About this listing
This bright airy apartment is in the heart of all the main tourist sites in Jerusalem's Old City. Although tourists from the whole world flock through the neighborhood, the apartment is tucked into a quiet corner. For pet-lovers only.
There are several cats here, but guests can close their bedroom door to keep them out. Not advisable for people who feel nervous around animals, or who are allergic. The bedroom is bright and roomy. All you need to do is walk outside, and you are in the epicenter of Israel's main tourist sites-----the kaleidoscope of Jerusalem's Old City, in the Jewish Quarter. Walk 1 block away from my quiet peaceful corner of the neighborhood, and ------wham! ---- Tourists galore from all over the world who have come to explore this 1 square kilometer of land inside the medieval ramparts..
The apartment has wireless. Guests are free to use the fridge, and I provide eating utensils. No one cooks here because it's a kosher kitchen, but they can make themselves hot drinks, can heat up bread in a toaster oven, and can store groceries in the fridge. You can stock up on yogurts, fruits, veggies, etc., from the many nearby grocery stores, and eat cooked food at the many restaurants, fast food places, and kiosks ----also nearby. You can use the microwave. If I am in the mood to cook, I will offer you whatever I'm cooking. If I'm in the mood and have time, I might make us a nice breakfast.
The toilet room and the shower/sink room are separate, and are shared with me, although I usually shower at the gym. I supply sheets, blankets, and towels. There's wifi.
I am a licensed tour guide, and am happy to give free suggestions on how to get around Israel and what to see and do----anything from the best hiking trails to museums and everything in between. I am also happy to show you around the Old City, introduce you to interesting characters who live here and arrange for you to experience sitting with local families at their Shabbath and/or holiday tables.
Also, 2 blocks away is a bus that brings you into the New City, and it's a very easy walk to the City Center as well.
Guests have access to the whole apartment, including using the fridge and microwave. A kettle, coffee, tea, sugar, and soy milk are provided.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with the guests as much as they want, providing I am not super busy with tour guiding and animal rescue. If they want, I very often give them small free tours around the neighborhood to help them get the most out of their trip here. I also make suggestions on what to see and do, how to get around, and how to make reservations for certain tourists attractions.
The Jewish Quarter is a mere 5 minute walk from the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Ramparts Walk, the City of David, and many other sites. There are many places to eat, and several little food stores.
Other Things to Note
Directions to the apartment:
From Jaffe Gate:
If the driver lets you off near "the Mamilla Mall", ask anyone where is Jaffe Gate. Come into Jaffe gate and follow the only road as it curves to the right and passes a police station. Keep walking till you see a tunnel. DON'T walk thru the tunnel. Just before the tunnel is an alley with a sign "Saint James Road". Zig zag down that alley, turn right at Ararat Street, left onto Ha Kinor Street, then take your immediate left even though there is no sign. DO NOT TURN ANY MORE! You will pass trees on your right. DON'T TURN! You will see an entrance to my building with "5" carved in stone above the entrance. Come in, get key from mailbox on your left, go up to the first apartment and let yourself in. I will be home soon. Will you have a cell phone? My cell phone is (phone number hidden).
Directions from Jewish Quarter parking lot:
Ask anyone where is "Habad" street, which is right next to the parking lot. Go to Habad Street directly from the parking lot. Walk on Habad street NOT toward the giant Old City wall, but in the other direction. On your left, you will pass Ha Nevel street and Ha Malach St. Then you will see on your left steps going up with the sign "Ha Shofar". Go up the steps, go straight till the end, which forces you to turn left, and immediately on your left is the entrance to my building-----#5 Ha Shofar. Go up a few steps in the building and my apartment is the first one, with "18" on the door (not my name).
Make yourself at home.
Tova was extremely welcoming. She gave me lots of advice about what to visit before arriving in Jerusalem, stayed in contact prior to my arrival. Upon my arrival she came to meet me as her house if tucked away in a little street. She took me out to show me where the shops are and showed me around a little the evening I arrived, booked some tours for me and the icing on the cake arranged for us to celebrate the shabbat meal with a friend who has similar interests. Explained much of the Jewish culture ton me.
Tova's home is simple but perfectly adequate. Tova has several cats so guests must be pet lovers. The house is very central and quiet.
Tova is a smiling and very welcoming person. Her apartment is perfecly placed right in the heart of the old town of Jerusalem and is very pleasant to stay there.
My time with Tova was a part of the best moments of my trip. Without hesitating, I recommend Tova to all !
I enjoyed my stay at Tovas quiet place in the middle of the Jewish quarter a lot. She is a nice, helpful and interesting woman and I wish I've had more time to talk to her about Jerusalem, Judaism etc.
Great the way she takes care of street kittens & cats.
I can recommend to stay at Tovas place. Toda raba Tova!
Tova was an incredible host! She provided us with a wealth of information on Jerusalem, local eateries, and Jewish beliefs and traditions. It was not only a place to stay, but a great experience in Israel. Thank you, Tova, for your hospitality.
The place is as described in the description. The location is unbeatable. Tova provided us with clean towels and sheets. The weather was hot and the fan helped but it was still really hot at night (not a complaint, just an FYI to future guests). Tova was really good about giving us privacy when we were in our room, but also being incredibly inclusive and welcoming in the common areas. She has lots of cats and lots of friends come over because she is a great host with a big heart. If you are looking for a great, social experience in Jerusalem with no frills and lots of people, Tova's place is a good pick.
We were made so very welcome. My daughter was not feeling well and our host made her ginger tea. With ginger tea and rest, we were off to explore Jerusalem.
The room/air bnb is a perfect place to spend some time if one wants to feel what it might be like to live in the Old City.
Tova offers one of the few air b'n'bs in the old city at a real bargain. Her house is basic but homey and comfortable. We chose it in part FOR the cats, and were not disappointed! We were greeted by a quartet of adorable, friendly kittens. Since Tova works as a rescuer the feline residents are always changing, though, so don't count on kittens. As other reviewers note this is not a good choice for cat-haters or the allergic but I would add that the bedroom you would stay in is cat-free.
The apartment is centrally located in the old city, a short walk from the main attractions. It worked perfectly as a base of operations.
Tova is really lovely, the best kind of air b'n'b host who is a treasure to meet in her own right. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the city as others have noted. We loved staying with her.
Tova's "Room in the Rova" was all that was advertised PLUS!!! A truly authentic Israeli experience. In addition to the superb location and excellent accommodations, our host Tova provided us with a wonderful Friday night Shabbat (Sabbath) meal. She explained all of the customs, traditions, and their significance, and ended the evening with wonderful singing and stories. Tova's knowledge of Israel and Jersualem greatly added to our weekend experience.
Thanks so much, Roy! I want to add that Roy and Menucha were super thoughtful and considerate----They even brought their own towels, thereby saving energy and water.
Roy, did you leave that little round ceramic blessing here for me? And the grapes? if so, I didn't know that, and thank you!
About the Host, Tova
A licensed Israel Tour Guide and love sharing my knowledge with travelers about how to make the most of their trip to Israel. I also love having guests, and give them as much privacy or assistance that they want.