I've stayed here twice, once twelve years ago and again last May. It hasn't changed a lot, nor would I want it to.
It is, at heart, a pilgrim guest house, though there is nothing overt about its religious background other than its setting in the courtyard of the cathedral. But it has the architecture of a cloister (which is what it was), and the calm that you expect from a retreat house. Furnishings are basic but perfectly adequate, the breakfast is good (lovely hummus), and the staff are friendly but not intrusive. The cathedral congregation come in to the garden after the service on Sundays and you can meet some interesting people.
The one thing that has changed is that the view from the garden is now over to three massive hotels, but that leads (as much does in the Holy Land) to a political discussion irrelevant here. What it does pay to realise is that this guesthouse is in East Jerusalem, which means different buses - and different beer! The guesthouse serves a Palestinian beer, Taybeh, which was a real revelation. Drinking a cold one in the garden as the sun set was heavenly...
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