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Citadel Youth Hostel
Reviewed September 20, 2012

I don't understand all the complaints. Everything was clean, everything was comfortable, the staff was nice. Remember, its a hostel, not a hotel. There are some low areas around-medieval man was shorter than us-so beware. My girlfriend and I stayed on the roof, nice view, but be forewarned that dew does tend to develop and it gets a little chilly. I really enjoyed my stay there and I have no complaints.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

the bedroom was really confortable, i mean REALLY CONFORTABLE! on the other hand i heard that the roof is very bad.
The toilet flush wasn't working but there was a restroom next to our bedroom, so it wasn't really a problem.
First there was a girl at the lobby, she was really nice and helpful. Then there was an old guy there, and he was more like the usual Israeli man, a bit temperamental, but for me, that lived here for q while already, he was alright.

Room Tip: Room n. 2. Best bed i slept in Israel.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

My daughter and I stayed here for 3 nights. We had a more expensive room with a private bathroom and a fan (very necessary in summer). The front desk people were very helpful with information. There is a shared computer with internet in the lobby. There is a luggage storage area if you arrive before check-in or are in the city after check out. If you sleep on the roof it is cheap and you get a sleeping mat to save your spot in the afternoon and the use of a shared bathroom and kitchen with refrigerators. They don't make people talking on the roof leave until midnight so your sleep depends on how curtious the other guests are. It was great to be in the old city. The cobblestones can be very hard on suitcase wheels and you have to walk from the Jaffa Gate (maybe a 3--5 minute walk).

Room Tip: In the summer lower floors or the roof are the coolest for sleeping. Room 2 on the second floor has...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

The Citadel hostel was affordable and in a perfect location just inside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. Anywhere within the Old City was no further than a 10-12 minute walk. Biggest negative: Found traces of bed bugs on my mattress, luckily before I slept in it. KNOW THE SIGNS: the red/brown stains near the corner of the mattress. Mine was the only bed out of six (we stayed in a 12-bed dorm) that had these, and I was given a new mattress upon complaining. Other than that, it was pretty clean and there is a nice view from the roof. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Good location if you want to be in the middle of the old city. Good rooftop with a beautiful view. Good service. BUT very humid, small, hot and dirty rooms. Could need some renovation, some air con and some new bath rooms --- its a bit swampy everywhere. Good if you're on a budget and not staying for too long --- the church bells will wake you up at the roof around 6!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

The building and location are wonderfully atmospheric, and the rooftop is one of the best in the old city. If it's summer and you can stay up there, I suppose this place would be fine. The private rooms look OK, too. And there is a small shared kitchen. But the dorm in the cellar is among the worst places I've ever slept. It's basically a dungeon: windowless, airless, dirty, and claustrophobicly crowded with terribly uncomfortable bunk beds.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

I came from TLV and arrived with a sheroot at 0130h am at Jaffa Gate. I had a map from openstreetmap.org already printed so it was easy to find. The man who opened was really friendly and showed me the way through the cave-like structure. You can also book daytrips and ask a lot of questions about how to get to Ramallah/Betlehem and other Westbank cities.
I would definitely go there again and I recommend it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Citadel Youth Hostel

Address: St. Marks 20 | Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Jerusalem
Price Range: $26 - $51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Citadel Youth Hotel Jerusalem

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