This is an amazing old building built in the 1930s and has a wonderful lobby area and an excellent breakfast buffet. The location is great - just a few minutes walk to the Old City or to the Jaffa Road area, with a lovely park just opposite. The room seemed a bit tired but had everything in them. The single bed really is just about wide enough for one and mine had a fridge but no kettle. I was there just after Xmas and it was not noisy. As other have commented, the breakfast is excellent (especially for vegetarians), and more to the point, they go on serving quite late, so I was able to have my swim in the large basement pool when I woke up, and then have a great breakfast.
I booked several months in advance so got a reasonable rate. The hotel may not be luxurious in the modern sense but has great character.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Jerusalem International Ymca, 3 Arches Hotel
- Ymca Jerusalem