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“great location in the old city with an amazing rooftop view”
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Ecce Homo Convent
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“great location in the old city with an amazing rooftop view”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Simple and clean room but with a good location close to many main historical attractions. It's really a magical experience to stay in an christian convent but was awakened by the call to prayers from nearby mosques every morning. Guess it only happens in Jerusalem. I think Jerusalem is definitely a must-see city once in a lifetime. And I will recommend this place to my friends if they plan to visit Jerusalem.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

The best thing about the convent is the wonderful view from the top and the location. Our room at the top floor (there is an elevator) was very small and very hot, with a small and rather old bathroom, and small beds. Very very early in the morning we were woken up by the loud call to prayer from a nearby mosque. This is a unique experience, but of course you will jump from bed.
Most of the staff seemed a bit indifferent, but then this is a convent and not a hotel . Also, there was a folder with information on mass hours in the convent and in nearby churches, but at least when we were there, the information was outdated. Breakfast was OK.
If you are looking for a comfortable hotel, avoid it. If you are in search of a spiritual experience, your stay at this convent in the Via Dolorosa will be unique and unforgettable.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

LOCATION
The convent is located in the middle of Via Dolorosa, you can easily reach it from Damascus Gate or Lions Gate

ROOFTOP
from the rooftop you will see the golden dome just in front of you, and all the old city around you...best thing of this place! you can sit down and watch the sunset on the jerusalem roofs!!!!!

ROOMS
Rooms are very basic and small, with only a fan, so they can get pretty hot. We asked for a double, but we got 2 single beds...maybe for the policy as a convent.

BUILDING
This is also a main sightseeing point, in the ground you will found some interesting roman stuff. It is an ancient building, but fully renovated, clean and perfectly working

SERVICE
Service is basic, but they are very nice.

BREAKFAST
Basic, but you get everything you want.

PRICE
astonshing low

MAIN DOWNSIDE
at 11.00 pm they close the doors........with such a curfew forget any late dinner or drinking!

You won't find a better accomodation than this in the Old City: cheap, clean, with such a view... but consider that is a convent, so maybe not right for long staying..especially for the 11.00 pm curfew!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The convent, which functions as some sort of Hostel Plus, is located in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It sure is a wonderful place to stay, located near to all the popular spots within the Old City. It is very (!) clean, as are the rooms and has a wonderful terrace overlooking the Old City. I would recommend this place to solo travellers, as it is a great place to meet fellow travellers too. Although the curfew (11.00pm) can sometimes be a bit to early.

A little note; if you expect to find a convent with a daily mass - this is not the place to go to. The Austrian Hospice down the road, offers daily mass and is closeby.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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London
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

The convent is easy to reach...on one of the main roads from Lions Gate...or from Damascus Gate. The latter is easy on the Jerusalem light rail but if you arrive during Islamic prayer times getting in and out-especially with luggage is difficult.

The convent opens its doors at 6am and closes them at 11pm. Breakfast is bread, jam, ham, eggs and cereal. There is tea and coffee all day on the rooftop terrace and you can just make a donation.

Modesty is advised at all times inside, and around the convent. Those who write about the call to prayer are right...it is loud, but if you close the window it's not too bad. However because there is no air con...just a fan...you may want the window open.

It is basic accommodation...a bed, desk, shower and toilet...but (save for some ants) is clean and the beds are comfy...firm mattresses. It is worth it for the rooftop terrace.

We were there during Ramadan and as the hotel is next to the Islamic quarter it can be difficult to negotiate clear passage...especially on a Friday. It's great for exploring the old city, taking the light rail to the new, or Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives, or the City of David National Park. (the busses are a nightmare...feel free to message me about that...or going to places such as Eilat or Ein Gedi (Dead Sea).)

The convent itself is the Third Station of the Cross...Pilate's presentation of Jesus to the crowd, and the other stations are nearby. For non residents it would be 9 shekles to come in.

For your money, there ARE 'starred' hotels in the area and certainly in the New Town/West Jerusalem...but the rooftop terrace of the Ecce Homo is second to none.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Australia
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

This is a convent and hence is exactly what you expect in accommodation. That being said it has the most wonderful views over the old town and is situated in the Via Dolorosa. The convent is worth visitin even if you do not stay there. There is a common area with wireless, tea and coffee making facilites and sitting area. There are tables and chairs out on the balconies and the views are not to be beaten anywhere within the wall. The roman cisterns run under the building, amazing to view. If you can handle the single beds and the lack of air con (there is a fan) then this is a perfect place to stay to visit the old town. I should aslo mention the people working here are really nice and will try to assist with tourist stuff but generally you will need a guide book.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Ecce Homo Convent
Address: Notre Dame de Sion Communaute du Chemin Neuf Via Dolorosa 41 | P.O.Box 19056, Jerusalem 91190, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem > Muslim Quarter
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Ranked #9 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Jerusalem
Number of rooms: 12
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