If you are in Jerusalem and you are looking for a luxury and pleasant stay you have to choose between the big palace standard of the "institutional" King David Hotel and the cozy experience of the American Colony.
I had no doubt in choosing this last and my choice has been repaid.
The hotel is created in a private area ten minutes walk from Damascus Gate. Sourrondings are pretty residential so is difficult to find something commercial (included restaurants) around. But don't worry, in the hotel you can choose between 2 restaurants (one in the secluded garden is a corner of Paradise on earth) and 2 bars. All without any impression of a "resort area"..
This is because the hotel is divided in different buildings settled around luxuriant gardens with every kind of plants, flowers and trees (and a guide to the hotel flora is available in every room).
Rooms are really wide and furnished in a (of course..) colonial style. Bathrooms are even wider, with both shower and a wonderful old style bathtub and an elegant white & black chess floor.
Amenities are of the same high level and includes mouth wash. Water pressure and hot / cold regulation are excellent also if you use shower and bathtub at the same time.
Breakfast is served in the same garden of the restaurant and gives you the best way to start your day. The choice of food is on the top standard and includes everithing you may desire both sweet and salted, included dishes made at the moment.
But..there is also something not so good to say and unfortunately is a basic part of the stay in every hotel of the world: staff attitude. I have to be clear, except for just a case, I can't say about rudeness or bad manners, but I have constantly sensed a sort of lovenliness and conceit mixed with continued "distraction" (is the case in which staff seems more to chat to each other than pay attention to the client). And I think that it is not allowable in a five star hotel. If the "employee of the month" (as shown in a proud picture hanged in the premises) passes most part of the time chatting with waiters more than stay in her / his workplace and disappears for minutes in the only part of the day in which he / she have to stay in contact with clients, is licit to ask to yourself how is hte hotel policy about staff training and evaluation. And when another member of staff is even excessive in his smilings at the beginning of your stay and after you tip him with the equivalent of 4 dollars (when you arrive in the late evening after an hours journey in the desert and you really have only that money with you) literally stop to greet you (and don't answer when you greet him looking at you with a grunt)... the question is the same above..
This is the reason why the final evaluation is 4 points more than the 5 that the hotel may deserves. The staff is one of the most important, maybe the utmost, element of an hotel and in this case is not a five star.
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