enjoyed our stay at Juha's Guesthouse, which is simple and comfortable, with friendly and helpful staff. We were happy they could add another mattress so that three of us could stay in the room, and they gave good suggestions of what to do in the village. Welcoming atmosphere.
When here because everything in surgery it was extremely expensive and that was only a very few places to begin with so all the displays had a single bedroom private bedroom for $89 use a GPS to get there from Caesarea when we arrived the street looked like it was something out of a horror movie they were people everywhere at night looking us at looking at us like we were fresh meat it was be a very unsafe location for a woman we walked in and there was a white looking possibly American looking guy I said are you American he said no I’m is really and I said what is this place I’m telling you don’t go hear the people who gave this going glowing reviews must’ve been homeless and I’m in bad homeless only stay here if you’re homeless and then I think you could do better I can’t describe how bad this places if you have to pay anything anything you’ve paid too much don’t even think about going here I can’t tell you how much you were regret it if you’re taking a woman here you should be charged with a crime again this place is beyond a nightmare do not even think about it
If you have the interest in learning about Arab culture and villages within Israel, this is a good place to do it. Definitely has a good initiative but should be better maintained. The service is extremely slow to check in and get your car in the morning (about an hour wait) from the private parking lot down the road because they need to call a local teenager to help out. Like I said, great initiative for bettering the community but should be run better.
We had a private room in the hostel with a private bathroom and it was not clean. The comforter had stains and hair on it. The room smelled a bit. May or may not be a coincidence (I'm thinking not), but I woke up the morning after returning home with conjunctivitis (pink eye). My travel partner did not. The hostel is a "short walk" from the beach, meaning about 15 minutes. I would not feel comfortable being in a revealing bathing suit in this area due to the cultural difference. On the website they also said that it's a half hour walk to Caesarea- not true, it's at least 40 minutes to the beginning of the area while walking along the beach.
Stopped for some pastries in the morning around the corner for breakfast and they were fine, nothing special but only 7 NIS for 4 small ones. Someone else said they got pancakes in the morning for breakfast- no breakfast when we were there.
Be sure to get there before dark. I felt more safe arriving just before dusk, but there weren't restaurants open nearby to go to eat dinner.
Good thing we brought some food with us!
I stayed in a shared room while taking a 5-day course in beginner's Arabic in town. The accommodations were exactly what I'd expect from a guesthouse in a typical touristy town, but way above what I would have thought could exist in a poor, neglected (but very friendly) town like Jisr-a-Zarka. The place was kept clean. Everything worked as it should, and the communal kitchen and sitting area was a great place to chat and eat. The area has a variety of interesting sites - the beach, some archaeology, nature and a chance to get acquainted with the local culture and cuisine. I believe it offers a unique, multi-cultural combination of ingredients in this complex region that's worth checking out. So do.
Good: Before we arrived, Neta was extremely kind and helpful regarding changes to our reservation as we hoped to stay two nights instead of one. When we arrived, Obaida was incredibly kind and made sure we were happy with the room and gave us free hooka. Genevieve was also very kind and helpful during our few hours stay. The beach was beautiful and we were looking forward to spending time there.
Bad: There was a shooting across the street the night before which we were not informed about. Within a few hours of our arrival, there was another shooting across the street. An hour later, a third shooting which one of our group saw happen as she was sitting outside on the balcony. The staff member in the guesthouse, Amy, was extremely cavalier about the whole incident and kept the door to the apartment open while standing outside to watch the shooting aftermath. When one of our group closed the door for safety, she commented that we ruined her view. After we learned that it was a family feud causing the shootings and the shooter would probably be back, we decided to leave. The owner did not help us after we could not get a taxi to get us out of the village and to the train station where we could get a taxi to Haifa. He had been very kind earlier, but became very unhelpful when he realized we wanted to leave. After another staff member called him to ask him to help us, he agreed to refund our money and drive us to the train station. However, he dropped us next to a bus stop outside of the village in the middle of no where in the middle of the night where we listened to more gunfire as we waited 45 minutes for a taxi from Tel Aviv to reach us. The violence was an unfortunate event that happens in the area, but the danger the staff put us in and their unwillingness to help us out of the dangerous situatuion was unreal.