If you're looking to stay in the Old City on a budget and really feel the beauty of your surroundings, then this is your place.
The Ecce Homo Convent is built on a spot connected to Jesus and there's a lovely church inside with part of an arch constructed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. There are also 2,000-year old ruins in the basement connected to both the Jewish King Herod and the Romans which are fascinating to visit. When you step inside the door of Ecce Homo, you won't realise how huge the place is, kind of like a rabbit warren with many places to explore.
The rooms are spread out on three floors, reached by a glass lift that gives great views of the Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa mosque and the Mount of Olives as you ascend. There are huge terraces on both the second and third floors where you can sit and admire the amazing sights of Jerusalem. There's a coffee/tea facility in the 2nd floor lounge, cold filtered water to fill up your bottles, a free shared computer, a small library with current newspapers, and free wireless internet if you have your own laptop.
My room was bigger than expected, with enough closet space to unpack my things and three sets of windows providing plenty of light and lovely views. OK, the bed wasn't the most comfortable in the world but the room was spotlessly clean and the bathroom was perfectly fine. There's no air-conditioning but Jerusalem is cool at night even in summer and there's a fan that points to the bed.
Breakfast was excellent, with fresh fruit, muesli and cereal, cheese, boiled eggs, and typical Israeli/Middle Eastern things like labaneh and tomatoes and cucumbers. This is included in the room price, and you can also buy a three-course dinner for only $12 per night. The meals are taken on communal tables which gives you a chance to talk to other guests. You can pay extra for cold beer and local wine if you wish.
The people who run Ecce Homo are very friendly and helpful, which makes staying there even more pleasant and relaxing. One drawback to keep in mind though is that there's an 11pm curfew when the front door is locked. Also, the muezzin issues a call to Muslim prayer each morning at around 5:00am from the minaret across the road and it's impossible not to be woken by this. Still, it's part of the spirit of the Old City. You are also in easy walking distance of the Jewish Quarter and Western Wall, and can easily exit the Old City by Damascus Gate to catch buses, taxis or the light rail system to wherever you need to go.
I have stayed previously at the Austrian Hospice just down the road on the Via Dolorosa which also has beautiful grounds and an amazing rooftop, but the rooms are more expensive and I don't think it's as cosy or friendly.
I had a higher floor room (66) which had lots of sunlight and fantastic views. I'd guess the lo...
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