I have always stayed at the big, well-known hotels in Jerusalem like the Inbal, Dan Panorama and David's Citadel, so I was not sure what to expect when I checked into the Mt. Zion Hotel. At first I was worried. It is quirky: Enter on the top floor and after going down one flight, the walk down the hallway has you going down, up and down again and then through a courtyard and down some steps to the room. I was told I had a suite and expected two small rooms but instead I had an exotic spread of Middle Eastern themed rooms, with vases, stone and tiles with ceramic designs. It was not the most luxurious place I have ever been in, and the TV in the bedroom was fair at best, but it was very comfortable and private. The best part was the grounds and beautiful pool facing Mt. Zion with only the Hinnom Valley separating the hotel from the Old City. My room had a wonderful terrace where I was able to go after a long day of working and enjoy a cigar and a drink while allowing Jerusalem to captivate me.
And the breakfast was not a cold buffet as someone else wrote. The selection was bountiful; chefs were on hand to cook eggs to order or make waffles and the hot selections included cheesecake and a reasonably good rendering of one of my favorites, shakshuka. Rolls were fresh and tasty, cheeses, olives, fresh fruit. It was incredible, nearly on par with the incredible spread at the David Intercontinental in Tel Aviv.
Negatives: A long way from downtown and I had business in both the city center and in Beit Hakerem. I walked to the former but had to cab to the latter. I have been walking the hills of Jerusalem for over 40 years but it is not for everyone. The better restaurants and shops require cab rides; even the nearby Old City and Mamilla Mall are very healthy hikes.
Discovered positives: It is around the corner from the old Jerusalem railroad station which today boasts pubs, cafés, gourmet food and wine shops, gelato and a number of appealing restaurants. Also nearby are the dining spots and shops of Emek Refaim.
Conclusion: While I was sorry to be so far from Mahane Yehuda and places needed for work, the charm, peacefulness and historic architecture more than made up for it and I will not hesitate to stay there again. The price was lower than any comparable hotels I have found in the city.
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