I have been many times in Rose of Castel. The place is run by a group of Finnish people. It is located in a lovely area (Mevaseret Zion) very close to Jerusalem, either by car or by the bus (the bus stop is 3 min walk from the residence) which will leave you in the center (close to the Central Bus station).
The residence is peaceful and the atmosphere is friendly. The garden and swimming pool are very nice and I really enjoyed getting a cold swim after very hot days.
The breakfast is superb, and if you have the chance to stay on a Shabath, you will enjoy even a better one, acompanied with their beautiful cups.
There are 5 rooms, each one has its colour. The rooms are well equipped, with microwave oven, refrigerator and some items to prepare your own food. They do not have restaurant, so you will need to have your own food or visit villages in the nearby for lunch or dinner (they recommended some restaurants in En Kerem, really nice ones!).
Oh, and I forgot! They also have a finnish sauna, which you can reserve once per staying. I will be in Castel next time I visit Israel!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Guesthouse for short and long stays. Rose of Castel-Residence is a small and cozy guesthouse in Mevasseret Zion overlooking a tranquil nature park. Run by Finnish people, it offers accommodation in a Finnish atmosphere. The apartments are beautifully decorated; air-conditioned/heated, toilet and shower en-suite, kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave oven and facilities to prepare your own meals. They are suitable also for families. Breakfast is rich, in Scandinavian style, including homemade bread and bakery, Finnish jams and coffee; served in an atmospheric dining room viewing the garden. Our guests may pamper themselves in the sauna, refresh in the outdoor swimming pool or simply relax in the garden. The spacious lobby serves also as TV room, and has a children's corner,a small library and a piano. Outside the garden gate you'll find the ideal starting point for strolls, hikes or mountain-bike routes in the Nahal Sorek with its marked trails surrounded with nature (Bike storage provided). Other services available: laundry, wireless internet, coffee-house by order. All areas are non smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. We welcome you to the Rose of Castel-Residence! ... more less