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“Great Location....” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Lebanon, New Jersey
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Great Location....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you want to stay in a great location, in a funky building with a very nice terrace and not pay silly money this is the place for you.

If you want to stay in a romantic, bells & whistles, refurbed and tweaked, outstanding service sort of place etc this is not the hotel for you.

This is a YMCA not an Aman Resort. Rooms are "tired", service is friendly but basic, and the food much the same.

However, the King David across the road will charge you 2-3 times as much to sleep. The location is ideal and the tower is a great beacon for finding your way home. Easy walk to the Old City, the light rail at City Hall and decent restaurants.

Why pay more?

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Only about 50 rooms so never busy. Interesting historic internal and external decor. Good breakfast with cereals, fresh bread, salads and omelette counter. Sit inside or out. Evening food and drink prices reasonable too if you don't want to venture further. Rooms sufficient and clean, clean towels daily. Small room safe. Easy walk to Old Jerusalem and markets saves taxi fares - can easily do this again in the evening for eating out, 5 mins to tram (6 NIS single) to get to Holocaust museum. If you want something different than a sterile international hotel or need a central location with limited budget this could be for you. Hotel also has pool (but with a tight schedule for use), a good gym and more. Rest of building used for multi-cultural kindergarden and basketball court etc so lots going on but without disturbance to guests. New manager just moved from one of the major hotels so watch this space for improvements - he cares!

Room Tip: Forward facing room maybe best, but the rear looks over a new garden to smart apartments. All rooms...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haifa, Israel
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Perfect location for visiting Jerusalem. Authentic and special atmosphere of the place itself. Rooms might need some renovation, but are definitely reasonable for the price. Don't miss getting up the tower! Unforgettable Jerusalem panorama from above! It's free for the hotel residents, just ask at the reception to give you an access.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

A great hotel! I stayed here for 5 nights. The people were very friendly and hospitable. The breakfast was AMAZING! It was super close to the old city and all the legendary sites. Just an overall great place. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haifa, Israel
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This hotel was a last minute decision for 1 night for my husband and me. Location is excellent (in front of the King David...), and building architecture is beautiful. But these were the only advantages.
Dirty hallway carpet (long time since was last vacuumed...).
Small room, badly maintained: Historic hair in the bathtub and sink. Leaking toilette. Burnt light bulbs... thin, nearly transparent towels. uncomfortable beds and horrible pillows!!!
Breakfast buffet contains cheap ingredients only. For example: seasonal vegetables, soft cheese, white flour rolls only.
Staff was very unfriendly and reluctant to assist. Omelet stand was deserted, and coffee was not offered by the waiters. We needed to chase the staff for everything, though they were standing doing nothing!
It took us 3 rounds to get the information of the hotel parking lot location, as the receptionist was constantly avoiding this question.
Definitely not worth the $190 per night!!!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town, South Africa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Excellent value for money but more importantly, fantastically located - literally a 10 minute walk to the Old City.
Free wifi as well plus breakfast included.
Gorgeous property - we totally enjoyed our stay, highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

My wife and myself checked- in the YMCA on September 4th. and checked- out on Saturday September 7th.
We both enjoyed our stay. The Architecture of the building adds to thr excellent services. The rooms are good size not modern but very comfortable. The breakfast [buffet] is wonderful, anything you want is there. You can sit inside or outside in the balcony with a nice morning breeze

Room Tip: rooms facing south overlooking the hotel garden and the King David Hotel. We stayed in the 3rd floo...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 49 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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