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.
- 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