The majority of customers are pilgrims who come to be near the areas where Jesus lived. There are many churches and holy sites around the hotel commemorating the historic events of the Bible. These include the Chapel of the Ascension, the Garden of Gethsemene, the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, the Pater Noster Church, the Tomb of the Prophets, Dominus Flevit, and the spectacular Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Mary Magdalene with its seven golden cupolas making it one of Jerusalem's most distinctive landmarks.
The hotel is situated atop the highest point in Jerusalem. As a result, approximately sixteen of its rooms command a dramatic view of the Old City. Indeed, The most. Past visitors have described their stay in this adjoining room as "a remarkable spiritual experience.
Public transportation to and from Damascus Gate runs daily until approximately 9.00 p.m. Afterwards, it is possible to either walk or take a private taxi for about $7.00 depending on the guest's negotiation skills with the driver. A walk to the Old City is a very pleasant experience though most visitors generally prefer to walk down the hill than up.