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Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

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Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

Hi.

I am planning on visiting Jerusalem for about 5 days at the end od December 2013. We are a party of 5 adults. Can you suggest budget accommodation (decent) close to the Muslim quarter?

We would even consider self catering.

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1. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

There is a broad range of accommodations available in Jerusalem - in order to better help you we need to know your definition of "budget". General terms are not clear enough - can you please give us a price range so that we can help you.

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2. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

Hi

Around $800 for 5 nights.

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3. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

You're looking at about $160 a night for 5 adults which is very definitely on the low side for Jerusalem. I doubt you will be able to find a vacation rental apartment for that price. You will need to look at the various hostels for lodging in that price range.

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4. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

Try looking for an apartment on www.airbnb.com

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5. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

You will be coming during high season, and thus your only options are low end hostels such as found in the Old City. However, I don't know if they would be suitable for a family. Prices are high from the second week of December until the second week of January, after which they drop by close to half.

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6. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

With your budget, you really are not looking at a hotel. Even in East Jerusalem where hotel prices are much lower, you would be required to take 2 rooms for 5 adults and that would put you well over budget. If you do look at hotels in East Jerusalem, ensure they have heating and check the reviews to see that it works. Jerusalem can be cold in the winter and with lower priced accommodations, you need to ensure that you have heating. I have stayed in December without heat (and paying a hefty price per night) and it is not fun at all.

The Abraham Hostel is a great place to stay. It is centrally located about a 15-20 minute walk to the Old City or you can just jump on the light rail that has a stop right in front of the hostel and that stops in front of the Damascus Gate (Moslem Quarter). It has 5 bed private rooms with ensuite. For 5 adults in January the price will be just under $200 a night. However, this would include free wifi, a good breakfast, and a free Old City Walking Tour which is offered to guests. It also has a self-catering kitchen which could save you a ton of money on restaurant food.

abraham-hostel-jerusalem.com/en-us/facilitie…

You may be able to get an apartment at a great rate. On a very quick look with dates in early January, this came up http://www.vrbo.com/210773 which would be in your price range. Apartments that sleep 5 or 6 are usually meant for families with children so you often get bunkbeds or trundle beds. If that works for you, then the price will offset. When booking an apartment be aware that there may be extras including a booking fee, a cleaning fee (almost always), and some will charge for utilities used. Know exactly what you are getting, read the contract carefully.

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7. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

Hi guys

Thanks for your valuable advice.

Just wondering: is it safe to travel on road from Jerusalem to Cairo? And is it advisable? Or would Petra to Cairo be a better option?

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8. Re: Budget family accommodation in December/2013January 2014

This is a question more for the Egypt forum. How would you plan on traveling from Eilat (Israel's southern border) to Cairo? Over land you would have to take a bus or hire an Egyptian driver. You cannot take an Israeli rental car into Egypt.

Petra won't help you either - it is inland in Jordan and there is no land connection between Jordan and Egypt.

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