This castle like structure is vast and is in an incredibly convenient location - just opposite the New Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem. The Reception staff were pleasant enough - but not what iwe would have expected from the impression that the Centre was trying to give. (it is in fact known as the Notre Dame Centre - not Guest House... this latter name did not appear on any documents!) The entrance lobby is vast - it probably needs to be as the main purpose of the Centre was as a conference Centre or a stop off for Tours. Our room was more than adequate - It was very clean and neatly furnished - but there was absolutely no extras... No kettle, coffee, tea or TV. Although there was an in room safe. There was a luggage stand - which we placed my exceptionally heavy suitcase on - in an alcove of the window - out of the way ... as the room is very small. There following morning (Saturday) the maintenance men woke us up talking exceptionally loudly along the vast corridors which allowed the sound to resound. They were fitting boards with "stays" to the walls - which would hold the said luggage rack. We were quite angry when we came back to our room that evening to discovered that my suitcase had been deposited on the floor and the luggage rack moved to its new position - which, if it had remained there would have meant that my husband would have banged his leg on it whenever he tried to get out of bed! The breakfast was adequate - but not as good as many Israeli hotels provide. The breakfast room area is rather dark and dingy - despite having several windows. When one woman tried to eat in the more pleasant and bright room where the buffet was laid out - she was told to move! The staff in this dining room talked exceptionally loudly amongst themselves - which was unpleasant. When I tried to discover how much a local call would cost from the room telephone - I was told to call back in 15 minutes when someone would be available to tell me!!
On the plus side - as I said, the location was excellent. There is a delightful roof top bar which provides absolutely incredible views of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was also open on a Friday evening (being a Christian Centre) which was welcome, as many hotel bars in Jerusalem close on Friday night for the Sabbath. They also found a pair of trousers that I had left on the bed and posted these to me... However, they have sent them Parcel Force and they arrived in UK 2 days later - so I have no idea how much that is going to cost! - It looks like about £20 postage. I did just ask them to send them regular post as they were White linen - and we don't have much use for that in UK this summer!!! - I was, however, delighted that they had been found and handed in!
On the Con Side - There was adequate parking - but none on a level and it was therefore necessary for the driver (at least) to climb down a very steep hill to get the car - and again, to climb up after parking. There was only internet access in the Lobby and the Receptionist whom I spoke to when I called about my trousers told me that even the Front Desk didn't have internet access!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located and opposite the New Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem and City Hall, guests are located a short walk away from the most important holy sites (Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, and Dome of the Rock), as well as the attractions, shops and restaurants of the new city! Notre Dame offers three restaurants, a buffet, a cafeteria, and its famous rooftop restaurant offering breathtaking views and delicious dishes for lunch and dinner. Notre Dame also has a 500-seat conference center and auditorium as well as various meeting rooms and banqueting facilities to host your events. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel and a business center is available for guests. Parking is also free for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Notre Dame Guest House Hotel Jerusalem
- Notre Dame Hotel
- Notre Dame Jerusalem