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Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
Ranked #39 of 98 Hotels in Jerusalem
Zdar nad Sazavou, Czech Republic
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“Close to old city, amazing atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Really nice hotel, close to old town, with great atmosphere. Amazing breakfast, nice staff. We stay 5 nights there and I hope we will come back. Quiet and big room, clean every day. Also view from the tower of hotel was great.
I highly recommend.
Zuzana, Czech republic

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Rome, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

This was my second time staying here. I know this is a hotel and there are many things to expect from a hotel besides just location. . This hotel stands out as regards its excellent location. In addition the common areas, patio , lobby and sitting room are beautiful. I found all the staff to be excellent. I also valued the mission statement of an International YMCA.It has a varied and international clientele. I consider this a plus too. The rooms themselves are modest. If you are looking for luxury rooms, upscale linens and bath, this is not your place. . You will certainly pay much more for such luxury too. Except for a few other hotels, none will get you such a good location though. The included breakfast was more than ample. I had dinner there and it was good too. . If you decide not to stay here, you need to visit just to see it. A trip up the tower is worth it for the view.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

I spent 5 nights in this YMCA. It was my second stay there, the first one was 15 years ago. At that time I had really appreciated being there. This time, I felt relieved when I left. The situation and the building are great. The rooms are not at all. Except for the sheets and towels which were clean, everything was dirty: dirty walls, dirty carpet covered with stains. Dust everywhere, specially on the textile head of the bed. The bathroom was not cleaned in an efficient way. It took me 3 days before obtaining that they vacuum cleaned the room! The reception staff was correct, but the restaurant staff was terrible, mainly the boys who stare at you without a word when you enter. Since I drink several cups of tea during my breakfast, I asked for a pot of hot water in order to avoid going each time to the hot water machine for refilling my cup. Impossible to obtain! Some cups and glasses were not clean. It is a pity such a place has lost his attractive charm because of such a lack of maintenance and training/control of the staff.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

Don't be fooled by the name YMCA, this is most definitely not a youth hostel and is in fact an iconic hotel right in the centre of Jerusalem just a ten minute walk away from the Old City. The building itself is worth visiting as a tourist and the tower offers superb views of the city. The rooms were comfortable and the buffet breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

stayed here for two nights. The building has a great old look about it, with décor to match in the lobby area. The staff were quite friendly, breakfast was ok & the onsite café was quite good. The view from the tower is also quite amazing. Unfortunately that is where the good stuff stops. Even though it's a YMCA the place is not very cheap to stay at & the room quality is quite bad. The beds are tiny single old beds that sag in the middle & quite uncomfortable. The bathroom was ok.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

The YMCA, and especially concierge Rabie, were terrific. This is NOT an American-style "Y" but rather beautiful architecture, full service hotel that offers great value and location. Take the elevator to the top of the tower for 360 degree view of Jerusalem. My only complaint is that the bathroom sometimes had a vague smell of urine despite management's immediately, twice dispatching housekeeping. Otherwise room had a decent view, wifi, refrigerator, phone, good shower and comfortable beds. Restaurant is also very good and the included Israeli breakfast and fresh rolls were fantastic.

Again, Rabie couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful, arranging rides to Tel Aviv or the airport (Mike was careful, courteous, on-time driver), advising restaurants, making sure I had a box breakfast for an early departure, correcting an error on the bill, etc., etc.

I look forward to staying here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Relax on the terrace of the YMCA after a long, hot, noisy day walking the Old City, sitting in the shade, sipping a cool drink and wiping your plate clean of delicious hummus with a piece of pita bread whilst the water from the fountain bubbles next to you. There are certain, rare places in the world that emanate peace and tranquility and thankfully the YMCA is one of them.

If you want to do all of the following within 10 minutes walk - stroll along Jaffa St, drink coffee on Ben-Yehuda, walk to the Old City Jaffa Gate, have a nightcap at bohemian Emek Refaim (German Colony), go jogging at the Old Railway Station, shop at Mamilla - then you you’ll like the YMCA.
The rooms are shabby but clean. The hotel staff are erratic but helpful. The restaurant staff are friendly but not fawning. The breakfast is good, especially the freshly made omelets. Yes, the lift is too small – but what about using the stairs? Oh, you get free gym, fitness classes and swimming, secure parking and Wi-Fi (sometimes patchy during the evening) and you get what might be one of the best views of Jerusalem from the top of the observation tower.

If you are prepared to put up with the quirks to stay in a beautiful building that has a rich heritage and authenticity then you will love the YMCA Three Arches Hotel – I do.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
Address: Rehov HaMelech David 26, Jerusalem 91002, Israel
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Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #39 of 98 Hotels in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
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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