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“Great Hotel at a Cheap Price”
A great no frills hotel with spartan accommodations for a cheap price. The location is near the Muslim Quarter of the Old City in East Jerusalem. The staff is really friendly and knowledgeable.
“Nice Price and Nicer Staff.”
Very friendly staff. If you needed anything like a hair dryer or a voltage converter they had it, with out asking for any tip. The room is basic, with clean sheets and towels. You only get like two t.v. channels in english but you can't beat the good rate you pay for room and how close you are to the old city, with in minutes walk to Herod's gate. The area is mostly Arab's but they are friendly, there is a pizza place just up the block and a nice coffee shop out side the hotel. The better gate to walk to is Damascus gate, because there are less turns to find where you want to go in the old city. If you need a room pretty much to sleep and you are really into seeing the old city this is the place. You can also book tours with the front desk and order a shuttle bus to the airport, no need to pay high price for taxi. No need to take taxi around old city, you can walk and get a great work out. I would not book tours to the north like Haifa, there is just too much traffic, I would book those on Sat. or Sun., on the week days book to places like the dead sea or Masada. Also if buying anything from vendors you can negotiate also with taxi's, you will find alot of locals coming up to you to take you on tours with there taxi's but I would stick with a group or follow the map on your own and ask people around, most everyone speaks english or just show them the map where you want to go.
“HOPE TO GO BACK.”
Hikmat and The staff were nice, helpful, and professional. The Hotel was clean and the breakfast buffet was great! The location is perfect for local neighborhood exploring and sightseeing in the Old City. Maybe not a 5 star Hotel but for the price it was perfect. Cable TV for Western News,Tour assistance available.
“Generous friendly hosts”
The hotel is in the old part of the city, about a 300m walk from Herods Gate, so close to all of the sightseeing the old city of Jerusalem has to offer. If you are used to big skyscraper hotels, this one isn't for you, but for tourists wanting something within walking distance of the best sites in Jerusalem it was excellent. Our hosts were charming and very good to my elderly mother. My room was perfectly adequate and clean, with a small balcony. Everything was functioning and it was very pleasant. Breakfast was plentiful. I would recommend this to people looking for a place to stay in Jerusalem.
“A good basic hotel in Jerusalem”
A good basic hotel in the downtown area of old East (Arab) Jerusalem. Convenient to the Old City and -- they don't emphasize this -- public transportation, specifically the modern light rail line between East and West Jerusalem. Rooms clean and well kept up but spartan for the price. Breakfast included, and the sole disappointment was powdered instant coffee. Staff very helpful, arranged for shared taxi at ungodly hour (345 am) to get to airport for early plane, for a set price.
“you get what you paid for.”
For the money you pay, its an ok location, and the rooms are a bit old, but decent value for the money.
“Nice choice near Jerusalem old city”
very good location, just a few blocks from old city's entrance (Herod's Gate), near to many shops and food stores. Nice employees. But old furniture and old television model tends to made hotel looks shabby.
“great spot but over sold on room”
didnt have double bed as requested and didnt try to do something to improve situation / refund some $$ or something to assist. Great location though.
The room was tiny and not very clean. For just a few dollars more a night I could have stayed in a much better hotel. The service was mediocre and at times a little rude. I have never commented on a hotel before and have stayed in some pretty bad places, but I would not recommend this hotel at all.
“WORST HOTEL EVER! DON'T STAY HERE!!! EXPEDIA LIES.”
This was the worst hotel i've ever been to. Giant holes in the walls everywhere, live wires in the room, toilets don't work, decor AND BEDDING from the 1970's (how many people have slept on this bedding in 30-40 years?#, worst breakfast ever, they have "no smoking" signs all over but the management smokes in the lobby and it absolutely stinks all the time #and i'm a smoker!#, and one part of the lobby #near TV# smells like pure sewage. NO WIFI as stated EXCEPT in the smoky/sewage lobby. They don't change your sheets except once a week and don't vaccuum your room ever. The towels are dirty, the toilets are dirty, they store YOUR mattresses in the 4th floor stairwell #where the drywall falling all over them# and they are stained and disgusting and so old. The breakfasts are left over food from the whole week, except for the eggs and HOT DOGS. That's the only warm food they have. They serve stale cake you will see every single day, old hummus, old yogurt, and for juice they have Tang. Coffee is powdered and you get hot water to mix up your powdered coffee. This is not a 2.5 star hotel, this is barely a 1 star hotel. The people are nice, but why would they be rude? This makes no difference. All of Israel/Palestine is relatively safe, so this makes no difference. The location is decent, but the Old City is so walkable that this makes no difference. Just do yourself a favor and don't stay here. Expedia you should be ashamed - do your homework - the ceilings were falling down here!