This is a superb location, roughly a 15 minute's walk from Lion's Gate, and about 20 minutes walk from Dung Gate if you go through the valley. The website directions suggest going to East Gate and then taking a taxi, which seems to leave you in the middle of nowhere. In fact, you can either walk 5 or 10 minute down the hill and to the right to the Damascus Gate area, or perhaps your airport driver will be a bit braver and take you all the way. If you can get to Damascus Gate you can take a #36 sherut to Ras Al Amud. I suggest that you check that the vehicle is going towards Ras Al Amud and/or the Hotel Panorama, which most East Jersusalem drivers seem to know. If you take a taxi, again the Panorama is a good reference point.
The Maison is at the end of road a couple of minutes past the Panorama and some dodgy modern housing development. There are interesting things to see in all directions from the Maison grounds.
Plan to speak French if you visit, it is all part of the experience. Just about everybody working there is a volunteer in one way or another. Dinner is a good option as there aren't really any serious nearby options, although there are some local shops and a chicken/pizza place aroudn the corner.
We departed via the train station, which is quite far away (30 minutes by taxi). However the journey to Tel Aviv was far more pleasant than the nausea inducing Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem sherut, as driven by a frustrated formula 1 driver.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Catholic Guest house situaded just minutes walk from the Lions' Gate run by CARITAS FRANCE (Secours Catholique) with good home made cuisine and a breathtaking view overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. ... more less