Location deff. dictates price for this hostel as the rooms are bare + basic - it felt like a Parador gone terribly wrong!! Bathroom like in the cheapest DFDS ferry cabins. Adjacent Mosque call to prayer will wake you at 4-45am unless you take earplugs, as was said and even then? Great views from roof as was said tho. Breakfast acceptable but hostel style self-service buffet with fellow hostellers-sp? and policed. For such a christian place I felt the atmosphere is not one of warmth and giving and the place felt unloved. On entering and exiting, prob. due to it's location, the place felt a bit like a barracks for posh westerners. There was rationing of heating to rooms until quite far into the evening and water during early am/ late night. Some staff were friendly and efficient and sort things out, however others were like slouchy youngsters and others uptight. Food at cafe was handy and mostly tasty but having to pay for everything in cash all the time was a pain! No tea and coffee making facils in room which means you have to buy hot water at 3 shekels a cup or buy drinks at much more per cup from the cafe etc when your at hostel home base. Stamps can only be bought if you purchase cards from the reception. 1 computer in the lobby is ageing, needs a code and is switched off at night by staff- although wifi seems useable. No night staff on reception.
Suggestions outwith above would be welcome bottled waters in rooms, a vase of flowers p'haps and more surroundings connected introduction material and information in a room file. Room Service- so if it gets busy in cafe guests stayin at hostel can get fed. Maybe an inhostel shop for basics.
If someone asked me where to stay to visit Jerusalem-I would probably suggest outside the old city and travel in- from a relaxation point of view in terms of navigation and souk harassment issues also.
- Also Known As:
- Austrian Hospice Hotel Jerusalem