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Hashimi Hotel
Ranked #5 of 57 Jerusalem B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Close to everything”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Unlike most cities, we didn't travel to Jerusalem to experience fine dining, hip coffee shops and a happening night life, but to experience the history it had to offer. With that in mind the Old City, being the focal point for much of that history, was the best place to stay for our three nights in Jerusalem. While the Old City does get deserted come evening, in no way did it feel unsafe and it was quite enjoyable to explore at night in relative peace compared to the day. In fact I'd argue that to truly experience it you really should explore it at night as well as the day.

The Hashimi Hotel was well located to do just that. A five minute walk and straight shot to Damascus Gate, where Arab Buses go to Bethlehem and other West Bank cities makes it a good location to explore other areas (Bus 21 on NW corner of roundabout just to the left of Damascus Gate goes to Bethlehem, take a taxi from last stop to wherever you need to go or for a tour). Based on reviews, it seems like some rooms are nicer than others. We were quite happy with our room- it was clean, the AC worked well, bathroom was very small but clean as well. I'd rate this hotel more in the 2.5 stars category. Be mindful that there are quite a few steps climb since there is no elevator.

Given the price paid, the hotel a great value for the location and a fantastic deal overall. I'd recommend staying here again. The only disappointments were that we had to wait a minute or so to get the hot water going (but very hot once it did) and the outrageous prices offered for arranging tours or transportation. The staff spoke English very well, were nice but not very helpful in finding our way around or providing alternatives to their options. Instead of paying $200 for a day trip to Hebron, we did the same for a fraction of the price taking the Arab bus and catching a taxi from there.

FYI, for transport to the airport, if you're taking a Sherut, make the reservation a day before (the hotel can make the call for you). The pickup is from Jerusalem Hotel (don't trust google maps), less than a five min walk north of Damascus Gate. If you decide to rent a car, there is a parking lot just to the left of Damascus Gate.

On a final note, don't forget to have some kanafeh from Jafar Sweets. It's super close to the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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York
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23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed at the Hashimi one cold Tuesday night in December and loved it. it's a fun place to be, really much better than staying in a plain and faceless hotel. A real taste of the Old City. Yes its not the Crown Plaza but its comfortable and a place to rest after walking miles. With regard to the location, well its perfect for the Old City. It might seem a little daunting in the neighbourhood at night, but it's like anywhere, you have to be sensible. We ventured out into downtown Jerusalem in search of our sort of nightlife and were not disappointed, nor did we feel intimidated walking back after 1am through the deserted Damascus Gate. Breakfast was lovely - middle eastern hummus, cheese, olives and flatbread. Only real criticism really is that there was no fresh coffee. Also it is an Arab hotel so no alcohol which is fair enough. I thought the atmosphere was pleasant, but we have travelled through the middle east a few times now and felt comfortable in this Arab hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Emma987
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Austin TX
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140 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed in Hashimi for 2 nights.
Overall didn't have a very good feeling.

Pros:
- Good location if you want to stay in the old city. 5 minutes walk to Damascus gate and most of the highlights were nearby.
- Good views from the rooftop
- The lady at the breakfast is friendly and makes good omelet.
- WiFi works well
- Rooms are functional, a bit on the smaller side.

Cons:
- Indifferent staff. Everyone we talked to at the reception refused to look at us when talking to us. Not the most friendly staff at the reception.
- Very opinionated people at the reception.
- Not good value for money, I don't think the hotel is upto the standards to the money we paid.
- Inconsistent breakfast. Hot omelet one day, the next day, only boiled eggs.
- Overall the atmosphere of the hotel feels heavy and weird, didn't enjoy the stay a lot.
- We were showed a room with better bathroom and when we checked in they gave us a room with no shower partition, offered to change, but we just decided to stay because of the better views.

I don't recommend staying at this hotel, unless you really want to stay inside the Old city.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Moonta, Australia
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72 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

When I was told that we were booked into a hotel in the Arab quarter of the old city, I was a little dubious about the experience. But I was totally wrong, it turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole trip. We parked our hire car outside Damascus Gate and it was only about a 5-10 min. walk to the hotel. Really easy to find. My first impression was of how clean and well restored the place was. My single room, whist a bit on the small side, was very clean, but basically furnished. Breakfast was a treat, full choice of fare. The view from the rooftop garden, was one of the best in the whole of the old city. We were there for 3 nights, so to eat breakfast up there each morning, was a perfect start to any day. The hotel is centrally located, max. 15 min. walk to any of the main attractions

All the staff were extremely helpful and courteous. This has to be the best value accommodation in the old city.

Room Tip: I did not have any problems with noise at night.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank John H
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copenhagen
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

The Hashimi Hotel can only be described as an oasis in the most amazingly vibrant part of Jerusalem’s wonderful old city. The whole experience, from the minute we walked through The Damascus Gate to when we left it again, two days later, was nothing less than a total privilege. The hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful, which only enhanced an already brilliant experience. This place is unique!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

The staff and cleanliness of the hotel / Hostel is extraordinary also the breakfast is great the views are breathtaking what else do you want more, also centralized right in the middle of the Muslim and Christian quarters just a perfect location

Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Salem, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

The view from the rooftop cafe is breathtaking from the Gold Dome of the Rock to the Mount of Olives! The service from the Hashimi family and all their staff is attentive, able to answer my multitude of questions with kindness. The rooms are spotless. The breakfast is deliciously middle eastern. The rooms are either hotel type or hostel type depending on your desires and reasonable! It is a beautiful oasis amongst the crowds outside, a few doors from a Station of the Cross and the Via Dolorosa!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Connie S
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Property: Hashimi Hotel
Address: Souq khan El-zeit # 73, Old City | Old City, Jerusalem, Israel (Formerly Hashimi Hotel and Hostel)
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Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem > Muslim Quarter
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hashimi Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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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