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“Uninspired, unadventurous dining” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel

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Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
3.0 of 5 Specialty Hotel   |   King David St, Jerusalem 91002, Israel   |  
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
“Uninspired, unadventurous dining”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

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!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

I was on a 5 day trip to Jerusalem with my daughter where we were looking at - in particular - the ancient Roman history (part of her University course). This was a perfect location - easy walking to the Old City and to City Centre for restaurants etc - and has a great atmosphere. A unique and historic building - and the restaurant terrace was a great place to eat, drink and watch the world go by. Good value for the location and friendly/helpful staff. Room was quite small and a little basic - absolutely ok for us - but we did not spend much time in there as too much to see! Bathroom was fine. Plans imminent to open up the hotel to a new elegant residential complex at the rear which will provide pleasant sitting areas.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brasilia, DF
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We spent four nights at the Three Arches in Jerusalem and enjoyed the hotel, good service, beautiful dining area and very tasty food. The hotel is simple and clean. Staff is very helpful and went the extra mile to help us arrange a trip to Bethlehem and to cross the border into Jordan. Three arches is housed in a gorgeous building located very close to the Jaffa Gate into the Old City and a perfect launching base to explore the biblical sites of this golden city. We highly recommend the Three Arches.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Wonderful building with tons of character just around the corner from Jaffa Gate. Rooms could do with a face lift, but otherwise this hotel was great. Food was really excellent too, we enjoyed lunch and dinners there as well as breakfast.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We chose this hotel because of its location as it is central in Jerusalem and a short walk to the Old City. We loved the architecture of the outside, entrance, lounge area and restaurant.
As we were in Jerusalem to visit biblical sites, art galleries and museums this was perfect for our needs. The bedroom and bathroom were adequate for our needs, as we only needed to sleep there. Beds comfortable, rooms serviced each day. The breakfast was amazing and very well presented with many choices. The evening meals from the menu were beautifully presented and tasty. We dined outside on the terrace and it was perfect. The restaurant staff gave excellent and were delightful to talk with. Concerige was helpful. We would stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

We were recently in Jerusalem as part of a exploration of Israel with the Margaret Morse Tours. On one of our free nights in the city, we took the advise of another couple and dined at the YMCA. Without having done any research, our expectations were quite low. The meal turned out to be one of the best we enjoyed in Israel. Everyone's food was delicious. The wine was at the right temperature, which was not the case in all of the places we ate in Israel. The only suggestion I'd make to anyone thinking of eating there is to call ahead and request the outdoor dining option. We ate inside which was ok, but a significant drop inequality from the views and ambience of the patio outside. Give the YMCA a try, you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

I visited Jerusalem during Passover and Easter holidays in 2012. YMCA was my first choice, it has comfortable, clean rooms, it is 10 minutes walking distance from the Jerusalem Old city walls: the position is perfect. The breakfast was really good, as well as other meals (dinner): maybe a bit expensive, imo. The staff of the hotel is exquisite, very friendly, willing to help. The building is old and beautifull, a real middle-eastern jewel of 20th century architecture - with with nice old furniture.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel

Address: King David St, Jerusalem 91002, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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