What a find! The King David Hotel and the YMCA Three Arches face each other on the same street. One is Tel Aviv's most famous and luxurious hotel, and the other is a YMCA. Both buildings are gorgeous and from the outside you would probably pick the YMCA as most likely to be the King David due to its fabulous architecture and tower. The difference is that one is fitted out from head to toe inside with luxurious attention to detail, and the other is more of a tired and stately old lady, needing some tender loving care and a bit of paintwork, but still embracing life with open arms!
We loved this place! The lobby area is gorgeous: retaining the soaring ceilings, antiques, artefacts, chandeliers and stained glass windows that make up the timelessly good bones of this grand old hotel. In such a busy place you would expect that staff may become a little jaded or disinterested however, we found the service to be extremely warm and welcoming and unwaveringly good humoured and helpful.
We had a two room suite accessible from a small common lobby or entrance area. The rooms were tired but had large casement windows opening on both sides of each room. Bathroom amenities were a bit scarce and the beds could have done with some more pillows. Power points were few so we were lucky to have brought some double adaptors so we could charge all of our gadgets.
We had free parking at the rear of the hotel. The pool, gym and various sports facilities were buzzing with life and available to us at no charge and the free Wi-Fi in the rooms worked just fine.
The complimentary buffet breakfast was fabulous and so was dinner in the lobby restaurant!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The YMCA Three Arches Hotel, with its 152 ft high central bell tower, is a Jerusalem landmark recognized the world over. Designed by the world famous architect of the Empire State Building, the hotel offers a blend of old world charm, friendly hospitality, art works and architectural wonders, together with modern, comfortable accommodations to ensure a pleasant and memorable stay in this remarkable city. The external facade of the hotel bears intricate sculptures and inscriptions in English, Arabic and Hebrew reflecting the YMCA's historical role as a meeting place and a spiritual haven in this intense and ancient city. The beautiful gardens and lawns, graceful shade trees, and stone pathways around the hotel are open for our guests' strolling pleasure. The hotel's public areas feature high-ceiling halls and walls often lined with colorful modern works of Israeli and Palestinian artists. The elegant Archibald C. Harte Restaurant restaurant serves culinary delights to our guests, with its garden terrace a delightful oasis in the midst of the city on sunny days and mild evenings. That same sense of tranquility pervades the hotel's rooms and suites, where guests may relax and gather their strength for days of sightseeing or meetings in bustling Jerusalem. The ancient Jaffa Gate, main entrance to the fascinating walled Old City, is just a few minutes' walk away, as are shops, vibrant cafes and restaurants as well as the cultural attractions and night life of the modern metropolis. Three Arches Hotel awaits your arrival, at the very heart of Jerusalem, where peace and quiet reigns, with a pervasive sense of welcome and well-being. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jerusalem International Ymca, 3 Arches Hotel
- Ymca Jerusalem