When I learned that my friend was getting married in Jerusalem in May, I got to work right away. El Al tickets, check. Travel medical insurance (accessamerica.com), check. Now where to stay. Trip Advisor was the best. I was not spending King David or Inbal money. Spent hours on Trip Advisor and just kept coming back to Harmony because the reviews are so positive and appealing. I am here to report that all those positive reviews ARE ABSOLUTELY TRUE. There is nothing that I read that is untrue. (And I read tons of them before I made my decision and many, many more after because there are many tips offered by reviewers as far as where to go.) Yes, the rooms are small. But very pretty and comfortable with a nice bathroom and good AC. Yes, the staff is friendly and terrific. Yes, it's in a fabulous central location. Yes, the breakfasts are GREAT and so is the coffee. Yes, the happy hour is such a nice touch and nice way to sit and chat with people while having a nice little snack. Yes, the whole look of the hotel is appealing and fresh. Additionally, the staff is extremely responsive to emails. I needed a copy of my invoice 2 months after arriving home and boom, the next day there it is in my inbox.
Let me advise every one of you to buy travel medical insurance. If you're traveling internationally, your health insurer will cover only emergencies. And if you have an accident (trip and fall let's say) and go to an ER and are then admitted to the hospital to have surgery a day or two later, let's say for a broken leg, your healthcare provider will pay for ER only and not a penny after you are an inpatient. Once you're admitted, they don't consider it an emergency. The only surgery they'll pay for is if they send you to OR directly from ER. A $90 policy could save you $25,000. And that policy will give you tons of assistance getting home such as upgrading you and the escort they provide to first or business class if you, say, can’t sit in a coach seat for 12 hours. I can tell you that the people at accessamerica.com were wonderful. Don't be a dummy. Buy that insurance. Hopefully you pay the premium and never use the benefit.
And definitely stay at Harmony Hotel. It's a total pleasure. Next trip to Israel, hopefully in 2012, I will go back to Harmony.
Also, I highly recommend the day tour of Masada and Dead Sea. $92 and arranged through the hotel. A lot of fun and so interesting. After Masada on the way to Dead Sea, the bus stopped at a very low-brow place for lunch. Lunch was cheap and good enough. But this place has a gift shop where I spent $240 on wonderful gifts, most of it lotions and potions made by Sea of Spa, all made in Israel, all great smelling. There’s a place across the street from the hotel that sells this stuff. Check their prices before you take the Masada/Dead Sea tour, and if they’re a lot better at the roadside place, stock up. My gift recipients were delighted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harmony Hotel Jerusalem is located in the heart of Jerusalem at Nahalat Sheva, which is one of the first neighborhoods that was built out of the old city’s walls at the end of the 19th century. This Jerusalem Hotel is Atlas’ latest boutique hotel. Twenty five years ago Nahalat Sheva was the subject to a complete restoration by the city’s municipality and today it is full of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. ... more less
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