We very much enjoyed our stay here! Jerusalem is an amazingly vibrant, busy and fairly noisy city, it really was a joy to be able to come back to such a peaceful and sheltered dwelling at the end of every day to relax and sleep well before the next days adventure!
The guest house is part of a large convent complex, complete with arched high ceilings, period decor, museum style historical pieces in cabinets that show the life and history of the early convent from inception up to modern times, a beautiful church and even a pretty little formal garden with paths, gates and statues. All of this is enclosed behind high outer walls with a secure front gate that you buzz when you wish to come back in. The amazing this is that with all this, you are still only a few short blocks walk from the old city of Jerusalem and actually we were happier staying outside the old city.
We found the Guest House totally charming and the staff were very helpful too. Whether we needed advice about how to get somewhere, where to shop or eat, which tour might be good or to book a taxi, no matter what our query they were always there with the answer and assistance.
Breakfast was very typical of Israel as well, cereals, breads to toast or have as rolls, scrambled eggs or hard boiled, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, home made jams, yogurts, cheeses etc. Most places we stayed had similar offerings and it was good and fresh here too.
We stayed in winter and the ceilings are high, the walls thick stone, so the building can be a bit cold. However our room had a modern reverse cycle air conditioner / heater. So we really weren't bothered by the cold at all, we were able to keep the room well heated when needed or turn it down and use more blankets, depending on preference.
The rooms all have single beds that are simple, but nice sheets, towels and furnishings and everything is clean and pretty. The bathroom wasn't huge, but again it had all we needed and the hand held shower head was a bonus. It took a while for the hot water to arrive up to our room and I felt bad about wasting water meanwhile, but there was always plenty of hot water available and it made for a good shower experience.
I took my own laptop and there was free WIFI in the main sitting rooms of the Guest house, so that worked well. Lots of comfy sofas and period pieces made the atmosphere quaint and welcoming. There is also a small kitchen for quests to use were you can make free tea and coffee and also do a bit of simple cooking on a hot plate and in the microwave, so that was a bonus on a few occasions when we didn't feel like going out to eat.
The price was modest compared to other nearby hotels and we felt it was excellent value! I couldn't find any online booking, so ended up calling directly. The sister I spoke with was very helpful, answered all my questions and made the booking easily.
- Also Known As:
- Rosary Convent Guest House Hotel Jerusalem