The Casa Nova is a charming Franciscan Pilgrim House situated in Bethlehem. Located adjacent to Casanova Palace it is the pilgrim house in closest proximation to the world renowned holy site, Church of Nativity. The monastery was built over the grotto where Jesus Christ was born over 2000 years ago. The house lies on the square facing the entrance to St. Catherine Church and the entrance to the Church of Nativity.
Casa Nova belongs to the Franciscan Order and caters primarily to the Franciscan pilgrims, but all the visitors are most welcome. The hotel is a perfect place for anyone who would like to experience the spiritual atmosphere of the Holy Land and immerse in the past of Bethlehem. The Hotel, recently restored, is hospitable and pleasant and it represents a perfect starting point to travel around this fascinating and historic land. The Hotel is surrounded by a nice garden from which you could enjoy the sight of the Basilica while trying the excellent restaurant menu and bar service.
The pilgrim house is the building most proximate to the famous and ancient Christian holy site in the world.
History of Casa Nova Christian Guesthouse in Bethlehem
According to a document from 1377 AD, near the Place of the Birth of Jesus, there was already a hostel for women. The present Casa Nova was completely reconstructed and inaugurated in 1986. Now it is one of the most modern of the Franciscan Pilgrimage House.
Although the original Casa Nova’s exterior blends in to its surroundings, making it seem to have been around forever, it was really only built in 1870 when the Franciscan Order- seeing the growing popularity of organized group pilgrimages to Bethlehem- redesigned an entire wing of the friary to be used as a guesthouse.
It was quickly apparent that there was a much greater need for guest rooms and, as a result, in 1908 Casa Nova was opened. On April 28th 1986 the new Casa Nova, which is completely independent of the friary was blessed and inaugurated. In the entrance to the building there is a beautiful mosaic, a reminder of the date of the pilgrim’s house inauguration.
The guesthouse has grown to be a complex of two buildings – the Pilgrim’s House and the Casa Nova Palace.
Facilities of the Casa Nova Palace in Bethlehem
The Casa Nova Palace and Pilgrim’s House offer 60 neat comfortable rooms (single, double and triple), gastronomic service, chapel and access to the Internet. The reception is open 24 hours a day. There are an additional 20 rooms at the Oriental Palace Hotel, which belongs to the Franciscans.
Casa Nova Palace offers an oriental atmosphere with an arabesque decor, reflecting the local Middle Easter Arabic culture. The lobby has a cozy bar, where one can enjoy desserts and beverages. The Oriental Palace also has a garden café, where guests can have a meal with an oriental touch as well as cakes and coffee. While many guests are attracted to Casa Nova, the guesthouse is renowned to pilgrims worldwide who seeking a spiritual experience when visiting the Holy Land. The pilgrim house also offers special services to meet the needs of travelers including guided tours and car service to and from the Ben Gurion airport.
Reservations are generally required several months in advance, particularly during feast celebrations.