- Reviews: 1560
very nice and central ,but as always in youth hostels, many people in the room, most of the time drunk boys who come to israel only to get drunk in night bars
- Reviews: 299
Hotel East New Imperial: Charming budget hotel inside Old City
For budget travelers, the Hotel East New Imperial offers loads of charm and a great location. Just inside the walls of the Old City, the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock are a short walk away. Unless you are going somewhere in the New City, there really is no need for taxis.
Decorated with photos of the Holy Land and traditional Palestinian robes, the walls of this hotel are a virtual museum. The rooms are small and simple. The large common areas, which are adorned with couches and oriental rugs, more than make up for it. The hotel offers free, albeit slow, Internet access. A simple buffet breakfast is included in the price.
While this hotel is not perfect, the friendliness of the staff more than made up for it. Mr. Dajani, who runs the hotel, is one of the most gracious people you will ever meet. He provided us with very accurate travel advice, which was much appreciated considering everyone else who offered help usually wanted money in return.
Because of a dispute with local authorities, the long-term status of the hotel is uncertain. While the staff continues to maintain the facilities, they admit they are likely fighting a losing battle. Be sure to contact the hotel before arriving.
- Reviews: 305
RABIN YOUTH HOSTEL & GUEST HOUSE: A Five-Star Youth Hostel
Mercaz Rabin, with its soaring modernist architecture, glass-sided lobby and pink flowering terraces, is unlike any youth hostel you’ve ever been to. Beauty aside, you’ll also love the food. This is not youth hostel fare. The kitchen is run by a caterer who organizes parties and special events. In fact, I held my daughter's bat mitzvah there.
While not smack dab in the center of town, it is located on the same street as the Israel Museum, the Science Museum and the Bible Lands Museum. Across from the Israel Museum are the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the Supreme Court, both of which offer free guided tours (bring your passports).
The 17 bus, which stops right in front of Rabin will get you downtown. This bus only runs every 20 minutes or so, so ask the receptionist for a schedule. Buses that run more frequently (19, 31) stop at the intersection of Burla and Herzog. If you’re pressed for time, have the desk call you a cab. The ride to the center or the Old City takes about 10 minutes.
Mercaz Rabin has 77 air-conditioned rooms with en suite toilet and showers. Each room has 4 beds, two of which fold up against the wall if not in use. So we are not talking about super luxury, but a clean, well-designed place to bed down for the night and fill up on a hearty Israeli breakfast before setting out on your adventures. My mother has stayed there, and also some of my more nitpicking friends, and they were all more than satisfied.
So what’s close by? Apart from museums, there’s a supermarket and a pharmacy down the road on Burla Street, and a small shopping center with a cash machine, pizza parlor and 2 coffee shop/bakeries at the corner, on Herzog. On Burla Street, right opposite Rabin, is the back entrance to the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University where the National Library is located (not visited by most tourists, but quite interesting, featuring an exhibit of Albert Einstein’s letters and a wall of stained glass windows). Directly across the street is the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (entrance from the parking lot next to the supermarket), with a restaurant perched on the edge of a lake.
If you still have pep after running around all day, the Rabin center offers a whole program of evening activities: sing-a-longs, folk dancing, and more. Check the bulletin board to see what’s on. For 15 shekels ($3.50) you can see an audiovisual presentation about the life of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated on Nov 4, 1995.
The big problem is getting a room here. Rabin is often solidly booked. So if you want to stay here, reserve well in advance. Prices are $47.50 for singles and $62 for a couple. A room for 4 costs $100. Breakfast included.
- Reviews: 63
Notre Dam de Sion: A different place to stay
A simple guest house whithin the monastery.
the location is exceptionaly beautifu, the facilities are basic, simple, very clean.
very friendly sisters. simple and basic breakfast is included.
the surroundings, the buildings and the garden are beautiful. Close the gate behind you and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this place.
- Reviews: 36
Jerusalem Hotel: VG boutique hotel near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem
Great Palestinian-run hotel located near the Damascus Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem. The hotel is an old Arab villa with only 14 rooms for rent. Stone walls, marble floors inside, attentive, helpful, pleasant management, and a very good restaurant/bar on the premises. Non-smoking rooms available. We stayed three nights, 10-12 April, 2006, during the time leading up to Passover. Were I to go again, I would not look any further than this hotel. Plus, on tap they have a local Palestinian-brewed beer, Taybeh. What a clincher!
I like hotels with character, and this one has character. If you're searching for a run-of-the-mill, chain hotel with white-walls and bland character, look somewhere else. Otherwise, this place comes highly recommended.
- Reviews: 4901
Petra Hostel is situated in an old house with big rooms just inside Jaffa Gate. As the house is old it is run down, but sheets and bathroom are clean. Unfortunately eating and smoking guests are not always keeping tables, sofas and kitchen clean.
I stayed in a dorm for 35 shekels. In the room there were four bunk beds (8 people) and a bathroom to share. And the room had a balcony to the square, which was nice. In the reception area there is a TV where you can watch the news or see a movie. There is also a small kitchen and one computer. To use the computer one hour is 10 shekels (15 minutes is 3 shekels).
From the roof you can see the Dome of the Rock.
- Reviews: 611
Lutheran Guest House - 6: BEST place to stay in Jerusalem's Old Walled City
I loved how every morning we would wake up to a beautiful view over the rooftops toward the gilded Dome of the Rock, take a nice hot shower, and then skip downstairs to chat with the staff and have a light breakfast before heading out for a day of exploration. At the end of the day, it always felt so right to come back to the Guesthouse and hang our hats before going to bed. The rooms are not fancy, but they're comfortable and clean and I thought they were reasonably priced for the value and location.
