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Reviewed January 9, 2015

i took train to binyamina. then bus to zarqa. juha guesthouse is across from bus stop. easy to find. co-owner, ahamd, is friendly. he even drove me back to binyamina train station when i left zarqa. guesthouse employee, genevieve, was very friendly, helpful, and i enjoyed talking with her many times. safe community by the sea. walked to the water and then along the beach, asking locals for directions along the beach towards the aquaduct and old caesarea. one hour walk to old caesarea. you can pay 40 shekels to see a little bit more of old caesarea (theatre, stadium, remains of palace) or 14 shekels to see central area of old city. long walk back was good exercise. nice homes along the waterfront, but separated by stetch of sand dunes leading to aquaduct along the shoreline. took option to have dinner at ahmad's home. his wife is a great cook. guesthouse was clean and easy to fall asleep in bed.

Room tip: dorm by the window is a little noiser in the morning with traffic along the street. two private bedrooms at the back are quieter.
Date of stay: January 2015
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1  Thank mike h
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

I chose to stay at this hostel because it was advertised as atypical with regard to the location and the local community. When I arrived I was nervous because nobody in the town spoke English; I didn't know how I would shop or get around in the small town. My fears were quickly assuaged when I met Neta, one of the owners of the guesthouse who showed me the wonderful dormitory atop the coffeehouse entrance. Walking through town will draw stares from the local people but don't be alarmed - I can't describe to you how friendly the people are when you engage them in spite of the language barrier. To the north of the town is the kibbutz Ma'agan Michael which is a great place to drink after Shabbat on the weekend. Below it is a breathtaking beach that runs paralell to the Caeserea aqueduct. Don't forgot to have dinner with Ahmed and his wife, Hifa. Her cooking is incredible and the meals are huge. To summarize, if this place isn't on the list of locations you plan on visiting while you're in Israel you're making a mistake.

Date of stay: December 2014
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2  Thank Zachary L
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

It's the soul of contemporary travelling! A place started a business as a social project to encurage the poor village to invest into tourism industry. And it works great! The owners are really open minded and know what's important in social tourism and responsible travel business. Plus it's on the way of Israel National Trail and just few kilometers from Cesarea where you can go by foot. I do recomend it also for bird watchers as the area is stunning.

Buy a local arab dinner there! You will not regret it!

Date of stay: November 2014
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1  Thank zaleznawpodrozy
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Reviewed November 13, 2014

The juha hostel is small, very clean and nicely furnished. the staff were welcoming and helpful. on our walk to the beach and when we drank a cappuccino in the coffeehouse underneath the hostel the inhabitants of jisr were all very friendly and welcoming. we highly recommend to stay at juha hostel and profit of the very positive atmosphere in the hostel and in the town.

Date of stay: November 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2014

I've heard of this guesthouse a while ago but only last month had the chance to stay there. The guesthouse is quite small but has a cozy intimate feeling. Walking around the village reminded me of some villages I visited in India where you can experience a unique culture which is different then what most people know. People are happy to meet you and the owners are visionary people trying to make a change in this place which suffers from man years of neglect.
This is not a regular hostel visit - it's a comprehensive experience that blends the village and the warm guesthouse all together.
Don't miss out on having dinner in Ahmad's house - food is amazing and the price you pay for it (Around 10 Euro) is low comparing the value and the special vibe.

We will come back again.

P.s.
Be aware that there are many wedding going on in the village until late. You will hear it well from the central location of the guesthouse. Better join the party :)

Date of stay: October 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank byron33
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