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“No frills but near to Old City”

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St. Andrew's Scots House Hotel
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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“No frills but near to Old City”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

I would recommend the St Andrew's Guesthouse if your priority is to be within walking of the Old City and sights beyond. The rooms are very simple and could use some updating but for us, we wanted the convenience of a 15 minute walk to the Zion gate. Breakfast was chaotic but well stocked and overall we were satisfied with the guesthouse especially given that we booked last minute. We paid extra to have a balcony but found it was small, dusty and shared with another room. Take advantage of the communal balcony with excellent views of the Old City rather than paying extra for a room with a balcony.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

I just returned from my eleventh trip to Israel and Jerusalem, and for the first time stayed at St. Andrew's Scottish Guesthouse on the grounds of St. Andrew's Church, known to Jerusalemites as "the Scotty." And I was very much charmed by it.

The advantages:

* Truly wonderful, helpful staff who will do anything for you.
* With Israeli hotel costs skyrocketing, this is hands-down the best value in Jerusalem. A good, clean room with views of the Old City at $120 USD per night?! For budget travelers who do not need kosher accommodations, this is a really fantastic choice.
* The place has character and charm to spare -- a lovely old place overlooking the southern parts of the Old City and Mount Zion. The views are breathtaking.
* Jakoub in reception is a wonderful character and will "welcome!" you to the place about 20 times a day. I love him.

Disadvantages:

* No elevators, and the walk up to the third floor after a long day of touring got a little old. As am I. (Not really; I'm 54 -- but you get the point.)
* It's not kosher, for those who need it.
* The breakfast is adequate, but not great, for those spoiled by huge Israeli breakfast buffets.
* The proximity to the Sultan's Pool in the summer, with all of its concerts, can create noise and sleeping problems, and did so for my two friends. I slept through it.
* Unlike the YMCA, I did not see an effort to employ both Jewish and Arab staff. The Arab employees were WONDERFULLY helpful, so this is no racist venting. But I like to see diversity on a staff in Jerusalem, and I didn't. And I am Presbyterian (the American version of the Church of Scotland), so I come from the same faith tradition as this guesthouse. I also noted that when they called taxis, they only called Arab drivers, some of whom did not know sites in the New City well.

I would come back on a budget, though the renovation of the Jerusalem International YMCA is making that a good (if more expensive) choice again.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

Don't expect a luxury hotel; but the rooms and public areas are clean and comfortable and the staff charming and helpful. The bathroom was nice, but could have done with a couple of clothes hooks and a lick of paint on the (repaired) door frame. The place is redolent of old colonial atmosphere and SO restful - yet is so central that the Zion gate of the Old City is only 15 mins walk away via the footpath and bus stops are a stone's throw from the front gate. The only real negative, in an otherwise quiet stay, was the all night rave held in the vicinity on Independence night. It went on until 5am and probably kept the whole of Jerusalem awake! That said, I'd certainly choose to stay here again.

Room Tip: room 11 faces the Old City &has great views
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Tel Aviv
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2012

Good:
1. Location,
2. Views from public balconies (we got a room with a view to the back garden, which was a little bit seedy),
3. Atmosphere – Magical :-). In and out.
Could be better:
1. Breakfast was disappointing.
2. Rooms: very basic. Shower: It took the water FOREVER to get hot…

Bottom: Only If you are willing to pay for the location and atmosphere and be content with simple accommodation.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

We had lunch here as a party in a room specially for us during a tour. It was a wide ranging and excellent buffet, eastern Med style, hot and cold, everything you could want, with lovely strong coffee at the end. It was Shrove Tuesday and they even made us some impromptu pancakes when somebody asked! The staff were delightful and gave us a great welcome.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Colorado
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190 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2012

We-a couple-stayed at the St Andrews the second week of February. The guesthouse is in a great location, an easy 15 minute walk to the old city. The staff is friendly and very helpful, and each morning starts with a delicious hot breakfast. The guesthouse has several large common rooms where the guests can congregate; this is a great plus, as we got to meet several of our fellow guests, all very interesting people. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Over Christmas, it was a close tie between the Jerusalem Hotel and St Andrew's Scottish Guesthouse. In the end, the former won because of the location.

St Andrew's Scottish Guesthouse is perfect if you have a car. A wonderful view from the rooms, which are large, clean and friendly. A lovely large breakfast. Wonderful staff. It was a really great place, just not easy walking distance to everything.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Property: St. Andrew's Scots House Hotel
Address: Rehov David Remez 1 | Off corner of King David and Emek Refa'im Sts., Jerusalem 9354101, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
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Ranked #14 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Jerusalem
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Number of rooms: 20
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