We stayed here for 10 nights in June 2010 (17th-28th) and frankly if I became a millionaire tomorrow and decided to return to Jerusalem, I would still stay here rather than take my chances with a hotel or other establishment.
I found it hard to book a room in Jerusalem without contacting the place directly. It appeared that some places quoted prices from the tops of their heads and when I said it was more than our budget they would come back with another price, saying they made a mistake !!!!! It really put me off and left a bitter taste in my mouth before our holiday had even began.
However, Franciscaines de Marie were completely honest, sincere and professional. From the very moment that I contacted them in February, I was sold and made up my mind that even if one of our favourite choices had a room available at a more competitive price then we would still stay here. My first email was answered promptly – confirming that they had accommodation available, the full price, what the price included, location, address, telephone number, directions etc etc. Any other minor questions or concerns were AGAIN answered promptly and days before we travelled I confirmed my booking and AGAIN they replied promptly.
We took a nesher taxi from Tel Aviv that went around the houses dropping off everyone else before eventually dropping us off. Sister Herminia was up at 10.20pm waiting for us. Check in was swift and we paid for our full stay the following morning after perusing the room and satisfying ourselves that it was nice. Nice ?? The room including bathroom was spotlessly clean, piping hot water, comfortable bed, clean towels daily, functional air conditioning and even a phone. I was impressed.
Location ?? Simply perfect ! Could not have been better ! When the taxi dropped us off at the top of the road (Nablus road is one way) we walked 100 yards to the Guest house and could see the walls of the Old City lit up directly in front of us. We could literally see Damascus Gate !!! Being directly outside the Old City walls we were able to get some respite from the hassle of shop keepers and traders who ply their trade every time a tourist walks by. It can get exhausting and once you get over the nostalgia of the call to prayer on your first morning, it starts to get irritating. The whole of The Old City wakes up with the first call to prayer so if you are a light sleeper, you will need to manage your expectations. We experienced no such distractions and slept soundly at the White Sisters but occasionally heard church bells in the far distance on some mornings.
Breakfast stuff was what we expected – toast, preserves, cheese, ham, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, halva, cereals, juice, tea, coffee. There was more than enough to line your stomach until lunch time. We did not eat lunch or dinner here.
Both Sister Herminia and Sister Michelle were an invaluable source of information in terms of how to get around the city and various excursions. They really really made the holiday unforgettable. Sister Herminia booked our return taxi and even woke up in the early hours to make breakfast for us before our early return flight home.
Franciscaines de Marie is highly recommended.
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