The location is excellent. The Palatin is at the inside corner of two pedestrianised streets about 75 metres from the pedestrianised Jaffa Road. The newly introduced, state of the art, air-conditioned tram service runs up the Jaffa road so if you don't want to do the 15 minute walk to the Old City there is an excellent and cheap alternative.
However we arrived with our hire car and had real problems with a policeman who didn’t want to let us drop off our bags at the front door. There is parking just up the hill but as we returned the car to the hire company after checking in to the Palatin I don’t know the practicalities of that.
The outside of the hotel does not inspire confidence, There is a door which after buzzing for entry leads on to a fairly drab set of stairs up to equally drab first floor reception. There is no lift, but staff were helpful with our (many) bags.
Appearances can deceive. We were in room 9 on the second floor, one of the small but well renovated rooms. The beds were extremely comfortable; the TV had the full set of cable channels (BBC/CNN etc). There was a ceiling fan in addition to the air-conditioning unit. The bathroom had an excellent power shower, hair dryer etc. The window opened onto the back of the hotel in the general direction of the Jaffa Road – it was extremely quiet and tranquil – really surprising right in the centre of Jerusalem.
Breakfast was good. It was in the Jewish style and there was good Muesli, fresh fruit salad, toast, boiled eggs and coffee. There is no restaurant but with the whole of the Jaffa Road to explore there was no shortage of places to have lunch or dinner.
The breakfast room has a small paperback library with books in various languages if you are short of reading matter. The whole hotel had excellent Wifi internet connectivity.
This is a family run hotel. What you don’t get is a fancy reception staff in uniform, pretentious foyer or “aspirational” décor. What you do get is a very good and friendly welcome from a member of the owning family, a good night’s sleep and a fabulous base from which to visit Jerusalem.
It was just great. I’m sure we will be back.
We were in room 9 - at the back and very quiet. Ask for a renovated room - yo might have to pay a l...
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