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“Small friendly atmosphere and price hotel in nice old Jerusalem stone house”

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A Little House in Bakah
Ranked #31 of 102 Hotels in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2010

Small friendly atmosphere and price hotel in nice old Jerusalem stone house.
Situated on Hebron road, a bit more then half hour walk to old town or center. Close to nice restaurant and cafe district - Emeq Refaim street / the German colony.

Don't expect much from breakfast but else than that it is a great place to stay relatively cheap in this beautiful town.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

Don't expect a modern, stylish hotel. It's an old bulding (not a historical one), a bit old fashioned and small (probably only my room). But the room was clean,and the bed was fine. In general the owners may consider to renovate the furntiure.
One advantage is that the AC was really quiet.
The breakfast in the restaurant round the corner (but in the same building) you can't call various but the bread was fine. It surprised me that in the restaurant it's not possible to charge your bill to your room.
Free WLAN access in the room was an advantage!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 22, 2010

You want to stay in a 5-star glass-and-aluminium tower? Go somewhere else. You want a palce with a clinical, uniformed "service staff"? The Little House at Bakah is not for you. The Little House is small, personal, unpretentious and friendly. Located in a renovated old Ottoman-era villa, it is modest, practical, clean and affordable. It attracts a diverse clientele: out-of-town Israelis and overseas visitors, pilgrims and sight-seers, spiritual "searchers" and fun-seekers, young and old. It a small hotel with many of the features of the Continental "pension-type" accommodation that makes it appealing to seasoned, experienced European visitors. The tariif includes a generous and varied Israeli breakfast: eggs, several kinds of salad vegetables, olives, breads, yoghurt and other milk products. It is very conveniently located close to good bus services [71, 72, 74 in Hebron Road and also 7 in Beth-Lechem/Bethlehem Rd] to the city, including to the Central Bus Station hub. In addition to the Eged service, the Arab minibus service (among them 124) also stops on the Hebron Road corner providing the more adventurous with direct access, in perhaps cramped but always polite conditions, to the Old City entrances at the Jaffa and Damacus Gates. Also, when the Eged bus services shut down on the Sabbath (Saturdays) and other Jewish holidays, this Arab bus service proves most useful. It will get you to the Old City where you can eat in one of the many restaurants there when those in the New City shut down on these special Jewish days. A short walk away are to be found three of the best low-cost pleasures in Jerusalem: the view down to the Old City from the "promenades" above Abu Tor at dawn, sunset and night. (An early morning walk in the Peace Park below the promenandes is a delight!) Also in close walking range (about 12 minutes) are the casual but stylish coffee shops and restaurants of Emek Refaim ("Ghost Valley"). These too are closed on Saturdays, but the Little House at Bakah has a sister establishment in Lloyd George Street, the short-cut route from the Bethlehem/Bet Lechem Road to Emek Refaim Street. There is to be found, even with a small "art-house" cinema inside, a venerable institution--the Semadar Coffee Shop, which goes back to the 1920s and is a real landmark. Quite scruffy and without pretences, it has a loyal clientele of locals, well-known and unknown. Better still, it too is open on Saturdays. You can always get a good, reasonably priced meal there where everthting else is shut. There is always a very good Soup of the Day served with great bread. In addition to Polly's Restaurant i the hotel, there are some pleasant coffee shops in Bet Lechem Street, plus good fruit shops and a wonderful little continental delicatessen where you can by food for light "picnic-style" meals, either in the hotel or on an outing. There is also a shop that seels wonderful bread on Bet Lechem Street: appropriately it is called Bet Lechem, which is not only its street location but also means "Bread House". In short, the Little House in Bakah is ideal for a short stay in Jerusalem. It is wonderful, for no-nonsense people, as their base for a longer stay of two or three weeks. It is during these longerv stays that you will come to really appreciate the staff: mainly young people, all individuals, helpful people not corporate functionaries or industry "clones"--who can help you, if you need, in many languages including English, Hebrew, Arabic, Hungarian, Russian, and who knows what else. Some people may not like the Littel House. It will strike them as too austere, basic, informal. But if you are not that sort of person, you will have a wonderful time at rhe Little House in Bakah. I did. For people like that, like me, it is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

Friendly staff and competently run small hotel. Easy walk to the Old City but not that close. One of the perks we enjoyed was easy walk to the residential German Quarter with great cafes and street life. Also a fantastic breakfast is inlcuded. Keeps you going for the rest of the day.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

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.

Spotless???

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2009

Oustanding service, but please buy new carpets (the ones in the rooms look like they are 20 yrs-old) and a real vacuum cleaner. the room sizes are inconsistent and you have to ask for a larger room. Our "master" bedroom had only a tiny Full size bed.

The ergonomics of the rooms are quite awkward. With a bit of money, an interior designer and an architect, they can easily make this a 4-5 star hotel and charge 1.5 fold as much.

Walking distance to both Emek Refaim restaurants and to Old City.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2009

This charming Bed & Breakfast is set in one of Jerusalem's old neighborhoods, a quaint and charming location not far from the Old City and the city center. Everything was just right. The facility and room was spotlessly clean, the staff friendly, courteous and always helpful, and the breakfast buffet plentiful and delicious. The room was small, but very comfortable, with a large bathroom and shower. The wireless Internet was erratic in my room, but there was a computer in the hallway that was free to use for email and other Internet activity, so I did not miss out. I travel to Israel frequently, and I will definitely stay in this hotel again. If you wish to contact me, please email me at: florianjl@gmail.com

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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Address: 1 Yehuda, Jerusalem 9362723, Israel
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Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Jerusalem
#11 Family Hotel in Jerusalem
#20 Romantic Hotel in Jerusalem
Price Range: $100 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — A Little House in Bakah 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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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