Luxury accommodations, affordable prices, located in the Judean Hills, on the edge of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Hills Inn is a family-run bed-and-breakfast, conveniently located about 10 minutes from downtown Jerusalem. It is 30 minutes to Ben Gurion Airport, 45 minutes to the Dead Sea, and 45 minutes to Tel Aviv. This makes a great base for seeing the many sites in and around the Jerusalem area, including the Dead Sea, Qumran, En Gedi, and Masada. We are happy to assist with itinerary planning, to help make your Israel experience unforgettable!
- Full Israeli Breakfast
- Kitchen, with Refrigerator, Stove, Oven, and Microwave
- Washing Machine
- Free Parking
- Free high-speed internet
- Restaurants within walking distance
- Luxurious, American-style beds
- Smoke-free, pet-free rooms
- Child-friendly, family environment
We are situated on the outskirts of Jerusalem, in the village of Abu Ghosh, which is the Biblical location known as Kiriath Jearim. Our facility is at the foot of the hill of Abinadab's house, where the Ark of the Covenant sat for 20 years, before King David brought it into Jerusalem (1 Sam 7:1-2; 2 Sam 6:1-5).
The location is renowned for several distinctions:
- Peaceful coexistence between Jews, Arabs, and Christians. Of the 36 Arab villages that were located in the Judean Hills before 1948, Abu Ghosh is the only one that welcomed the Jews, even aiding them during the Jerusalem siege, and therefore remained intact, continuing to this day. Today you will see the streets and restaurants filled with Jews, Muslims, and Christians, exhibiting a unique demonstration of peaceful coexistence and reconciliation.
- Known as "The Hummus Capital of Israel", for having the best hummus (a popular Israeli dish) in Israel – also set the Guinness Book of World Records in January 2010 for the world's largest dish of hummus!
- Wide selection of popular Middle Eastern restaurants, teaming with tourists and Jewish Israelis every weekend. Also famous for hosting the Abu Ghosh Music Festival twice a year – in the fall and late spring.
- Biblical and historical sites – Kiriath Jearim; Abinadab's House – site where the Ark of the Covenant rested for 20 years; Emmaus – where the disciples of Jesus encountered him, while traveling there, after the resurrection; the Crusader Church – one of the best preserved remains in Israel of the Crusader period
Jerusalem Hills Inn is owned and operated by Chaim & Ruti Singerman, a family from Texas with 6 children, who made Aliyah to Israel in January 2009.
Smoking and pets are not allowed in the facility. We provide a family-friendly environment, ideal for married couples and families.
Breakfast is served each morning in the Breakfast Room. Breakfast each day consists of fresh, hot, homemade bread with butter and jams, granola and yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, sliced cheese, cottage cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, toast, cereal and milk, and fresh fruit. Tea, coffee, and a variety of juices are also served.
- Are the rates more expensive during high season?
- Yes. During high season, the rate for 1 person staying in a room will be $10 more per night. The rate for 2 or more persons staying in a room will be $15 more per night.
- When is the high season?
- Apr. 1 - 30, 2014
Sep. 20 - Oct. 20, 2014
Mar. 15 - Apr. 15, 2015
Sep. 15 - Oct. 15, 2015
- Is breakfast included in your rates?
- Yes, a full Israeli breakfast is included in our rates.
- Is half-board available (both breakfast and dinner)?
- We do offer half-board. Dinner can be provided for $25 per person, and is served at Naurah, one of the finest restaurants in Abu Ghosh. Transportation to and from the restaurant is provided as well.
- Are there places to eat nearby?
- Yes, there are many restaurants nearby that are within walking distance. There are three places to eat within a 3-4 minute walk: Pizza, Falafel/Shwarma, and a Middle Eastern Cafe. If you walk 5-6 minutes, there are another two restaurants which are nicer, and many more past those.
- Do you have facilities where I can prepare my own meals?
