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Petra Hotel & Hostel
Jerusalem, Arkansas
1 review
“bad bad bad”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2011

good place , and nice one , in the old city of Jerusalem , very nice location ...

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2010

This is the worst accommodation I have ever stayed in. I have backpacked around India and Asia, and at times spent as little $5 USD per night. To stay at the Petra Hostel, they charged nearly $100 USD and the quality and cleanliness was worse than anywhere else in the world I have stayed.

Every electrical connection/socket in the room was falling out and wires were exposed. The cracks around the door and window and in the room in general were to numerous to count. Our room did not have a fan despite the fact that it was very hot. We finally found a fan to use in the communal area, but when we plugged it in, it did not work. We found another fan, but it also did not work. Finally on the third try we found a fan that worked.

They do have internet available to use; however, the extent of the malware on the computers is extreme. I logged in to my email account for no longer than a few minutes to make some travel arrangements, and later found out that all of my contacts had been spammed with a link to an attack site. On a more humorous note, one night when we used the hotel computer, we noticed that several web browsers remained opened from the previous users session and the opened pages were porn sites. Not surprising to see given the condition of the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2010

It's in a great location and the price is competitive, but it is run down and needs a good sponge and bucket of water. The dorm was very, very basic. One redeeming feature was the view from the roof.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2010

The hotel is located right next to Jaffa Gate, which is ideal, since you probably are coming with a backpack or luggage and won't want to wander through the Old City looking for your place. Make sure you find the actual hotel, though, because there are people trying to find you a different accomodation who scout the Jaffa Gate area. The amenities are pretty basic, but it's not too bad, especially for the price. The people are very nice and helpful. I would recommend this for anyone who is on a tight budget, but if you aren't, you probably want to find a different place.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2010

Petra Hostel is a small hostelhotel with cheap prices and nice personal, also for solo travelers and backpackers. The location is super, just at the CitaDel of David and close to the old city. Around the corner you have the travelinformation.

Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2010

Very basic and in need of a good paint and some DIY. The sheets/bedding were also quite dirty and old but if you have sleeping bags you're fine. Otherwise, its a great location (right by Jaffa Gate) and is prob about the cheapest you'll find for such a good location (price of a dorm bed also incuded breakfast). Staff were helpful and friendly and there is a good internet connection.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2010

The location of the hostels is really great (straight at the entrance of the old Jerusalem town), but the hostel is sooo dirty...

Just some examples : bathroom was very dirty, eroded by humidity, while the view from the terrasse gives straight on a dump-pool.

I would not recommend this hoste to any friend of mine, given that by discussion with other people, there does exist nicier hostels for cheaper...

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Petra Hotel & Hostel

Property: 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 #44 of 64 Speciality Lodging in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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