music piped in underwater in the semi-Olympic pool.
Address: Almog Beach
Child-friendly amenities: Kids’ Music Club (summer months), art room, recording studio, pool with inflatable toys, cribs and baby baths available on request
LEONARDO CLUB EILAT
This all-inclusive family-friendly hotel near the beach, birding center and Ice Mall (yes, you can go ice skating in Eilat year-round) contains a waterpark of its own and offers a variety of shows and supervised activities for children. All 282 rooms are decorated in playful colors that will make kids feel welcome.
Address: Kampen Street, North Beach
Child-friendly amenities: Kids Club with driving simulators, video games, board games and toys; babysitting services, pool and kiddie pool, live entertainment, arts-and-crafts activities, Welcome Baby package including crib, bath and bottle warmer
DAVID CITADEL, Jerusalem
Award-winning children’s furniture designer Sarit Shani Hay designed a full floor of children’s and teen’s play spaces at the David Citadel, making this 384-room property on Jerusalem’s luxury hotel row a standout for families.
The 400-square-meter Children’s Play Center includes miniature replicas of Jerusalem landmarks such as Machane Yehuda Market and the Yemin Moshe Windmill, plus a miniature kitchen, living room and doll house. For teens, there’s a TV and computer corner as well as ping-pong, billiards, foosball, soccer pitch and gym.
Address: 7 King David Street
Child-friendly amenities: Children’s Play Center, outdoor swimming pool and kiddie pool
RAMADA BY WYNDHAM, Jerusalem
One major advantage of this 360-room property, located near the Israel Museum, Bible Lands Museum and Bloomfield Science Museum, is its interconnecting bedrooms and family rooms. This is a great solution for accommodating parents and children comfortably in their own spaces.
Address: Ruppin Bridge at Herzl Boulevard
Child-friendly amenities: Indoor and outdoor pools and kiddie pool, playground, babysitting services, cribs.
RAMAT RACHEL HOTEL, Jerusalem
Recently renovated, this beautifully landscaped 165-room property on Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in southern Jerusalem is a fantastic place to vacation with kids.
There are tours of the kibbutz’s organic cherry orchard and olive grove, archeological park, ecological animal park and the kibbutz itself, including the old children’s houses. The largest room can accommodate a couple and up to three children. The kibbutz country club is free to guests.
Address: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, southern Jerusalem
Child-friendly amenities: Country club with outdoor summer pool, indoor semi-Olympic lap pool, toddlers’ and kids’ pool with fun characters and themes; Eyal’s Farm ecological and animal center; agricultural, archeological and nature tours
RAMON INN (Pundak Ramon), Mitzpeh Ramon
This cozy and warm hotel started life as an apartment house, and its 96 suites are still called “apartments,” indicating just how family-oriented it is here.
Each apartment includes a bedroom, living room and equipped kitchenette (great for preparing snacks or meals although the hotel has a restaurant and lobby café).
Some suites sleep four guests and others six, affording plenty of space for kids. Note that there is no elevator in the four-story building, so if you have a stroller you should request a low floor.
Address: 1 Ein Akev Street
Child-friendly amenities: Playroom, heated indoor pool, cribs, baby baths, baby food (free, on request in advance), babysitting services
NAHSHOLIM SEASIDE RESORT, Kibbutz Nahsholim
Spread out along a beautiful stretch of Mediterranean beach at the foot of Mount Carmel near Zichron Ya’akov, Nahsholim Seaside Resort offers converted rural kibbutz homes to comfortably accommodate families.
There are 153 guest units of different sizes, adjoined by expansive lawns, barbecues, picnic tables and benches under a pergola. Choices include 48 two-room family units and 17 double-room family suites for parents and up to three kids.
Address: Carmel Beach, Kibbutz Nahsholim
Child-friendly amenities: Beach, playground, cribs available
SEASONS HOTEL, Netanya
Adjacent to Tamnun Beach in northern Netanya, the 100-unit Seasons includes roomy suites and “super suites” that can accommodate a couple and three children. One special perk of this family hotel is that the free Wi-Fi extends outdoors to the beach.
Address: 1 Nitza Boulevard, Netanya
Child-friendly amenities: Half-Olympic swimming pool, kiddie pool, sports playground, children’s game room (with supervised activities in high-occupancy seasons) and playground
HILTON Tel Aviv
At this 560-room northern beachfront hotel on Hilton Beach, kids up to 18 years old stay free when sharing a room with a paying adult, and children five and younger enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast. A pool bar and 24-hour room service ensure the kids won’t ever go hungry. While most rooms sleep three, the Grand Family Connecting Room accommodates up to six guests.
Address: 205 HaYarkon Street
Child-friendly amenities: Outdoor pool and kiddie pool, babysitting services
DAVID INTERCONTINENTAL, Tel Aviv
Watch for special offers – such as children’s activities and half off the second room for families with kids — at the five-star, 550-room David Intercontinental, straddling the invisible seam between the Tel Aviv and Jaffa beachfronts. Adjoining rooms are available.
Address: 12 Kaufman Street
Child-friendly amenities: Outdoor pool and kiddie pool, playroom (summers and holidays), cribs, high chairs, baby baths
LEONARDO CLUB, Dead Sea
Boasting its own waterpark, the 385-room Leonardo Club Dead Sea All Inclusive is just that, offering entertainment for guests all ages. Children can enjoy games, live performances, contests and other supervised group activities. Guests also have access to a private beach.
Address: Ein Bokek
Child-friendly amenities: Outdoor pool and kiddie pool, waterpark, Kids Club, Fantasy Complex with 7D MAX cinema
ENJOY HOTEL, Dead Sea
Among this hotel’s 302 rooms and suites are family rooms and junior suites accommodating two or three children, respectively. After your kids have experienced the famed Dead Sea floating phenomenon on the nearby beach, they’ll find plenty to entertain them in the hotel, too.
Address: Ein Bokek
Child-friendly amenities: Pool, kiddie pool, Children’s Kingdom (open most weekends) with Gymboree and Playstation, organized arts-and-crafts activities
DAN CARMEL, Haifa
A classic, recently redecorated luxury hotel, the 227-room Dan Carmel offers a staff-supervised children’s playroom open 10-4 during weekends, holidays and summers. It contains a ball pit, arts and crafts area, imagination games, magnets and games walls, rocking animals and Sony Playstation 4.
Address: 85-87 Hanassi Avenue
Child-friendly amenities: Heated pool and kiddie pool, Danyland Kids Club, babysitting services
LAVI HOTEL, Lower Galilee
The options among Lavi’s 187 rooms include many interconnecting rooms plus garden rooms with a private balcony and adjacent lawn, suitable for a couple with two children with the possibility of an adjoining room for additional kids.
The main kid-magnets here are tours of the cowshed and horse stable, as well as expansive playground facilities for all ages.
Address: Kibbutz Lavi
Amenities: Indoor pool with special family hours, outdoor kiddie pool, large playground, Kids World (summer only) with activities and performances, babysitting services, cribs, animal tours
GESHER HAZIV TRAVEL HOTEL, Western Galilee
This charming little Greek-themed Travel Hotel on the edge of Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv in the Western Galilee is next to a eucalyptus orchard and a short drive from Achziv Beach and Nature Reserve, Rosh Hanikra, the Old City of Akko, and a variety of hiking trails. The hotel’s 28 rooms include family studios with kitchenettes for five guests and two-bedroom apartments for a family of six. All have terraces and gardens.
Address: Sderat HaOranim, Gesher HaZiv
Amenities: Sea-themed playground, lawn games, kibbutz pool