As many other reviewers have noted, the location is excellent for walking to the Old City and other locations. On the positive side, the breakfast was good, ample and good variety. On the negative side, the standard room we booked was amazingly small and claustrophobic. I have stayed in many small rooms both in New York and Europe, but this was positively miniscule, especially given the high price of the room. I have seen larger closets. Given that we were staying four nights, we immediately booked a junior suite at an additional $70 per night. So this wound up being the most expensive hotel of our entire trip. In addition, the hotel is under construction on its street level, so you are walking in a deserted space and need to be buzzed in. Not the most secure setup. No bottled water was provided in the room, free or otherwise. Every other hotel we stayed at in Israel offered free water. In fact the minibar was empty.
For some reason, the hotel also piped in perfume on the main level near the breakfast area. It was so strong it made me cough every time I came in, and certainly was not appetizing to eat in that environment. They need to be aware that guests have environmental sensitivities and many folks cannot tolerate heavy artificial odors. Finally, while the front desk staff was polite, we weren't overwhelmed with their friendliness. For example, when we asked about restaurants, we got some half- hearted recommendations but no offer to make reservations for us.
So all in all, wouldn't go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harmony Hotel Jerusalem is located in the heart of Jerusalem at Nahalat Sheva, which is one of the first neighborhoods that was built out of the old city’s walls at the end of the 19th century. This Jerusalem Hotel is Atlas’ latest boutique hotel. Twenty five years ago Nahalat Sheva was the subject to a complete restoration by the city’s municipality and today it is full of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. ... more less
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