A small hotel in an area of Jerusalem popular with artists and musicians, the contemporary Bezalel Hotel pays homage to Israeli artists and designers. It has 37 stylish rooms, a communal breakfast area, and a location that’s ideal for exploring the city.
A luxurious base from which to explore Jerusalem’s historic sites, the Mamilla Hotel is within easy distance of the Old City walls, the Tower of David, Jaffa Gate, Mahane Yehuda Market, and the open-air shopping and entertainment district known as Elrov Mamilla Avenue. The building offers contemporary design throughout, especially in the public spaces which include high ceilings, marble flooring, oversized seating, and black and white photographs of the city in the early 20th-century. This theme extends to the 194 modern and minimalist rooms and suites, all of which have light Jerusalem stone, floor-to-ceiling windows, bespoke lamps, curated artworks, and beds with throws in muted tones. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs and double vanities are separated from the sleeping areas by glass panels that can be switched to an opaque setting for added privacy.
Elsewhere, there’s an impressive array of facilities, including an atmospheric indoor swimming pool with mosaic tiling and underwater music, a rooftop sun terrace with loungers, a gym with state-of-the-art training equipment, and an award-winning spa with a Turkish hammam rooms and private rooms for treatments and therapies.
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There’s a modern and minimalist look in the 194 light-flooded rooms and suites, all of which feature light Jerusalem stone, floor-to-ceiling windows, bespoke lamps, curated artworks, and beds covered with throws in muted tones. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs and double vanities are separated from the sleeping areas by glass panels that can be switched to an opaque setting for added privacy. If you require more space, consider upgrading to one of the Executive rooms that also include access to the Club Lounge where drinks and snacks are served between 9am and 9pm.
A ten-minute walk from many of Jerusalem’s key sites, including the Old City walls, the Tower of David, and Jaffa Gate, via the upmarket shopping street, Elrov Mamilla Avenue. The bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and food stalls of Mahane Yehuda Market are also a short taxi ride away.
Food and drink
The hotel has a choice of restaurants, bars, and cafes, including the Happy Fish for a Mediterranean-inspired seafood menu and views of Elrov Mamilla Avenue and the Rooftop Outdoor Lounge & Restaurant for fine alfresco dining and Old City vistas. There’s also the sophisticated Mirror Bar for evening cocktails and the Espresso Bar for gourmet coffee, freshly-baked pastries, and snacks.
Facilities and activities
The atmospheric indoor swimming pool with mosaic tiling and underwater music opens daily from 7am to 7pm. There’s also a rooftop sun terrace with plush seating areas, a gym with state-of-the-art training equipment, and studios for yoga, pilates, and meditation classes. The award-winning Akasha Spa has a Turkish hammam as well as private rooms for a wealth of treatments and therapies.
We love this luxurious hotel in the heart of Jerusalem for its contemporary design, excellent service, and ideal location for accessing the Old City.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A tranquil base near the heart of Jerusalem yet away from the bustle of the Old City, The American Colony Hotel has 94 individually designed rooms and suites, several dining options, and an outdoor swimming pool. The Damascus Gate is a ten-minute taxi ride away.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Towering above the Judean Desert and accessed by cable car, the Masada fortress offers panoramic views, Roman engineering and a poignant history. Nearby, the Ein Gedi nature reserve offers a complete contrast, with hiking trails that lead to spring-fed waterfalls and swimming holes.
Discover religious and historic sights on a guided walk around the labyrinthine streets of Old Jerusalem, taking in the Temple Mount and Western Wall, as well as the lively bazaars, before heading to the Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane.