Stayed for 2 nights in September 2012.
Pros: Location is fantastic for the old city. Relatively cheap. Roof terrace has a great view of the old city and gives an outlook that you cannot get from the street. Free Wifi.
Cons: Rooms are small and not well appointed – the furniture looks almost as old as the hotel and don’t plan on spending any time in the room except to sleep. Some stains on the bedding (but sheets and pillowcases were clean enough though a bit musty.) No lifts in the building.
Street noise mainly relating to the church matins and the mosque call to prayer was annoying, but the banging of doors in the hotel itself meant that I did not get much sleep on either night of my stay. We were upsold the breakfast for $5 per day but it was probably only worth $2. Bathroom is small, old and not as clean as I would prefer. There is no hot water in the washbasin so I had to shave in cold water.
Conclusion: If I had have known what the hotel was like beforehand I would have booked elsewhere – somewhere more modern at least. It served for a couple of nights but I did not want to stay there after I saw the room. I can say it was an experience and it was not all bad but if I am ever back in Jerusalem I will stay in a more modern place outside of the old city. The lack of restaurants in the area also meant that we ate dinner outside the old city.
Tips: There are not too many ATMs in the old city. Beware of “guides” showing you around – agree a price early on if he is with you for more than 5 minutes. Same goes for taxis used for long distances.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Hashimi Hotel and Hostel is located at Old City, Jerusalem, Israel. It offers air-conditioned accommodation rooms, all of which have a cable television, private toilet and bath, telephone, and an Internet connection. Some of its amenities include restaurant and cafe, tours and city trips, room service, and safe deposit boxes. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Dome of the Rock, and Via Dolorosa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hashimi Hotel Jerusalem