I have waited long enough to post about my wonderful experience at the Kaplan Hotel in Jerusalem. My family stayed at the Harmony and for only $60/night i was a 5-minute walk from them, a great location near Zion Square and the City Center train stop. Plenty of good food nearby, expensive and budget. Jaffa Street shopping for clothes, groceries, sundries. Close to Machane Yehuda, quick train ride to Yad Vashem.
Both Eli and Natan went out of their way to help and make me comfortable. They alternate for 2 weeks each, so if you're lucky you'll get to meet both. Eli and his sweet dog Joyky are a great welcoming committee -- helped with bags, left fruit and flowers in my room, made me feel at home. Natan is the 'best man!' He was there for most of my stay and helped with everything possible: extra hangers, actually going out and buying a Shabbat timer to accommodate me, getting me a ride to the airport after the snowstorm, and just being there to talk to and calming me down when I was nervous. He served breakfast to newcomers and provided helpful information. My room was basic but adequate (#12-17 in the pictures for this hotel), i was lucky enough to have an armoire and a mini-fridge. I couldn't quite figure out the TV (wasn't there much anyway) and i couldn't connect to their Wi-fi network, but there were other venues nearby to use and when i needed one, Natan did a print-out for me. I did wipe down the furniture in my room when i arrived, it wasn't spanking clean. However the towels were clean and ample, the housekeeper was very kind and changed the sheets every couple of days. Kitchen available, use your own utensils if you keep kosher. For a low-cost option, I have only praise for Kaplan Hotel; for its proprietors, the highest of praise at any price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kaplan Hotel is the best choice for low-budget travelers. Located right in the center of Jerusalem on Jaffa street, just off Ben-Yehuda st., right across Zion square, and near the new train station. Its location is ideal for shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or having a coffee. It's a 10 minute walk to the old city, to mahane yehuda market, and most central tourist attractions. All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. Guests are welcome to use the hotel's kitchen, as well as have a free cup of tea or coffee. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kaplan Hotel Jerusalem