I can't figure out how the owners of such prime real estate could keep it in such poor condition, but I guess if they fixed it up it wouldn't be a hostel anymore, so I shouldn't complain. Beit Shmuel is right around the corner from two of the most expensive hotels in Jerusalem, with a fantastic view of the Old City and easy walking distance to the Jaffa Gate, Mamilla and Yemin Moshe. The lobby and courtyard are very attractive, but once you get upstairs, the rooms are not in great condition. My shower was so mildewed that it was really gross. In my room the door to the balcony wouldn't open, but in a friend's room, the balcony door wouldn't lock, and in another room, the whole window popped right out of its frame. The mattresses were hard, but actually comfortable for sleeping. They have rooms that sleep up to six with all the bunks set up, but the upper bunks fold away to make a very spacious room for 2 or 3 people. The shower and toilet were in separate bathrooms, which was convenient for room-sharing. The best thing about Beit Shmuel, though, was the food. The buffet featured really interesting salads and vegetables, far beyond the usual array at Israeli hotels. Shabbat meals there were outstanding. My room was on the 2nd floor, and I heard that the upper floors were a little nicer, so I'd recommend asking for the 3rd floor if you stay there.
- Also Known As:
- Beit Shmuel Hotel Jerusalem