Just back from a 9-day trip around Israel. Out of four hotels we stayed in during the trip, this one proved to be the best.
Even though it's location is not too convinient, the property is very nice. Situated in an old building of 19th century eye hospital going down the slope of Mount Zion, the hotel features arab-turkish designs all over the rooms and public areas. The lobby offers stunning panorama of the Old City, which is really great to enjoy while having a cup of something at the bar.
The rooms are nicely set, but rather scrappy, could use a bit of renovation. All in all we felt very comfortable. I believe we had a standard room, but they do offer nice suites and even a garden villa by the pool.
The stuff is not friendly at all - no smiles, no shalom's and absolute lack of desire to help a guest. I was trying to find out the most convinient way to visit a certain place outside of town, but was told it's impossible and I felt I'd better go away and inquire elsewhere. I ended up stopping a cab just outside the hotel and asking the driver. But I came to realize that service is not the Israeli thing altogether.
Apart from marvelous views the next best thing was a hammam. A huge room that used to be a water cistern is now a hammam, very cozy and relaxing. However it's too hot for a typical turkish hammam I was enjoying every minute if being there. And then you go to a small jacuzzi in the garden and treat yourself to a magnificient panorama.
The food is just OK, nothing special, just like at any other Israeli hotel. And not very expensive, too.
So the overall impression was very good. I would definitely recommend the property to my friends. But the service should have been way better for this kind of money. For one, a free wi-fi would be a nice touch...
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Zion Jerusalem
- Hotel Mount Zion
- Mount Zion Hotel Jerusalem