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As Stay Inn welcomes a new year, we look back on the road we’ve travelled to reopen in 2018 and become the hostel of choice again.

My name is Mati Roffe, I am the Co-founder of Stay Inn Hostel, Jerusalem.

On June 16, 2017, at around 04:00 am, a fire broke out in our hostel due to an electrical short-circuit. The fire spread black smoke all over the hostel, and left quite a few burnt rooms in its wake. It shattered doors, it shattered windows, and it shattered dreams. Luckily, no one was seriously injured in the incident, as we continually maintain the highest of safety standards.

We expected to be back on our feet after a couple of months, thinking it wouldn’t be too big of a drama. How wrong we were! Unsurprisingly, the insurance companies weren’t there for us when we ACTUALLY needed them. They took an eternity to investigate the fire, and left us hanging as much as they could. It was only after 4 months (and believe me, we applied any legal pressure we could) that we started to receive insurance payouts. Even as I write this, there is another insurance payment pending.

As you would expect, our hostel has been closed for quite some time now… 6 months to be exact. When we decided to rebuild it, however, we wanted to make it even better. Even though from our very beginning we received incredibly positive feedback (a review score of 9.2 on Booking.com, and a 9.4 at HostelWorld.com, making us #1 in Jerusalem), we wanted to help make guests’ stays even more memorable.

Looking to book a stay for our February 2018 reopening?

You can contact us directly via our official website if you would like to pre-book a room upon our reopening in February 2018. We look forward to welcoming you all back!


A blessing in disguise!

Being closed for so long allowed us to completely redesign our hostel and construct an even more innovative guest experience. I won’t go into too much detail here, but our staff and team have been amazing during this difficult time, and we thank them for that dearly. They also like posing for photos!

Our renovated hostel is one of the most comfortable and slick in Jerusalem, and we plan to maintain our affordable accommodation status while boosting the quality to heights that we have never seen before. We’ve already got a 9.4, let’s try for a 10!

So, with that optimistic note, I’m super excited to announce that we’re expecting to be up and running again by February 1, 2018.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Mati Roffe
Co-Founder, Stay Inn Hostel Jerusalem

Get a panoramic look at the city of Jerusalem and visit some of its most well-known sites on this half-day tour. Look down on the city from atop the Mount of Olives, with a view of the Dome of the Rock, one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture and Jerusalem’s most recognizable landmark. Visit Holy Land sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified; and more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Via Dolorosa (meaning the Way of Sorrows) is located in Jerusalem’s Old City and is believed to be the very path along which Jesus walked as approached his crucifixion. Christians have been coming to the city for many centuries to walk the same path as Jesus Christ. The road begins at the Antonia Fortress, ancient military barracks built by Herod the Great, and winds its way for about 600 meters to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – the traditionally accepted site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Via Dolorosa has fourteen sacred landmarks, known as the Stations of the Cross – nine along the road and the other five within the church. The first and second stations mark the area where Jesus met Pontius Pilate who condemned him to death.  The third, seventh and ninth stations depict the spots where it is believed Jesus stumbled along the road under the weight of the cross. Popular tradition says that Jesus met his mother Mary during the walk to his crucifixion, where the fourth station is now marked.  The fifth station refers to the episode where Simon of Cyrene carries Jesus’ cross for him, while the sixth relates to the Roman Catholic legend of the Veil of Veronica. The eighth station is a mark of Jesus’ encounter with pious women on his journey.

Each of the 14 Stations of the Cross are marked with a plaque, although the best way to experience them is to join a process held every Friday afternoon, which stops off at each station. The most popular (and busiest) time to visit the Via Dolorosa is during Holy Week, where literally thousands of pilgrims walk the route.

The most famous church in the world is undoubtedly the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which lies in Jerusalem’s Old City in the Christian Quarter.  The Church is also known as the Church of the Resurrection or the Church of Anastasis. The site is known as the place where Jesus Christ was crucified and buried. The Roman Emperor, Constantine I – a Christian convert – had the temple of Venus demolished around 325 to make way for the building of a church during which time a tomb, believed to be that of Jesus Christ, was discovered. Over the years, the Church has suffered from natural disasters and has been under the control of whoever ruled the land at the time – from Crusaders to Kwarezmiams.  Today, a complex of structures marks the spot, and has become a destination of pilgrimage for millions each year. The location is also the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, although control of the church is shared among several Christian denominations.

Entrance was originally through two large arched doors although only one is now accessible through a parvis of a larger courtyard. You can also see broken ancient columns, the bell tower, Crusader graffiti and the Immovable Ladder, which has stood in its place since the 1800s.

The inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre holds five of the 14 Stations that remember Jesus’ final journey to his crucifixion along the Via Delorosa.  The most lavishly decorated and ornate part of the church is the Calvary (Golgotha) which is where it is believed Jesus was crucified. Other alters, such as the Catholic Chapel of the Nailing Cross and the statue of Mary are also part of this holy site. The Edicule structure preserves the location of Christ’s tomb.

The golden dome which has come to symbolize Jerusalem’s famous skyline is the Dome of the Rock – a shrine on the Temple Mount that is located in the Old City.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site was completed in 691 CE and built on the site of the Roman Jupiter CapitonlinusTemple. The Roman Temple, in turn, was built on the ruins of the Second Jewish Temple of Jerusalem which was destroyed during the Roman siege of Jerusalem.  The shrine was not intended to be a mosque; instead the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik wanted to build an ornate and beautiful Muslim building that could compete with the majestic Christian churches in the city. The dome is built over a sacred stone, where it is believed that the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven from, while the Jews believe that the rock was the place where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac.

The architectural elements of the Dome of the Rock are superb, and its dimensions relate to the center circle that surrounds the stone.  The original dome was made out of gold, but was later replaced with copper and aluminum; although today it is covered with gold leaf.  The half-moon decoration that sits atop the dome is a traditional Islam symbol.  Multicolored Turkish tiles adorn the exterior of the shrine.  The interior is an elaborate work of art, featuring arched walls, lush red carpeting, stunning floral decorations in the cupola and mosaics that feature representations of vegetation.

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