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American Colony Hotel

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • free Internet access
  • atmospheric cellar bar
  • good English bookstore

    Cons

  • dead neighborhood at night
  • a cab ride from most attractions

Fodorite Reviews

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American Colony Hotel Review

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. The Palm House oozes ancient style through modern amenities.

    Hotel Details

  • 96 rooms, 24 suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 07-13-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Not cheap but worth every penny

    We were lucky enough to stay in room 16, right off the Courtyard. I don't know how they got that room so quiet right bank in the middle of everything. The food was great, there was no one at the pool when we were there ( it was a little cold but October can be like that) , and the atmosphere just drips history and charm. we will return, (when I can afford $300 or so per night).The free broadband is a nice touch

    by petekendall, 1/21/07

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