- 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: 696
Notre Dame de Sion Guesthouse, Ein Kerem: Find a Nun and You'll Find Good Accomodation
Notre Dame de Sion Guesthouse is in Ein Kerem, a village to the west of Jerusalem, officially part of the greater city area but in reality quite rural and light years removed from the atmosphere of the city. The guesthouse is part of the convent of the Notre Dame de Sion order and as you would expect from nuns it is very well run and absolutely spick and span. The convent is set inside huge gates and inside you step into a different world. The buildings are old and mellow, the walled gardens, a profusion of flowers and shrubs, the paths shaded by ancient trees. The rooms here are not luxurious but they are clean and comfortable with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Breakfast is in a seperate building and walking through the gardens in the early morning, then eating on the patio makes for a very pleasurable start to the day. Breakfast itself is quite adequate but not what I would call generous and it's not the kind of place that you would commit the sin of gluttony in. Pricewise, it's reasonable but not cheap. For three nights there I paid approximately EURO120 which was my share of a double room. I would recommend this guest house without hesitation as staying here is like staying in a monastery in Tuscany but it is a long way from the city centre so unless you have your own transport , getting here could be expensive. There is a bus to Ein Kerem from the Central Bus Station on Jaffa Road, the 17 or the 17A
The unique qualities of this accommodation are the beautiful setting and the outstanding views over the surrounding countryside. It's an idyllic location with a very rare ambience and atmosphere so if you value these qualities then this is definitely for you.
- 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: 98
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.
- Reviews: 2258
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.
- Reviews: 276
Various - inside or just outside of Old City: Short List of Budget Accomodations
This is a short list of various budget accommodations inside or just outside of the Old City Wall:
Agron Guest House/Hoste - Official IYH Hostel
Beit Shmuel - Has everything from cheap dorm beds to luxury facilities and flats:
Hotel Hashimi - Well recommended inexpensive (basic) hotel:
New Imperial Hotel - Well recommended inexpensive (basic) hotel.:
Lutheran Guesthouse - Excellent reputation, deep inside Old City:
Christ Church Guesthouse - Excellent reputation, located at Jaffa Gate area:
All of these are clean and safe and have a good reputation.
- Reviews: 2644
Notre Dame de Sion: Notre Dame de Sion, Quiet and restful
The VT Jerusalem 2008 meet slept here. They should put a sign up !!
Anyway most of us did sleep here, Antonio, Katherine, Valentina, Frosia, Simon, Louise, Vere, Julie, Jo, Carmen and Angela...only Fruitlover (Avi) opted to stay away. We also had cameo visits by our daughter who stayed overnight and also Sharon who arrived to say hello to the group and have dinner with us at Pundak Ein Karem.
The accomodations are not fancy, but the rooms are spacious and clean with plenty of hot water for showers. What makes this place special are two things.
The first special thing is a feeling of ease, no pressure, a sort of calmness, even the people there who serve you do not seem harried as they often do in hotels. It gives you a better chance to enjoy your surroundings.
The second thing is the lookout point. There is a small area surrounded by a high fence and covered in shade trees where you can bring your coffee and sit and just watch the grass grow, a very calming place and a beautiful view.
Take the opportunity to wander the grounds of the monastary grounds, they have gardens and even a small cemetary that is interesting.
The actual cost in September 2008 was 780 NIS for two people for two nights including breakfast. That is much less than most decent B&B's.
- Reviews: 531
Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center: Notre Dame Center - A Hotel for the Pilgrims
The Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center is located in the very heart of the holy city. It offers the means to make your pilgrimage to the Holy Land a deep spiritual experience and the opportunity to get to know the main holy places and the rich complexity of this land’s past, in order to understand better its difficult present.
Notre Dame also offers you a pleasant stay, with comfortable rooms and an excellent restaurant, along with many other services. It is an ideal place for spiritual retreats, conferences on biblical, theological, spiritual or archaeological subjects, and meetings of religious congregations.
Notre Dame offers special rates for groups, priests, religious, and seminarians. You may contact the center thru the website provided or telephone indicated below to help you organize your visit to the Holy Land.
- 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: 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: 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: 4871
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: 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: 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.
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