Jerusalem Gold Hotel
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All that glitters isn't gold Jan 03, 2013
I stayed here from November 1 to November 5 as part of the Birthright trip. During this time there were at least 3 other groups staying there for the same purpose as well along with other travelers (mainly middle-aged from what I saw). The hotel is indeed in close proximity to the Parliament building along with a number of other sites (such as the marketplace, downtown Jerusalem and the bus and train stations). It was not noisy but the view was that of a city (train tracks, the road and bus depot).
Upon arrival I was impressed walking into the lobby and much enjoyed the reading salon to the left and the fish tank to the right with pictures showing important moments in Israeli foreign relations along with a number of flags. There was also a grand piano which guests took turn playing. There was also the bar, a buffet, a poor excuse for a business center, and gift shop in the small lobby space yet it wasn't overwhelming. My room was on the 9th floor; there are 11 floors total, and we had three people staying in it. Two slept in the bed with one in a makeshift day bed in a chair. It would be comfortable for two; as the saying goes, three was a bit of a crowd. The room was nothing fancy- beds were comfortable enough to get a good nights' sleep in. Bathroom was also acceptable even if the shower was a bit strange. The door/glass partition did not stretch all the way across, so you had to strategically turn the water to a certain pressure and angle the shower head a particular way to avoid getting the floor soaked. I also failed to find some sort of ventilation system (and as a result the door needed to be open to have the steam get out/hot air after showering, and after using the bathroom for "business." Also with the rooms being close one could hear neighbors and everyone in the hallway moving about. Additionally I noticed that oftentimes it smelled like cigarette smoke in the all way nod while I was in my room (enough that it was noticeable but not to the point where it excessively bothersome). Those with asthma may be more bothered by such a fact.
Onto the dining and food: there is a restaurant on the first underground floor and the buffet on the first lobby floor as I mentioned with the "bar" nearby. The buffet food for the most part was ok-not spectacular or horrible, just ok. I wish the dishes were labelled-one time did mistake gefilte fish for what I thought was a chicken meatball. There was water placed on the table that was slow to be refilled even when someone brought the carafe to the waiters (who mainly stood around talking). Whatever though the ice cream was (some sort of Parve dairy dessert) was delicious and a must eat and try! I did not dine in the restaurant except when they moved the lunch buffet on Shabbat down there. It was quite nice looking I must say. Oh and beware: the dinner that night is whatever lunch leftovers, reheated. The bar was ok, had standard liquor, nothing excessively fancy.
Even though it is written as an amenity there is no sauna, spa or gym facility (much to my dismay). Additionally no pool unless one counted the end result of the water after showering on the bathroom floor! If one goes downstairs to the lower levels below the lobby, one finds some conference rooms which are old looking. There is also poor cellphone and wifi signals down here: don't even bother wasting your time or battery trying to connect or making a call. There was no newsstand, mini bar, hair dryers, robes, etc. as stated in the amenities or tennis courts for that matter (and I explored the hotel fairly well). There was a TV in the room but I never bothered to turn it on or try to.
Perhaps the biggest complaint among myself, fellow travelers (those on Birthright or just staying there) was the lack of being able to connect to the Wifi network. It was present with enough bars: however for the fact it is included in the nightly rate you think it would work. Everyone was frustrated with being unable to connect no matter the time of day (I even tried at 3am with no luck). If one was lucky they got on once during the entire trip and was booted off after a period of time. So if you need an Internet signal or Wifi, don't stay here. The staff on this matter was extremely frustrating in their answers as to why the signal did not work, and enjoyed giving us Americans runaround answers (as an Israeli counterpart confirmed for us). They lied saying it would work later on in the night, etc.
All in all, the hotel was ok. Pictures uploaded previously show hotel satisfactorily. If I returned to Jerusalem for any extended time I'd seek elsewhere to stay. It's ok for a night or two but I don't advise staying longer unless you aren't too bothered by the lack of glitz as the name Jerusalem Gold incorrectly implies.
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Jerusalem Gold Hotel Overview
The Jerusalem Gold Hotel is situated within a half-mile of the Israeli Parliament building. Also within close distance of this hotel are located the Museum of Science and Rose Park. There is a central bus station located nearby this hotel which can provide access to other areas of the city. From the Jerusalem Gold Hotel, it is an approximately 35-minute drive to the Tel Aviv International Airport.
The Jerusalem Gold Hotel contains rooms provided with a bright decor and modern design sensibilities. Among the standard amenities included in each room are satellite television service, private baths and broadband Internet connectivity.
The Jerusalem Gold Hotel contains on the premises two restaurants where guests can enjoy both Oriental and Jewish fare. Business facilities at this hotel include meeting rooms in the business center where guests can attend to their work needs. The concierge service will help guests to arrange tours and to navigate the city. There is Internet access available in the hotel commons.
Jerusalem Gold Hotel Amenities