Our first impression of the hotel was favourable - the guys working at this hotel were so friendly and helpful!
The hotel itself was quite old and smelled faintly of smoke. Our room was old, but fairly well kept and clean. For the price, it seemed like a great value.
The free wireless internet advertised was not working and there were no public computers to use. This was disappointing as we were counting on this to make last minute plans. We made do with the maps provided at the front desk and set out to explore the Old City. It took about 40 minutes to walk there from the hotel, mostly down a steep hill. The walk was brutal, but we were happy to save the 40 shekels the taxi driver offered.
We left the Old City late and arrived at the top of that steep hill after sun down. Imagine our horror when a couple of young men were waiting for us at the top and started coming towards us with the intention of attacking us. It put us in a very bad position as the path we walked was walled and there was nowhere to go. At that moment, an SUV came up the hill and the driver and his family sat there to make sure we were safe when we explained that the men were trying to hurt us. The guys just stood there! We got up the stairs to the deserted road and began to run. Thankfully we are both good runners or else I don't know how the night would have ended. We felt a bit safer when we saw two men walking towards us. Turns out they were with the guys chasing us.
We somehow made it back to the hotel. Really put a damper on the trip and made us realize just how vulnerable we were in the area.
The other downsides were the prayers being broadcasted at night. The rooms have very thin walls so you will wake up. The locals stay up very late and make a lot of noise. Horns honking, etc. They were all men out, so we felt confined to our room after dark.
While we met many lovely people in the area, there was a lot of hostility directed towards us which was very disappointing. I honestly expected more from the community. We had to cancel our second reservation there and go to a safer hotel in the Jewish section. I would have loved for this hotel to be as good as many of the reviews suggested, but I cannot recommend it sadly.
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