The Montefiore's location on a short pedestrian promenade and its relatively low cost are its strong points. Ben Yehuda is just five minutes away, and the hotel is within easy walking distance of the Old City and the Mahane Yehuda street market. The Israel Museum and Knesset are about 30 minutes by foot.
The hotel itself is very basic. Our room next to the elevator was quite small, with minimal space between the bed and the corner of the desk, which made it difficult to get to the bathroom at night. The bed was comfortable, but smaller than the ones we're accustomed to. On the plus side, the room was very quiet and included a safe. The free Wi-Fi signal was usually adequate, although I occasionally was unable to connect to Web sites on the first attempt.
The Montefiore's amenities are minimal. There is a restaurant, but it never seemed to be open. The breakfast is adequate and is served in a well-maintained dining room near the lobby. The staff were polite, though most didn't go out of their way to greet us. We were also given conflicting information when we inquired about a larger room. One front desk attendant insisted that all the rooms are identical (apart from the suite), but another said that the rooms near the elevator are slightly smaller than the others. (The room layout diagram in our closet confirmed the latter.)
Breakfast was less sumptuous than the ones we've had in other israeli hotels, but was certainly adequate. The dining area off the lobby was small, but clean and well-maintained.
The Montefiore is a good choice if you're looking for a clean, quiet place to sleep while in Jerusalem, as long as you're expectations aren't too high.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of Jerusalem, The Montefiore Hotel is within walking distance of the Old City and many attractions, such as The Western Wall, The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Ben Yehuda Promenade.Many of the city’s best restaurants and exclusive shops are nearby.The hotel has excellent public transport links which take you all over the city, a station of the new light rail service nearby.The hotel has 47 comfortable rooms and one suite. The Montefiore Hotel provides a full Israeli breakfast and free wireless WIFI connection. A free laptop, available upon request, will help you stay in touch with home.At the Hotel: the Angelica Restaurant, a unique kosher chef’s restaurant, offers fine grill and special dishes.The best location in town – guaranteed! ... more less
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