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Beit Shmuel Hostel
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

I have stayed in a hostle-room (few beds, few people per room). I must say that this place was really dirty. Everything was mouldy. There was not enough storage space in the room for so many people as they have put in the room. Towels were not changed during stay. I went to a lecture in the lecture room located at the same floor as the accommodation. There was a huge hole in the sealing with mould dripping out from it. And the smell was just terrible in the entire permises. Selection for breakfast and dinner were basic but OK. The dining room, again, was dirty. Dirty dishes, dirty table cloths, dirty floor. "Abandoned" dirty grill in the corner of the room.
I must admit that the location was the only plus of this place. It is very close to the old city!
Staff were nice.
If not the wonderful people who have stayed with me in Beit Shmuel, I would escape from there during the first 5 minutes of my stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank Olgitit
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in a hotel room (which is different than the hostel). Location to old city is the best feature only 5 mins. We had a great view of the old city from our room. Room was quiet, spacious and clean with comfortable bed. Tea and coffe making and a fridge were also supplied. Front desk staff were helpful. No car parking. Breakfast buffet very basic, shared with the hostel. Cost - reasonable.

Room Tip: Hotel room with balcony that overlooks old city.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank swalee
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

This hotel is a very short walk from the Old City's Jaffa gate and even shorter to the Mamilla Mall, which offers several restuarants and many shops. It is situated between the King David Hotel and the David Citadel Hotel, which are both upscale hotels, but costs far less. It is also one block from the YMCA. Lunch at the nearby King David Hotel was convenient and very pleasant.

Cleanliness was poor. Dust deposited on the floor remained untouched after several days and a bathtub stopper coated with mold was ignored even when placed where it was obvious to the cleaning person. Towels were changed every day, however.

Events, including concerts in the auditorium located in the same building, meant that noise was a problem for those who wish to retire early. However, the noise generally abated by about 11 p.m. Some rooms have a view only of the interior courtyard, but mine had a balcony with a view of the Old City's wall.

Only a single hair dryer was available for guests. Free wi-fi is provided. There is a very small cafe with sandwiches and drinks located on the premises.

Most of the front desk personnel was helpful, but one person was not at all helpful.

This might be a good choice if you need a location within walking distance of the Old City, you are on a tight budget, and you can tolerate the shortcomings.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a view of the Old City.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Compositor
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Make no mistake, it is a dormitory/hostel and they put as much attention into it as that. The general appearance of the public areas need a good scrub. The walls, baseboards, backs of chairs, table clothes are all dirty. But if you need a " dirt" cheap accommodation close to the old city, this is it

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank spinach
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

I went as part of a teacher "kivunim" program. I found the place totally filthy. Mold and mildew - disgusting. Do not attend the program and do not stay in this "joint."

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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3  Thank teachergoddess
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