Petra Hostel, Jerusalem

Old City
224 Reviews
How to book...

Petra Hostel is listed at the following booking sites:


It is the only way to book Petra Hostel

So get the best deal, save money and travel longer.

How is Petra Hostel rated on booking websites?

Petra Hostel Reviews

Warning this place is a slum.

This is my actual experience. I have been a building inspector for over 40 years. Warning, unless you are brain-dead, you should NOT stay in this "slum." One of the worst hostels that I stayed at, in Jerusalem. And I have pictures to prove most of the following. With "lead" based paint peeling off the ceiling and walls in large chunks. And staying in that dorm for 2 weeks made my nose caked up with blood by every morning. Owner, and others smoke directly under the "No Smoking" sign inside the lobby 12 hours per night, 6 days a week. And most of the days also. the "Stink" fills the entire 1st floor. Electrical wiring is more than dangerous, and outlets are falling out of the walls. Shared "kitchen" is a health hazard, and refrigerator does NOT work. NO HEATING, NO air conditioning, and NO fans what-so-ever in dorms and most rooms, except "private" rooms. 8 people, or more, have to use 1 shower / toilet. When the toilet overflowed and "we" told office personal this fact they just laughed and 8 of us could not use for another 3 days. The mattresses, pillows and sheets, should have been burned (or quarantined) at least 5 years ago. When in the main 8 person dorm, the TV is to loud, most of the night. About their "secured" luggage room on the falsified description, the "door" was wide open for two weeks. Buckling 2nd floor is covered with carpets, and deteriorated ceiling is covered with sheets. Major cracks from floors in most all of the building, including ceilings show unsafe foundation system. FACT -- This place should have be condemned years ago.



It has a great position, but that's the only advantage of this place. Luckily we only stayed here for one night! The place is really dirty, our room was mouldy all around, the bathroom was so dirty, there was water all around.


Good position

The hostel is in a good position to see the most important places in Jerusalem. The rooms are not so bad, very basic; the cleaning of the room is not every day. The breakfast is good and you can take tea or coffee free all day long and there's also internet free for the guest.



I am a soldier who was at this hostel in 2011 when my friends and i were in Jerusalem at the vacation. We didn't expect much, being a soldier, i am accustomed to lower standards in accommodation, but this was the lowest point in all my history of any arrangements, whatsoever. Seriously, folks, dont go ever even near this hostel!!


One of the worst hostels around

it is cheap and well located. But the beds are terrible and staff seem useless, and tried to trick us with the price too. The breakfast is terrible especially for a 20 shekel price tag and the showers are shocking. I was told it was bad before going, but it surprised me how terrible it was. Don't go. If you do, it's quite easy to stay for more nights than you paid as the staff have no idea who has paid and which bed they're in.


(Almost) perfect

Best price, great location, beautiful view of the Old City (especially sunrise and sunset), friendly staff, breakfast and wireless internet included. No curfew, and it is one of the few Old City hostels that do not forbid alcohol on the premises. Now for the dirty: There was a serious mosquito infestation, and possibly bedbugs as well. The furniture in the common areas are very dirty and dusty. I'd recommend staying there, just be sure to put on bug repellent before bed! And if you use the money changers right outside, make sure they give you the correct rate and count how much they give you.

United States

I would'nt recommend that place.Too dirty.

I stayed one week. I used to stay in cheap places and to travel a lot. The place is well situated but really too dirty. The room wasn't done properly, hair in the sinks, cockroach, and other bugs -- no hygiene at all. The breakfast! Nescaf, water not enough hot, I saw that the food was prepared by a young girl in a dirty kitchen without elementary hygiene precaution the evening before. No curtains at the window, door lock deficient, I couldnt find a place in another hotel so I stayed there. I can not recommend that place


Terrible! how do people like it?

Why on earth do people like this place?? I stayed for a few days and while some of the guys behind the desk are ok, the guy who seems to run the place is incredibly rude and unfriendly. The en-suite bathroom was filthy, with the drain clogged by the accumulated hair of many many guests. There were bedbugs. Oh, and my bed had only half a frame -- they had nailed a piece of plywood on to the frame, which was very uncomfortable. Hostels like this shouldn't exist, and I winced seeing an elderly couple take the room as i was preparing to leave. The owners obviously don't give a damn about the comfort of their guests, and thus charge big money and deliver so little. It's the type of place that would close very quickly if it didnt have so much passing trade. Truly awful.


More reviews...

Petra Hostel Reviews from the Web

The location is the best. That makes the rest perfect. Lol.


