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Rivoli Hotel
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Great location in Jerusalem. Located just in front of Herod Gate. 5 minute walking from Damascus Gate.
Good breakfast, helpfull staff.
Hotels in Jerusalem are quite expensive, so this is a good option to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank manliosing
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Had a great time, staying one night. Clean, quiet (cemetery view), nice breakfast and very polite, friendly and helpful staff! Would recommend for sightseeing, as the hotel is located very close to Herod's Gate! Great value for money!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank NorwayAnonymous
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

I arrived at the hotel at 05:00am and was charged an extra $30 for early checking-in. To avoid noise I chose a room facing the backyard with a cemetery view. The rooms though minimumly clean are run down, no heating in the rooms, no hot water, the blankets are very thin I had to take two from the extra bed to keep warm. The carpet is worn out. Lamp shade was broken. If you are looking for a cheap basic base conveniently situated then this is it.

Room Tip: 2nd Floor Backyard Rooms are the best to avoid noise.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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5  Thank AngelHarare
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

I have stayed here on a number of occasions and find it to be a good base to explore the city. In fact the hotel is only about 300 yards from Herods Gate in the old city wall - 2 mins walk away so a great location for exploring the city. I don't think you will pay less than the Rivoli rate anywhere in Jersualem for a hotel as close to the old city as this. It is situated on a busy street so if you are a light sleeper ask for a room at the back and not on the front! For me being on a busy street is part of the attraction as you get a real feel for being immersed in the culture and if you're staying in a street-side room you can watch the 'arab' world go by from up above! If you are more used to staying in lush-gardened hotel seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of local life then this probably isnt the place for you - but what you lack in 'quietness' you gain in being part of the local culture.

Heating wasnt an issue for me - as I was there in October and have been there before in August - well hot! There are fans in the rook although admitedly air con would be a plus. The decor is a tad dated so again if you are conditioned to modern 5 star hotels with all the luxuries at your fingertips then this will be different for you! Accomodation is basic but clean, but I'm not staying in Jerusalem to sit back and enjoy bed-side Sat TV!! I generally go out all day and am only there for the evening and early morning. If you do get a room at the back then I'm afraid the view isnt breath-taking - a cemetery! But - this cemetery is part of what may have been the original Golgotha (Calvary)!

As for the service - I have found the staff to be very friendly and accomodating and are on hand to deal with enquiries and offer advise etc - even arranging taxi's for me. There are also a number of shops/grocers on the street that stay open late and a cash machine 300 yards up the road. Breakfast is good with a buffet-style choice. Some may be concerned about security being as it is on a busy street - but I have never had any problems in this respect and I have been on 4/5 occassions.

All in all - the Rivoli is a basic hotel at a very good price especially if you're on a tight budget and it's in an excellent position in Jerusalem. It's certainly not the Ritz but if it was you wouldnt get the real feel of what life in this part of Jerusalem and the Middle East is like!

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper - ask for a room at the back of the hotel and not street-side! Even if you are a heavy sleeper you might want to consider taking your ear plugs as there is also a muezzin nearby from which you'll hear the Muslim call to prayer!
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Stedavid
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

I stayed at the Rivoli Hotel in August and while it was basic it really gave a feel of how life actually is in the Arabic part of Jerusalem. All the staff there from the manager down to the cleaners were very open, always helpful and polite (better than at some UK places) and always tried to make sure the guests were happy, could not fault them. While the food was basic, there was nothing wrong with it, plenty of food available and always hot and always on time.
Yes there are things that could be better, but if you are just looking for a place to crash after a tiring day in Jerusalem and the surrounding area it could not be better - so close to the old city. It was great to be that close to where it was all happening and to see, feel, smell and hear the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city which has over 2000 years of history.
Cannot comment about it in November as I was there in August with temperatures of 30 degrees in the day, yes air-con would have been nice, but the rooms all had fans and the staff even had additional ones available if they were needed.
I have stayed in hotels costing a lot more and had much worse service, so some of the comments are not that accurate.
One last comment. You do sometimes have to put things into perspective and think of the location culture and local politics. This hotel is not in the UK or the most affluent part of Jerusalem and one should remember that the Arab peoples in Israel have not had things easy for a long time, so it can be difficult getting the financial resources to do all the things I know the management would like to do, so in closing – no complaints.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Peter H
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