We typically like to stay at budget-friendly AirBnbs or boutique hotels when traveling, both for the savings and for the immersion. But when you’re planning a trip paid exclusively by points and miles, your choices are limited to international chain hotels. Such was the case when we stayed at the Ramada in Jerusalem.
Image above: the view from our room.
Ramada Jerusalem | From $164/night
Location: Perhaps the best feature of the hotel was its close proximity to the light rail. The line runs behind the hotel with the Kiryat Moshe stop a quick walk from the entrance. Most attractions are accessible via light rail, so being so close was a nice convenience. For the places that weren’t, it was easy to transfer to the nearest stop and take either a bus or taxi the rest of the way. Still, if you’re hoping for a more immersive experience in your stay, you might opt for something closer to the action of the Old City or City Center.
Rooms: The rooms and the property in general were in need of refurbishing. You can see in the picture above the outdated carpeting and staid furnishings. Wi-fi was available in rooms for a fee, but free in the lobby area.
Staff: Our interaction with the staff was rather limited, confined mostly to check-in, check-out, and a meal we had at the onsite restaurant. In all instances, our experience was the same: efficient, not overly welcoming, but not to the point of rudeness. We can’t complain, but we also can’t sing their praises.
In conclusion: There was nothing particular noteworthy about our stay at the Ramada Jerusalem. It’s an aging property with standard amenities in need or refurbishment. But for those who have Wyndham points to use, it represents your only option in Jerusalem. For those paying cash, you’re likely to find a better value elsewhere.
Be sure to check out the rest of our posts about our trip to Israel and get inspired to start planning your own trip!
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