Not to be confused with the Notre Dame de Sion Guest House in the Old City, this is one of the most special places to stay in the Jerusalem area. It’s set in a walled convent with its own orchards and gardens in the charming village of Ein Kerem (birthplace of John the Baptist), a half-hour municipal bus ride from downtown Jerusalem. Not all guests are religious; many travelers come for the poetry and romance of the place. The convent itself is a lovely ensemble of atmospheric, stone buildings; rooms are very simple but spotless, and many share a balcony, a huge plus in a setting this lovely. Rates are slightly higher on weekends; for reservations (which are essential), you must phone between 9am and 2pm Jerusalem time.
Notre Dame de Sion Convent Guest House Ein Kerem
Ha-Oren St., Ezor “D,” Ein Kerem
Our Rating Neighborhood Ein Kerem Transportation Bus: 17 from downtown Jerusalem to Ein Kerem Phone 02/641-5738 or 02/643-0887 Amenities Dining room, chapel for meditation and prayer, gardens Units 34 units, 23 with private bathroom, 8 with shared bathroom Web site Notre Dame de Sion Convent Guest House Ein Kerem Other Sun–Thurs NIS 400 double; Fri–Sat NIS 450 double. Rates include breakfast