So we’re all heading to Tel Aviv for Eurovision 2019 and this is definitely a reason to celebrate. But apparently this is could be a VERY expensive party.
Only four days have passed since the announcement of the host city and the price of accommodation in the city — from low-end hostels to high-end hotels — is soaring…in some cases by over 1,000 percent! Although similar price hikes occur in the host city every year, fans may feel the pinch more in 2019 following two relatively cheap host cities (in Lisbon and Kyiv).
According to Hotels Combined, a website for hotel searches, prices for the Eurovision weekend have already increased by thousands of shekels (NIS). For example, the price of a 5-star hotel room on Rothschild Avenue will cost in the region of NIS 7,400 (1,770 euros) for two nights (Friday 17/5 – Saturday 18/5) compared to only NIS 3,500 (838 euros) on a regular weekend. The most striking jump is in Montefiore Street, a chic neighbourhood close to Rothschild Avenue, where prices have jumped by 1,346% from NIS 990 (237 euros) to NIS 14,318 (3,429 euros) during the Eurovision weekend.
The same trend has been noted regarding cheaper accommodation such as hostels in south Tel Aviv. The cost of two nights in a double room has jumped from NIS 454 to 983 (109 euros to 235 euros).
Eyal Segal of Hotels Combined told Globes that the shocking price increase is down to the number of hotels and visitors. The city has 2,060 registered hotels and holiday apartments, which must now accommodate around 20,000 addition Eurovision visitors on top of their normal number of visitors. He added that the rise in numbers will probably lead to more accommodation in private houses that will be converted into guesthouses to offer more options.
Fortunately Airbnb prices still look reasonable and within a competitive range. Curiously, we found that a luxurious apartment with 2 bedrooms in Ramat Aviv (a neighbourhood in north Tel Aviv) will cost around NIS 260 per night (62 euros) and 520 for the weekend (124 euros). Despite the fact that this area is quite far from the centre, it is very close to the arena. We’ve also checked for apartments in Jaffa (aka Tel Aviv’s Old Town), which is close to the Charles Clore Park, where Eurovision Village is meant to be built. It’s quite fair – NIS 330 per night (around 79 euros). One bedroom apartments in the centre are also quite cheap for now, averaging NIS 200 per night (48 euros).
Social media users in Israel have reacted with rage with many asking the state to intervene and control the prices in order to prevent landlords and hotel owners from taking advantage of the event. Others claim that this is only due to the hype that the announcement created and that the prices will decline.
Kazakhstan to participate?
As you wait for prices to drop, fill your time with thoughts of which countries will participate.
MAKO has published that around 42 countries will probably participate in Eurovision 2019 after Iceland and Ireland confirmed their participation — despite earlier calls to boycott the contest in Israel. It was also suggested that due to the positive relationship between Israel and Kazakhstan, it might join the 64th edition in Tel Aviv, bringing the number of participating countries to 43 (and matching the existing record).
What do you think? Do you intend to stay in Tel Aviv during the contest? Have you already booked? Let us know down below!