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Rose of Castel Residence
Ranked #43 of 61 Jerusalem B&B and Inns
Reviewed 30 August 2009

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!!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2009

At USD 80 a night for two weeknights before Passover, my fiancée and I were really pleased with the Rose of Castel Guesthouse. The inn-keeper, Helena, was a Finnish woman, who works as a nurse in Finland but was here on a rotation meant to preserve and operate the guesthouse. We booked directly with her through email. She speaks perfect English and was knowledgeable about the area. The residence caters to a European crowd (mostly other Finns).

The guesthouse itself is situated on a hilly corner plot (about the size of a tennis court) in the residential neighborhood of Maoz Zion. Their website has great directions. Located about four minutes from the exit ramp of Highway 1, the residence is roughly 15 minutes by car to downtown Jerusalem (both new and old cities). Parking: There is a space for two cars, however one car ends up blocking the other. However, parking on the side streets of the town seemed available and secure. The town itself has a shopping mall on the other side of the highway as well as supermarkets on their side. You could take a five minute uphill walk to these stores. Most people in the town spoke fluent English.

There are probably three or four rooms in total at the guesthouse. We stayed in the first one on the ground level. The room was small but included an en suite bathroom (with separated shower). The shower had instant hot water and good pressure. The room was clean and in a pastel/Victorian decor. Helena had provided us fresh fruits and a large bottle of mineral water in the mini-fridge. There was no TV. We tested the air conditioning and heating and can say that both worked. The bed was low to the ground and comfortably accommodated us both.

The guesthouse has a pool (in the shape of Finland). The pool is not heated and there is no Jacuzzi (rather, a small child's pool). Helena will ask you what time you want breakfast served (anywhere from 8 to 10). Breakfast was informal but wonderful and included cheeses, cereal, pies, eggs, fish, bread, jams, juices, and other assorted items. There was definitely a Finnish flair to the offering. Like many of their guests, I felt like we were in Europe.


The quality of accommodation for the price is incredible. Provided you have a rental car, Rose of Castel is truly a gem. It was our favorite place to stay during our travels in Israel.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rose of Castel Residence

Address: 3 Ha-Zayit, Jerusalem, Israel
Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #43 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Jerusalem
Price Range: £79 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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 

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