I know ND well. I used to take groups there often. I went back recently for a visit (not to stay). It used to be a Christian Guest house with class that helped the local Palestinian Christians. Now it has turned into another typical hotel. They have replaced many of the Palestinians with their own Spanish friends. Other issues include: raised the prices considerably; do a lot of fund raising for their own projects (a new location in Galilee for one); put some of their own people at your tables & on your buses; opened a gift shop that takes business away from the local Palestinian merchants (no need for this); charge excessively for cashing Travelers' Cheques; opened a new restaurant with higher prices on the roof that basically put their other one out of business, etc. I will not take another group there again, I'm sorry to say.
It is a beautiful building with a great history, but tries to be something it is not and change a great tradition.
I feel bad as this used to be a great place to help support the presence of the Church in the Holy Land and have a pleasant stay
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located and opposite the New Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem and City Hall, guests are located a short walk away from the most important holy sites (Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, and Dome of the Rock), as well as the attractions, shops and restaurants of the new city! Notre Dame offers three restaurants, a buffet, a cafeteria, and its famous rooftop restaurant offering breathtaking views and delicious dishes for lunch and dinner. Notre Dame also has a 500-seat conference center and auditorium as well as various meeting rooms and banqueting facilities to host your events. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel and a business center is available for guests. Parking is also free for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Notre Dame Guest House Hotel Jerusalem
- Notre Dame Hotel
- Notre Dame Jerusalem