We booked this on the strength of reviews and its great location in the heart of the Old City. The be-gowned reception clerk was not at all friendly, very dismissive of us Western women. The room was very very small and very noisy as there was a lot of activity of the local shopkeepers both early am and very late too. It appeared clean although we didnt look too closely. The bathroom less so though could have been much worse.
It was close to Ramadan and jerusalem and this hotel were filling up. However, that's not an excuse not to clear up after guests (or the family where the kids careered around the hotel on scooters) weho had been eating in the reception lounge. One afternoon we came back to find the very same detritis of a meal that had been there when we left that morning.
The impression I got was that the hotel 'tolerated' guests rather than welcomed them.
Furthermore, the Old City closes around 7.30 in summer and it is VERY DESERTED and not a place one would feel same wandering around. That leaves us with no where to eat or socialise.
The hotel had a lovely rooftop patio with great views but there was no service there. Would have been a perfect place to serve snacks or light refreshments had the hotel been more interested in its guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Hashimi Hotel and Hostel is located at Old City, Jerusalem, Israel. It offers air-conditioned accommodation rooms, all of which have a cable television, private toilet and bath, telephone, and an Internet connection. Some of its amenities include restaurant and cafe, tours and city trips, room service, and safe deposit boxes. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Dome of the Rock, and Via Dolorosa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hashimi Hotel Jerusalem