Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
The building is historic and interesting, the location is excellent, the price is good.
Preis-leistung ist top!
Ich habe bereits diverse Male im YMCA-Hotel gewohnt. Die Lage ist absolut zentral, ein Parkplatz vorhanden, der Service sehr freundlich, die Terrasse mit Restaurant angenehm, wenn es warm ist. Die Zimmer sind o.k. und gross genug. Sie koennten allerdings besser gereinigt werden.
Excellent overall value and location
Extremely pleased with the YMCA - I was more interested in the room, price, location and food than programming and found all to be very satisfactory. Rooms are large by European standards and can comfortably hold up to 3 adults. Very clean and wll maintained. Bathrooms are full-sized without any problems. Great location to walk to Old City (down the hill on Botta behind the King David to the convenient (and quiet) Zion gate and to Ben Yehuda mall area.
Restaurant is decent (and open on Shabbat) but not Kosher.
Preis/Leistung und Lage waren ausgezeichnet
Ich war mit dem YMCA extrem zufrieden. Zimmer, Preis, Lage und Essen waren mir sehr wichtig und mit allem war ich zufrieden. Das Zimmer ist im Vergleich zu Europa groß und man kann hier gut und gerne mit drei Erwachsenen unterkommen. Es ist sehr sauber und sehr gepflegt. Die Badezimmer sind komplett ausgestattet, es gab keinerlei Probleme. Die Lage ist super, man kann die Altstadt leicht erreichen, einfach auf Botta hinter dem King David den Hügel runter und da erreicht man ganz prima das Zionstor und das Ben Yehuda Einkaufszentrum
Das Restaurant ist ordentlich, ist aber nicht koscher und am Shabbat geöffnet.
Exceeded all the expectations!
Immediately the building gives you a feeling of a warm welcome.
Rooms are ok (carpet needs to be changed though!). TV and air-con.
You must go on top of the tower (free fro guests): incredible and unforgettable view (sunset is very romantic up there!).
You can also use for free the swimming-pool (not really for fun, more for ...serious swimming!).
Location: 15mins walk to the Old City and to the city centre.
Breakfast adequate. Hotel staff helpful (and some of them kind).
I booked with Jerusalem's YMCA for its central location, right opposite the King David 5 star and within easy walking distance of the old city walls. The first thing that struck me was the scale and spendour of the architecture. The building - including a viewing tower accessible to guests - was designed by the same architect behind New York's Empire State building.
This hotel is in a great location. Very central in Jerusalem, near some very expensive hotels. The Old City is a pleasant walk away. The building the hotel is in is interesting. The rooms are pretty clean and the bathroom was very clean - with a couple of notable exceptions. First, the bathroom window looked original, compete with cracked glass and flaking paint (which you should probably be sure toddlers are not tempted to eat). The bed's comforter was in dire need of laundering, and so were the carpets.
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We were very pleased with our stay at the YMCA. The room was clean and spacious; breakfast was adequate; and the location is great. The walk up and down the hill to Jaffa Gate was about 10 minutes, but a little steep. If you stay at the hotel, make sure you ask the receptionist for the key to take the elevator to the top of the tower. It has a great view of the city, and it's free for hotel guests!
The location, architecture, staff, and ambiance made this a very nice place to stay in Jerusalem. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The food was generally good. The staff was above average. The premises were clean and functional. The parking was limited but we obtained a space.
My 14 year old daughter and I spent 4 nights at this hotel at the end of July (based upon the recommendation of our guide, Suzanne Pomeranz). I would return again. This is definitely not an "if you have seen one you have seen them all" international chain hotel. The actual building is across the street from the King David Hotel and dated from the British Mandate period. The public rooms are thus lovely, but in a more natural way than in the King David. The place is multi-cultural, right down to the multi-cultural kindergarden on site. The rooms were far better than I expected, small but individually air conditioned. The buffet breakfast was good and plentiful--lots of local food. One night we ate dinner in the dining room (outside) and both had unusually delicious pasta. The hotel is about a 20 minute walk to the market/street cafe area of Jerusalem and less than that to the Jaffa gate. My daughter and I made a point of meeting with Israelis and others on our trip--for exposure to cultural and political matters. I felt that the Three Arches contributed to the experience rather than being "just another hotel."