Wifi was shotty

Paint chipping from the walls

Floor not clean

But nice enough manager

Good location


No refrigerator or stove = bad

Maybe spend an extra 2$ for more comfortable experience, wouldnt do it for more than 2 nights really


I am a Christian traveling missionary that has stayed here years ago. It is very old building. I had no problems cleaning to my standards myself cause I like the location that much. The view is great and not crowded. Price was perfect. I ended up staying 2 weeks and got private room. If you are looking for cheap this is it. Safer than east Jerusalem. Female dorm is nice to have cause many hostels dont do curtains in mixed dorms. Petra is not luxury but it is good for long stays


This hostel is in a good location but it's an antisanitary dump which is never cleaned and it should be closed until it is completely renovated. Do not stay here because you will regret it!


For that price it's really nice. Hot water in bathroom, hot and cold water for drinking, funny host. I recommend this hostel.


Nice place for low budget travelers:) very nice and helpful host. There is no breakfast (although it was written that there is some) but I still recommend this place.

Poland ...overall it was an ok experience but with a little effort and attention to could easily improve.....


Shocking bathrooms (water everywhere after shower, gum shoes necessary), dirty towels, lack of cover sheets, breakfast delayed every day at least 1/2 hour.


basic hostel, basic breakfast. good position


The staff was okay and helpfull, the room was clean, but it all seemed very cold. Maybe also because off the wether, but the atmosphere (and the shower!)was just very cold and boring. The kitchen though, which you chare, was very dirty and old. The fridge not working. At night there was a lot of noise from electicity or something in the hallway. I don't really recommend this place. Location though is good if you want to see all the religious importance of Jerusalem.


Terrible breakfast, rooms dirty, small, bathroom full of mould, open day and night, not very safe, no lockers, not enough toilet paper, but staff very friendly and helpful


Location is in the Old City of Jerusalem, right near Jaffa Gate; very easy access by foot. Staff did not speak much English, but there is a Tourist Information place up the street which is extremely helpful. We stayed in a dorm style bedroom, fairly comfortable and clean, a bit loud from outdoor activity. Internet access available but free, as no one ever asked us for a fee. The shower was odd...a shwitter. No shower curtain.


I recommend this hostel a lot as it is very well located. You are in the old city which is a place you have to visit in Jerusalem. The hostel is perfect, cheap and as mentioned before, perfectly located. The staff is very helpful, very nice and is the best option if you are looking for a comfortable and cheap Hostel in Jerusalem. I love Petra Hostel, totally recommended.



Petra Hostel is a large and remarkable hostel that is located directly inside Jaffa Gate, offering a prime location.

We have wide range of options, we have deluxe and super deluxe and simple rooms, for every kind of budget.

The hostel has four floors. The roof of the hostel also offers additional rooms, as well as the option to rent a mattress or tent on the roof itself and sleep under the Jerusalem stars.

It is a simple yet quite large hostel, considering it is inside the Old City. Each floor is has of a large common area, which includes several seating areas, a communal kitchen and fridge, and a TV (shared) as well as a common library where you can select different books and a dining table. Our hotel is reachable by taxi and car (right up to the front door)

Much has changed since the Petra Hostel's conception in the early 1830's. But the wonderful ambiance, clean and beautiful well priced rooms, and the most beautiful views in Jerusalem of the old city have remained and continue to be a 180 year constant. With such famous budget travelers such as; Herman Melville, Mark Twain and General Allenby- Petra Hostel's reputation is as poetic and as mystical as the Holy Land itself

A common kitchen can be used for cooking is available, as well as laundry service, an airport shuttle service, internet service, and amazing roof

Most of the rooms are ensuite with private bathroom. Common bathrooms are also available. The atmosphere is home-like. There are stained glass windows and light fixtures.

The outstanding feature of this hostel is its view. Because of its prime location, every window in the hostel has a stunning view of either the wall of the Old City and the street below, or the rooftops of the Old City.

Seemingly every room opens onto a balcony. The best area, by far, is the roof, where there are separate rooms with an incredible panoramic view of the entire Old City as well as the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, etc.

Every landmark is visible!

Free breakfast now available for everyone staying in the hostel …

Location and Contact


From Jerusalem Central Bus Station, take bus bus 20 or 18 to Jaffa Gate. Petra Hostel will be directly on your left after you enter the Old City through Jaffa Gate, and walk straight onto David Street.



Address: 1 David Street, Old City, Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel

Petra Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

Hostelworld Not listed at Not listed at HostelsClub


Website Petra Hostel Jerusalem
Phone Number: +972 2 6286618
To add or correct information for this listing, please use the Listing Correction Form.

Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage



24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange


Entirely Non-Smoking


Gym/Fitness Room

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


Rate Petra Hostel

Have you stayed at this accommodation? Help your Hostelz Community by leaving a detailed review.

Create your free account to keep track of your hostel portfolio.

Did not find the hostel you are looking for?

See all 20 hostels in Jerusalem
Unlock your Hostel Account to Freedom!

Unlock your Hostel Account to Freedom!

Sign up with and get access to exclusive hostel content and much more.

Do you already have an account? Login
Home Wishlists Login