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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.
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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.
Co-Founder, Stay Inn Hostel Jerusalem