Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
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... to call the Antiquities department. Thus when, in 1967, Israel gained control of what is today the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall, under the rubble, they found the remains of many 1stC Jewish homes, some of them very wealthy ones. They were all excavated and the best preserved ones were preserved in 2 museums. One of them is called the Burnt House because it was destroyed by the Romans when they sacked Jerusalem in 70CE. We know that it was the house of ...
... at an Arabic Restaurant, ahhhh falafel, shawarma, humus and pita accompanied by little bowls of salad. Rest at last in a cool room. That night was, of course Shabbat. Now as discussed pretty much all closes in Jerusalem. So Lee and I decided to have dinner in the hotel, what an experience in itself. First sitting at 6.30 for the, it turned out, "Christian Pilgrimage" tours, mainly Spanish and French speakers and the Arabic guests, do not forget us seating at 7.15, then ...
... served with cucumbers, tomatoes and
a giant sardine on the side. He liked it. And ate the sardine ;-).
Probably the best meal of the day was a very late lunch at
Hummus Ben Shira (on Ben Shira Street). There’s not much to say, except that
the hummus was fantastic, the falafel was extra crispy and delicious, and it
was probably 3:30pm by the time we got back to the city, so we were really
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Jerusalem International YMCA, Three Arches Hotel
Lots of potential
The building is historic and interesting, the location is excellent, the price is good.
The rooms are small and old, the beds pretty hard, the breakfasts only so-so; I'd call the accomodations very basic, but clean. No bellman. Front desk staff were quite indifferent, and money exchange was a hassle -- they only change cash, which is OK, but then they couldn't even exchange $100 for me. Internet was $7/day, connection was OK.
The restaurant was variable -- one night we had a very good meal; a couple nights later, too tired to search the town, we had an adequate-at-best dinner. Breakfasts were not up to the standards of any other Israeli hotels I've stayed at. Dining room area staff ranged from cheerful to uninterested.
No one responded to my contacts through their website, but it was efficient booking by phone -- they never replied to follow-up emails, either, so maybe just don't even bother, just phone.
I doubt that I would stay there next time; I suspect that I can get more comfortable and helpful accomodations in the same price range, although not in as good a location.
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).
More a luxury hotel than youth hostel!
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.
I was delighted to find that I had a very pleasant room, with en suite, tv radio air conditioning etc for the most incredibly low price.
I was absolutely amazed at the high standard of this place. It is ideal for people of all ages and especially good for for the independent traveller.
There's a great fitness centre including pool.
The staff are the friendliest of anywhere I've ever stayed. Especially Bassima and Salem. Absolutely outstanding.
The food was beautiful.
It was remarkable value and a sight more beautiful than the luxury hotels it's situated amoungst.
I would never think of booking anywhere else in Jerusalem next time.
Location, location, location
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.
Room security is minimal. There is no deadbolt lock on the door. Out of curiosity, I decided to see if I could open our locked door using a credit card. No problem! (Aack!) And I am not experienced in these matters.
Breakfast is plentiful and good. So was dinner in the restaurant.
Front desk staff was a 'lil surly, to say the least.
There is huge construction going on. We asked for a room away from it (in advance), but no such luck. So, be prepared for an early morning (7 a.m.-ish) and a late workday finish (8 p.m.-ish).
Unique Budget Hotel
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.
Genuinely unique place
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."