Completely private, quiet, pretty, nonsmoker room with a private entrance, in central Jerusalem in the green neighborhood of Old Katamon. It includes a private bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Exceptionally clean. Double bed, oak cupboards, hair dryer, refrigerator, electric kettle, and, of course, clean sheets and high-quality towels. We provide coffee (regular and decaf), tea, herbal tea, and milk. Access to garden. Air conditioning (also used for heating), free wireless Internet (bring your own laptop), and satellite TV. Guidebooks and maps for your use. Free parking on the street. Gracious, English-speaking hosts always available to answer questions and provide directions or other information.
Breakfast available *with advance notice* (add $10 per person to room price). (The room is also available without breakfast.) One block to Yakar Synagogue and to bus lines 13 and 14 (to city center, Old City, and to major tourist attractions). The room is in a great location, within 5 minutes' walk of a laundromat, convenience store, bakeries, deli, cafes, restaurants, post office, bank, pharmacy, and pizzeria, as well as the Jerusalem Theater, where you have a choice of plays, concerts, dance performances, and films. Twelve minutes' walk will bring you to trendy Emek Refaim Street, which has a wide choice of cafes, restaurants, and boutiques, as well as an ATM and two money changers.
Guests have access to the garden surrounding our building.
We live in the building where the B&B is located and are usually home. We are always happy to answer questions and offer suggestions for touring and dining options. In addition to providing regular maps, we will gladly provide hand-drawn maps explaining how to get to various places.
Our neighborhood is very green and quiet. It contains a mix of historic buildings and newer buildings, all made of Jerusalem stone. There is history everywhere, including the story of the German Templers who settled in this area in the 19th century, and the fierce battles fought here during the 1948 war (you can see bullet holes on a building just a few meters away from us).
And although the neighborhood is so quiet, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops within very easy walking distance. We are also within walking distance of the Old City.
Just one block away from us you can board either of two buses. One goes to the Old City and the city center. The other goes to the Israel Museum, the Knesset (our parliament, the train station, and the Central Bus Station.
It was a pleasure staying at the Bed and Breakfast in Old Katamon. Esther was very responsive in advance of my stay, and could not have been kinder or more thoughtful during. For anyone visiting Jerusalem, I'd highly recommend you stay here. Thank you, Esther!
Esther Hecht was a very lovely host.
She explained us everything we needed to know, told us, how to get to restaurants, supermarkets and to the old city. Whenever we had questions, we could go to her and she or her husband would answer everything, her husband even showed us the way to the next post office.
When we left, she organised a shuttle that would bring us to the airport.
The room has everything important included. Because there is only a fridge in the room, we always went out for dinner. This was no problem, as the restaurants close to the apartement were very good. (If you visit, eat breakfast at the "Waffle Bar" !!)
The apartement is well-located. If you are good at walking, the Old City, the Israel Museum and also Me'a She'arim are easily reached.
If you're thinking about visiting Jerusalem, I recommend Esther's apartement.
She really cares about her guests :)
All the best!
Emilia and Jan
We stayed at Esther's B&B for 3 days and it was a wonderful stay! Very clean, cosy and comfortable room with all you might need. Located in around 20min away from the old city. Esther is very nice and kind! We arrived to Israel early in the morning, she explained where to take a bus, how to find the flat and left us the breakfast (it was shabatt time and all shops were closed). We enjoyed our stay and hope to come back! Only best recommendations ;)
Esther was a very thoughtful and considerate hostess. My flight from N.Y. was more than three hours late. It was dark when I arrived and it was hard to see the street signs. The airport driver was less than helpful, more interested in getting rid of his passenger. Once I was on the street, Esther was waiting outside her home and helped me to the room. The room was clean, cozy and had everything I needed. Thanks, Esther. I'd recommend your place in a New York minute.
We had a very nice stay in Esthers bed and breakfast. The room was very clean and it had everything we needed (including good maps and a small library). Esther and her husband were easy to communicate with and were very helpfull when we had questions. The appartment is not that close to the city center and the old city, but we didn't wait longer than 5 minutes for the bus (during the sabbat no buses though). We had a car, it was easy to find parking near the appartment. It's a bit hectic to drive in the central part of Jerusalem, during sabbat no problem though.
We can very much recommend staying at Esthers' place and would love to come back.
My girlfriend and I spent 3 nights at Esther's place. It is located in a very nice neighbourhood of Jerusalem and wer very much enjoyed walking to the old city and have dinner in a nice street close by. The room was very clean and comfortable. Both Esther and her husband were very kind and helpful.
We highly recommend to stay here if you wish to explore Jerusalem.
Thank you very much, Esther, to staying in your appartement. Everything was clean and anything is in. We enjoyed that their is a fridge, and also tea and coffee in the room. Everything is good explained, to know some Restaurants, the next way to a coffee-shop or Discounter. With the bus their is no Problem to go everywhere. For a couple it is ideal.Thank you Esther for host.
Our stay at Old Katamon in Jerusalem was great. We had the most wonderful weather and were blessed to stay in a comfortable retreat at the end of each day. The room is comfortable and though not overly roomy is totally decked out with everything you will need for your stay. The room and bathroom is absolutely spotless. It seemed that the elves came during the day when we were out and refilled everything we used. We definitely would recommend staying at Esther's when in Jerusalem. It is close to the Old City and we had the pleasure of walking there on one of our free days and on route enjoyed the old Station. Public transport is one street away. And Old Katamon is a nice residential area in Jerusalem.
Esther was a great, great host! She welcome my boyfriend and I with rugula and a wonderful personalized map of the neighborhood. The next morning, just as we were waking up, she sent suggestions for morning activities before our afternoon tour of the Old City. I can't say enough about her hospitality.
The location is in a lovely residential quarter of Jerusalem, near many cafes and restaurants. In the spring it would be a great walk from the Old City, but for us, in January it was a bit too cold to walk.
The room is cozy, clean and full of everything you might need, from guidebooks to a hair dryer and tea kettle. Esther even has a great collection of English fiction and non-fiction for anyone who may have forgotten their Kindle! Wifi, heating etc. all worked great.
Overall, a great stay, I just wish we had spent more time with Esther to learn more about her experiences in Israel.
Esther was a great host. Drew me a nice map of the neighborhood and where I wanted to go and called a taxi to the airport for me. Also, gave me a battery for my music player when mine died and left a nice treat for me when I got there. Gave good advice on the area. Very friendly. Would stay here again. Highly recommend!