`En Kerem Hotels

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  • Reviews: 1657

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Notre Dame de Sion: stay in a convent

I stayed here for 3 nights in 2008 and I would love to return and stay here again - even if it wasnt to stay but for a visit - this was such a lovely place of peace and calm while in Jerusalem.

This is a convent for nuns run also as a retreat cum hotel by a bunch of ladies/nuns from various countries. I got to talk to a few who were very approachable and enjoyed having a few conversations in their reception when checking in and when looking around the range of items for sale in the reception area.

To get here from the city/centre of Jerusalem eg the bus station - on the main street outside the bus station there are buses that run to a bus stop at En Kerem just below Notre Dame de Sion. You have to find the bus stop but yu can ask people otherwise when it was me trying to find the bus stop about midnight I decided to just take a taxi - the journey takes about 20 minus and I remember calculating it was about £25.

Both genders can stay here - single and double accommodation at a reasonable price

A quiet, peaceful place with beautiful grounds and gardens - areas to walk in, sit and relax away from the hustle and bustle, heat and dust of the city....with the reassurance of the property being totally enclosed by solid walls.

Run by nuns it has an ethos of peace but also while we were there of pleasant calm.

Nice rooms with ensuite. Generally with character stemming from old convent design.

Brilliant buffet breakfast of cereals with yoghurts, stewed dried or fresh fruit, toast and jams.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Women's Travel, Religious Travel, Road Trip
  • Written February 5, 2011
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main gate to Notre Dame de Sion

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  • Bregman profile photo Bregman
  • Reviews: 886
Notre Dame de Sion: Overlooking Ein Kerem



Overlooking the picturesque Ein Kerem on the western outskirtds of Jerusalem is the Notre Dame de Sion. Like many other monasteries and churches in Jerusalem, it also provides accommodation. It might not be as fancy as the famous hotels, but it has a unique atmosphere. Located in a beautiful garden on the top of the hill with great views of Ein Kerem and the wadi below.

Caution: While this place is ideal for exploring Ein Kerem, it is quite far from the city centre. So, you'll need to have car or take a taxi or bus to go there.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written May 22, 2005
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Notre Dame de Sion


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