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“Cold, pokey and unhygienic”
Review of New Swedish Hostel

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New Swedish Hostel
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Cold, pokey and unhygienic”
Reviewed 6 November 2012

This cramped hostel is one of the worst places I've ever stayed in. You have to be a gymnast to use the toilets and the showers because the cubicles are so small. I went in 2011 and my room was very cold at night.
It wasn't especially clean either, or in very good decorative order. The only reason I've given it a two rating instead of one is because guy on the desk was very helpful and friendly. I wouldn't recommend anyone to stay here, despite the good location. It is reasonably priced but that's because it's in such poor condition.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Not bad for the price. My girlfriend and I chose this place because it had a cheap private room. Well, seems I had stayed there before. The bed was comfortable and everything was sufficient. I didn't think the staff was rude, just a little kooky but helpful. No big deal, in a city like Jerusalem, I typically don't hang out in the hostel much. We needed a place to sleep and it was sufficient. I had a good nights rest and that's all that mattered.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

I stayed in the New Swedish Hostel in August as a couple. The facilities are not great. I slept in the dorm room and was fairly sure that the bed linen/anything anywhere had not been washed in a while. Cleanliness is obviously not a priority. Kitchen facilities are very limited and the showers are cramped.

However, on the positive side the New Swedish Hostel is in a prime location a few minutes walk from Jaffa Gate. Once you leave the hostel you are right in the centre of the Old City and for this its location is unrivalled.

If you are not fussy about where you sleep or about hygiene and want to talk to some crazy (not always in a good way) other guests then definitely visit the Swedish Hostel. The owners once you get them talking are great. Karim (a co-owner) will give you his life story willingly.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

We stayed in the dorm for 2 nights while backpacking. We had spacious beds by the window so we were fine but the dorm was cramped for others who were in the bunks. I'm not very fussy at all so it did the trick for me.

The showers had hot water but they were very cramped. They are unisex and so you have to change in the actual shower cubical but there is no-where to keep clothes dry while you shower! I'm small and it was awkward so i'm not sure how blokes and taller women would find this.

Karim, on the staff, is a mine of historical information on the Israel/palestine conflict as well as on the political history of neighbouring countries. An animated guy who likes to show what he knows; just don't expect to get away in a hurry.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 March 2010

Stayed here twice for a total of 4 nights and had no complaints hence returning. The location is perfect, in the Old City right by Jaffa Gate. The hostel itself is a little shabby and small but you need to remember where you are. There is a small kitchen and a TV room, The showers and toilets are cramped but they work and are clean. The guys on reception were helpful, although they aren't the most animated of people, and made us feel welcome.
Two of us stayed in a triple room and we were just ok for space as we had the spare bed but three people would have been a squash. The dorm looked pretty cramped but we didn't stay in it.
Would recommend this place for a cheap sleep and I would go back; but don't book this place if you need space and luxury as you will be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Swiss
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Reviewed 23 March 2010

This place is cheap and in a great location near Damascus Gate. The rooms are shabby and the showers/toilets cramped (if you're tall like me forget it!), but this is acceptable for the price.

However, the staff are so rude it makes your stay really unpleasant. My advice, spend a few extra pennies and get a decent hostel which polite, professional staff.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Property: New Swedish Hostel
Address: Jaffa Gate 29 2, David, Jerusalem 9534734, Israel
Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem > Down Town West Jerusalem
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 67 Speciality Lodging in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 31
Also Known As:
New Swedish Hotel Jerusalem

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