History

The owner’s vision
Hotel Gilgal is owned by Yakov and Elisheva Damkani, who set out to establish a unique hotel in Tel Aviv. A Hotel with a family spirit and an atmosphere of love and peace, a hotel that will be a cosmopolitan crossroad for tourists and businessmen from around the world who could come and enjoy a peaceful vacation and rub shoulders as they relax, tour the land, pray or study. 

12 large stones Memorial
12 large stones are set at the entrance to Hotel Gilgal as a memorial of the 12 stones that were set near the Jordan River by Joshua in order to commemorate the events that took place at Gilgal, events that are part of the rich history of the people of Israel.
 
"So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.” 
The Hotel was built in 2008 and was named Gilgal, which means "Rolled away”, after the place mentioned in the bible, where the Jewish people miraculously crossed the Jordan river just before entering the promised land. The account is told in the book of Joshua 5:9: "Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you. So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.” The historic site, Gilgal, is located on the east side of Jericho.

Place of unity
Gilgal was where Joshua gathered and united the people before they embarked on their conquest of the Promised Land. Similarly, we strive to make Hotel Gilgal a place of unity for each one of our guests, before they go out to explore the beauty of Israel, learn about its history and culture and meet its people.