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Chain Gate Hostel


Straightforward hotel in a medieval stone building with a courtyard, a steam bath & free breakfast. People often mention hostel, rooms, good, stay, location, city, people, nice,


Sha'ar ha-Shalshelet St 155, Jerusalem

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3.50 (185 reviews)

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  • 5/5 Husain H. 2 years ago on Google
    This is the absolute finest hostel experience I have ever had. I arrived late in the evening around 10 pm -- the owners mother offered me dinner from the family's dinner pot (vine leaves and lamb) -- breakfast is promptly served, coffee is plentiful and orange juice is freshly pressed. The rooms are very clean! There is air conditioning. The showers are hot. The beds are comfortable and you can get a good night's sleep here. While it says there is a mixed dorm, no women slept in my room during the stay and I suspect there are separate quarters for them. I timed my walk to The Dome of the Rock (2 minutes from my bed, including security checkpoint, walking up the steps and taking off my shoes), it's about 3 minutes to get to the Western Wall and 10 to get to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The owners are originally of Turkish descent and have lived on site for over 800 years and that is about how old the building is. I witnessed them treating visitors and pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds equally. Cannot recommend this place enough.
    8 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Mubashir C. 1 year ago on Google
    If I could give zero stars - I would have done that. Location is amazing and it’s a great value for money. However, please just add a few bucks and go somewhere else. This hostel is extremely shady and filthy. They don’t change the sheets between guests. The air is awful and the beds are super unclean, no proper sheets either. Beds have bedbugs and the place smells mold. The Place is disorganised and dirty
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Mackenzie H. 6 years ago on Google
    One of the worst hostels that I have stayed in! I have more than 20 bed bug bites! The place is dirty especially the bathroom and kitchen floors. Staff speak poor English and not very helpful though not rude. There is no social atmosphere at all. My bed had sand on it and i should have changed the sheets and now i regret it after the bed bugs.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Aqsa A. 5 years ago on Google
    Loved the place and the location! Had amaizng street food nearby and the hotel gave fulfilling breakfast in the mornings and also tended to many of my unusual requests 🤣 I need to buy them a gift next time I go there! Loved them and felt like I was in my own house. The bunk beds are like swings they move and make sounds every time u move on the bed but other than that its all good. There is a slight language barrier but we made it manage! Great place! Will come again!
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Cannespoint P. 5 years ago on Google
    Terrible, completely bad. Do not leave your card information online because they will steal your money. I had reserved a separate room for 2 people but when I arrived they offered a room for 12 people with no separate toilet or showers, this was not at all something we expected and thought we would be paying for. Then they said they don't have our reservation at all. It didn't stop them from charging me 288$ for this when I did not even stay a day in this horrible hostel.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Krzysztof K. 4 years ago on Google
    The stay was absolutely everything we wanted it to be. This place is not a brand new 4-star hotel with a hundred different amenities - this is hostel set in the heart of Jerusalem, so expect to be surprised :) But if this is the kind of experience you're looking for then I highly recommend staying here!
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Lawrence L. 3 years ago on Google
    The owners were very kind and helpful. I had to leave on Friday night and taxi's are over $100 because of Shabbat. The owner arranged a shuttle for me at $15. The location is incredible and safe. It's in old town with a three minute walk to the Wailing Wall, and the Chain Gate to the Temple Mount is a few feet away. Rooms clean. This place is about location. Also, I enjoyed talking to the owner and his family. The hostel has private rooms, and his family has owned this for several centuries.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Melvin D. 5 years ago on Google
    The place is very basic and a bit noisy at night. The cleanliness needs to be improved. Blankets also are very basic. This hostel is run by a nice family and you can pay by cash or with a card. There is no food available. If you are not a muslim, be careful not to cross the entrance gate to the dome of the rock as pleople there might be offended.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 George W. 1 year ago on Google
