I stayed there for five days as part of Jisr Al-Arabi, an immersive course for spoken Arabic offered at the village. Juha's offer the basic hostel experience. Expect bunk beds, communal space, etc. But it's so much more than that. It offers a chance to be a part of Jisr A-Zarqa, a special impoverished Palestinian village on the affluent Israeli shore. The people I met, in the hostel and outside, were very friendly, interesting, illuminating. The atmosphere in the hostel was great, I was always happy to spend more time in it. As other reviews mentioned, it is noisy; it's nothing Juha fix, however, as it is in the middle of the village. Bring earplugs and an eye mask for the street lights.
The only hostel in an Arab village in Israel, very friendly helpful staff, comfortable and safe. Jis'r is a very poor village, and as such- crowded and dirty. The people however are very friendly and hospitable. Highly recommended, for everyone who is open minded to different cultures.
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.
Juha's guesthouse is a great place too stay if you are interested in seeing Caesarea or if you want to just experience staying in a historic Arab village along the coast. You can go down to the beach and have it all to yourself. It felt safe and secure. Genevieve and the rest of the staff at Juha's are all fantastic and very helpful and provide lots of information. There are several restaurants nearby and a shop where you can find delicious treats. I recommend it for sure!
This filthy place, offers nothing. Greatly disappointed. You will not use the sea, it is an Arab village and women will not feel comfortable disprespecting all the men only at the beach. The fishing village is a few old boats, and a tiny rocky beach nothing to see. The hostel is extremely noisy, kids throw firecrackers all night, cars appear to beep every few minutes right in front of the place, for no apparent reason. Basically expect no sleep. Streets are beyond filthy, dead rat on the street. Rooms are disgusting, less than bare minimum. There is no reason to stay in the place and give them a cent!!