The best thing about this hotel is the location - at the Zion square, right at the crossing of Ben Yehuda and Jaffa road, well within walking distance of the old city. The proprietor is a delightful gentleman, who is trying to help out as best he can.
The hotel was one of the cheapest in the area. When we got there , we saw why. The building appears quite old on the outside. There is no lobby, or elevator, for that matter. To check in, you have to get up to the 2nd floor. The room was small, though clean in appearance. It greeted us with a few flies, that flew in through the open window, and the smell of cigarette smoke, emanating from the furniture and the air conditioner. When we complained, the owner came back with the spray can, and squeezed a few long sprays around the room, which, unfortunately, make the room smell even worse, and added to the grungy feel around the room.
A few pictures hanging on the wall represent the attempt to decorate the room. There is an abundance of light fixtures on the ceiling and the walls, all of them CFL bulbs, without shades. The small size of the room leaves little space to place, let alone open a suitcase.
The in-room toiletries consisted of two unwrapped micro-hotel-sized bars of white soap (we booked for 2 nights). The bathroom/shower combination is exactly that - a tiny room clad in the tiles that has a toilet and a sink, as well as a drain in the floor and a shower spout in the wall. There is also a curtain on a rod that can be drawn to keep the water from splattering on the toilet seat (though not on the sink or the floor all over). The rod runs about a foot and a half away from the wall, so there is no way to not touch the grungy curtain while taking a shower. When finished, you can use a giant squeegee to try to dry the floor, though it only works part-way - while cleaning the tile faces, it leaves all the water in the grouts. So if you don't want to leave wet footprints in the room, you are better off not using the bathroom for a few hours after showering.
This hotel is not for seniors - the stairs are steep, and there is a lot of noise coming in both at night, from the partyers on Ben Yehuda, and during the day from all the daytime traffic and nearly perpetual construction of Light Rail on Jaffa Rd. Also, the portion of the Havatzelet street where the hotel is is closed off to motorized traffic, so they will have to schlep their suitcases for half a block.
When we booked this hotel, we searched for information on it, and were mostly aware of the shortcomings that can be conveyed in the pictures and the users' reviews. However, the grungy feel of the room and the state of the bathroom was a bit of a shock to us, spoiled by the consistency of even the less-expensive American hotel chains.
All in all, this was an inexpensive way to spend 2 nights in Jerusalem, avoiding staying in the room as much as we could, and minimizing the use of the shower; however, for a longer stay I would definitely chose another hotel.
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