"This well-run episcopal establishment offers private rooms cloistered around an English garden. Accommodations are simple and the ambience is both evocative and comfortable. There's a small charming Jerusalem stone bar in the basement and the very British enclave seems like something from a chapter of 'The Jewel in the Crown.' The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful."
Most of the pilgrimage will be spent in the beautiful St. George's Guesthouse in East Jerusalem, only 10 minutes from the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City. This a comfortable, safe and quiet facility with a distinctive old world feel that enhances the pilgrimage experience. The Guesthouse has been welcoming guests since 1923. St. George's Cathedral is adjacent to the guesthouse and offers morning and evening prayers. The food is middle eastern and excellent! The accommodations are traditional, clean, modest, and comfortable with climate controlled rooms and good bathroom and shower facilities. The staff is top notch and are noted for good customer service.
In Nazareth we are staying at the Sisters of Nazareth Guesthouse! The rooms at this guesthouse are a bit smaller than at St. George's Guesthouse, but they have been fully updated, have climate control, and are noted for their very clean upkeep. There is a lovely courtyard where pilgrims often gather in the evenings. Each evening at 7:00 pm the Sisters serve an aperitif to their guests in the courtyard. Their food is very good. Breakfasts are simple, usually consisting of delicious home made bread, jams, cheese, fruit, hard boiled eggs, juices, and coffee.
Like St. George's Guesthouse, this guesthouse is located in the heart of the old section of the city. and is within walking distance to shops, especially sweet shops. Nazareth is well known for having delicious desserts! There is a rooftop gathering place with amazing views of this city where Christ lived with his family and where Mary was visited by the angel Gabriele. In clear view is the Church of the Annunciation and many pilgrims enjoy returning to this church as a quiet place for reflection.