New Petra Hostel
1 David Street (Jaffa Gate) Omar Bin Khatah Square, Jerusalem, Israel
www.newpetrahostel.com/index… - 00972 2 6286618
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Hostel in Old City Jun 07, 2013
After arriving at the Old City of Jerusalem around 4.00 am, finding help let alone accommodations is difficult. Locating the police station proved unhelpful until a man going to morning prayer stopped to help.
We awoke the night time clerk, and I was invited for tea, coffee, water and a seat. After a short check-in process I was shown to my 6 bed dorm room where I quickly readied myself for sleep, so as not to bother my roommate.
They offered free breakfast which consisted of bread, hummus', tomato and cucumber, it won't last a day but good enough to get you till lunch. Coffee, tea and purified water all available all day for free. Breakfast is taken up on the roof with great views of the Old City.
They did not have any maps and trying to get any good information was not easy. Thankfully the visitor center is 100m away where they were happy to supply me with a map and answer any questions I had.
The next night I had my 3 x 3m room all to myself, it seems even here in Israel people do not like snoring....sorry. With three bunk beds the room is tight but with only one occupant, adequate, would not want to see it full. The bathroom was beside the room with an open shower design.
I peaked in on a private room which was spacious with ensuite and balcony, but at 4x the cost not needed as my 70 shekels (and snoring) was getting me my own room. There was a bookshelf for book exchange and reading and a tv which stayed on Middle Eastern news in the common area.
A cleaning lady came every morning for the common spaces, which were tidy yet dated, but your room had to be vacated before it would see any cleaning again. The staff for the most part(95%) smoked outside which is great considering even the twelve year olds are up to a pack a day.
The location is superb. Exchange, store, tourism info all underneath you as well as cafes and restaurants of all kinds within 100m radius. Jaffa gate is a very "central" place even though it is a gate to the Old City. It is very hard to rate the feel of a place when you are there during low tourism season and especially considering the news North Americans are fed relating to the Middle East, but there was probably 10-12 persons staying from different parts of the world and all were pleasant.
I would probably check into other places within the area before staying again.
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