This apartment could be wonderful.
Let’s talk about the good things.
The location is superb – down an alley 100 yards from Agrippas street, only 5 minutes walk from the main market and 10 – 15 minutes walk from the Old City of Jerusalem. So it’s quiet and convenient.
The owners are friendly, the welcome and key pick up arrangements were fine and when we had a problem with light bulbs and needed a plug for basins there was instant response.
The beds are comfortable, the shower is good, there is plenty of hot water, the Wifi works and to sit at the desk overlooking a little courtyard full of flowers is quite delightful. The sitting room with two comfortable sofas is a pleasant place to entertain a couple of friends.
So what then are the drawbacks.
The Green Yard apartment is converted from a traditional home built by an early immigrant into Israel over a hundred years ago. It was originally converted into a flat some time ago. Bringing it up to date, whilst retaining its period charm is a challenge.
Some comments about the flat are aesthetic. Arriving from Agrippas street one passes a little square which is untended, scruffy with shopping trolleys chained to a post. Inside the flat some of the paintwork is peeling, the bathroom window frames are heavily rusted, the paint on door frames and window frames generally is tired and not professionally applied, much of the shelving is sturdy enough but bodged.
There are general issues of layout and construction. The shelving above the kitchen area could be too high for many. The spiral staircase down to the bedroom would not be easy for anyone with limited mobility.
Although the flat is basically clean there are areas which need looking at.
The bedding as a whole was clean, but the sheets were all pretty old, two of the pillows on the double bed were just foam rubber slabs, the other two were unacceptably old and needing replacement. The double bed headboard is loose and the plug for one of the lights got knocked out as a result.
The cooking equipment consists of a three ring gas stove, behind which on a shelf hanging over the spiral staircase are a microwave and a small oven. Most of the electrical plug fittings are old, with exposed wiring, at waist height. Although there was an extension cable we couldn’t get it to work so we had to lead cables over the sofas in the sitting room. None of the doors or windows fit the frames properly or are insulated in any way.
There is much bric a brac which takes up shelf space, must be a nightmare to clean and gets in the way.
It’s a shame. The owners are caring and considerate but the general standard is below that we have previously experienced in Israel. Despite the comments though there are so many nice things about the flat that we could be persuaded to return.
We have discussed with the owners who tell us that some upgrading is underway.
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