American Colony Hotel

1 Louis Vincent St., Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 97200, Israel

Once a pasha's palace, this cool limestone oasis with its flower-filled inner courtyard and gorgeous garden is in a class of its own—no wonder it's a favored haunt of statesmen, stars, and spies. It's a 10-minute walk from the Old City's Damascus Gate but shielded from the hubbub of East Jerusalem. Owned by a British family, managed by a Swiss company, and staffed mainly by local Arabs, the American Colony combines the best of all these disparate worlds. The turquoise-and-blue tilework, Damascene wood inlay, and potted palms in the elegant vaulted lobby lead to spacious and luxurious rooms with rug-strewn flagstone floors and antique painted-wood ceilings.

PROS

  • atmospheric cellar bar in winter, lovely garden bar in summer
  • good English bookstore and gift shop
  • beautiful pool

CONS

  • quiet neighborhood at night
  • a cab or light-rail ride from most attractions

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic, Service
Sophisticated
Residential Area
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 02-627–9777

HOTEL DETAILS

100 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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