As several previous reviewers pointed out: The rooms are clean and comfortable. They are spartan, but not cramped. The view from the 14th floor was wonderful. As an American, it took me a couple days to get used to breakfast, but once I did, it was pretty good. I liked the atmosphere of the lobby.
As of 5 July, the construction was right in front of the hotel entrance. That made entering and leaving a bit interesting; but, it didn't bother me. During our stay, they were replacing the bricks in the sidewalk. I was actually very impressed at how quickly they worked. I expect that, by now, the construction is a block or more down the street. If you have a car, construction could make things difficult; otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.
The staff was reasonably friendly, and, unlike other reviewers, I did not have any trouble communicating in English with the staff.
One reviewer used the term "Little Russia" to describe the neighborhood. That is an accurate impression. Walking around, I saw and heard as much Russian as Hebrew. During the day, the neighborhood is very busy and somewhat crowded; but, I never felt unsafe.
My only word of caution about the hotel is that it is not near any of the tourist parts of town. It is a 15 minute walk to the German Colony and Baha'i Gardens, and a 20 minute walk to the train station. As a result, I think it is slightly over-priced. Also, most of the restaurants within a 5 to 10 minute walk close between 8 and 9. For $10 to $20 more a night, you can stay in the German Colony or at the top of Mt. Carmel. In my opinion, that would be $10 well spent.
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