As I've always said - in my opinion, the best place to stay when visiting Jerusalem, is inside the Old Walled City. No other place will give you a real feel for the ancient history and authenticity of this amazing city.
I will absolutely stay here at the Lutheran Guest House again...and again...and again.....on my next visits to Jerusalem.
- Reviews: 611
Lutheran Guest House - 5: BEST place to stay in Jerusalem's Old Walled City
The courtyard is a great place to sip your coffee if the weather permits...overall, the location is perfect as it's right near the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock, not to mention the convenience of being right around the corner from the Muslim Quarter.
- Reviews: 611
Lutheran Guest House: BEST place to stay in Jerusalem's Old Walled City
I waited four years to stay at this place and I was not disappointed! Back in the summer of 2000 when I was staying with friends in the Christian Quarter, we went exploring one day and came across this guesthouse. I found it to be charming and vowed to stay here the next time I returned to the Old Walled City. I was not disappointed! Located in the quiet residential Jewish Quarter, the Lutheran Guesthouse is fairly well hidden. In fact when we arrived to Jerusalem it was at night and I remember we walked up and down the narrow cobbled streets, wondering just where in the world WAS this place?!!? We probably passed it several times before realizing where we were. (the Old Walled City can be a labyrinth of alleys and streets so it's not uncommon to get twisted around!).
The building itself is of course, made out of stone and there's little to mark it from the outside...a small sign next to a heavy metal doorway. Inside is charming, however...
Rooms are somewhat dormitory style, in that they're lined down the hallway on either side. We stayed in a "double" which had two twin beds. The room was on the small side but otherwise very clean and the bathroom was also scrupulously clean. Fresh linens on the beds and soap was provided in the bathroom (which also had bathtub/shower). You're asked to help conserve with the linens and for that matter, with running water. No problem.
There's a cozy (actually it's quite large) "sitting room" upstairs complete with television and a library full of books. Hotel guests tend to hang out here with coffee, talking about what they've seen/heard/learned that day.
The dining room is likewise clean and nice. We took the "room plus board" which meant we had breakfast included. Breakfasts were typically cereal, cold cuts, juices, coffee, and small salad.
TIP:Ask if the last room upstairs on the right side is available (it's at no extra cost) - it comes with view over the Quarter toward the Dome of the Rock. It's got a small but very cute balcony and definitely the best view in the house.
- Reviews: 767
Notre Dame De Sion: Ever slept in a monastery ??
This place is definitely one of the most beautiful and relaxing places i've seen in Jerusalem and Israel.
This monastery is located in En Kerem Neighborhood and sits on a hill which is watching the valley and the forests around.
Only part of this onastery is used as a hotel or maybe more right to say B & B.
I have npt stayed there nor seen the rooms but i managed to get into the hoel till i was asked if i was a guest and when i said no i was politly asked to leave.
However i have no doubt about one thing, im going to Stay at this monastery for a weekend ... Its way too beautiful and romantic to miss such experience.
Getting there: you can take Bus number 17 \from Jaffa street and get of it at the center of En Kerem. From there its not long, just ask the people around.
- Reviews: 886
Notre Dame de Sion: Overlooking Ein Kerem
Overlooking the picturesque Ein Kerem on the western outskirtds of Jerusalem is the Notre Dame de Sion. Like many other monasteries and churches in Jerusalem, it also provides accommodation. It might not be as fancy as the famous hotels, but it has a unique atmosphere. Located in a beautiful garden on the top of the hill with great views of Ein Kerem and the wadi below.
Caution: While this place is ideal for exploring Ein Kerem, it is quite far from the city centre. So, you'll need to have car or take a taxi or bus to go there.
- Reviews: 767
Youth hostels: Youth hostels
For all you budget travelers here's a website that would give you all the information you need about the Youth hostelas in Jerusalem (and in other parts of Israel as well)
I can't recommend pesonaly as i haven't been staying in any of them nor seen them in my eyes.
- Reviews: 5
Heritage House: Free Lodging in the Old City
For Jews travelling to Jerusalem, the best value in lodgings is Heritage House, with its unbeatable price of $0.00 per night. This is an undeniably Jewish operation. Men and Women are seperated into two buildings and everyone observes Shabbat, and the kitchen is kept kosher. Wearing a yarmulke is not required, but I would recommend it as a social matter, if nothing else. There are about 25 beds, 5 or 10 beds to a room, communal bathrooms, a kosher kitchen that is kept dairy (meaning that meat products can't be kept in the fridge), a judiaca library, a computer, a payphone, and a TV with a DVD collection (frequent movie nites). The staff are friendly and caring, and adopt a live-and-let-live policy towards non-observant Jews. On Shabbat, most guests either have a meal with friends and relatives, or are sent to a family living in the old city for a homecooked Shabbat meal.
Judaism. For religious Jews, this hostel has everything: proximity to the Western Wall, free classes at a nearby Aish Torah Yeshiva, and family homestays for Shabbat meals. For non-religious Jews like myself, it was a cultural education to be a practicing Jew for a few days. If you are interested in spirtuality, religion or Jewish culture, I recommend you try it too.
- Reviews: 1730
New Town Hostels: New Town Hostel
A group of 6 of us stayed at a hostel in new Jerusalem over the christmas period. Our room for 6 became a room for 10 then some other Kibbutz volunteers decided to follow us down & slept on the floor. Apologies for not rembering the name of where we stayed when I do I will include it here, it was a very nice hostel though, clean & reasonable priced. Also good of them to let the rest of the other join us when they had trouble finding somewhere to stay over the Christmas period.
- Reviews: 1730
Tabasco: Tabasco Map
Here is a map of how to get to Tabasco, the old city can be disorientating at first but you soon get used to it after a few times there are many landmarks along the way to keep you o the right track. I always entered by the Damascus Gate as I knew my bearings from there.
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