Mount Zion Hotel
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Not bad at all if you're not fussy
This is certainly not a plush hotel, but we're budget travelers anyway and did not mind. The view from our room overlooking the pool and the hills of Jerusalem was awesome. I would definitely ask for a room overlooking the pool. The TV remote didn't work well but who goes to Israel to watch TV anyway? We were within walking distance to restaurants and the delightful German Colony. We also walked to the Jaffa Gate to enter the Old City. The breakfast buffet was plentiful and not bad except for the powdered eggs-- fruit, salads, breads of all sorts. cheesecake. olives. lox. yogurt, etc. The staff was very friendly and helpful in giving directions, recommendations, etc. The last day our pickup wasn't until 8:00 PM so the staff let us store our luggage in a locked room after we checked out in the morning. If you're used to fancy hotels, this would not be the place for you. If you're a budget minded traveler and think of it as a place to get a good night's sleep, it's just fine. I'd rather save my money for side tours and shopping anyway.
I really enjoyed this hotel.
The hotel staff was very accomodating, the restaurant staff very friendly. The room and bath were a little small but no more than many European rooms. Security was outstanding and I felt totally safe. The hotel was clean, breakfast was okay. I would stay here again because of the location, the ambiance and the staff.
Stayed twice in Jerusalem during my visit to the Middle East. My first stay was at the Panorama hotel which was more than satisfactory any way you look at it, and certainly a place I would consider returning to (and I believe I will).
The second stay was at this lousy motel. While I did pay about 20$ less per night the value I got was that of a Motel 6 at best. Room was old and dirty with hardly any lighting, the TV set was decaying (with a non working remote), food was far below average, staff were slow and inefficient and the bellboy we payed for turned out to be nonexistent (or actually very existent: myself).
This motel needs very serious changes before anyone can think about it seriously as a place to host people. If they cut the prices down 70% it would be one thing, but currently there's nothing to speak of.
Hotel built from jerusalem stone with oriental ambiance
We stayed 4 nights in newly renovated room, breakfast buffet most enjoyable. The hotel has an oriental ambiance all the staff very helpful.
I recommend the hotel and certainly would visit again.
A mixed bag
I visited the hotel as part of a tour group for 4 days in November, 2005.
Its a small-medium hotel with a very middle eastern feel to it: decorations, colors, furnitures, etc.
The building itself is very old and while they try to renovate it, it still shows in many places.
The room I got was small but functional. Unfortunately I had no special view but many rooms have views to the old city walls.
I was bothered with many things being too dirty. The carpets are in bad overall shape throughout the entire place and some open employee places throughout the hallways look way too ugly. The lifts are also very tired with doors constantly opening and closing with the elevator stuck on the same floor.
I even heard one of my group say she saw a rat in the dining room, but I can't comment on it.
I did enjoy the service however, the staff were efficient especially the front desk and the guards.
My room was cleaned every day and if I asked for towels they arrived quickly.
Food was generally quite good, although breakfast food wasn't freshly made.
The hotel has some very nice gardens outside and a swimming pool which was closed. There is a bar at the lobby but prices are expensive and food was so-so.
If they renovated the place and kept it in better shape and cleaner I think it would be a good option, but currently I would think twice before returning.
You certainly feel this hotel runs on a very low budget
While the location is almost great and the building is architecturally very interesting, too many things keep me from recommending it.
The carpets are quite dirty throughout the various floors, hallways are hardly ventilated, the elevators belong to Queen Victoria's era (make you feel thankful every time you reach your floor), and any area pertaining to the employees (many of which are wide open) looks like an image straight out of a jailhouse.
Most if not all of the staff seem to be Arabs of East Jerusalem and they tend to shout and sing in Arabic between one another throughtout the entire hotel, totally unconcerned whether there are any guests around. I woke up very early (5:30AM) one morning because a few employees were having a very loud discussion just outside of my door. It also happens in the Lobby, halls, dining rooms, etc. While this does give you a very Middle Eastern feel, I believe most guests would do well without it. As for personnal service, the staff seemed quick, efficient and keen to help you.
For this price I would expect a different level. I stayed several nights in 4 and 5-star Tel Aviv and Haifa hotel, paid less, and enjoyed my stay much better. This hotel needs serious renovation and staff with proper manners (reception and security were ok though).
Enjoyable stay, helpful staff
We had a great time at the Mt. Zion Hotel. We were given a gorgeous double room directly above the garden, with a beautiful, renovated marble bathroom. This luxurious room suited us perfectly... until we needed to get up very early in the morning and were bothered by the sounds of a bat mitzvah right outside our window (there was an event in the garden every night of our summer stay.) The staff quickly switched us to a higher floor -- same size room, but not nearly as beautiful and a bit run-down. So if you need peace and quiet, specify when you reserve.
Though close to the Old City and Emet Refaim, the bustle of downtown Jerusalem is a cab-ride away.
Overall, a pleasant place to stay -- we really enjoyed it.
This was the filthiest hotel we have ever stayed in, ruining an attractive location and good public facilities with reasonable breakfast and pleasant service. Our room was dire.
its a shame....the hotel has great location,but i dont think theyve spent a penny restoring it since 1948.
ugly,smelly rooms,dirty carpet.
Service was ok.....breakfast is in a dark ugly dining room and food was nothing special...I would not go back and dont recommend it.
A lovely stay at Mt Zion Hotel
We recently stayed at the Mount Zion. We chose this hotel because we needed to be within walking distance of the Western Wall for Shabbat. The hotel grounds are beautiful and the staff is most gracious. The views from everywhere-the pool, the rooms and the lobby are delightful. It is a little out of the way for walking into central Jerusalem, but the Old City is nearby as well as walks into Yemin Moshe. The Cinematique is right next door for those pining for a movie and there is a wonderful cafe in the same building. We would stay here again when we return to Jerusalem.