Overlooking Independence Park, the 22-story Leonardo Plaza is a Jerusalem landmark with terrific views, especially from upper floors. Popular with a religious Jewish clientele, the sleek guest rooms are done up in black and white. Primavera, the Italian restaurant presided over by acclaimed chef Shalom Kadosh, has won kudos locally for its tasty food and elegant atmosphere. In summer, an outdoor barbecue is offered Sunday through Thursday. The small pool, surrounded by
unattractive concrete, encourages quick dips not prolonged relaxation.