For a trip into the past and also a stellar location in a very expensive city, I recommend this hotel and we will very likely stay there again. The hotel was built in the 1930's and the building is absolutely gorgeous in the lobby and common areas, especially the view from the top of the tower. The restaurant is lovely with a lovely outdoor patio. But in terms of the guests, there are a few problems. The YMCA has not prioritized most of the rooms, which have not been updated for years and are very plain, as in hostel-plain. There are very few amenities such as radio, toiletries, or more than one towel per guest. There is construction going on outside the rooms, although this is not the hotel's fault. The reservations system is sadly out of date and very confusing to navigate, usually resulting in needing more than one long distance phone call. They ask you to send your credit card information, but do not have a secure system. Reservations disappear mysteriously.
The desk staff is friendly and helpful, though. The hotel has not been updated in terms of accessibility, and no one with mobility problems of any sort should even consider staying there. Example: there is no way to get your luggage in without dragging it up several stairs, and there is no bell staff in sight. There is only a miniscule, inadequate elevator for the whole hotel, and if it malfunctions, as it did during part of our stay, everyone is relegated to the stairs.
There is a gym and pool, as with any YMCA. Breakfast is included in the night's lodging, but the quality has gone down since the last time we stayed there four years ago. However, I think its location across from the King David Hotel makes up for a lot. I'm sure we'll stay there again.
- 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