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“Great Budget Hotel in Jerusalem”
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Kaplan Hotel
Ranked #61 of 101 Hotels in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 21, 2009

This is a budget hotel so do not expect for a swimming pool! I really enjoy my stay at the hotel: I arrived on saturday night (shabbat) and the owner waited for me for the check in. This guy is great and continuously give me several tip and advice during all my stay. I had a room with a balcony on the street which was great. The room are not 5 stars but for what I was looking for I didn't mind. The hotel is very closed to the main city attraction and only 5-10mn walk to the Old city. Many buses around to go elsewhere. Sherrut to Tel Aviv just by the corner. Hope you go there and enjoy it as I did it!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 18, 2009

The best thing about this hotel is the location - at the Zion square, right at the crossing of Ben Yehuda and Jaffa road, well within walking distance of the old city. The proprietor is a delightful gentleman, who is trying to help out as best he can.

The hotel was one of the cheapest in the area. When we got there , we saw why. The building appears quite old on the outside. There is no lobby, or elevator, for that matter. To check in, you have to get up to the 2nd floor. The room was small, though clean in appearance. It greeted us with a few flies, that flew in through the open window, and the smell of cigarette smoke, emanating from the furniture and the air conditioner. When we complained, the owner came back with the spray can, and squeezed a few long sprays around the room, which, unfortunately, make the room smell even worse, and added to the grungy feel around the room.

A few pictures hanging on the wall represent the attempt to decorate the room. There is an abundance of light fixtures on the ceiling and the walls, all of them CFL bulbs, without shades. The small size of the room leaves little space to place, let alone open a suitcase.

The in-room toiletries consisted of two unwrapped micro-hotel-sized bars of white soap (we booked for 2 nights). The bathroom/shower combination is exactly that - a tiny room clad in the tiles that has a toilet and a sink, as well as a drain in the floor and a shower spout in the wall. There is also a curtain on a rod that can be drawn to keep the water from splattering on the toilet seat (though not on the sink or the floor all over). The rod runs about a foot and a half away from the wall, so there is no way to not touch the grungy curtain while taking a shower. When finished, you can use a giant squeegee to try to dry the floor, though it only works part-way - while cleaning the tile faces, it leaves all the water in the grouts. So if you don't want to leave wet footprints in the room, you are better off not using the bathroom for a few hours after showering.

This hotel is not for seniors - the stairs are steep, and there is a lot of noise coming in both at night, from the partyers on Ben Yehuda, and during the day from all the daytime traffic and nearly perpetual construction of Light Rail on Jaffa Rd. Also, the portion of the Havatzelet street where the hotel is is closed off to motorized traffic, so they will have to schlep their suitcases for half a block.

When we booked this hotel, we searched for information on it, and were mostly aware of the shortcomings that can be conveyed in the pictures and the users' reviews. However, the grungy feel of the room and the state of the bathroom was a bit of a shock to us, spoiled by the consistency of even the less-expensive American hotel chains.

All in all, this was an inexpensive way to spend 2 nights in Jerusalem, avoiding staying in the room as much as we could, and minimizing the use of the shower; however, for a longer stay I would definitely chose another hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

The owner of the hotel is really welcoming and friendly, taking a great interest in talking to us and accommodating any of our needs. Prices seemed to be flexible. Location-wise it cannot get any better - right on Yafo St and a couple of steps away from Ben Yehuda Street. All up, a great place to stay with very reasonable prices. There is also free internet access, in a computer room.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2008

The Hotel Kaplan is extraordinarily well located for its price. It is ten minutes from New Gate, Jaffa Gate, and just a few more to Damascus Gate and the Arab bus stop. It is steps away from the pedestrian Ben Yehuda street, which has so many excellent bars, restaurants, and boutiquey shops. Location-wise, you CANNOT get a better deal.

The rooms are small, but clean. The bathroom and decor are simple, but the owner is accommodating and not stingy about toilet paper, towels, etc. The water pressure is excellent and we only once had a problem with hot water, which is pretty good for a budget room. Most rooms, as far as I can tell, are equipped with a small balcony equipped with several potted plants, which is a nice touch and allows one to view the chaos that is City Center from above.

The owner (Naten) runs the thing basically by himself, and he's very chill. We arrived with a booking for one night and ended up staying four with no problems, deposit, etc. He did pop in once unexpectedly, which was odd, so we kept the door locked afterwards and had no problems.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 16, 2008

This hotel is reasonably priced, clean, comfortable, in a great location and has a kind, considerate owner. The hotel has a computer that guests can use at no charge so you don't have to go looking for an internet cafe. It also has remote controlled AC so that is a bonus for a small hotel.

As a single woman travelling I felt extrememly safe there.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 26, 2008

The room was a bit worn but clean, and the bathroom was small and has only a shower. Overall, it's a good budget option in a great location. If you want creature comforts, go elsewhere, but if those aren't important, you'll be satisfied with what you get for your money at Hotel Kaplan.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 9, 2007

We arrived for one night in jerusalem and asked the taxi driver for a good hotel. He took us to Jaffa Road, Opposite the Holy Bagel. The room was very basic but very clean. Air con if you want it, but we opened the window and looked out on the hustel and bustle of Jerusalem.

The hotel is near the Jaffa Gate and is very friendly.

We went to the best Falaful in Jerusalem in the main shopping area across he road from the hotel amazing.

I have previously stayed in Jerusalem and found this hotel perfect for our short time and cheap. In many respects I found the hospitality at the Kaplan better than that at our supposed 4 star in Taba

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Kaplan Hotel

Address: 1 Havatzelet St, Jerusalem 94224, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Jerusalem
Price Range: $77 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kaplan Hotel is the best choice for low-budget travelers. Located right in the center of Jerusalem on Jaffa street, just off Ben-Yehuda st., right across Zion square, and near the new train station. Its location is ideal for shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or having a coffee. It's a 10 minute walk to the old city, to mahane yehuda market, and most central tourist attractions. All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. Guests are welcome to use the hotel's kitchen, as well as have a free cup of tea or coffee. ... more   less 
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