Just inside the Jaffa Gate in the most beautiful wall in Israel, the cobblestone street curves around the Tower of David past the first section of shopkeepers. Each one bidding us "come in, come in into my shop".
After our sherut driver dropped us off outside the Gate we huffed our way up the street careful to keep a close eye out so as not to miss the sign identifying the Christ Church Guest House. Fortunately, it wasn't hard to miss.
If it was anything like the pictures, we were certainly anticipating the promised respite just inside the black iron gates. It's not really that far, but after 24 hours of travel we were ready for the enveloping quiet we received the moment we entered the reception lobby. The noise from the busy city faded away when we were greeted by the friendly volunteer receptionist asking how she could help us.
We checked into our room, Number 7, in the Alexander building, one of the oldest in the complex. It overlooked the tree-filled courtyard and was spacious with high domed ceilings, cool stone floors and windows that opened to the inside, the old-fashioned way.
Though the bathroom was very tiny with just enough room to turn around, it was adequate. We didn't spend much time in there anyway. Our stay did coincide with some repair work happening on the water tanks and plumbing system and when it happened that we only had hot water to shower with, the staff was very quick to fix the problem and they generously offered us a nice discount when we paid our bill at check out.
Tucked away behind the church building lies a quiet, green and peaceful garden filled with roses, an arbor, trees, bees and birds. It's a lovely place to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.
Breakfast at Christ Church Guest House is included and consisted of eggs, fish, salads of various sorts, breads, coffee, tea and seconds if we were still hungry. For an extra charge, after a long days of sightseeing, we took advantage of the delicious evening meals and sat outside under the awning to enjoy the cooling evening breezes. We usually ate out for lunch, but for an additional charge lunch is also available.
Just adjacent to the dining room is a coffee bar where all our favorite coffee drinks were available and just under the coffee bar is a tunnel dating from the time of King Herod. An interesting tour is included when you visit the free onsite Heritage Center Museum, which contains 19th century architectural models, photographs depicting various times and events in the history of Jerusalem inside the Wall in Israel.
Most of the staff members are volunteers from around the world and they really did a great job to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Being inside that famous Wall of Israel we felt quite safe too.
It's probably not 5 Star, but it's authentic, it's in the Old City within walking distance to the Western Wall, Ben Yehuda St., the Tower of David, the Mamilla Mall, and shopping ing the Old City. It's peaceful, beautiful, comfortable, friendly and reasonably priced.
Even with the water snafu, my memories of Christ Church Guest House are sweet, pleasant, peaceful and restful. It is my current go-to place to stay the next time we visit Jerusalem.
The ancient wall in Israel surrounds the Old City of Jerusalem. It's where the Jaffa Gate separates the modern city from the ancient.
Christ Church Guest House is the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East, it's Gothic style building was completed in 1849. It is considered a Jewish Protestant Church because of it's history to embrace both Jewish and Christian beliefs. Inside are symbols of both faiths. A Messianic Hebrew congregation meets on Saturday and an Anglican congregation on Sundays.
Seasonal prices around $110/person w/breakfast; lunch and dinner are extra.