We stayed at the Rivoi in East Jerusalmem in Mid November for a couple of nights.
First of all the good points...
Its location is great!! Right by Herods Gate by the old city you can walk out of the hotel straight in to the Old City. Its a stunning place to stay for walking around Jerusalem.
Its cheap. We got a room for £45 but due to the hotels odd exchange rate it manifested itself into £52 a night once we came to pay in sheckels. But still a good deal for a city hotel.
The guy on reception was great, and really helpful. Couldn't do enough for us but due to the amount of problems guests seem to be having he was run off his feet trying to fix things!!
Not his fault he wasnt the owner or the manager and he had just been lumbered.
The beakfast wasnt too bad for the price of the hotel and the lounge was OK with decent free wi-fi that I could also pick up in my room.
Now the bad points..
Its 2011 and I dont expect to stay in a hotel these days in a major city where the hot water only comes on between 6PM and 9PM! It was pouring down with rain, I got drenched went back to my room to have a shower around 5PM and had to sit in my room until around 630PM when eventually some luke warm water was avialable. And you have to be quick before all the other guests empty the water tank!
Also there is NO HEATING in the room. And I mean NONE. Jerusalem is freezing at night in the winter and it was probably warmer out on the street!
It is so cold (the windows are ancient) that it is impossible to sleep.
Im guessing in the summer its probably too hot as there is no air conditioning either..
If I were you I'd give this place a miss if you can get another hotel for the same price. There are loads of hotels in the same street all that look roughly the same. I'm sure one of them does have hot water and heating so i'd plump for that.
I dont really care how rubbish a hotel is if its cheap but surely in this day and age a little hot water and heating wouldn't go amiss..
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