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“Make it Shine, Yossi, make it shine” 4 of 5 stars
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12 Hamevasser St. | Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem 94113, Israel (Yemin Moshe)   |  
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“Make it Shine, Yossi, make it shine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

My wife and I spent five nights at Yossi's Avissar House in May 2012. We would unhesitatingly go back on a return visit to Jerusalem, but I would recommend it to others with a dollop of hesitation.

As many of the other reviews attest, Avissar House is a value accommodation in an unbeatable location. Yemin Moshe is probably the most beautiful neighborhood in Jerusalem - all stone construction, on a pedestrianized hill, with an incredible profusion of flowers and vines. (Spring is a great time to go there.) From the house it's only a 10 minute walk to the OLd City, a 10 minute walk to St. David's Street and the eponymous hotel near the car rental agencies, a 10 minute walk to the upscale Mamila shopping area across from the Old City, and a 5 minute walk to the #1 rated Trip Advisor restaurant in Jerusalem, Eucalyptus, which really is excellent. So why the hesitation?

The apartment isn't dirty. It just kind of looks like it is. A bit dinghy, a bit rundown. But everything was in good working condition. The shower was fine. The plumbing was better than expected. The mattress was firm and comfortable, the wifi worked well. Everything worked well and looked like it shouldn't. When we were speaking with Yossi, he asked rhetorically and within the context of the value his place offers, "What do people want?" They want some sparkle, some brightness, some consistency between the outside and the inside..

Avissar House is really a remarkable find and Yossi really cares about his guests. He just needs to freshen things up. Make it shine, Yossi, make it shine.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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yossiavissar, Owner at Avissar House, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Hello friends

I am glad to tell you that after 9 days of hard work we have finished to shine up the whole house (that’s before we read your review)
In the dream suite we paint the hole suite as we did in all our house and change most of our sheets and towels, we also bought a new dining table to the living room and we add a makeup corner s + an office table in the main bedroom where you can work on your computer using our free Wi-Fi.
About the outside shine up we are in process to built shed in our magnificent balcony (we need permission for that)
In the Windmill studio we paint the studio and enlarge the dining table + bought a new plasma for the satellite TV On the patio we add some flours and now it is very nice to Seat there in the morning to eat your breakfast, we also paint our Under the olive tree Suite we change the kitchen floor and upgrade the Kitchen facilities, and in the Sultan vine suite we add light, enlarge the working area in the kitchen +put Parquet floor in the bedroom.

So you see we really shine the house and you do not need to hesitate when you will send your friends
Again thank you for your fair review, we will continue to shine up our diamond for the satisfaction of our guests
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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melbourne
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We were disappointed in our accommodation. The location and neighbourhood are great. 10 minutes walk to the Jaffa gate. But for the price we paid we expected more. Two of the beds had plastic covers over the mattresses (bedwetters?) - most uncomfortable. The furniture all looked old and secondhand. The standard of cleanliness wasn't appalling, but wasn't top quality either. The last residents soap residue in the soap holder and taps for instance. We were there 4 nights and had the same towels for the whole time. For $177 night, you are paying for the location, not top quality accommodation.

Room Tip: Top room has a view of the walls of the old city from the roof.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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yossiavissar, Owner at Avissar House, responded to this review, May 13, 2012
Hello friend!
The reason that we put covers (bed wetter's) over our high quality mattresses is that
We want to keep the mattress clean!!!
We find that some people are drinking there glass of wine on bed and by accident they spoil the wine or coffee on the bed, or others that are using all kinds of oil on their body , or nice ladies that use our facilities to change their hear colors, and without the mattress protectors we have to through the mattress after their visit.
We don't use regular soap we use soapless soap in bottles (so no one have to use the same pice soap that other people use), such a green bottle was in your bathroom.
You really don't need to use the left over soap and after this to write your review you could use the soap in the bottle or tell us ( we are living in the same house)and we will throughout the soap that may be the maid forgot to through when she clean the suite for you .
We left you 4 body towels + 4 face towels in the suite.(it was a holiday and the maid could not come to clean in the holly day), you do not need to use the same towel for 4 days and to write it in your review.
We do not have second hand furniture in the house the only left over furniture in the house is me. Yes we have some antique armchairs in the suits, that we spend a lot of money to buy them and to renew them in order to remind our guests that they are living in historic place (our house is 130 years old). Most of our guests love them, but now we see that some people think that those armchairs are "second hand"?
We are not" king David" hotel and our price is the lowest price around. You forgot to write on your review that you took the "Jerusalem dream" suite , 2 bedrooms suite + living room, 56 sq meters, + 14 sq meters balcony faced the marvels view of the old city walls in the most exclusive neighborhood in Jerusalem , for 2 people, suite, that can accommodates 5 people, Our most expensive suite, for 177$ a night . You could take our windmill studio and pay 108$ for 2 people. Where can you find a better price?
I want you to know that we did not raise our prices for the last 5 years even the devaluation of the US$ . We take our responsibility to supply dissent accommodation in dissent price and we think that your review was not fair at all.
On those dates we start to renew our house to paint the house, to change some furniture and to replace the sheets and towels as we do every year in the last 10 years.
I want to thank you for your review, we will try to take your Comments in our mind and pocket when we will renew the suits furniture.
Yours as always
Yossi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

My husband and I had this wonderful trip in this marvelous city and the location of Avissar is simply excellent.

So, I decided to "copy" the review of Melbourne from February 18, 2012, because is what we really feel: "Definitely no complains on location or service. Unfortunately we found the apartment sub standard. The mismatched furniture and decoration made it feel quite drab. This would be more than acceptable if it had been clean. Unfortunately the apartment needs a good scrub and needs to be stocked better. The crockery, glasses, linen and towels need a refresh. Maybe the other apartments are better equipped and maintained than THE WINDMILL STUDIO.
We found hotel prices very high in Jerusalem which is why we opted for Avissar house so the price was reasonable all things considered."

