I stayed here in early May 2013 for 4 nights at a rate of $255 (single) per night including breakfast. On arrival I was upgraded to a double, which was extremely comfortable (great king-sized bed) and large, with good cupboard space, a safe, a minibar, a great bathroom (and excellent cosmetics), a really strong shower, fluffy white bath-sheets and generous hot water. Truly 5 star. I have stayed in Jerusalem many times for various reasons in all kinds of hotels, but would not stay anywhere else in future. The compound of buildings, with cool, and rather understated interiors, is extremely beautifully laid out, with lush gardens, seated areas and a truly magnificent outdoor heated swimming pool (with gym). It is a place of quite and restrained refinement, and the guests seem to comprise an unusual and cosmopolitan mix of tourists, locals, academics, politicians, professionals and eccentrics. It feels sometimes as if one is stepping back in time before the country as a whole became so brash and militarized. The central attraction is the main courtyard which is an exquisite place to sit for breakfast and other meals. I ordered room service on one occasion which was quick and delicious. The breakfasts were sumptuous, and had everything from traditional Palestinian fare (humus, labne, olives, flatbreads) to Western food (eggs, bacon, cheeses, smoked salmon, fruits, enormous selection of pastries and jams, cereals and yoghurts) - all in abundance and served from 630-1030am so that you can well do without lunch. Service at breakfast was a little uneven but because its mostly a buffet it really made no difference. Management is pleasant, if a little distant, but one gets left alone to do one's own thing, which I really like. Plenty of parking, although driving in Jerusalem generally is bedevilled truly awful traffic at almost any time of the day or night. The area in which the hotel is situated, just east of the East/West "seam" is like an oasis of calm, within easy walking distance of the Old City and East Jerusalem shopping area. If you're looking for a bling-bling experience this place is not for you; this is the kind of place to relax and reflect, with a really old-fashioned refinement, and the rates are extremely reasonable for the luxury one gets. The bookshop, with an excellent stock of historical literature and fiction, is a major advantage; the assistant I met was knowledgeable and engaging. All in all, I can't fault the place, and am already planning a longer holiday there.
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- American Colony Jerusalem
- American Colony Hotel Jerusalem
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