The YMCA Hotel is a bit of an anachronism in the middle of Jerusalem. It has indoor and alfresco dining open to the general public. We did not stay at the hotel but used the YMCA restaurant because it was convenient for our hotel and was reasonably priced. It serves ordinary, unadventurous food such as hamburgers, breaded chichen and salads. The kitchen and toilets were a little "run down" and in need of renovation.
Not a very relaxed atmosphere when we dined there because, approximately every 30 minutes, a crowd would suddenly descend on the restaurant from the nearby hall where a music festival was in progress. Obviously they would leave the festival when there was a break in the entertainment The crowd trooped over to another area of the restaurant for coffee and sandwiches. Not the place to be if trying to have an intimate dinner in calm, restful surroundings. A bit like eating your evening meal in Times Square.
One saving grace. The YMCA does have a tower! Designed by the same architect who built the Empire State Building in New York, it has wonderful views of the Old City of Jerusalem. For 10 shekels you can travel to the top of the bell tower by lift. It costs 5 shekels if you climb the stairs - a no brainer!
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- Also Known As:
- Jerusalem International Ymca, 3 Arches Hotel
- Ymca Jerusalem