We had a great stay at the Commodore Hotel. Do not be alarmed if a Jewish taxi driver is hesitant to take you to East Jerusalem from TLV Airport at 4am. Ours said that the hotel’s location “was like Gaza”, although that could not be farther from the truth. Check-in was easy upon arrival, and the clerk at the front desk gave us an additional discount because we are students. The rooms were spacious and clean – a standard three star hotel. Breakfast was fantastic each morning. There was a wide array of traditional Arab foods, and the service was excellent. The Arab bus 75 goes straight from the hotel to Damascus Gate. Taxis are a cheap option too. We did not feel safe walking to the Old City from this hotel at night. The English skills of the front desk staff were excellent, although the night staff could not speak Hebrew, only Arabic (which is strange considering it’s in Israel…). The hotel arranged a one day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea, which we very much enjoyed.
Our problem with this hotel came at check-out. When we tried to check out, the woman at the front desk abruptly demanded an additional 100 euros from us saying that we paid an incorrect price at check in. We argued for 10 minutes and showed her our receipts before she finally relented. We did feel very intimidated by the staff at this point. I don’t think that experience happens to most travelers, though.
I would recommend the hotel for its excellent value, but be sure to get all of your paperwork and receipts in order when you arrive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Re-opened on 15th April 2011, the hotel features 45 luxury guest rooms with modern accommodation facilities in an unmatched boutique style interiors styled in contemporary flares with modern conveniences and modern style furniture including:- Electronic door locks- Air Condition- Telephone- 26" LCD TV with 16 satellite channels- Mini-bar- High speed internet. In addition, our skilled chef provides mix of local, oriental and western delicacies in our open buffet restaurant during lunch and dinner times. ... more less
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