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 . Here you are in the heart of hearts in Israel, among some of the world's most holy, famous sites and important excavations.
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, but no cooking in the kitchen. Your room has a fridge for any foods or drinks you want to keep there. 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.
I will use this space to give advice to future guests.
1. From the airport, you can catch a group taxi called a "sheroot" for about 65 shekels. You tell the driver you need the Jewish Quarter parking lot. If they refuse, then say you want the Karta parking lot. Or you can take a bus to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station for 16 shekels, and take a private taxi from there to the Jewish Quarter parking lot. (See above for directopns to my apartment.)
2. It is shocking to me that tourists have never heard of the "City of David". I recommend a visit there.
It's next to the Old City, where 3000 years ago King David conquered the original small hill where Jerusalem was. Jerusalem would not be important at all to Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, if not for the moment that David took the city by surprise and made it the eternal capital of the Jewish People. A 3-hour tour of the City of David is the foundation upon what everything else you do in Israel is based on.
There is a wonderful 15-minute 3-D movie which shows you what the original Jerusalem looked like 3000 years ago, incredible archaeology, and best of all----a 2700-year-old water tunnel from the Bible that King Hezekiah ordered to be made to ensure a water supply while Jerusalem was surrounded by 185,000 enemy Assyrian soldiers. The water only comes up to mid-thigh at its highest point, but 99% of it is only ankle deep. Tourists just need to wear shoes and lower clothing that can get wet. In the summer, your clothes dry off quickly. In winter, it's good to wear shorts or a swim suit under your clothes, and when you get to the water tunnel---- have a knapsack to take out whatever shoes for the water-walk and to put your dry pants/skirt into. When you come out of the tunnel, you put your dry clothes and shoes back on.
It’s 80 shekels per person and you reserve a great 3-hour group tour with one of the good City of David tour guides.
3. Recommended reading to absorb more from your trip:
The best subjects to read about would be:
Stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs (Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Jacob), King David, King Solomon, the Maccabees, King Herod, the Roman period and Masada, the Bar Kochba Revolt, early Christianity and Islam, Crusaders, the British Mandate, the War of Independence, and the 6-Day War.
There are short, light, interesting articles by Ken Spiro.
To see them, go to ;
Type into the search box: "Ken Spiro history crash course"
See list and choose any of the following articles:
#. If you will be in Jerusalem on a Friday evening:
The Western Wall at twilight on Fridays is quite an unforgettable extravaganza. There are over 1000 people of all ages singing, dancing, and praying to greet the Sabbath. The darker it gets, the more lively. Then everyone goes home for a big dinner. If you are staying with me, you are welcome to join me in my Friday night traditional Sabbath dinner, unless for some reason I don't cook it that week.
5. Israel is the only predominantly Jewish country in the world. To get a deeper understanding of what makes Israel tick, I believe a person should check out a little Jewish religious philosophy. At Yeshivat Aish Hatorah there are free fascinating classes in English for anyone off the street almost every morning and afternoon only a 3-minute's walk from my home. My favorite class is the one from 9:15 - 10 AM. Many of my airbnb guests have greatly enjoyed checking out 1 or more classes.
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 .
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).
No cooking in the kitchen unless I am there to let you know how to keep the kitchen kosher while you're cooking. Only kosher food allowed in the home, which can be bought at the non-meat nearby grocery stores. There are lots of nearby restaurants and fast food places to eat. Feel free to keep dairy products, fruits, and vegetables in the refridgerator.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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.