If you’re looking for a good deal at a major hotel and are willing to stay in a somewhat out-of-the-way neighborhood, you’ll find real bargains at the vast Dan Jerusalem, nestled on the lower slopes of Mt. Scopus. Built in the 1980s, with an impressive contemporary design by an award-winning Israeli architect, the hotel was recently taken over by Dan Hotels, which has done extensive renovations of the 130 executive rooms in the King David Wing and a lighter, but much-needed, updating of most of the standard rooms. Pluses include sweeping views of the Old City in the distance, very good breakfasts, top service, a large pool and extensive sports facilities, and a free hotel shuttle service that runs to the Old City and West Jerusalem. But there are real downsides to staying here, such as the lack of interesting nearby streets for strolling and the hefty fees for Wi-Fi. And if you’re assigned to one of the rooms that haven’t yet been upgraded, you’ll likely want to ask to be moved (some are very tired). Light Rail to downtown is 2 long blocks away; at night, most take taxis.
- Frommer's Staff