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Barkai Studios
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

Ruti Barkai is an artist who lives in a quiet residential neighborhood a short walk from both the Old City and Ben Yehudah Street, so the location was perfect for us. Her short street is hard to find so get a good map before you get into a cab. If you can get the garden studio, that is probably the nicest, but we found her small studio with a loft bed perfectly fine for our family of four and the price was great. Travelers should keep in mind that Ruti is renting you a studio apartment in her home, not running a hotel or B&B. The room we stayed in was no frills but perfectly adequate and we did not come to Jerusalem to stay in a room. Ruti is friendly, helpful, and kind. She went out of her way to be of assistance. If you need a fancy hotel, pay the price, but if you want to experience a genuine neighborhood, Ruti's place will fit the bill.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank heavenlyjane
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

Barkai studio is the perfect place to stay in Jerusalem: the location is excellent, just 5min from Damascus gate and New gate. So you can basically walk everywhere in the Old City, go to Olives Mount easily, and Jaffa Street and the new city are also about 10min walk.
We had the garden studio which is very nice, you can eat outside. It is quite big, has a nice bathroom with shower (and a blowdryer) and small kitchen. There is free wireless internet if you happen to bring your laptop with you.
Most importantly, the owner Ruti is very helpful with all little things like booking sherut, checking transportations etc... and it makes a real difference.
I really recommend this place and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2010
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2  Thank fb3434
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Reviewed May 4, 2010

We enjoyed our visit to Barkai studios this spring. Ruthi is a lovely person that really tried to make our stay enjoyable. The location is excellent and easy walk to the old city and city center. The price is still a good deal, especially with the location. One strange note, turns out the rate is cheaper in US dollars, than in Shekels. We were quoted a price in USD, and when we arrived said we decided to pay in NIS, and were quoted a price that was roughly $10 more per night (which adds up over a week). We exchanged our NIS for USD and saved $60 by paying in USD.

A few downsides. Some strange smells on the street outside the room and in the bathroom (which is very small, but will fit an average sized adult). Also, the linens while clean had a smell of mildew or cats. Overall, the place is clean and comfortable given the price tag. Also, parking can be a bit challenging if you bring a car.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Nilslangerhans
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Reviewed April 1, 2010

In March, we stayed for a week at Barkai Studios again, having been there also in July. It is truly like coming home for us! Ruti is the warmest, kindest, most helpful person and the apartments are lovely -- comfortable, clean, quiet, and perfectly located. Between Ruti's generosity, the charm of the neighborhood, the convenience of the studio's set-up, and the access to old and new Jerusalem, I could not imagine a more perfect location. Highly recommended!

Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

If this is number one, then don't stay at a B&B in Jerusalem. By the way, it is not a B&B anyway. In fact, it is barely a B. No breakfast, hard tiny beds, the smell of cat litter pervasive, shower/sink combo that is tiny for a child. This is a good place for someone on a tight budget with no desire for any comfort or space at all who has no sense of smell. However, the location is fabulous/unbeatable and the rooms are cheap. But the adage that you get what you pay for applies. It is inconceivable that this would be rated number one for anything except location.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank datjeep
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