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“Great Location, Great Views... and that's about it.”

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Petra Hotel & Hostel
Reviewed 1 November 2013

This hostel has three things going for it: a great location in the Old City near Jaffa Gate, amazing views of the Dome of the Rock and the Tower of David and finally it's cheaper than most other hostels in Jerusalem. That being said, you don't get all that much for your money here. The hot water is scarce, the beds are uncomfortable and the place is overall a bit grimy. Housekeeping is non-existent. The owner even admitted it! There's a lot of potential, but I don't think the owners care much. The upstairs has some cool colored glass details, but it needs some TLC. It definitely is for those who just need a cheap bed in a city of pricey hostels.

Room Tip: The male dorm overlooks Jaffa gate and has its own balcony, but it can be loud and cold at night. It...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

Given the price and the location, you have to put up with some other things being less ideal. The rooms are pretty old and can get noisy as you look out onto jaffa gate. The bathroom is pretty old and basic. Overall,it's clean enough if you're not a clean freak, the breakfast is pretty good and local, the staff is friendly ( even when you check in at 4 am) and the location is outstsanding : you are a fex minutes walk from most of the sites. The view from the roof top is just beautiful and you can actually see all the big sites of Jerusalem whilst enjoying your morning coffee. We enjoyed our stay there and would recommend you book there too.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

We spend 3 nights downthere coming straight from the airport at 3:35 AM. It's not the best hostel we've ever been but it was xlean, open 24/7 with wifi everywhere. The roof top is amazing and give one of the best view in town. What an impressive thing to take your breakfast (included) seeing the old town, the St Sepulcre, the Temple rock and the famous Mont Of olives right. The week point is the service (don't even ask an advice to the tenant.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

DO NO T STAY HERE!!!: i just got out this morning of that sty because the management started shouting at me because i told them that there was no hot water (which apparently is a persistent problem) after they threw me into a horrible room (all of them are creepy and horrendous) with no internet, considering that my reservation was for a room with wi fi and all they told me was: we rented your room so you have to stay in another one without the stuff that you reserved... 0_0

i know that many times we read reviews of very specific situations or circumstances that apply only to that specific case of the person writing, but in this case the creepy old man in the front desk (if we can call it a front desk) told me that he was already angry because he had problems with another guest just earlier because of the same issues: i mean, they are having constant problems with no hot water, no internet, no this, no that, and they use that as an excuse 'oh, we have too much problems, so your problem is making me angry towards you' 0_0

the building itself is completely torn out: the walls are scrapped, the floor looks old-dirty, the facilities are extremely old and not kept at all -no maintenance- the bedrooms are extremely primitive...

simply look at the average of the reviews, it says it all...

Room Tip: go to the tourist office just 50mts ahead (in front of david tower museum) and ask for a recommendat...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This hostel has perfect location, in the old centre. It was easy to get to the main historical sites, but was hard to sleep, cause during the nights the surrounded streets were full of people.
The building of the hostel is very old, you will have hot water only when you ask for it, walls are scuffed, BUT I didn't care about it, cause the view from the balcony was amazing.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We'd read in our guide book that you can sleep on the roof of this place and fancied the experience - it was fantastic. The roof terrace has one of the best views in Jerusalem, and there are matresses piled in one corner. We were the only people sleeping up there on the night we stayed. We were woken by sunrise, which was spectacular.

The hotel itself is apparently the oldest in the Old City, and looks like it hasn't been decorated for decades. It's charming, in a creaky sort of way. The rooms are pretty basic and around wide galleries, so seemed pretty noisy. We used shared bathrooms, which were passable.

It's not massively cheap, considering its condition, but still one of the cheapest places in the Old City. We only paid 50 NIS to sleep on the roof.. though some probably wouldn't fancy that!

