Stayed at the Little "House" in December 2009 for one week. Below I will list the things I did not like:
1. Icky blue & white striped mattresses, with mattress covers that only covered the top.
2. Rooms and hallways are dirty. Dust in corners. Debris on rugs never removed, despite vacuum cleaner right outside our room.
3. Mediocre Israeli breakfast
4. Bad location for site seeing in Jerusalem. While some have said it is walkable to the Old City, realize that is at least 20 minutes, along some busy roads. Typical taxi ride (one way for a group of 4) to Old City was 33 shekels.
4a. Walk to Emek Rafaim (a fairly interesting commercial strip with shops and lots of restaurants, was a solid 10 minute walk, if not more
5. The pictures of dust on main staircase are mine. The dust was there when we arrived and there when we left. (with my arrow drawn in)
6. Overall poor ascetics. Cheap, mismatched particle board furniture. Holes in wall not patched. Poor quality workmanship on basic carpentry (moldings)
7. Weird plastic caps in bathroom floors. I lifted up two different caps and found plumbing AND water. Surely this cannot be good. There was also mold in these reservoirs and in the caps. I have pictures, I will try to post them.
8. Hall outside our room was used for storage of linen cart and vacuum. Having extra towels was convenient, but not what I would expect from a 3.5 star hotel.
9. Did not like the taste of the tap water. Do not know if this was city, region or hotel specific, but note that reception staff had their own supply of jug water. hmm...
For the same price you could stay much closer to Old City, in a newer, cleaner, better built hotel, possibly with a pool.
If the price was lower, you went in expecting 1.5 to 2 star it might be considered fair. Point of fact, The Little House was a hostel 3 to 4 years ago. Apparently they did some sort of face lift. It is shocking to me the Fodor's was positive about this place. Perhaps they stayed right after the facelift???
Note the bi-modal distribution of the reviews. There are many negative reviews. Then positive ones appear to balance them out, (hmmm hmm) The bi-modal distribution of reviews should be big clue. It is not like there was one stray negative experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Little House in Bakah - where being small is a big advantage. It has 34 comfortable rooms, is fully air-conditioned and serves a full breakfast. It is a unique, Ottoman style renovated mansion, with arches and columns and beautifully arched windows. The house is surrounded by a large garden that has many inviting corners under beautiful old pine trees. We have free wireless internet access. Little House in Bakah gives you a great opportunity to experience Jerusalem at its best. Free parking can be found on the streets surronding the Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- a Little House In Bakah Hotel Jerusalem
- a Little Hotel In Bakah
- a Little Jerusalem
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