By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com
August is now upon us - a time where travelers flock to Israel in droves, sending hotel prices through the roof. Thanks to its warm, sunny weather, August has consistently become the most expensive month to travel throughout Israel. Last year, the average August hotel price across the country was $200.70 USD; this year, its projected to go up to $218.
So we propose the following: Why not wait a month and do Israel in September instead? The weather is equally pleasant, the hotel nightly rates are significantly lower (the average price last year was $140.12) and there are an abundance of festivals and holidays to make for an even richer cultural experience. In addition to observing time-honored Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sucot traditions, visitors can also take in the following excellent events throughout a September stay:
Haifa International Film Festival, Sept. 19-28
Since 1983, the countrys first film festival has been dedicated to celebrating thoughtful, innovative works from Israel and abroad. In addition to a varied range of film sessions, the festival hosts free nightly outdoor events complete with live music, open-air screenings, an arts and craft market and a street party.
Recommended Haifa Stays:
-Dan Carmel Haifa (Rooms from $230 USD): Boasting magnificent views of the Mediterranean, this luxury hotel is ideal for lounging poolside after a long day of film festival fun. Its also conveniently located and within walking distance from the citys shopping and entertainment districts.
Dan Carmel, Haifa
-Crowne Plaza Hotel Haifa (Rooms from $177 USD): Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the film festival venue, this recently-renovated property features free Wi-Fi and awe-inspiring harbor views.
Crowne Plaza, Haifa
The Dead Sea Tamar Festival, Sept. 21-25
This popular four-day music extravaganza features a slew of local and international talent, with concerts set in some of the regions most scenic destinations.
Recommended Dead Sea stays:
-Leonardo Privilege Hotel (Rooms from $182 USD): An all-inclusive property, this waterfront gem of a hotel offers serious bang for your buck. The acclaimed onsite spa, with its assortment of therapy treatments, is also worth a visit.
Leonardo Priviledge, Dead sea
-Ein Gedi Resort Hotel (Rooms from $232 USD): Located along the shores of the Dead Sea, this tranquil retreat overlooks the Judean Desert and offers an assortment of area tours.
Ein Gedi Resort Hotel, Ein Gedi
The Israeli Fringe Theater Festival, Acre, Sept. 26-29
Israels foremost alternative theater event, this popular festival ranges from street performances to cabarets in various venues across the city.
Recommended Acre stays:
-Palm Beach Acre Hotel (Rooms from $153 USD): Family-friendly and easy on the wallet, the Palm Beach is a great four-star seafront spot with a pool, sauna, health spa and water sports.
-Akkotel (Rooms from $230 USD): An award-winning boutique hotel situated within the walls of the old city of Acre, the Akkotel is housed within a historical monument that gives a unique peek into the countrys past.
Akkotel Boutique Hotel, Acre
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About the Author:
Kristen McKenzie heads up HotelsCombined.com's team of hotel experts and specializes in hospitality industry trends. The hotel search site compares prices and data from hundreds of travel sites in just one click and has a database of 400,000+ hotels.