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Christ Church Guest House
Ranked #1 of 60 Jerusalem B&B and Inns
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Anna Maria Island, FL
Level 6 Contributor
264 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Excellent Location & Safe!”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

A Christian Guest House just inside the Jaffa Gate. Just a few feet from the Cidadel/Tower of David; which has a wonderful tour & evening light show. We stayed five nights on a Shoresh Tour and can highly recommend them. OK, the guest house accommodation is fun & extremely safe. Other four & five star reviews are on the mark. Staff is ever present and makes you feel welcome. We enjoy sleeping with the windows open & our Alexander Bldg room had screens. I highlight that because it was the only one of four Israel accommodations [3-5 stars] we stayed in that did! ALSO the wifi was free and was a strong signal in-our-room. Again, the best in all our Israel acommodations. Food was good and varied. As to location, it is tops; we walked everywhere. Highly recommend & will return.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2013

Christ Church Guest House is situated just inside Jaffa Gate inside the Old City of Jerusalem. For those seeking the quintessential Old City experience, there is nothing quite like sitting out on the patio of the coffee shop and hearing the bells from the various churches in the Old City. (By the way, the coffee shop serves EXCELLENT espresso!)

But let's be clear about what the Guest house IS and IS NOT. it is NOT a "hotel". if you are looking for a wonderful, 24x7 restaurant, room service, ultra modern rooms, swimming pool and spa -- this is NOT the location to choose. If you prefer to stay in a unique guest house with the character of the Old City, one that has excellent security, clean and comfortable rooms from single to family (albeit some of them very small), a satisfactory breakfast and reasonably priced lunches and dinners for those who want them --- and all at about 1/3 the price of a hotel; then THIS IS YOUR PLACE.

It is my "go to " destination every time i visit the City of Jerusalem and stay overnight, which is usually 120+ nights a year.

Room Tip: Room 14 and 13 have balconies outside their doors with lovely views o fthe Courtyard.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Israel
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110 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2013

We stayed at the guest house for two nights early January 2013, at a family room (5 beds)

The room is decent, spacious and brightly lit by two large windows. It not carpeted, and only part of the floor is heated. Getting out of bed at night barefoot was COLD. The bathroom could use a facelift - water pressure is low, and the screw holding the shower head in place was loose, so we had to hold it while taking a shower. There is no bath. Breakfast was very nice, with lots of food variety. After having a hearty breakfast we (including the kids) only needed a light snack for lunch while visiting the old city.

And this is the main advantage of this hotel - it is possibly the closest you could sleep to the main sites in the old city. It is literally 30 steps from the bazaar, 15 minutes walk (child pace) to the wailing wall, even less to the church of the Holy Sepulcher. What makes it unique from other hostels in the old city is the fact it has it own, private parking which means you don't need to labor your luggage, and can still visit all the old city on foot not even needing public transportation.

If they dedicated a little more attention to the room details (carpeting, shower maintenance) I would gladly give this place 5-star rating.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stayed here for 6 days and on our next trip we will stay longer. The location is fantastic! Walking distance to great restaurants, the Kotel inside the Old City and walking distance to other locations outside the Old City. We didn't need a car. Inside the beautiful gated courtyard is a peaceful retreat away from the frenzy of the Old City. The staff was great and the Israeli breakfast was yummy. The rooms are very simple and the shower is a challenge with the toilet and the shower practically sharing the same space, but who cares? We didn't come to Jerusalem to stay all day in the room and take a shower! If you want to experience the real Jerusalem from inside the walls of the Old City then this is the place for you. We loved it and will definitely return on our next trip!

Room Tip: The room with the balcony is great but we enjoyed the room that has the cozy shared living room with...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Issaquah, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

Just inside the Joppa gate, the Christ Church Guest House provides a peaceful haven in the Old City. The rooms are clean, but not modern. However, the value for the location and quality is outstanding. Many of the staff here are volunteers from around the world who want to live in Jerusalem for a time.

The mission of Christ Church, located within the walls of the property, is evident in the service the Guest House provides. It is a Christian organization and they work hard to provide a comfortable environment.

The breakfast buffet was pretty good, and the outdoor seating area was lovely. There is a coffee shop in the hotel that offers better than average espresso drinks.

Free parking onsite in a 24 hour gated lot was a huge plus.
Free wifi throughout the property.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, England
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2012

This place is ok, but I really couldn't get enthusiastic about it. The staff were efficient but a bit cold and un-communicative. Unlike other nearby places (like the Lutheran Guest House, which I really rate), it wasn't an oasis of tranquility: it was actually fairly noisy. The decor in our room was ok, but a bit dated. Overall, I would have been happy with all this - if it had been half the price. I don't think Christ Church offers good value for money, compared to similar places nearby. (But finally, a positive: they do good breakfast!)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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97 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

The convenience of the Christ Church is obvious ... and for the price it's not clear to us why one would not take advantage of the optimal, Old City location. In addition, Christ Church offers a substantial, traditional Israeli/Arab breakfast, and a calm, quiet courtyard with plenty of room to relax, pray, chat, read, when the day has been hectic. The one potential concern for some will be that the rooms, while tidy and clean, are dated and sparely furnished ... quite similar to a dorm room. But for the pilgrim/visitor who will spend most waking hours in the City or the courtyard, the spare furnishings are not a concern. Staff for this mission-oriented lodging are far more friendly than most ... many would quietly hum their way through their tasks and were always willing to help with advice when asked.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Christ Church Guest House

Property: Christ Church Guest House
Address: 55 Armenian Patriarchate | Old City, Jerusalem 91140, Israel
Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Jerusalem
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Christ Church Guest House is in a unique location inside the OLd City of Jerusalem, close to the Jaffa Gate. We offer a variety of rooms set around a Garden Courtyard where you can relax and enjoy a Coffee or meet with friends. The Heritage Centre offer free tours of this historic site. Local staff and volunteers from across the world are here to serve you and make this a special part of your Jerusalem experience. ... more   less 
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