I stayed here in late September. Provided you are comfortable walking, and you need to be in Jerusalem, the location is very good. You can be in the old city in 20 minutes uphill. The complex has a certain charm to it and while old is well maintained. A huge number of volunteers work long hours for nothing other than their food and accommodation, cleaning rooms and working in the kitchen etc. It is very clean and well serviced.
The rooms are generally spacious with shower and toilet en suite. It is obviously not a hotel and you don't pay hotel prices. At the same time small things like a bar of soap and a small bottle of shampoo could be provided and are not. There is no air conditioning but there was generally a nice breeze anyway while I was there. Guests need three keys to get through all the doors, this is awkward and one would think dangerous as they can be so easily lost. Time for a swipe card system! Some of the rooms are over a kindergarten which means extra child proof gates and also noise in the mornings.
They seem to be somewhat inflexible on late night arrival and departure times. This is odd given how many international flights arrive and depart in the middle of the night. But is the way of operating rather than the personnel that are inflexible, in fairness. The sisters themselves are quite friendly, as one would expect. As a base for being out and about all the time it is to be considered as a reasonably roofed option.
- Also Known As:
- St. Charles Hospice Hotel Jerusalem