When you go to the site of the Avissar House, you'll see gracious pictures of the patio of the Windmill, in this April it was completely abandoned. What a shame!

Yossi, the owner, was very nice and helpful and has a precious place to take care of and I sincerely hope he will do it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Me and my wife stayed in the 'Windmill' studio for 6 nights. It provided us with all of the modern conveniences required for a 6 night stay including a kitchenette with enough essentials to cook a few meals during our stay. For a studio, it was well sized and had enough storage space for our 2 backpacks and day packs. We chose Avissar House based on location in Yemin Moshe (a 5-10 minute walk to Jaffa Gate), a beautiful, quiet area of Jerusalem, the first area to be developed outside of the Old City in 1860. Yossi was extremely helpful and gave us great information to have a wonderful stay in Jerusalem. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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yossiavissar, Owner at Avissar House, responded to this review, April 9, 2012
Thank you
we will love to see you and your friends again
yossi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

After searching the Web for the ideal location, mixed with quality and facilities, we decided on Avissar House. We had stayed in Yemin Moshe previously, so knew the area well. We were a party of eight, so needed room/s. We rented the top apartment, the Dream of Jerusalem, in addition to the Olive Tree and the Sultan's Room. Our stay was 11 days.
Is Avissar House 5 star? No. But: the position, value for money, the Host's helpfulness, the view, etc, all add up to the ideal holiday location. Would we recommend this property to others? yes. Would we stay there again? yes.

Room Tip: "The Dream" has views of the Old City walls. Take good walking shoes.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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yossiavissar, Owner at Avissar House, responded to this review, March 31, 2012
Thank you for your review we will work harder to satisfied our guest demands

see you again
yossi
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

I've stayed at Avissar House several times before. Over an eight year span. Even with the competition posed by airbnb, Avissar House retains value and probably has the best ratio of expense vs worth.

What's the same is the fabulous location, Yemin Moshe, not only in sense of geography but also as an intimate, car-less, cobblestoned, hillside, charming, heavily gardened neighborhood of simply fabulous houses.

What's developed over the years is that Yossi takes even more pains to keep the maintenance (already fine, from my POV) and the cleaning (already fine, from my POV) up to snuff. It IS an old house, and that's one of the reasons I love to stay there. And in remodeled old houses, things do go wrong, and they break, but as soon as he hears about a problem, he's on the phone to someone to fix it. And as a native Jerusalemite he has fabulous resources. There was even an electrician here as the world edged into Shabbat, and if you've been in J'lem much at all, you know what a miracle this would be!

Rooms are well cleaned and linen replaced every few days.

There's a really good cable TV connection now. Great movies, international news channels abound.

You can't really compete with Yossi's many years of experience as an innkeeper, and this is why I mentioned the airbnb site, which I also use with great pleasure, but in never in Jersualem. Because he knows his town, he's a very practiced innkeeper, and it seems his central enterprise so he is almost always on site. He knows that quick and efficient responsiveness is his bread ad butter and he takes innkeeper duties very seriously.

I've read through some of the reviews on tripadvisor, and I've seen many people pass through Avissar House on my many stays there. I think that some people bring their drama with them, and it doesn't take much to ignite them. But really, if it's not the place for you, and Yossi can't make it better for you, you always have the option of not returning.

Which would create even more opportunities for those of us who simply adore being here!

Sue from Vermont, aka Happy Camper

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

We stayed in Avissar's Sultan Vine apartment for 3 nights. The location is sensational opposite the Jaffa gate. It's an easy walk into the old city as well as central Jerusalem. Yossi the owner was exceptionally helpful when we had problems with one of our tour companies. Definitely no complains on location or service. Unfortunately we found the apartment sub standard. The mismatched furniture and decoration made it feel quite drab. This would be more than acceptable if it had been clean. Unfortunately the apartment needs a good scrub and needs to be stocked better. The crockery, glasses, linen and towels need a refresh. Maybe the other apartments are better equipped and maintained than the Sultan Vine.
We found hotel prices very high in Jerusalem which is why we opted for Avissar house so the price was reasonable all things considered.

Room Tip: Maybe try one of the apartments other than The Sultan Vine.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12 Hamevasser St. | Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem 94113, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem > Yemin Moshe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Jerusalem
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Avissar Guest House in Jerusalem offers you 4 self-catering vacation suits in Yemin Moshe Avissar House in Yemin Moshe is located in the exclusive neighborhood Yemin Moshe and faces the breathtaking view of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Valley of Hinom and numerous villages scattered on the hills surrounding Jerusalem.It is a ten to fifteen minute walk from Avissar House to the center of Jerusalem with its shops, restaurants galleries and nightlife. It is a ten to fifteen minute walk from Avissar House to the colorful markets of the Old City and its spiritual centers sacred to Jews, Christians and Moslems. These include The Wailing Wall, Holy Sepulcher, The Dome of the Rock, as well as many other religious and archeological sites. Yossi Avissar, the owner of Avissar House, is a documentary film director and a writer. He will be happy to introduce you to the "real Israel".Avissar House was built in 1892, in Yemin Moshe, one of the first Jewish neighborhoods outside the Old City walls. Between 1949 and 1967 it was near the no-man's land at the heart of a divided Jerusalem. Today this area is renovated and is considered as one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Parks and gardens surround the house; the serenity of the neighborhood (no car zone) and its extraordinary beauty are only a few of its advantages ... more   less 

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