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American Colony
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem 9720071, Israel (American Colony)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 90 Hotels in Jerusalem
Lee, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Trip to jerusalem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

The American colony is a very expensive hotel but a really enjoya ble experience. Great ambience, helpful staff, a fantastic restaurant (only had breakfast) and a lovely pool. A place to come and relax with a beer after a long hot day sight seeing. The rooms are airy and spacious and well appointed - the only trouble we had was that we had booked a twin but were allocated a double ut this was very quickly sorted out for us.

Room Tip: We stayed in the new block which was about 30 seconds from the original building.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

After our big disappointment in Rimonim Eilat (see review), this hotel made our stay unforgettable in a positive way.
The hotel is located in the East Jerusalem part and is about 15 minutes to the Damascus Gate to the old city and 5 minutes to the recently finished tram.
The stuff was more than friendly, and moreover, since the hotel was not fully booked, we got an upgrade to a Superior room. Being honest, even the superior rooms are not exceptionally big and remind more of a standard room in another 5* hotel - but the furniture are extraordinary. We had an old map of the time of general Allenby on our wall! The bed was perfect, the bathroom elegant (only the light could have been a bit brighter to be able to do a make up) and the wireless internet worked everywhere and fast.
Since we had to wait for around one hour until the room was ready and we took a coffee in the beautiful inner courtyard and when we were called that the room is ready, we were taken to the room, where our luggage had been brought to already and were explained everything.
The pool is beautiful and a real exception in Jerusalem - American Colony is like an oasis in this exciting city. There is also a gym facing the pool which we didn't try out.
The breakfast was the best I have tasted in my life. Everything was fresh and of best quality. The most remarkable thing I have seen is the bacon and sausages which were served: it was pork meat - generally a rare thing to be seen in Israel. I don't need to eat pork in my holidays - but it somehow shows the tolerance in this hotel, which constantly in history was a "neutral point" in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which is carried out openly. It is just so great to see Israelis, Arabs and tourists from all over the world to eat together on a beautiful terrace in the hard fought city of Jerusalem - a wonderful atmosphere. The thin arabic bread (I think it is called lawash) was baked freshly and filled with tomatoes, za'atar (the most wonderful herb for every oriental food) and cheese.
The croissants were fresh and definitely the best I've eaten in Israel or even in most other places (except Paris :D). The fresh orange juice was nice, the vegetables and fruits of high quality and the eggs prepared in the way you wish. Mostly recommendable is also the arabic coffee.
We didn't have lunch or dinner in the hotel - but the food looks delicious and also the wine cellar looks impressive. Still, this is an expensive restaurant - but probably it is worth the money.
The stuff was always helpful when answering questions and they called at least 20 times for a shared taxi that we wanted to take (but they didn't answer the phone). After all we took a taxi from the hotel which was charged to our room bill - nice service. We also booked a guided tour through the old city which was nice (next time I'd definitely book a tour to Bethlehem, though).
The small store with typical things from Armenian art, silver and gold jewellery, painting, etc. is expensive but beautiful and the book store holds a lot of books dealing with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Overall it was a perfect stay and we are definitely coming back, if we can afford it (the price is high - but not compared to other 5* hotels in Jerusalem).

Thanks for these wonderful days!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tifton, GA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

For an in depth description and history of The American Colony go to their web site, (www.americancolony.com/). This is my all-time favorite hotel. After spending a couple of weeks on an archaeological dig in the Arava, The American Colony is a cool, luxurious bit of heaven on earth. The rooms are cool, as shady dark as you want to escape the Levant sun, and the stone floors and walls mute almost all the noxious street noise except the muezzin's call to prayer from the minaret across the street -- but you are in the Middle east...
One of the more novel attributes of The AC is that when the halakah siren sounds on Friday evening at sunset, signaling the beginning of Shabbat, the Islamic sabbath is ends at the exact moment and out come the belly dancers making their way through the courtyard lounge and on out into the garden bar. Even though the American Colony is a Palestinian institution with a decidedly Arabic atmosphere, it is probably the most neutral, peaceful and tolerant place in all Jerusalem. The web site explains this tradition of "neutrality" in detail. In fact, this very neutrality is so completely honored by all sides that this is the chosen home away from home for many of the world's news teams. Don't be surprised to run into Ashley Banfield, Jerrold Kessel, Wolf Blitzer or any of the other MidEast correspondents on the grounds or in the restaurant or lounge.
The official rates are pretty high but one can almost always negotiate a more favorable one by qualifying as a member of any of myriad favored groups. For instance, I get the "archaeology" rate because I work with a team from Hebrew University. Just ask anyone at the front desk or online.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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heath, texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This is a wonderful experience amidst the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem. We stayed in a large suite of the east house overlooking the garden. We have stayed all over the world and this was a five star room! The food and gardens are good. The pool area is nice after a long day in the old city. The Damascus gate is a 10 minute walk, but most would take a cab or bus. you do have to put up with the periodic loud prayers on the microphones, even at 4am! no noise ordanances in east Jerusalem. i didn't hear the noise in the room but some of my group did.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

My wife and I stayed for a week, and it was fabulous. The hotel has great character, a lovely pool, nice restuarant and great eveing outdoor bar.

A tad expensive, but when the expereince is great who cares?

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

A beautiful and historic hotel, located not too far from the old city, with a quiet courtyard and a good restaurant. It sells by itself. Operational staff was helpful (luggage, security etc.) but the members of the front desk, were repeatedly arrogant a/o unhelpful a/o ignorant - the attitude is that they are doing you a favour that you can stay there. Given the price range better options are available in Jerusalem, I at least will not go back, I don't need that attitude when I travel

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Amman, Jordan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

If you go to Jerusalem and want to enjoy & appreciate the ambience, please go to the American Colony hotel. This is THE hotel in Jerusalem. You may not find it perfect: room size, stairs, price, etc, etc. Still, this is the Jerusalem. I always just appreciate everything.
And I should mention, how wonderful the breakfast is. This is truly perfect!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about American Colony

Address: 1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem 9720071, Israel
Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem > American Colony
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Jerusalem
#3 Business Hotel in Jerusalem
#5 Romantic Hotel in Jerusalem
#5 Luxury Hotel in Jerusalem
#8 Family Hotel in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — American Colony 5*
Number of rooms: 93
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