    Nice hostel and I enjoyed my stay here. It’s one of the cheaper hostels in the city and it’s in the heart of the old town so if you come expecting a modern and refined hostel experience then you should go elsewhere. This place is about as basic as it comes but has a really nice feel to it. Coffee and breakfast is free (major win) and the beds are old but comfortable. The hostel is adjacent to a police checkpoint to enter Temple Mount (although it’s very safe) so if this worries you, again, go elsewhere. Wifi was good and met lots of great people there. Cool terrace to sit at and people watch. Be warned when you try to walk to the hostel you will be stopped at a police checkpoint (if you don’t look Muslim) just tell them your staying at the hostel and you’ll be allowed to pass (they’ll stop you every time till they start to recognise you).
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Khaled I. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing experience and good value for money. Beds were comfortable and the staff were extremely helpful, and felt like home. Staff went above and beyond and stayed awake till 2am to book me a shuttle and make sure I got back to the airport safely. Strongly suggest a stay here
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Will S. 1 year ago on Google
    Turned away from a confirmed booking at 1am after recieving an approved check in authorisation from them. Did nothing to help sort the issue and just said coming back at 6am if want the already paid money back. Spent the rest of the early hours of the morning finding another hostel to stay in to which we ended up staying on the couch of cinema hostel. This hostel had poor facilities inside no support to check in or out, hard to locate and flooded shower - stay anywhere else
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Augustine Y. 1 year ago on Google
    Bad attitude, often can't find anyone, when you ask one of them a question, he will just say he doesn't know, he won't, and asks you to solve it tomorrow, wet bedding, many bathroom equipment are damaged. If you really want to experience living in the old city, you can barely stay for a day when other hostels are full. I hope that future guests will not be disappointed with Jerusalem.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Kristian �. 1 year ago on Google
    They don't change sheets between guests in the dorm.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Martina Samadhi Y. 4 years ago on Google
    Suits some. Personally one night was enough for me. It helps though. I met nice travellers here- especially guys. Although it looked quirky around safety it felt safe.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Monika G. 7 years ago on Google
    Chain Gate Hostel is just OK. Clean, has everything necessary, but nothing else. A little bit claustofibic - rooms have no windows (but are well ventilated). Breakfast is tasty, but there are no tables - you have to find place on a sofa or just eat standing. The owner is a really nice guy.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Jonas N. 4 years ago on Google
    The hostel is located perfectly in the city center, just a few meters away from the Temple Mount. From there you can reach any attraction in and around the old city comfortably by foot. It has a unique charm with (original?) walls. The breakfast has a rich variety from traditional items (hummus, olives), over fresh vegetables to pudding and cereals. The rooms are small but cosy with an A/C. The staff was super friendly and nice even though the communication was sometimes a bit difficult. As the walls are pretty thick, the Wifi connection wasn't that good in the rooms and also not stable.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 2/5 elix a. 5 years ago on Google
    Is smells a bit weard at some rooms. I think all the carpet, that covers holes or other stuff is a downgrade for the place. And it is a bit noisy The Hostel is really hard to find, cause you have to ask direktly for the hostel at the police, that takes care of the Muslime area. If you do not, they may won't let you pass. All in all the place is OK for the old city, but for me it was way to expensive for what you get.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Tamar 1 year ago on Google
    Great location in the old city - hard to find the first time but easy once you know where it is. Close to the Wall amd other historic sites. Rooms are basic but incredibly cool - see pics. Like living 2,000 years ago but with a.c. and indoor plumbing.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Francisco F. 10 months ago on Google
    Good place considering the price, includes breakfast. Excellent location and very nice staff.

  • 5/5 Thomas H. 8 months ago on Google
    Very welcoming and open people. Breakfast is included. The rooms don't offer much but the location and the price speak for themselves.

  • 5/5 arif m. 11 months ago on Google
    Extremely close to the Al Aqsa Mosque, decent facilities and great value for money.

  • 5/5 Mohammad H. 1 year ago on Google
    I came on 15th march today, hani was very helpful really good price good location

  • 5/5 Ahmed M. 1 year ago on Google
    As good as it gets for the lowest price in the old city. The location to the Al-Aqsa compound is the closest you can get.

  • 2/5 Kendra Rose H. 4 years ago on Google
    The hostel was okay but I realized on my last day there that there was a camera in the dorm room. I think this is a huge violation of privacy. Cameras should not be allowed in dorm rooms where people sleep and change clothes, etc.

  • 3/5 Nataliya R. 3 years ago on Google
    Little creapy👻 police officers with guns in front of the mosque and wall of the hostel is as well the part of mosque buildings.

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