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“A calm respite in a prime location.”

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Franciscaines de Marie
Ranked #26 of 59 Jerusalem B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 April 2014

The Sisters of this Franciscan convent were incredibly welcoming and made sure that we were all comfortable and happy. They helped deal with lost luggage, provided on-site postal services (letters), and had free wifi. The accommodation is basic but comfortable, and extremely nice to come back to at the end of a day walking the hot, crowded streets of old Jerusalem. The location could not be any better. It's across from the Garden Tomb and steps from the Damascus Gate which meant we were able to spend every minute of our two days in the city exploring and visiting the sites we had come to see.

Room Tip: Currently the street is being excavated and cars can not drive through. There is a parking lot at th...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

In a January search for reasonably-priced, well-rated church house accommodations in Jerusalem for an April visit, the Franciscaines was about the only one left. The room, while frills free except for in-room wifi, was a good size with a decent shower bathroom and was cleaned every day. Breakfast is very generous. It was excellent to be able to reach the Old City almost immediately by entering Damascus Gate. Also, we had only a 10-minute walk up Nablus Road to dine at the historic American Colony Hotel and browse its outstanding book store. However, my husband had to fend off a robbery attempt by the food market near the Franciscaines at midday. A man came up to him, brandishing a string of postcards. He tried to grab my husband's mobile from his chest pocket and, when rebuffed, snaked his hand to the wallet in a front pocket. My husband shouted at the top of his voice (loads of people around, but no intervention offered) and drew back his fist. The guy gave up and took off in search of a more pliant victim. When walking Nablus Road, I did notice that people look over their shoulders to see who's behind them.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Very simple, but good spacy rooms with Wi-Fi, good and rich breakfast, very nice franciscaine sisters and personel. We were there alone and felt like being part of the community.
Great to visit Old City and take buses wherever you want to go: two minutes walk! Space for car parking! Very sweet memories!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Josip57
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

We stayed here for 5 days, and it was very pleasant. Sisters are very kind and helpful, I will be missing them. Room is simple but clean, wi-fi available, water machine available. No TV though.
The location is 5 star, since it is just 2 minutes walking from Damascus Gate, and also close to but terminals.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

The Sisters could not be more accommodating to their guests. Sweet, lovely and helpful. We stayed here because of the proximity to the old city. Everything was walkable. Light rail is one block away, the Damascus gate is one block away, the bus station is half a block. We could pop into the old city for Mass at 6:30am in the church of the Holy Sepulcher and be back at the Convent for Breakfast. The rooms were very clean, quiet and had great hot water. The Sisters have added Wi-Fi which was a nice surprise and had a very strong signal throughout the building. I could not speak more highly of the Convent and the accommodations provided. Worth the effort to stay here, it was very special experience.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Derech Shchem 9, Jerusalem 9119001, Israel
Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem > Down Town East Jerusalem
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Ranked #26 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Jerusalem
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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