Jerusalem Panorama Hotel0.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Cons: “Parking”-(5 small spots on side of road that are already full). “Breakfast”- canned fruit and spam “Coffee Bar”-doesnt exist “Beauty salon”-doesnt exist Elevators-made weird and load noise as if they are about to break Wifi-sucks Reception- ok Neighborhood-sketchy, loud, packed, very dirty. A mile walk up and down big hills to get to the city/ any restaurants. Everything- is dirty and falling apart Blankets- are very uncomfortable Security-doesnt exist Electrical outlets are 250v Pros: Nice view
I stayed here 2 weeks on a group arrangement. Apparently many tours come through here because it is inexpensive. It has a spectacular view of the Temple and East Jerusalem, from the west side of the hotel. It is on the Arab side of Jerusalem, near Mount of Olives and not too far to walk to City of David or Lion's gate. However, it is about a block away from a mosque and every morning at 4 or 430 you get those weird (to most western ears) sounds of the call to prayer. Then... you're up! No view from the east side of the hotel; they say you can see Dead Sea from there but all you can see is rooftops, streets below, and trash bins. The staff is nice and they try to get you what you need. For the money, next time i am staying in a hostel..
Very good mainly for location and value. Amazing views. Mixed friendly Arab and Christian pilgrim clientele - I met two Islamic pilgrims who turned out to be Arsenal fans from London, good lads. Clean tidy rooms. Corridors slightly shabby but in keeping with a post-colonial feel. Helpful cleaning staff and reception. Reasonable "oriental" or Palestinian/Lebanese breakfast of boiled egg, tuna, houmous, bread etc. Buy a kebab from Ad Amud the butcher he opens about 6pm. Buy some local dates and cheese and pitta and have a meal in the balcony. If it suits you, you are very close to some awesome Christian heritage e.g. Gethsemane. Local shops don't sell beer. We get it from Mahane Jehuda market. Mount Zion is a brisk walk away. Lions gate is 0.5 miles away. Try the Armenian church on the Dolorosa past Lions Gate if you fancy a beer or snack. You can trust the taxi drivers from Panorama taxi. The neighbourhood seems to be a quite affluent one in Israeli Arab terms - I saw dentists etc. To my shame on first night I formed wrong impression due to full rubbish skips on street - but this was due to Eid. By end of week locals appreciated my beginner Arabic. No one stares at you. Friendly place. Jewish taxi drivers were not keen to drop off there at night - Ras al Amud seems to have "settlers" but I am staying out of that topic.
We were here for 3 nights. The rooms are quite large and clean. The view of the Old City is amazing. AC in the room, wifi (kinda slow and kept dropping) but it did its job. Breakfast was okay with plenty of things to choose from. The staff is really nice and friendly. If you plan to leave the hotel for a nigh walk keep in mind that the owner locks the hotel after 11 PM - so you better tell him you plan to take a night walk. The neighbourhood is ok-ish, you have a market near the hotel where you can buy water (I am not sure if the water from the hotel is drinkable).
When I first saw this hotel my first thoughts were, no doggone way! ...you have got to be kidding me! ...no way am I staying here for a week! ....I want to go home NOW!!! My western mindset was working me over. The neighborhood was crap. The hotel was crap. The room was crap. But when I realized where I really was my thinking instantly changed. I was at the epicenter of The Most High's land. Our group of 15 had everything we needed right there. There was a pharmacy next door, two small food stores, a fruit market, medical clinic, money exchange and a man making cold juice at the round-a-bout. So ,IF you are looking for a 5, 4, 3, or even a 2 star hotel keep it moving or stay at home. However, if you are looking for an awesome view of the Temple mount and a spectacular panoramic picturesque eye popping view of the old city that encapsulates history...this is the place to be. The staff was nice and helpful and we saved money.
My friend and I were attending a TBEX conference in a Jerusalem and were trying to keep to a budget. This hotel was far cheaper than all the other hotels in the centre. It was definitely value for money. We were upgraded to a huge three bed room with spectacular views of the old city walls and the Dome of the Rock from a bay window that practically covered one wall. The staff were extremely helpful and always had a smile for you. The breakfast was included which was a buffet of what a typical Israeli breakfast would be; tomatoes, cucumber, hummus, cream cheese, bread, olives, egg, tuna...it was simple yet delicious. I had no problem with the location as it was adjacent to the Mount of Olives and the local fruit sellers and shop owners were really friendly. I would recommend anyone on a budget to stay here.
Not a safe environment. Dishonest taxi drivers and people soliciting are always around to rip customers off. Wifi is horrible at times, hotel staff not professional in most cases. Be-careful of the cheapness of this hotel, its not worth it.. Azziz, a taxi driver is a big crook and like to bully strangers. the only advantage of this hotel is its nearness to the Mount Of Olives, Mount Horeb where the Western Wall resides. The neighborhood is not friendly, I was treated like I am from Jupiter.
The area is quite dangerous and many taxi drivers will not want to take you there. The taxi driver (Aziz) who hangs around the hotel is not an honest person. I booked a taxi with him to go to the airport ( 250 shekels) When I was about to leave for the airport at 5 am, there was another person in the taxi and I was never informed I was sharing a taxi. He charged me the full price and then he got extra money from another passenger. He never told me he would do that, Please give this guy a miss if you stay there. On the other hand Staff were quite pleasant and the views of Jerusalem are awesome.
The Jerusalem Panorama Hotel is not what the advertising claims it to be. It has very poor accommodation which is suitable for people who do not care about hygiene and safety standards. The ‘panoramic view’s’ promised by advertising is only available partially from the floor breakfast room only. No bedroom has access to the panoramic view as new buildings are blocking it badly. I have illustrated evidence with photographs I have taken but I cannot photograph the experience of the mould and rotten smell on the corridor carpets, people need to go to experience this. The advertised views of the Garden of Gethsemane, is false as it cannot be seen from the hotel even if you have binoculars. Next to the hotel there is a big vegetable store and an overflowing permanent skip that smelling. You can walk to the old city lions gate. At night time, some taxis refuse to take passengers to the area where the hotel is, saying that it is not safe. This says a lot of about the location of the hotel and why it is so cheap compared to other hotels.
I just returned from a group trip to Jerusalem. We used this hotel on the recommendation of a friend. We booked it on booking.com and was perfect for a group because they had rooms with 4 beds in them. This helped us keep our cost down as we were traveling on a budget. We were able to make it to the western wall in about 20 minutes walking. Not to bad. We did have some who would get a taxi from the hotel and go to the western wall for about 35-40 shekels/10.00 USD. They had food at the hotel but we used the falafel shop across the street along with the market next to it. If you are looking for a budget hotel this will be great for you. They can also schedule a shuttle to all the nearby excursions.
- Walking distance to Mount of Olives
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
Mount of Olives is a short stroll from Jerusalem Panorama Hotel, and other popular attractions like Temple Mount are within a mile (2 km). This 65-room hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. In the historical district, it's also near Dome of the Rock and Western Wall.
Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 9 AM. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.
All 65 air-conditioned rooms provide desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and satellite TV. Housekeeping is available once per stay.
At Jerusalem Panorama Hotel, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and express check-in. A stay here includes free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-out, laundry facilities, and a porter/bellhop.
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55% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 168 reviews