My wife and I (with others) booked a low cost package at this hotel (half board). Having read some of the reviews we arrived with some trepidation as to what we would discover, but admit to being pleasantly surprised by what we found. The hotel's location on the summit of the Mount of Olives provides it with outstanding views of the Old City that can not be beaten. Indeed hundreds (possibly thousands) of tourists a day will visit the viewing platform outside the hotel for a sight of the Old City that we had the privilege of seeing whilst eating our meals for a whole week. On a daily basis we walked down to the Old City and back up again in the evening - which is quite a treck in the heat.
The hotel itself is a little 'tired' but the staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were spacious, twin bedded and clean with towels changed daily. No bedroom safe, but safe deposit facilities were available at the reception. The television had no channels with news in English, although english films were being shown. Free WiFi was available in the reception area. There are no lifts so stairs needed to be negotiated as there were few if any staff to help with cases. On the day we left the staff were willing to securely store our baggage between checking out and waitinf for an evening flight home.
The hotel is popular with large groups of tourists who are passing through Jeruslaem for just one or two night stops and hence a very transient population. Prices in the little hotel shop are very high, but a walk of just a hundred metres or so will afford access to local shops that are much much cheaper.
The food was plentiful and all self serve style. Breakfasts had choices of cereal, vegetables, bead rolls and some cheeses with hot selections of eggs, sausages, pastries and crouisents. Evening meals included soup, salad bar and a choice of three to four hot dishes, with variety of sweets. Note that this hotel is in Palestinian East Jerusalem and hence the food is not kosher.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Seven Arches Jerusalem is the southern slopes of the Mount of Olives, not far from the Mount Scopus and looks out from the west, at the Old City of Jerusalem with perhaps one of the more beautiful, most inspiring views of living ancient history in the world. To the north, the hotel overlooks the backdrop of the hills of Bethlehem surrounded by large Green Garden. In an effort to better serve our guests, Hotel Seven Arches is proud to announce that our renovation project is now in its final stages, and will be completed in one month. Your stay will now be even more enhanced by the upgraded rooms, restaurants, and lobby area. Our rooms freshly renovated in 2016, few of them with the best view of Jerusalem, now offer modernized, convenient features. Rooms are completely refurbished from carpet to curtains, furniture to fixtures, while the bathrooms are newly refreshed with all new bathroom hardware, lighting and mirrors. Hotel Seven Arches is a short distance from the ancient historical and religious sites of the Holy City and is the perfect base for excursions to Bethlehem, Jericho, Masada, Galilee and beyond. Transportation from Ben Gurion International in Tel-Aviv to the hotel is 50Km (31-60 min. by taxi), and from the hotel to the city center of Jerusalem is 3 km (2-5min. by taxi). Official languages are Arabic and English, Hebrew is widely spoken, and many speak French, German, and Spanish. ... more less
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