We're in our early 70s and travel a great deal We spent 6 nights at the Zion Hotel. The location is excellent in a "real" neighborhood of pedestrian streets. Some good restaurants very nearby and a batch of several more a few blocks away. Artists' galleries also within a few blocks. 2 lightrail stops to the Old City or a 10-15 minutes walk.
The breakfast buffet was good enough with eggs cooked to order, cereals, vegetable dishes, hummus, tuna salad. Only drawback was tired slices of bread instead of nice pastries like we enjoyed in our 4 other Israel hotels. Cold water dispenser in the lobby for self or water bottles, hot water always available for instant coffee or tea and milk is in the fridge in the breakfast room, which was clean and includes a bit of outdoor balcony seating. Guests also used the breakfast tables throughout the day to meet others, use their laptops, etc. There also is heavy expensive looking lobby furniture near the desk.
Desk staff very helpful and our room was kept clean once I requested daily service to clean bathroom & change towels. Room overlooked the small side street so music from a bar/resto below could be heard, but we liked that. Two twin beds pushed together were just fine and the room and closet were adequate sizes. There were no bad odors. AC worked well.
Biggest problem was a shower that cannot be contained, so water gets all over the bathroom floor and a squeegee is there to push it down the drain. We used our bath towels as mats to avoid slipping. Others with whom we spoke had "real" showers though, so avoid Rm. 202, which, of course, is on the 3rd floor and there is no elevator.
The entrance is unappealing and the carpeting on the stairs to the 2nd floor lobby (and above) is very dirty, so a very bad first impression.
This could be a much nicer hotel without spending much. But for us, the value & location were truly good enough to overcome the drawbacks.
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