Updated: Aug 10, 2021
Location: City Center Jerusalem
Price Point: $$$
The YMCA does a great job at it’s own PR. They advertise themselves as the best area in Jerusalem for pool, gym, cafeteria, sauna, jacuzzi and sports centre. Their prices are high, starting a 95nis the one time entrance. I’ve included a list of their prices below (price of entrance includes all facilities).
The pool was the main attraction. Walking in you have the option to use a locker however you need your own lock, and most lockers are taken. You have the option of three changing rooms: Men, Women, and Family. I entered both the women and the family and these are my observations: the women's changing rooms were big and spacious and somewhat clean however the showers were not at all. There was hair everywhere and stagnant cold water left to fester. The disaster were the family changing rooms. They were very dirty, dirty water everywhere, the bathrooms were not clean at all with feces left on it. The changing rooms were old, falling apart and completely neglected. For what is considered one of the best pools in Jerusalem, this was shocking to me.The pool itself was green, I'm not sure if that was because it was dirty or another reason but it did not seem very clean to me. The Jacuzzi was good, a little crowed and the saunas were closed (under construction it seemed), contrary to their advertisement.
Personally, I would not go back to this pool, the price is too high for the service, however since the entrance includes a bunch of other services it could be an option to return for those! Unfortunately, the upkeep on the pool was not undertaken, which is a shame because it's a beautiful building with a lot of potential.
Cleanliness : 2/10