The first thing to say about this hotel, is that in spite of the location and the shabby rooms, you are unlikely to find friendlier owners or staff anywhere in the world. From the moment we checked in they couldn't do enough to help us and make our stay as comfortable as possible. The breakfast was also lovely and there was loads of choice.
Having said that, this hotel does have some major disadvantages. The location is probably the biggest of these. It is in East Jerusalem in the middle of the Muslim quarter and a good 10/15 minute walk from the Old City (and it's hilly!) There are no restaurants in the immediate vicinity and it isn't the loveliest of areas. Fortunately we were travelling as a couple, but I think if I had gone with a girlfriend instead I would not have felt very comfortable walking back after dark. I should also mention that it is right next to the Mosque and the windows provided no barrier against the early morning call to prayer which woke us up daily.
The rooms too, are a big downside. They have clearly not been updated since the 70s and are in desperate need of redecorating. The beds were not comfortable, the bathroom was very small and there was a bare bulb light hanging in the centre of the bedroom making it seem a little bleak.
It is obviously true that you get what you pay for and this was one of the cheapest options in Jerusalem. However, despite the absolutely delightful owners and the great breakfast, I personally would recommend spending a bit more money and getting a hotel with a better location in the new part of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Affordable family run hotel, located with easy walking distance to the Old City of Jerusalem. 10 minutes walking to Herod's Gate and 15 minutes walking to Damascus Gate. Simple, clean accommodation, family atmosphere. 10 minutes walking to Lerner Sports compound located in the French Hill. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alcazar Hotel Jerusalem