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“A Mixed Blessing” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Notre Dame Guest House
Ranked #28 of 97 Hotels in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Sugar Land
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390 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“A Mixed Blessing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

The staff is very prompt and courteous, but the rooms are sparse in their accommodations. They are rather small, and have no TVs or clocks or radios. Since we didn't spend a lot of time in our room, they worked fine for us, but may not for others. No exercise facility, but the restaurant downstairs and the rooftop restaurant is phenomenal.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London -Barcelona-Lima
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28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

We were three travelling as a family in Israel and Jordan and stayed in Jerusalem at Notre Dame for 4 nights. The room was perfect, large and comfortable. The service was friendly and efficient both from housekeeping and maintenance as well as from the front desk. The internet at the lobby worked perfectly and was incuded in the price. The location was perfect, and it is a beautiful property.

And price wise, excellent value. No frills and unpretentious but genuine good value.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Recently I attended a conference that was held at the Notre Dame Guest House. Not only were the conference facilities well-equipped, but the hotel itself was extremely comfortable and relaxing. The architecture and decor were beautiful, and the personnel at the front desk were efficient and pleasant. The young lady who handled my purchases in the gift shop was very helpful. The location is just a few steps away from the Old City of Jerusalem. There is free computer access in an alcove off the lobby, as well as an outstanding view of the city from the penthouse restaurant. There are no luxuries such as a gym or swimming pool -- but I never look for those things when I visit an ancient, historic city. I am looking forward to returning to Notre Dame as soon as I can!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carole3339
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Yorktown, Virginia
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120 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

I traveled with a monk and stayed here while visiting the Israel as part of a Holy Land tour. The Notre Dame has wonderful accommodations that won't break your budget. There is plenty to do and see with respect to history and worship. Easy assistance with transportation. The main building itself is a gorgeous structure. Good dining and suitable for families (primary guests). A safe and reliable Christian sanctuary, all guests will feel at home.

Room Tip: Keep in mind that there is a curfew, if you plan to venture out for late night dining. There are ve...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

I attended a conference at Notre Dame's conference and found the facilities and location excellent. As mentioned, the towers at the front of the hotel are visible from a distance, making it easy to find if one gets turned around. The most outstanding feature for me, however, was the helpfulness of the staff.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Golden, Colorado
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

We stayed at the Notre Dame when on vacation and for a wedding. Beautiful and immaculately clean but because we were not with a pilgrimage group, we were not well received by staff. The front desk staff were especially unfriendly. My son requested a taxi be called and was told to hail one "from the street".
Location is great for going to the old city and very central but it should be advertized as not recommended for a more secular visit.

Room Tip: back side of hotel; we were on the front side and noise begins around 5 am
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mahensley
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San Francisco
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

IPhone died this trip, so I apologize for lack of pictures but Notre Dame Pontifical Institute is definitely a good place to stay in Jerusalem. Although it doesn't have extraneous things like gyms or spas, the basics are available: wake-up calls, arrangement of tours and taxi/airport transport, info regarding local buses/sights, etc. I found the multi-lingual staff to be honest, knowledgeable and willing to help. Currency exchange seemed to be done without commission and at fair rate (I changed JOD, US Dollars and NIS) and there is also an ATM in the lobby.

Liked this place very much for its beautiful architecture, proximity to significant sites of note, ease of transportation, and well kept grounds. Location across from Old City's "New Gate" very convenient and also safe (I am a solo traveling female). Entry gate is guarded 24/7 but security is not draconian and intrusive, as it can be in other Middle Eastern places I'ved stayed. Its huge, well-lit steeples also provided good point of reference for the directionally challenged (me).

The impressive hotel is a brisk 5min downhill walk to the Arab bus station (no need to pay for a Bethlehem tour: took bus #21 direct to Bethlehem and back to bypass long walk from Rachel checkpoint) and tram (Mehane Yehuda, Central Bus Station, Mt.Hertzel, etc). Less than 10 min walk in same downhill direction as the Arab bus station is the Damascus Gate, while Jaffa Gate is a 10min uphill walk in opposite direction. The Artist Colony, King David Hotel and West Jerusalem are not much further.

Rooms were kept very clean and stocked with basic amenities such as towels, bath products, safe and air conditioning. The windows are screened and easy to open. No tv in room but then neither did I miss having one. WiFi fast and available around lobby/lounge area and in lower room (#213) I stayed in 2nd half of trip, but not available on higher room I stayed in (#313) first part of trip. However, both rooms consistently clean and with nice views and well-lit. Both had with very comfortable beds, plenty of hot water and good water pressure. No issues with housekeeping. Breakfast buffet is plentiful and with wide range of hot/cold and western/eastern choices.

Overall liked this place very much, found it to be excellent value and well run. I stayed total 5nts between mid-late November and paid $180/nt with breakfast.

Room Tip: Front rooms have beautiful view of building but also get noise from early morning tour buses and tra...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Notre Dame Guest House

Property: Notre Dame Guest House
Address: 3 Paratroopers Rd, Jerusalem 91204, Israel
Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Notre Dame Center - Guest House is centrally located, opposite the New Gate of the Old City walls and The Municipality from the other side; within walking distance to the most important holy sites (Holy Sepulchre, Wailling Wall and The Dome of the Rock), as well as to the new city with its shopping center and restaurants. Notre Dame itself apart the Main Dining Room offers other three restaurants and free parking for the guests.Business corner and Wi-Fi connection is availabe for a charge, as well as a professional conference facilities and an Auditorium for a big events. ... more   less 
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