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Hostelz.com's Review
Situated in the Old Jerusalem, Hebron Hostel has a historic feel about it. Its stone walls are so thick that mobile phone connection won’t work inside the dorm -- good if you want to have a break from the ever-present radiation surrounding us these days.

You are likely to meet the friendly Palestinian Arab owner of the hostel and/or his relatives during your stay. He is quite determined about not accepting credit card payments and not using bank transactions in general -- and will be able to give you the whole explanation of moral reasons behind this. Meanwhile, carry some cash to pay for your bed.

The Location

The location is very handy for exploring the Old City’s attractions and souqs. About five to fifteen minutes’ walk away (depending on the time of the day and the busyness of the narrow commercial streets) from the Damascus gate which is the main entry to the Arabic quarter of the Old City. Next to the Damascus Gate, there also is the Arab bus terminal, so it is a handy location if you are considering traveling into the West Bank.

If you want to spend most of the time at the modern Jewish Central Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, or catch an Israeli intercity bus to destinations like Tel Aviv, Galilee, or the Dead Sea, you would probably do better staying somewhere else. To get to the latter destinations from Hebron Hostel, you would have first to get outside the Old City walls and then either walk (not recommended in hot summer days), get a taxi, or catch a city bus. Bus #1 connects the Egged central Israeli bus station with the Old City but beware -- at the Old City, it drops you off at the Damascus Gate and picks you up outside the Wailing Wall, which is at the opposite side of the Old City.

The neighbourhood is generally safe if a little of a nuisance during the day because of the noise and persistent shopkeepers. As in many other tourist destinations, beware of pickpockets. During the night, the streets get empty, but fellow backpackers walking to and out of the hostel report no problems.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The big shared dorm, although situated on the first floor, feels like inside a historical cellar. The stony walls are solid, the ceilings arched. Although there are more than ten backpackers in the dorm, it does not feel crowded. One can easily have his/her privacy, and because of the aforementioned walls, there is virtually no noise from the outside. The bunk beds are made of wood and sometimes not very stable. The bedding is provided free.

The bathrooms are clean and not very hi-tech, but with decent water pressure in showers. Hot water sometimes gets disconnected, but there are signs informing in advance about this.

Common Spaces

The common spaces have comfy couches and free wireless internet. There is also a fridge in which you can keep your food, but no kitchen. We bought fruit and had to wash it in one of the bathroom sinks. Smoking is not allowed.

Downstairs there is a cafeteria that offers snacks and drinks, including freshly squeezed orange juice, and it has computers with paid internet access. The cafeteria, though, is closed about 10 p.m. and still not re-opened at 9 a.m. the following day, so do not rely on it. Breakfast is not included, but there are lots of places to eat in the neighbourhood, often cheaper and with a bigger selection of food than the hostel’s cafeteria.

The atmosphere in the hostel is somewhat quiet but friendly, calm, and relaxed. It is one of the few places in today’s Jerusalem where we witnessed an Arab and a Jew engaged in a friendly talk. Other guests are willing to lend their laptops to use the wireless internet when the access to the computers in the hostel’s cafeteria is closed.

Summary

Even though the hostel does not have an established online presence and is not flexible about accepting credit cards, in general, it is a very nice find. Not only clean, central, and cosy, it is also a good value for money (although breakfast is not included). It would probably suit calmer rather than noisy drink-and-party-all-night type backpackers. However, according to the hostel’s owner, "we are all humans."

by Agne Drumelyte
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
August 2011

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   Not so nice Staff was unfriendly, beds and sheets dirty!  , age 22, German ()
2   Not so bad, but staff unfriendly The hostel itself is not so bad, but the staff are quite unfriendly. It seems to be family run hostel, the family is english speaking (not local). This would usually be a good sign, but I did not like the atmosphere in the hostel. Also the WIFI did not work properly (possibly due to the thick stone walls of the old building). On the other hand, I have stayed in much worse hostels in Jerusalem. Also, there is a nice cafe/internet/restaurant in the basement (separate, not part of the hostel).  , age 35, Czech ()
5   The best hostel i have been in Jerusalem The cleanest and cheapest hostel in Jerusalem! For a hostel standard in Jerusalem it is excellent. its says her that its full and u cant book any room or bed, but when i went to there i was not full. even can take 50 more people, Sorry but do not believe its full. Just go there and sure you will love it.  , Norway ()
5   A true gem in the Old City Exceeded our expectations for value, convenience, comfort, and friendliness. Owner and his family were welcoming and truly made our stay a warm and memorable experience. We would definitely return if traveling to Jerusalem again. Won't ever forget the friendships we made there ... THANK YOU Hebron Hotel and family.  , USA ()
1   I did not like this hostel at all The beds were not properly cleaned. There were sands on the sheets.staffs were not as respectful to the customers, except for one. even 60 shekels not worth going ... the color of tap water was green, which made me uncomfortable to use.  , Choi ()
5   Loved Jerusalem and the Hebron was great Your placed right in the heart of the old city. The owner was really nice and helpful. Dorms and amenities were clean, always. Definitely recommend it.  , Australia ()
4   Happy I've stayed here 3 times now and have been happy every time. It's basic but I think they all are in Old City, main thing for me was the price, it's clean, owners friendly and I always manage to get a room without any problem. I'm ready to stay again!  , Australia ()
1   DO NOT GO THERE The owners are thieves, one of their children stole an expensive cellphone, and admitted that they have a stealing problem but did not do anything about it!  , Jordan ()

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