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... pleading countenance that made him take pity on me! Hallelujah! He had one Sony NEX7 in stock with the exact same lens that I lost! Dance of Joy! We did up,the paperwork and I had my camera back....although...the battery charger is missing and. Something is not quite right with the shutter speed. So I will have to go back. Nonetheless, in the course of our conversation, he told me that he was the 3rd generation of his family to run that store; his grandfather had moved ...
From here we went to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This is the second location thought to be the location of Golgotha and is also thought to be the place where Jesus was buried. It is located in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem and there are six different Christian denominations that work together in the operation of this church. There is a large shrine built over the tomb thought to be that of Jesus but there are other similar tombs in another room of the church, we ...
... feel even more ominous. And there are cell phones and cameras everywhere!
How can you pray through this? I was completely unprepared for this. I must have looked terrified for several members of our group asked me if I was ok.
But then I take a deep breath and remember that this place is for my prayers too. Inspired by the women of the wall's singing, I summon up the nerve to walk up ...
... The Dead Sea was once a huge body of water, but unfortunately is shrinking in size. Eva pointed out where the water line had been only 20 years ago and how much it had receded with the shore line hundreds of yards away from where it had been. Previously water-side resorts now have golf carts with paths to take people to the water. By the way, we had descended to 400 meters below sea-level.
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... but I can assure you that the crucifixion site is not remotely like it originally was 2000 years ago. Whilst Joseph's cave has long been chipped away and taken home in pieces by pilgrims eager for a souvenir, there was another genuine tomb under the church that we could actually enter to see what it was like. Seems that the tradition is to bury the body in a sarcophagus and, on the first anniversary, reopen it to remove the bones, which would be the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eldan Hotel Jerusalem
Friendly and great location
For a cozy hotel close to the Old City, the Eldan cannot be beat. The staff is friendly (though check-in on Shabbat is to be avoided--there were big problems with rooms being ready), the elevators are fast (a personal rant I have with some hotels), and the breakfast buffet is wonderful. However, the walls are thin, and you will hear your neighbor's conversations.
Great Small Hotel
We stayed at the Eldan from Sept. 26 through Oct 1, 2005, six nights. The Eldan was not originally our first choice of hotels in Jerusalem, but we are very glad we stayed there. We had a corner room, with windows on two sides, on the top floor. This gave us fabulous views of the Old City, the King David Hotel (diagonally opposite) and the YMCA, just across the street. The Eldan is in a great location - just a 10 minute walk to the Old City's Jaffa Gate. The breakfast, included in the rate, is more than adaquate - but not outstanding. It had several choices of hot and cold foods, great breads, and is served in a dining room that was never too crowded (it is a small hotel) and was therefore a quiet and peaceful way to start your day. The entire staff was excellent, especially the front desk who helped us out frequently with suggestions of nearby resturants and Jerusalem sites. Another helpful feature is that you can walk across the street to the King David Hotel and get a cab anytime, day or night. Also, the Avis, Hertz and Eldan car rental locations are just a few feet away, with the Eldan location just downstairs. When we return to Jerusalem we will certainly stay at the Eldan. A great small hotel. PS. For a wonderful lunch, go to the YMCA and sit in their outdoor cafe. Also, for late-night drinks or coffee, check out the King David' s outdoor restaurant overlooking their beautiful pool with views of the Old City.
Very nice and great location
Since we will definitely be back to Jerusalem again, we are very happy that we found this hotel. It is very adequate in every aspect, and its location can't be beat. Breakfast (included in the room rate) had hot scrambled eggs, fresh salads, varieties of yummy breads and pastries, fresh fruits, cheeses, etc. It sits almost right across from the King David and next to the famous YMCA (YMCA is across from the King David). From our room, we even had the view of the Old City wall. Staffs are friendly and helpful in giving directions and suggesting restaurants. Its own car rental next door is also very convenient for pickup/drop off. Highly recommended!
Very nice stay
I stayed at the Eldan Hotel for almost two weeks while in Jerusalem for a conference. I had some trepidations because I had always stayed in larger hotels in the city when travelling with groups. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised by the Eldan. The location is perfect, only a 10 minute walk either to the center of town, the Old City and only slightly longer to Emek Refaim, an active street of restaurants and shops. I stayed in a single room which was small but more than adequate and very clean. The housekeeping staff was outstanding and the room was throughouly cleaned each day. The front desk staff was cooperative. The complimentary breakfast was not as extensive as in the fancier hotels but was fresh and more than sufficient.
I would certainly stay at the Eldan again.
Good and Bad
We found the hotel to be adequate and in a good location. However the staff, and in particular the daytime supervisory staff was surly, harsh, opinionated and not courteous.
My daughter and I were guests at the hotel in March of 2005. The room was more than ample and well cared for. The staff was always accessible and accommodating. We were delayed in our flight arrival and the staff saw that we were checked in and our room was ready for weary guests at 2:00am.
We looked forward to the outstanding breakfast available each morning. What a great way to start the day.
We have spread the word about this gem of a hotel (Eldan) and look forward to our next visit.
Location and Comfort
The Eldan is a deal. Located across the street from the King David, the Eldan is within walking distance of the Old City and the Jaffa Road business strip. Parking is free and very secure. Bundled with an Eldan Car Rental, there is a discount on the hotel room and makes the two an excellent deal.
One caveat: There is construction across the street and it can get loud fairly early in the morning. However, this is but a temporary issue.
Great location, nice but small rooms, and great value. I did not find the staff as friendly as other reviewers but I would stay here again. Recommended if looking for moderately priced hotel within walking distance to Jaffa gate and the Kotel.
Great location, rooms & value
We stayed at the Eldan Hotel over a year ago. In those days I didn't know about TripAdvisor, otherwise I would have posted our review straight away. We stayed at the Eldan for a total of 9 days, in late December 2003. From our first contact with the Eldan, we knew we were in good hands. We advised that we would be arriving very early & were assured that they would do whatever they could to check us in early. When we arrived, the rooms were almost ready, & in the meantime we were given a free buffet breakfast while we waited.
We'd requested a family room which wasn't available, but were very happy with the 2 rooms allocated. The hotel is small, pleasantly decorated & right across the road from the famous (& VERY expensive) King David Hotel. You couldn't get a better position. The rooms were very well appointed, with small ensuites. A small fridge in the room was very handy. As the previous review notes, the breakfast was a feast, & is included in the modest tarriff. We found the staff to be very friendly & helpful. They organised drivers to take us to nearby sights, such as Masada. When we left to drive north to the Galil for a few days (using the convenient Eldan car hire on site), we were able to store our luggage at the Eldan for no charge. We returned to spend our last 2 days at the Eldan & were then given the family room. The family room was TOO SMALL for the 5 of us. Nowhere to put suitcases. The only advantage was the adjoining door. Next time we'll stick to the 2 rooms. The walk to the beautiful old city was under 15 minutes, a little longer in the other direction takes you to modern Jerusalem. We arranged to have Shabbat dinner at the Eldan & it was a beautiful atmosphere with delicious food & good value. All in all, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Eldan. It's in a great position, beautifully presented, caring staff, delicious breakfast & all for a very good price.
Great location and service,plus easy on the car budget
Over the past 4 yrs, my wife and I have spent about a month each visit, at the friendly Eldan, right in the very heart of Jerusalem.
It offers us a great package deal of location and carefree car rentals with on-site parking, at easy on the budget prices.
Our rooms were well serviced daily and their tasty Israeli breakfasts,left little room for lunch.
There is also an automatic elevator on Shabbat.
Health permitting, we look forward to our next visit at the very first opportunity.