American Colony Hotel

1 Saint 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 historic rooms with rug-strewn flagstone floors and antique painted-wood ceilings.

PROS

  • atmospheric cellar bar
  • good English bookstore
  • lovely pool

CONS

  • neighborhood at night
  • a cab ride from most attractions

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 02-627–9777

HOTEL DETAILS

96 rooms, 12 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted Breakfast

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