Service staff could not find our reservation as it had been listed under the agency making the reservation and they did not seem to realize that the names needed to be searched for, not the agency. That left us in considerable doubt for quite a few hours. Were we going to be sleeping at the attractive Hotel Jerusalem or not (yes was finally the answer)?
No woman available at check-in to help carry bags upstairs; perhaps others have noted that this does not seem to be a job for Arab men.
Rooms were attractively furnished for the most part; then you'd be disappointed later on by finding dust bunnies on the floor and earwigs enjoying the habitat-- or you'd look straight up and see an ancient electric light fixture, with ceiling hole and wires clearly visible and ugly.
The hotel had a very nice garden restaurant which served excellent food and a yummy mint lemonade that would slake anyone's thirst.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family run hotel situated in an old Arab mansion located only a few meters from the Garden Tomb and The Damascus Gate and within a short walking distance to major historical and cultural sites.Originally built by a feudal lord in the heart of the ancient city of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem hotel has been carefully renovated.Accentuate its 19th century Arab character and refurbished with Arabesque furniture.This distinct architecture is evident in the arched windows.High ceilings, cool stone flagging and secluded vine garden.The thick stone walls, cut from unique creamy Jerusalem stone,Have been exposed and pointed with a traditional Arabic plaster.Rooms are timelessly decorated with antiques inspiring a Middle Eastern oriental milieu.Each of our 14 rooms is custom-furnished, air conditioned and provides a state of the art, fast internet connection, network facilities, wireless internet, two direct dial, separate phone lines, and a Yes cable receiver for guests comfort viewing.Once upon a time a gentle women and men but are start our speech and pleasantries reach, we must offer greetings!and peace!Shall we tell tales tonight .or sleep?we'll tell tales ...once upon a time the storytellers tells such quenching grapes fell upon a place, named KAN ZAMANwhere doors open wide where nerves do unwind where friends and dear ones and visitor who loved once from every neighborhood and home do stay...Enjoying the charms of nights, and joys of the day...The two eating places, the airy 'VINE' garden-patio restaurant and the authentic Diwan (indoor) offer a rich variety of Mediterranean dishes as a full meal or as a snack at reasonable prices. Live Arabic music is organized weekly. The Diwan is ideal for parties accommodating up to forty guests.Whatever the reason for you to visit Jerusalem, our hotel offers the relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere for you to enjoy. ... more less
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