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Rose of Castel Residence
Ranked #43 of 61 Jerusalem B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 September 2015

You can walk to the nature park, where you can see to Jerusalem. Nice pool and comfortable rooms with good breakfest. There is also a beautiful garden with barbeque. At the town, there is a small castle on top of the hill.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Thank heikki245
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Reviewed 16 August 2015

This is not your typical hotel and thus what you expect from a hotel does not necessarily apply here. It is a small guest house/residence with 5 rooms. It is a peaceful and homely place with a small swimming pool and garden and a relaxing atmosphere. The breakfast buffet is very good with items from Scandinavia. Located in a village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, it is best if you have a car to move around, although the busstop with buses to the city center is very close. We stayed in the green room which is on the top of the building and has the best views.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Aki I
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Reviewed 4 November 2014

Unbelievably unprofessional. When I came to the hotel, I was met by two elderly men from Finnland who spoke almost no English at all. The woman I spoke to on the phone to make the reservation did not show up as promised. She took my credit card information over the phone and promised to meet me in the morning to take care of paying. She didn't show up then either. The room was not what I call clean as the bathroom had hair in the shower and sink. There was no television, the ceiling light did not work, and even though I told the two men to fix it, the request seemed to overwhelm them and I didn't get a new lightbulb for the evening. The breakfast coffee was instant coffee and the milk was sour. I spent the next day away from the hotel doing things in town and when I got back late to the hotel, I could not get the key to work in the outside door. My friends who brought me to the hotel had gone already and there was nobody in the entire hotel who could help me. In fact, I think I was alone in the entire building. No workers, no staff - nobody. But wait! A sign on the door that gives a number to call for after hour problems! Problem solved...or so I thought. I called the number - got a message phone, left a message; no response at all! Finally, faced with the choice of breaking the door glass or calling my friends to come back to help me, I called my friends. They were able to get the key to work, I guess they know the Finnish jiggle. I am disgusted with my my stay here and am leaving tomorrow! Don't stay here unless you speak Finnish and don't care about good service, lighted rooms, cleanliness or good coffee. If you don't care about any of those things, you'll like it.

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  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Dorinne D
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

This is not something you see a lot in Israel - a nice small "homy" hotel, designed with a good taste and maintained by (at least from what I could see) nice ladies from abroad(Finland?).

I real loved the intimacy of the hotel, the quite little garden, the TV/playing/piano room, the nice pool + small pool for toddlers.

Now the cons.
The property obviously had better days. You see some paint peeling off here and there, our balcony lacked door knob on one of the sides...and in general it looks like the owners aren't eager to invest in renovation too much.
It was very challenging to attend the pool with the kids, as bees were humming all around and the water was not very clean(the small pool was kind of dirty).

In overall this is nice and very special place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Alexey U
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Me and wife been there for the 2nd time and more to come.
Been there with 2 little girls and also alone.
Very quite place located in the edge of the forest (nice tracks nearby for walking or running !!).
It is very close to Jerusalem but far enough if you seek for a quiet place.
Very nice rooms (only 5) and on most of them no tv but there is a nice tv room.
Very friendly staff working there(Finnish people) , i felt like i was in Finland.
Tasty breakfast Finnish style and one free Sauna per visit (after it you can jump to the little swimming pool).
Perfect place to relax,read books and spend time with family.
I will definitely go back there !!!
Alcohol is not allowed there.
P.s no fitness center or room service.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank danyvegh
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Additional Information about Rose of Castel Residence

Address: 3 Ha-Zayit, Jerusalem, Israel
Region: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #43 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Jerusalem
Price Range: $145 - $237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Guesthouse for short and long stays. Rose of Castel-Residence is a small and cozy guesthouse in Mevasseret Zion overlooking a tranquil nature park. Run by Finnish people, it offers accommodation in a Finnish atmosphere. The apartments are beautifully decorated; air-conditioned/heated, toilet and shower en-suite, kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave oven and facilities to prepare your own meals. They are suitable also for families. Breakfast is rich, in Scandinavian style, including homemade bread and bakery, Finnish jams and coffee; served in an atmospheric dining room viewing the garden. Our guests may pamper themselves in the sauna, refresh in the outdoor swimming pool or simply relax in the garden. The spacious lobby serves also as TV room, and has a children's corner,a small library and a piano. Outside the garden gate you'll find the ideal starting point for strolls, hikes or mountain-bike routes in the Nahal Sorek with its marked trails surrounded with nature (Bike storage provided). Other services available: laundry, wireless internet, coffee-house by order. All areas are non smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. We welcome you to the Rose of Castel-Residence! ... more   less 

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