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10 6098 ST Old City Market, Nazareth 1609324 Israel
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#2 of 21 Specialty lodging in Nazareth
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4.7
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4.7
Simsim is situated in the heart of the Old City of Nazareth, Israel's largest Arab city and it's name, simsim, is taken from the Arabic word meaning Sesame. The house is from 1910. Beautifully, colourful renovated with all facilities - simsim makes the best home for budget travellers. Good location to discover the Galilee, Golan, Akko, Haifa. The owner has the best knowledge of the city and the area around to give you the best tips for your trips.
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Paid public parking nearby
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Wifi
Snack bar
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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English, Arabic, German, Hebrew
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Johana E wrote a review Jul 2019
Slaný, Stredocesky Kraj, Czech Republic10 contributions
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Friendly staff, clean and specious rooms, full equiped kitchen, excellent location close to Basilic! We enjoyed our stay, we came for third time. Very helpful people, we felt here as at home. Highly recommended!!! Johana and Monika, Czech Republic
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Alberto wrote a review Nov 2018
Madrid, Spain14 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed in Simsim for a couple of days and we can only recommend. It’s very well located in the heart of the zoco, it has a very bohemian and cozy cafe attached and there’s a lot of culture and good vibes around. The common areas are very comfortable and well equipped, the rooms are nice and all the staff is great, but Sami, the one in charge, just stands out!!! We really felt very much at home there.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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JJW18 wrote a review Nov 2018
London, United Kingdom15 contributions3 helpful votes
Gorgeous hostel with a wonderful cafe/shop run by the owners below (Liwan Cultural Centre) The room itself was a basic hostel room with bunks, and bedding we were given was clean and comfortable. Only issues were the noise from the street, but once we got used to it, it didn't bother us. Also with the bathroom being unclean, but I think our stay coincided with a new member of staff arriving and them trying to get to grips with things.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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mjmcnally13 wrote a review Oct 2018
London, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
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I stayed a total of 7 nights at Simsim Hostel over two separate visits to Nazareth in the last couple of weeks, using it as a base to hike and tour in the area, and I loved it. It’s located in the heart of the Old City on the doorstep of the Market in a lovely old building. It has a fully equipped kitchen (cooker, toaster, kettle, fridges, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, free tea, coffee, oil and spices); a separate area to wash & dry clothes by hand; separate toilets, showers & wash basins; a lovely area with large dining table and comfortable couches to sit & relax; and mixed and single-sex dorms. The hostel also has an interesting collection of books explaining the history and culture of the area and a cafe/bookshop/gift shop right next door, displaying some great artwork and playing a relaxing and eclectic mix of music, including traditional and jazz. Silke & Sami (owners) are very kind, easy-going, helpful and respectful and the hostel has the double advantage of being spotlessly clean, but also having all the character of a genuine Old Quarter building (eg: stone floors and stained-glass windows). Crisply-laundered bed linen is provided for each guest. If you’re looking to do some tours Silke & Sami can help you to arrange these or, if you prefer to make your own plans, they respect this also and give you space to do so, providing information when asked. Enjoyed my stay here very much.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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bordxbox wrote a review Jun 2018
Dalton, Ohio1 contribution
Compleatly fantastic. The staff was very helpful. They even went as far as booking us bus tickets to get to Amman. The rooms were very clean. It was at the perfect location in a amazing city. Certainly plan to go back.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Sami J, Owner at Simsim Guest House
Responded Jun 14, 2018
:-) Thank you very much. You are such a nice couple - we enjoyed your company!
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Korsarz92 wrote a review Jan 2018
Warsaw, Poland1 contribution
Perfect hostel either for short and long stays. It's only three dormitories so it was really nice and quiet place. A lot of place in shared space, fully equipped kitchen. Whole place clean and cozy! Reception is in Liwan Coffee Culture, really beautiful cafe with the best arabic coffee! Idea of the owners (simsim and Liwan) only makes that You want to stay and support whole mission. Place worth to stay, and people worth to know! Location cannot be better- heart of the Old City, next to vegetable market (which is perfect option for cheap and yummy breakfast), five minutes from Mary's Well (square with restaurants, pubs, bars).
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Emma S wrote a review Jan 2018
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What a great location in the heart of the Old City of Nazareth! The hostel is colourful, filled with gorgeous sunlight during the day and has a fully equipped kitchen. You can easily base yourself there and do day trips to other sites in northern Israel like Haifa, the Sea of Galilee and Jenin.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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voice of one ca... p wrote a review Jul 2017
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing hostel in great location with ease of access to all main attractions and friendly owner. Super cool coffee shop below. The dorm was large and bed comfortable. Bathrooms very neat and clean. Definately recomended if visisting Nazareth :) Paul
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Response from Sami J, Owner at Simsim Guest House
Responded Jul 13, 2017
Thank you, Paul! We are very happy, that you felt comfortable.
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Lucka Š wrote a review Jul 2017
63 contributions15 helpful votes
This hostel is located very close to all sights. Spent there one night with friends. Nazareth by itself is a very lovely place full of cute buildings and streets besides all the historical sights. Sim sim hostel is quite small comparing to other places we have been to so we enjoyed some quiet time there. 😊
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Sami J, Owner at Simsim Guest House
Responded Jul 5, 2017
Thank you very much for your recommendation regarding simsim but also the location of Nazareth in general as a interesting and beautiful spot to explore.
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barbgt wrote a review Jun 2017
Amman, Jordan75 contributions36 helpful votes
I've stayed here for one night with a friend before a conference and had a great experience. We arrived late afternoon after hitchhiking over 100km and we were quite exhausted. The staff greeting us were warm and friendly making us feel comfortable straight away. The cafe below the guesthouse is lovely, I can imagine myself relaxing there after a day of exploring. We stayed in a dormitory, which was quiet and comfortable. I also really liked the common room with the colorful design, sofas and plenty of books! The kitchen was well equipped and also included everything for a nice cup of tea or coffee. There was also a large (and clean!) fridge. The bathroom is mixed but nicely separated for privacy. It was obvious that the place is kept clean. Unlike some hostels where I've stayed over the years, here you could also find cleaning tools available so you could actually leave the bathroom the way you found it! All in all we had a great stay with my friend before the conference. The location is very central and easy to find. Oh and have I mentioned that we met Martin Luther King III in the cafe? (He was coming to the same conference.)
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Response from Sami J, Owner at Simsim Guest House
Responded Jul 5, 2017
:) Thank you. We are happy, that you enjoyed yourself in simsim, Liwan, Nazareth.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Simsim Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Simsim Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Church Of Annunciation (0.5 miles), St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (0.3 miles), and St. Joseph's Church (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Simsim Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and baggage storage.
What food & drink options are available at Simsim Guest House?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Simsim Guest House?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Simsim Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rosemary, Bayat Restaurant, and Tishreen.
Is Simsim Guest House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Nazareth.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Simsim Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Are there any historical sites close to Simsim Guest House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Church Of Annunciation (0.5 miles), Cana of Galilee (4.0 miles), and Synagogue-Church (0.2 miles).