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Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
Ranked #39 of 98 Hotels in Jerusalem
Bath, United Kingdom
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“Good location, lovely building, average room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

I stayed at this hotel with my Mum for 4 nights in October. The exterior of the building & reception areas are beautiful and are one of the main highlights of the hotel. Sitting on the outdoors terrace for breakfast every morning was a particular highlight for us. Location-wise, it is in a good location. The nearest stop for the overland tram which can take you to the central bus station & other destinations outside of the Old City is about 15 minutes walk away and Jaffa Gate which will get you into the Old City is within walking distance too. The hotel has a swimming pool which I used (& is a good size). It is however used for external classes and has male/female only times so make sure you check the timetable first to avoid turning up and finding that you cannot use it. To be honest, unlike some reviews, I did not find the staff's friendliness remarkable enough to comment on - they were just OK. The room was also average. The exterior beauty of the building is sadly not reflected in the interior of the bedrooms (although I suppose if it was we would all be paying much more!) That said, the room was comfortable and fitted its purpose. Price-wise, it is not cheap but then Jerusalem is not cheap either and there are certainly more expensive hotels out there. One drawback which is probably related to the age of the building is that the lift is very very small! There are however stairs which you can use and to be honest, there are not many floors. If you want a hotel with a good location in Jerusalem with a nice place to have breakfast and exercise facilities then this is a good choice. If you want exceptional customer service, romantic/impressive rooms then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

This is very likely the most beautiful YMCA in the world. The hotel is lovely, breakfast is delicious and the ENTIRE staff is gracious, efficient, and kind. There is free wifi, a gym, a charming outdoor patio and a view of Jerusalem from the building's tower. The hotel is an international crossroads where hospitality, generosity, and goodwill prevail. It is also centrally located --within walking distance of historical sites and museums.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Hadera, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

If you want to stay in a good location in Jerusalem, close to the centers, old city mixed with a new center, enjoy from good service, good and clean rooms - this is the place. The price for a room is fair. There is also a parking lot for hotel gests.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at 3 arches for total 5 nights in 2 stays.

Friendly welcoming reception, cosy feel and lovely old lobby - has good WiFi connection.
Rooms comfortable if a little worn but had everything I needed. Especially enjoyed the full bathtub to soak in after a long day of walking around the old city.

Best part of my stay was the lovely terrace and sitting out in the morning sun enjoyed the fabulous breakfast. Excellent hummous and cinammon rolls. Can also recommend the excellent Palestinian beer on tap at e end of the day.

Close to Jaffa Gate about 10mins walk and an ATM about 5 mins walk. The bus 18 outside will take you to e central bus station, or get off earlier to visit the wonderful Yehuda Mahane market for a feast of fabulous foods.

Very comfortable stay for solo woman.

Stayed October 2013
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Lebanon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you want to stay in a great location, in a funky building with a very nice terrace and not pay silly money this is the place for you.

If you want to stay in a romantic, bells & whistles, refurbed and tweaked, outstanding service sort of place etc this is not the hotel for you.

This is a YMCA not an Aman Resort. Rooms are "tired", service is friendly but basic, and the food much the same.

However, the King David across the road will charge you 2-3 times as much to sleep. The location is ideal and the tower is a great beacon for finding your way home. Easy walk to the Old City, the light rail at City Hall and decent restaurants.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Only about 50 rooms so never busy. Interesting historic internal and external decor. Good breakfast with cereals, fresh bread, salads and omelette counter. Sit inside or out. Evening food and drink prices reasonable too if you don't want to venture further. Rooms sufficient and clean, clean towels daily. Small room safe. Easy walk to Old Jerusalem and markets saves taxi fares - can easily do this again in the evening for eating out, 5 mins to tram (6 NIS single) to get to Holocaust museum. If you want something different than a sterile international hotel or need a central location with limited budget this could be for you. Hotel also has pool (but with a tight schedule for use), a good gym and more. Rest of building used for multi-cultural kindergarden and basketball court etc so lots going on but without disturbance to guests. New manager just moved from one of the major hotels so watch this space for improvements - he cares!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Perfect location for visiting Jerusalem. Authentic and special atmosphere of the place itself. Rooms might need some renovation, but are definitely reasonable for the price. Don't miss getting up the tower! Unforgettable Jerusalem panorama from above! It's free for the hotel residents, just ask at the reception to give you an access.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
Address: Rehov HaMelech David 26, Jerusalem 91002, Israel
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Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #39 of 98 Hotels in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The YMCA Three Arches Hotel, with its 152 ft high central bell tower, is a Jerusalem landmark recognized the world over. Designed by the world famous architect of the Empire State Building, the hotel offers a blend of old world charm, friendly hospitality, art works and architectural wonders, together with modern, comfortable accommodations to ensure a pleasant and memorable stay in this remarkable city. The external facade of the hotel bears intricate sculptures and inscriptions in English, Arabic and Hebrew reflecting the YMCA's historical role as a meeting place and a spiritual haven in this intense and ancient city. The beautiful gardens and lawns, graceful shade trees, and stone pathways around the hotel are open for our guests' strolling pleasure. The hotel's public areas feature high-ceiling halls and walls often lined with colorful modern works of Israeli and Palestinian artists. The elegant Archibald C. Harte Restaurant restaurant serves culinary delights to our guests, with its garden terrace a delightful oasis in the midst of the city on sunny days and mild evenings. That same sense of tranquility pervades the hotel's rooms and suites, where guests may relax and gather their strength for days of sightseeing or meetings in bustling Jerusalem. The ancient Jaffa Gate, main entrance to the fascinating walled Old City, is just a few minutes' walk away, as are shops, vibrant cafes and restaurants as well as the cultural attractions and night life of the modern metropolis. Three Arches Hotel awaits your arrival, at the very heart of Jerusalem, where peace and quiet reigns, with a pervasive sense of welcome and well-being. ... more   less 
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