Went on a McCabe-organised pilgrimage to Israel. The Golden Walls was our Jerusalem base. From the outside it looks a bit awful -- the (smart) doorway has scruffy Arab shops and accompanying trash on either side. But inside the stair and public areas are all fine.
The hotel seems to be mainly used by pilgrimage parties. The company in Israel that McCabe use for their local agent seem to be based here. At breakfast (a buffet, as is dinner) there were various long tables, all with cards indicating a party for "McCabe - led by Revd XYZ".
The hotel surrounds a small scruffy courtyard which is not part of the hotel and is used entirely by taxis and local cars as a parking space and are always coming and going. I didn't find this was a problem, and I am pretty sensitive to noise, but it is scruffy and unattractive.
The hotel is a 3*, and that is precisely what you get. The room that I had was OK-ish. But it had a connecting door to the next room, with a flimsy bolt on my side, which I had to put in position myself! The door itself was plywood, and I had to listen to sounds from the next room.
One problem that several of us reported was ... no curtains! There were two sets of gauze hanging up, but no curtains. On the second day there WERE some white curtains, which were hidden behind the gauze. I'm not sure if there were there all the time.
The bathroom was adequate. The TV was permanently fuzzy, and so unusable. I slept well, however.
The food was really excellent. Both breakfast and dinner were buffets, combining hot and cold food. It was all presented very well, looked very safe and sound (I have stayed in Egypt, so I am aware of what can go wrong!) and there was a wide selection. Everyone would be able to find something. I would guess that the reviewer who complained of an upset stomach was perhaps affected by the change of water or temperature. I get upset stomachs at the drop of a hat, and I had no trouble. (However I was there in February; possibly it would be different in July)
The staff *were* unusually friendly and helpful. I stay in hotels a lot, and I noticed that they were going the extra mile.
Bottled water can be obtained from the bar, which is in the lounge area. Snacks -- crisps ('chips') and chocolate and the like -- can be obtained by going out of the hotel and turning right and walking along a couple of shops to what is effectively a convenience store.
The location is really excellent, although on the tour we had too little time to use it. It is within easy walking distance of the Garden Tomb, and the same for the Damascus Gate. You can perfectly well walk to most of the Old City sites.
I usually stay in 5* hotels. But I would be happy to stay at the Golden Walls again. Indeed if EasyJet start flying out there, I might do so anyway. So ... if you are thinking about a McCabe tour, don't worry about this hotel. It will be fine.
Overall it is a fairly simple hotel, redeemed by excellent food and location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Jerusalem Golden Walls Hotel is located in the center of the Holy City. Located just outside the northern city walls, between Damascus and Herod's Gates, our hotel is within walking distance from the most religious, historic and cultural centers.The Golden Walls Hotel is a family-owned business managed by the Pilgrims Palace Hotels Ltd. The Golden Walls Hotel was built in 1964 and run by the late Dr. Rasheed Nashashibi till 1983. It was then known as the Pilgrims Palace Hotel. The Hotel has undergone major renovations throughout the last 10 years. It was expanded twice. A new building was added to the existing to make the total number of rooms 120. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tulip Inn Jerusalem Golden Walls Hotel Jerusalem
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