RABIN YOUTH HOSTEL & GUEST HOUSE: "A Five-Star Youth Hostel" Top 5 Page for this destination Jerusalem Hotel Tip by gilabrand

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Mercaz Rabin, with its soaring modernist architecture, glass-sided lobby and pink flowering terraces, is unlike any youth hostel you’ve ever been to. Beauty aside, you’ll also love the food. This is not youth hostel fare. The kitchen is run by a caterer who organizes parties and special events. In fact, I held my daughter's bat mitzvah there.

While not smack dab in the center of town, it is located on the same street as the Israel Museum, the Science Museum and the Bible Lands Museum. Across from the Israel Museum are the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the Supreme Court, both of which offer free guided tours (bring your passports).

The 17 bus, which stops right in front of Rabin will get you downtown. This bus only runs every 20 minutes or so, so ask the receptionist for a schedule. Buses that run more frequently (19, 31) stop at the intersection of Burla and Herzog. If you’re pressed for time, have the desk call you a cab. The ride to the center or the Old City takes about 10 minutes.

Mercaz Rabin has 77 air-conditioned rooms with en suite toilet and showers. Each room has 4 beds, two of which fold up against the wall if not in use. So we are not talking about super luxury, but a clean, well-designed place to bed down for the night and fill up on a hearty Israeli breakfast before setting out on your adventures. My mother has stayed there, and also some of my more nitpicking friends, and they were all more than satisfied.

Unique Qualities: So what’s close by? Apart from museums, there’s a supermarket and a pharmacy down the road on Burla Street, and a small shopping center with a cash machine, pizza parlor and 2 coffee shop/bakeries at the corner, on Herzog. On Burla Street, right opposite Rabin, is the back entrance to the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University where the National Library is located (not visited by most tourists, but quite interesting, featuring an exhibit of Albert Einstein’s letters and a wall of stained glass windows). Directly across the street is the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (entrance from the parking lot next to the supermarket), with a restaurant perched on the edge of a lake.

If you still have pep after running around all day, the Rabin center offers a whole program of evening activities: sing-a-longs, folk dancing, and more. Check the bulletin board to see what’s on. For 15 shekels ($3.50) you can see an audiovisual presentation about the life of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated on Nov 4, 1995.

The big problem is getting a room here. Rabin is often solidly booked. So if you want to stay here, reserve well in advance. Prices are $47.50 for singles and $62 for a couple. A room for 4 costs $100. Breakfast included.

Address: Corner of Burla and Avigad St., Nayot, Jerusalem
Comparison: less expensive than average
othercontact: rabin@iyha.org.il
Phone: 02-6780101
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Hostel

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 25, 2006
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