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“Great location but toilet leaking to shower”

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Citadel Youth Hostel
Bratislava, Slovakia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great location but toilet leaking to shower”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

As we came for 2 nights, we could live with the hostel and the room, but the standard was very low. On our two week road trip around Israel, it was definitely the worst housing experience we had. First of all, the location was excellent, directly in Old town. But except the cave look that was the only positive part of our experience. We asked the owner to repair the leaking toilet but after 3 times they were not able to repair much of the toilet and I would bet that the toilet may be still leaking. If you would like to enjoy the best view in Jerusalem without thinking on anything else - go for it. But if you care about cleanliness - you should maybe think about something else. For us it was okay for two days (without thinking on the leaking toilet), but we couldnt imagine staying there the whole week.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Great hostel in the middle of the souk in the Old City of Jerusalem. Bit hard to find at first but it's in a great location. We stayed in a private room which was comfortable with a decent shower. The kitchen was pretty basic but did the job. The hostel also has an amazing roof terrace with views over the city and some people were sleeping up there under the stars which was cool. The best thing about Citadel is the stafff who are fantastic. They really know their stuff and nothing is too much trouble. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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20 reviews
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

An Israeli friend of mine recommended this hostel to me and said it was "absolutely wonderful". He wasn't lying. Location, location, location. Perfect. Close to everything in the old city and being next to the Jaffa gate (with tour starts, banks, restaurants, info) means that newer parts of W-Jerusalem can also easily be reached on foot or by tram. The roof is awesome. Just go upstairs and have a look.

Staff is super friendly and flexible and will advise you on pretty much anything, wether it being places to eat, bank services, holidays (August/September is filled with them and some places close down earlier or close completely), tours, buses and sights. They will also have change for the coffee machine, do your washing for 50 NIS and tell a few stories and jokes. ;)

The rooms are fine. And just great for this price. All in all I stayed in 3 private rooms w. ensuite bathroom and shared bathrooms and everything worked out fine. Everything was clean and tidy. There was no air-con in the rooms, only fans, but it didn't matter (I imagine it could be a problem for some in july/august though).

The only thing I missed was not having mobile and internet connection at the same time (since the wif-fi only works in and around the cave-like lobby where you lose gsm signal). It might work if you step outside though. But, this was a minor thing really. Another thing.... there can be many steps to your room... and no lift. This however was no problem in my case.

I was travelling alone and the Citadel was just perfect for me. I highly recommend it. :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Usak, Turkey
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

citadel Hostel is fantastic. cool roof and internet and the most ridiculously awesome location (on old city . mazing hostel. Super friendly staff, great tours and fun activities. If you are traveling alone, with friends or with family this is the place to stay> Easily the best and cleanest hostel I have stayed in.

Room Tip: Easily the best and cleanest hostel I have stayed in.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

great value for money we had a great time at citadel hostel staff are amazing
the roof top terrace have the best view of the old city .location is fantastic, in the center of the old city, One of the best hostels I ever stayed in. The facilities are good and sufficient. There is a nice lounge and rooftop area to mingle with other travelers< The room was clean and spacious

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

great value for money we had a great time at citadel hostel staff are amazing then they booked for us in the hostel in ramallah that was another great hostel we highly recommend staying there for the price and service the roof top terrace have the best view of the city .

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Richmond VA
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Pros: location is fantastic, in the center of the old city, the interior is filled with cavernous stone archways,

Cons: room was crammed with a too-large bed, leaving little room to set down your bags and move around. The bathrooms are not great, but they are reasonable. Hand-held showerheads tend to make the entire bathroom and everything in it (including toilet paper) wet, so be careful! There was a bad smell in our room, probably from ventilation from the bathrooms, which was reduced once we closed our window. But closing the window meant no cool air from outside. The location of the kitchen in the center of all the accommodation rooms meant that observers of Ramadan could be heard having their pre-dawn meal throughout the hostel.

Honestly, the old city is a short 10 minute walk from the Zion Square neighborhood, and we would recommend staying there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Citadel Youth Hostel
Address: St. Marks 20 | Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #15 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Jerusalem
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Number of rooms: 18
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