Our small party stayed here over a couple of weeks in September 2013. Spotlessly clean and tidy, bedrooms are simply and beautifully equipped, fully air conditioned and lovely en suite bathrooms. Loads of hot water. Beds comfortable and lots of pillows, linens and towels changed daily etc.
Breakfast delightful; breads and toast, fruits and cereals, hot savouries, great coffee, cheeses olives and the hypnotically addictive hummus and za'atar with olive oil jugs give you the great start for a full day in Jerusalem and beyond.
Breakfast room very friendly with Sr Herminia and her colleague Sr Danuta making sure everyone was welcomed.
Hot and cold water fountains available on all floors.
Bi-lingual chambermaids speak English, as do all reception staff.
Sister Herminia, originally from the Philippines, runs the guest house, and is fluent in 5 languages including English, French, Spanish and Arabic with conversational Polish. She also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of where to eat, which taxi to use if you are travelling alone or in a group, the opening times of everywhere including the best places in the markets to buy your treats. This guest house and Sr Herminia is a first class tourist information centre!
Centrally located, a 2-minute walk to the Damascus Gate and from there the whole of the walled city opens up to you. The guest house and surrounding gardens are however wonderfully quiet and restful, perhaps due to the style of the building and the lovely architecture.
Perfectly safe, secure accommodation for groups or single travellers, and given the "exciting times" in the Middle East currently, we saw / experienced NO trouble at all when visiting Jerusalem and wider afar in Israel including the West Bank and Bethlehem during our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Franciscaines de Marie (White Sisters) Guest House - the perfect place for Pilgrims visiting Jerusalem City in the Holy Land. Our guest house is ideally located within walking distance to all of Jerusalem's major sights because it's just outside the Gate of Damascus in Nablus Road (across the Schmidt's Girl College). It is peaceful and quiet like a Sanctuary in the Jerusalem. The daily rate includes a buffet kitchen with fresh bread, eggs, fruits, hummus, brewed coffee, chocolate, tea, a choice of cereals, yoghurt, olives etc. We have guest rooms for solo guests, doubles, triple and even some that can accommodate a family. There are restaurants, groceries and fruit/vegetable shops nearby. You can also go to other places in the Holy Land because the bus terminal is a short walk away. This sanctuary in East Jerusalem also offers daily Masses in our chapel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Franciscaines De Marie Hotel Jerusalem