All in all, an okayish budget choice, and great location in the Old City.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Warning, unless you are brain-dead, you should NOT stay in this "dive." One of the worst hostel in Jerusalem that I stayed in.
NOTE: I was a building inspector for 40 years, I'll do a list why the "warning".... (1.) Pictures in their listings are not at all the actual reality of this "dive." (Dive means "flop house” or below living standards,") Since more then likely it is "lead” based paint in most of this place, and most is pealing off the ceiling and walls in large chunks, (I have pics.) and staying in that dorm for 2 weeks made my nose cake up with blood every night. (see pictures.) (2.) Owner smokes in the 1st. floor lobby from 7:30 PM to around 7:30 AM. If you stay anywhere on the first floor, you will get that stinking smoke smell 12 hours per night, at least 6 nights per week. And most of the time, he sits directly under the "No Smoking" sign IN the center of the first floor. (3.) Electrical wiring is more than dangerous, to state the least, and if you stay in dorm # 1 you have 8 beds and only ONE (1) outlet that is falling out of the wall. (see pic.) (4.) The so-called "shared guest kitchen" is a health hazard even IF they cleaned it. (see pics.) (5.) The refrigerator in the pretend-a-shared kitchen does NOT work, (only the freezer part.) (see pic.) (6.) The second floor, floor is buckling, tiles are breaking and the entire building should be condemned. (7.) NO HEATING what so ever most room I checked. (8.) NO Air conditioning, and NO fans what-so-ever in dorms or most of the shared rooms. (8.) The "shared" showers are few and detestable. In other words. 8 people, or more, have to use 1 shower / toilet. And if some one uses said shower, the water covers the entire floor where the toilet and sink are located. (9.) The pretend-a-mattresses (along with the pillows and sheets,) on the bunks in the dorms should have been burned (or quarantined) at least 10 years ago. (10.) Large cracks in the walls and ceilings also show the crumbling building structure, and also show to any real “building inspector,” or anyone has an IQ above their shoes size, that this place should be condemned, and unfit for human habitation. (SEE pictures.) (11.) When the main toilet for the 8 person dorm, over flowed, and cease to flush, when “we” told the 5 people crowed in the 5 x 7 office they all looked at us and LAUGHED. It took three more days to have it fixed. Even if the 30 plus rooms are filled with more than 100 “over paying” guests, management, nor owner will not spend a dime to fix “anything.” (12.) If you are unfortunate enough to stay on the first floor you have to listen to owner talking to LOUD on the phone, or worst yet, listing to the TV that is to loud, most of the night. (13.) Even tho they stated “secured” luggage room on the falsified description, the “room” was unlocked and the door even stayed wide open for the whole 14 days that I stayed there.
(14.) And lastly but NOT the reason I wrote this “review” is . . . I do not know who took my $200 Alcatel Android phone, if it was by a “guest,” or one of this “hostel’s” workers, but need-less-to say it "disappeared" off my bed, while I was moving my luggage out of the building to move out of this “place.” So do not believe their lies that nothing has never been stolen in their hostel.

I know most “smokers” (or the brain dead) will not care about most of this, but the rest of the travelers will heed the warning.

Room Tip: Find another hostel beside this one and the Palm.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Petra Hotel & Hostel

Address: Jaffa Gate 1, David, Jerusalem 9534710, Israel
Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Jerusalem
Price Range: £27 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Petra Hostel is a large and remarkable hostel that is located directly inside Jaffa Gate, offering a prime location. We have wide range of options, we have deluxe and super deluxe and simple rooms, for every kind of budget. The hostel has four floors. The roof of the hostel also offers additional rooms, as well as the option to rent a mattress or tent on the roof itself and sleep under the Jerusalem stars. It is a simple yet quite large hostel, considering it is inside the Old City. Each floor is has of a large common area, which includes several seating areas, a communal kitchen and fridge, and a TV (shared) as well as a common library where you can select different books and a dining table. Our hotel is reachable by taxi and car (right up to the front door)Much has changed since the Petra Hostel's conception in the early 1830's. But the wonderful ambiance, clean and beautiful well priced rooms, and the most beautiful views in Jerusalem of the old city have remained and continue to be a 180 year constant. With such famous budget travelers such as; Herman Melville, Mark Twain and General Allenby- Petra Hostel's reputation is as poetic and as mystical as the Holy Land itself A common kitchen can be used for cooking is available, as well as laundry service, an airport shuttle service, internet service, and amazing roof Most of the rooms are ensuite with private bathroom. Common bathrooms are also available. The atmosphere is home-like. There are stained glass windows and light fixtures.The outstanding feature of this hostel is its view. Because of its prime location, every window in the hostel has a stunning view of either the wall of the Old City and the street below, or the rooftops of the Old City. Seemingly every room opens onto a balcony. The best area, by far, is the roof, where there are separate rooms with an incredible panoramic view of the entire Old City as well as the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, etc. Every landmark is visible!Free breakfast now available for everyone staying in the hostel. ... more   less 
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