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“Slight misnomer, but pretty good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paradise Hotel Bethlehem

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Paradise Hotel Bethlehem
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Bethlehem
Congleton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
58 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Slight misnomer, but pretty good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

This hotel in Bethlehem was the closest to good international standards of the 3 in which we stayed during our visit to Israel and Palestine. I understand that the interior is being revamped and I must confess that it appeared in good order though I did not explore beyond the first floor.
Our allocated room was of a reasonable size with comfortable beds and both it and the bathroom were very clean.
The evening meal was again buffet-style in a large dining room. Many of the tables were marked as reserved for parties from all quarters of the globe, but we were in early and got first dibs at the food on offer. It was prepared to a very good standard, and as usual with buffets, you could go back repeatedly until you burst. No-one actually went that far while we were there.
So why only four stars? Well, the waiters were obviously preoccupied and not very communicative. They dished out watermelon desert on a 'take it or leave it" basis. Well, everyone is entitled to an off-lay I guess, and maybe they will be better next time.
Breakfast was pretty good too, though our relatively early start meant that I only saw it through bleary eyes. Check-out was fast and efficient.
We would stay there again, hopefully for a little longer than our one night fleeting visit.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Happyretiree63
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ireland
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

Stayed there some days ago, flew early morning and had just some hours to sleep there. Friendly staff, clean place, ideal for pilgrims to holy places. Average beds, average pillows. Furnishing and walls pretty old, like from 80-90th years but nothing too scary. There is bath and toilet in the room. In the buildings there are elevators. I didn't like food but may be it's my problem as I saw others ate like horses :) Window view is a construction site nearby and town up the hill. Around 3 a.m. Muslim prayers was heard but not for long. Walls between rooms were thin and you can easily hear your neighbours.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Malinka E
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Slovakia
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

This hotel fully deserves its 3 star rating, it was recently refurbished and renovated. Sure you will not be disappointed by your room, bathroom and all the facilities. Elevators are rather busy and my room was on 4th floor. Anyway, I used to take the stairs. The stairs are little bit narrow. The restaurant downstairs is quite busy and sometimes you have to wait in a queue at the buffet tables. There is a free wi-fi not only in the lobby, but also in the room which is not very common in the Israeli and Palestinian hotels. Overall, the hotel is good. But the beds are AS HARD AS A ROCK! Imagine lying the whole night on a marble desk. This is exactly how the beds feel. You can get used to it, but the first night is quite a shock!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank georgieMT82
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Louisville, Kentucky
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

I stayed a week here in March 2014. While the room was rather worn looking, it was cleaned very well every day. Beds were old style but comfortable enough. Room was nice sized for single person. The staff were all very helpful and accommodating. Two elevators meant short wait. Location was good with shopping close by. Taxis to Manger Square were 20-40 shekels depending on driver. No metered taxis--Work on negotiation only. Walls were very thin and I could hear every move and cough the neighbors made on either side. But the price for half board and room was amazing.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PastorJC
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Mission Viejo, California
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

Paradise Hotel is in tiny Bethlehem, where you can feel all the activity in the neighborhood. It seems that it is geared for pilgrims to the Holy Land, and they are used to the volume, coming and going. It is very clean and modern. There is wifi as well in the room. The staff go out of their way to help you.
You have to remember that this is Palestine, so you will be wakened up by Muslim morning prayers from the mosque. What is so poignant and beautiful in this place is that people of all faiths, especially Christians and Muslims are living together as peaceful as they can. It warms my heart.
I love Paradise Hotel. It is a good hotel owned by faithful Christians, and they love pilgrims like me.

Room Tip: Just savor the sights and sounds, it is the daily grind and life of Bethlehem.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Chubanopolus
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

We were on a day trip to Jerusalem & Bethlehem from our cruise berth in Ashdod. We stopped at The Paradise Hotel for lunch. There were literally hundreds of tourists eating here at the same time so the turnover was very fast. I think that most trips to Bethlehem stop here for lunch. There were plenty of cold salads and sides to choose from, and they were topped up quickly when they ran out. There were two hot mains and this was the only hot food that there was available to choose from. Both were very nice but if you are a picky eater, had children, or you're vegetarian, you might have struggled as both were slowly cooked meat in sauce/gravy, with either rice or potatoes. Drinks were reasonably priced but the person serving was disorganised and we had finished eating by the time we were offered a drink. Thankfully there was bottled water available on each table and so we had stuck to water. The restaurant was very clean and so were the loos.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sticky11
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Derby, UK
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407 reviews
151 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 531 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

Stayed here for just one night (thank goodness). There's nothing wrong with the room we had which was in what I think was a new wing at the back of the hotel and was smart and modern. But the hotel is just full of tour groups and if you're an independent traveller reading this I couldn't think of any reason to recommend it. The hotel is located quite a way out of Bethlehem and there's nowhere nearby to eat so you're stuck with an awful buffet in the hotel dining room with (literally) several hundred fellow guests, most of whom I guess are on a package tour. Public areas of the hotel - e.g. reception and bar - are full of tour groups milling around and smoking and shouting at each other in the bar. If you get a room at the front of the hotel you are highly likely to be hit by noise from wedding party discos that the hotel seems to specialise in. Unless you really have to stay here find somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank kmr1809
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Property: Paradise Hotel Bethlehem
Address: Manger Street | PO Box 96, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
Location: Palestinian Territories > West Bank > Bethlehem
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Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Bethlehem
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Number of rooms: 129
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