- Yes, we have a fully equipped kitchen, with utensils for cooking, and eating meals at Jerusalem Hills Inn. This can greatly help to reduce the costs of meals while you are in Israel.
- Do you have a washing machine?
- Yes, there is a washing machine available for our guests. Laundry soap is provided, and there is a $3 charge per load. A drying rack is available for drying.
- In what currency are your rates listed?
- All of our rates are listed in U.S. dollars.
- Do I need to pay in shekels, dollars, or euros?
- The price quoted is a special price for tourists, since they are not required to pay Value Added Tax (VAT). In order to receive this price, payment must be made in a foreign currency (such as dollars or euros).
- Do you accept credit cards?
- Yes, we can receive payment using Visa or Mastercard.
- Do I need to pay VAT or other taxes?
- Tourists with a foreign passport do not need to pay any additional taxes. Israelis are required to pay the VAT in addition to the quoted room rates.
- Is there a discounted price for children? At what age is there a charge for children?
- There is no charge for children below the age of 2. Children ages 2-12 are 50% of the adult rate to stay in an adjacent room to their parents.
- Can I add an extra bed for a child in my room? Can I add an extra bed for another adult in my room?
- Some rooms have space to add an extra bed. To add a bed for an extra child age 2-12, there is a charge of $15 per night (this includes breakfast for the child). To add a bed for an extra person age 13 and up, there is a charge of $20 per night (this includes breakfast for the extra person).
- Where can I change money?
- You can change money at the airport in Israel, or with one of the many money changers in one of the cities.
- When is the check-in time, and the check-out time?
- You can check-in after 2:00 p.m. The check-out time is 10:00 a.m.
- My flight arrives in the middle of the night. Can I check-in at that time?
- Yes, guests who have made a reservation may check-in any time during the night.
- What is the best option for the transfer from the airport?
- If you are not renting a car, you can take a sherut (shared) taxi from the airport. These taxis will drive you straight to Jerusalem Hills Inn. The cost is around 65 shekels (equivalent to about $19 U.S. dollars). These taxis are also available to drive you to the airport during daytime or nighttime for about the same price.
- How far are you from the airport?
- We are about 25 minutes east of Ben Gurion Airport.
- Is there public transportation available from Jerusalem Hills Inn?
- The bus stop which takes you into Jerusalem is very close to our location, a few minutes' walk. A private taxi to the Old City in Jerusalem is about 80 shekels during the day, and 100 shekels during the night and on Shabbat.
- Do you have non-smoking rooms?
- All of our rooms are smoke-free and pet-free.
- What is the electrical voltage in Israel?
- 240 volts, 50 Hz. The outlets require type C or type H plugs.
Directions to Jerusalem Hills Inn
Our address is #9 HaTut, in the village of Abu Ghosh. . After the first roundabout in Abu Ghosh, go 2.2 km, and turn right onto our street HaTut. Detailed directions from the airport are below.
Coming from the airport, you will get off of Highway 1 at the Abu Ghosh exit (about 25 minutes from the airport). You will cross back over the highway on the overpass, like you are doing a u- turn. Go through the first roundabout, which will take you into Abu Ghosh (the second exit on the roundabout). This puts you on the main road of Abu Ghosh, called Ha Shalom. You will drive through the village, going through another roundabout, staying on the main road (again, the second exit on the roundabout). You will pass the Caravan Restaurant on the right. This means you are getting close. A little further, there is a Pizza shop on the left with a sign that is red, white, and green (like the flag of Italy). Our street, HaTut, is a small street directly across from the Pizza Shop. You will turn to the right onto our street. At that point you will see large blue signs for our b&b Jerusalem Hills Inn. Our street is a very steep hill. Go up the street and follow the signs (first to the left and then to the right - it is clearly marked with signs). You will see our b&b at the top of the hill. Park anywhere at the top, and walk up the stairs to the Reception (marked with a sign).
Call us if you have any questions.