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Tabasco: Old City Hostel

I stayed at Tabasco a couple of times, first time we found it too noisy & not a great place to be, which is why we moved to the Faisel Hostel .

The second time was in a group and we pretty much has the dorm to ourselves, so it was fine.

Its a very lively place, it could have totally changed since I was there, but it wouldnt be my first choice of budget accommodation.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written February 25, 2004
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Tabacco: Tabacco (inside of Old City)

This was the second hostel we settled for 4 days. The fee for each person was NSH$20 (around US$5) per night. We stayed at the girls dorm (for 8 person). The room was clean with enough lighting and fan.

There is a small restaurant at ground floor and there was a little punch party every Friday's night. The fee was just NSH$10 including drink. You could meet many travelers from other countries.

I remembered the girls in my dorm were from Canada, Denmark and Slovenia. Jan, from Slovenia, still keeps in touch with me. We shared the travel experience and sometimes we shared the snack too.

It was also noisy, 'cos you will be awaked by the "morning bell" of the Curch of the Holy Sepluchre and the prayer from the mosiques.

As I remember, there was some washing machines, but I did not use the service. And also, there were some bigger lockers.

The dorm and the toilet were very clean. The staff will clean the dorm floor every two days, so everyone was asked to leave the hostel for 2 hours to let the staff to clean the floor.

There was a note sticked on the dorm door that stated some regulations. No smoke is allowed inside the dorm. Well, I love this rule.

There was a little shop called "Mikke's Centre' that was a "communication centre". It served the internet and international phone call. The price was quite reasonable. NSH$12 per hour (internet)
NSH$1.5 per minute for calling back to Hong Kong. I called back home every day instead of using the cell phone.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Historical Travel, Backpacking
  • Written August 3, 2003
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Mishkanot Sha'anim: Stunning location

Labelled a B&B, Mishkenot Sha'anim must be one of the nicest places in Jerusalem to stay.
The village colony of Mishkenot was built in the 19th century and represents the first 'suburb' of Jerusalem outside the Old City walls. It overlooks the Old City and Sultan's Pool and was built as essentially homes for workers as the population of the city began to grow.

Nowadays, it is surrounded by the modern city. With the stupendous views and location, it has now become gentrified, the stone cottages and homes climbing up the hill, the alleyways bouganvillea shrouded.

In the midst of this is the 'B&B'. For a while, it was an artists colony, primarily for literature. Many great names of literature have stayed here, the walls adorned with a whose who of novelists from around the world. But it recently underwent a massive rennovation and has become a superb place to stay.

A row of stone cottages have been converted into private rooms or suites. Each has 2 rooms - a comfortably and stylish (but not ostentatious) decorated living room with a separate bedroom. Each has a view into the valley, most onto the Old City (a shared terrace runs the entire length of the row). 2 suites each share a common entrance, with one suite forming the ground floor, the other the 1st floor. What was once the alleyway as been converted into a covered 'corridor' connecting the suites and the reception area which is accessed by stairs 'higher up the hill'. There are only about 25 suites. The reception area leads to a restaurant, small gallery, function and education rooms as well as another dining area where breakfast is served.
I have put a price as an average, but the rates are very variable - you can negotiate.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written May 1, 2003
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St. George's Cathedral Guest House

A tiny, light, whitewashed gothic revival church within complex surrounding a courtyard.

A few blocks away from the Damascus Gate of the Old City through a mixed urban middle-eastern neighborhood.

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  • Written December 10, 2002
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I stayed at the Imperial...

I stayed at the Imperial Hotel. It is in the old city. When you enter the old city by Jaffa Gate, take the first street on your left hand.
The hotel costs 36 dollars per night.

You have good long beds, your own shower and toilet.

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  • Written September 7, 2002
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Travelling on budget? Just go...

Travelling on budget? Just go to a youthhostel. There are several. For example Faisal youthhostel. When you get out of the old city through Damascus gate and cross the road, the hostel is at your left hand on the corner.
Prices like 10/15 dollars-20 dollars per night. Depends on the room you choose.

Near the old city. It's just ten steps away.

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  • Written September 7, 2002
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I don't know if I can...

I don't know if I can recommend this one, but when Thomas (Emil) hold a sharp egyptian knife at my throat, well - what can I do...

Nice entrance

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  • Written September 2, 2002
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heritage house: heritage house

absolutely free for the jewish community

youth hostel,only for jews,you have to be jewish or to make them think you are,they will try to find out if you lie.
you can sleep with no charge,it is free!!!!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 31, 2002
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if you need cheap but clean...

if you need cheap but clean hotels in west jerusalem:

**golden hotel,40 jaffa street----------
*kaplan hotel,1 havazelet street(in front of the beginning of the pedestrian street ben yehuda)----------
*itsik house,141 jaffa street

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  • Written August 31, 2002

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official youth hostel in the...

official youth hostel in the old city;also the lutheran youth hostel very near;these 2 are clean and safe

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 31, 2002
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Old City Accomodation

My favourite accomodations are the hostels in the Old City, especially in the Labrynthine streets around Damascus gates.Most are cheap and friendly and often have a Travellers Bar or eating room of one kind or another. The only drawback is the curfews as the old city closes down at night. Be sure to ask when you check in.

For the best views get a mattress on the roof of the Petra Hostel. Sunrise and sunset over the Old City and its environs are amazing from here.
I stayed for a while at the Tabasco Hostel, which I know is still there. 5 years ago a dorm bed cost 12 NIS, a roof bed about 10. It was one of the cheapest backpacker hostels, i doubt much has changed. The Tabasco Tearooms, one of the main travellers meeting places in Jerusalem, is located underneath the hostel, just inside an archway. The staff here are great and can sometimes help you out getting work and also info on sights and tours.The food and drink are cheap. The only drawback is the noise from the bar, if you are looking for a peaceful nights sleep!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 26, 2002

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THE BLACK HORSE YOUTH HOSTEL: THE BLACK HORSE YOUTH HOSTEL

10 shekels a night !! This hostel is so cheap that you might be wondering if it's clean or not... Well, the place is clean !

Once you step in, you get to know most of the people. there is a bedouin tent inside and a water pipe !!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 26, 2002

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Then called the Laromme Hotel, Now the INBAL Hotel: Extreme Comfort

This would be considered a four-star accomodation with an eight-story atrium in the center which can be viewed from the balconies and stairways. At night we could see illuminated Old Jerusalem from our window.

They have a lovely pool and the best pillows I ever slept on, I've been tempted to write them and ask where they get those PILLOWS! The rooms are spacious and the windows to the outside can be opened, which is unusual for a hotel in the US.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 25, 2002

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The rooftop of the hostel...

The rooftop of the hostel whose name elludes me. Great place though, with bunk beds in a cavernous basement, a full kitchen too!!!

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  • Written August 25, 2002
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Lutheran Youth Hostel: Lutheran Youth Hostel

A dorm room cost just under US $10.

There are inexpensive hostels in Jerusalem that you can probably find most easily in a guide like the Lonely Planet. I stayed at the Lutheran Youth Hostel in November 99, for about US $10 in a dorm room. It was gorgeous, spotless, had helpful staff, and I highly recommend it. They do have an age limit of 35, which they overlook (like me!) in off-season. In November the dorm was less than 1/3 full, but I understand it is packed and should be reserved well ahead in the summer months.

I have the brochure; I'll post it here when I have more time.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 25, 2002

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