I stayed for 4 nights. I have to qualify the review by saying that I spent very little time in the hotel (just sleeping and breakfast). The room served mainly as a staging area for all my activities outside, and as such I did not need any amenities more than a clean room and good breakfast.
The cost for my stay was $99 per night, which was a very good price considering the location, and the very nice breakfast. The rooms are small, but comfortable. The breakfast is awesome featuring many hot dishes and also an array of salads and cheeses (really more than a normal person needs to eat every day). Probably I didn't each much lunch or dinner because the breakfast was almost a whole day's meal. (I didn't stay for Shabbos, so I can't comment on that.)
The location is right in the center of the city. It is a few blocks from several synagogues, including The Great Synagogue (Hechal Shlomo), Machane Yehuda, Ben Yehuda Street, and a short walk to Yafo Gate in the Old City.
The only *minor* problem I experienced was parking. The hotel has an agreement with a very small private lot, which is about 3 blocks from the hotel. The lot is only attended from about 9 am to 6 pm (?). It can be very full, so you are not guaranteed a spot whenever you arrive (especially if you arrive after hours on a night when it is full). One night I wasn't able to get a parking spot at all. It turned out however, that at night, on-street parking in the area is not so hard, and it does not cost. So if you have a car, be prepared for a little bit of chaos around the parking.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay very much, and even switched from the Leonardo Hotel (St. George) back to the Montefiore because the value, atmosphere, and location were so much more enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of Jerusalem, The Montefiore Hotel is within walking distance of the Old City and many attractions, such as The Western Wall, The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Ben Yehuda Promenade.Many of the city’s best restaurants and exclusive shops are nearby.The hotel has excellent public transport links which take you all over the city, a station of the new light rail service nearby.The hotel has 47 comfortable rooms and one suite. The Montefiore Hotel provides a full Israeli breakfast and free wireless WIFI connection. A free laptop, available upon request, will help you stay in touch with home.At the Hotel: the Angelica Restaurant, a unique kosher chef’s restaurant, offers fine grill and special dishes.The best location in town – guaranteed! ... more less
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