We constantly reminded one another how lucky we were to have chosen the Jerusalem Hotel. Although I give it only four stars for being a little rustic (which in a way is also one of its good points), I couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else in East Jerusalem. True, we had to walk up a number of stairs each time to get to our room, the handle kept falling off the cold water faucet, and the lock on the door broke, but any problems with the room were cheerfully and rapidly repaired. The owner and extended family who run the hotel (including their close friend Naser, who is a prize at the reception desk) are always around and solicitous. As fascinating and wonderful as Jerusalem is, it can be difficult to manage its political intricacies, and it can also be hot and tiring with all of its hills. To return to the Jerusalem Hotel after a long day and sit in its quiet, cool garden knowing that you don’t have to go out to search for a cold drink, a good meal and a place to relax becomes more important than you would have thought. If you want a modern, recently-renovated hotel that caters more to tourist groups, then go a little farther away from the Old City to the St. George Landmark Hotel. If you are looking for a true East Jerusalem experience where locals, international workers and independent travelers intermingle and compare notes relatively free from the political tension that hangs over the city, then you will love this hotel as much as we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family run hotel situated in an old Arab mansion located only a few meters from the Garden Tomb and The Damascus Gate and within a short walking distance to major historical and cultural sites.Originally built by a feudal lord in the heart of the ancient city of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem hotel has been carefully renovated.Accentuate its 19th century Arab character and refurbished with Arabesque furniture.This distinct architecture is evident in the arched windows.High ceilings, cool stone flagging and secluded vine garden.The thick stone walls, cut from unique creamy Jerusalem stone,Have been exposed and pointed with a traditional Arabic plaster.Rooms are timelessly decorated with antiques inspiring a Middle Eastern oriental milieu.Each of our 14 rooms is custom-furnished, air conditioned and provides a state of the art, fast internet connection, network facilities, wireless internet, two direct dial, separate phone lines, and a Yes cable receiver for guests comfort viewing.Once upon a time a gentle women and men but are start our speech and pleasantries reach, we must offer greetings!and peace!Shall we tell tales tonight .or sleep?we'll tell tales ...once upon a time the storytellers tells such quenching grapes fell upon a place, named KAN ZAMANwhere doors open wide where nerves do unwind where friends and dear ones and visitor who loved once from every neighborhood and home do stay...Enjoying the charms of nights, and joys of the day...The two eating places, the airy 'VINE' garden-patio restaurant and the authentic Diwan (indoor) offer a rich variety of Mediterranean dishes as a full meal or as a snack at reasonable prices. Live Arabic music is organized weekly. The Diwan is ideal for parties accommodating up to forty guests.Whatever the reason for you to visit Jerusalem, our hotel offers the relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere for you to enjoy. ... more less
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