Jerusalem is a city unlike any other. Sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, its Old Town echoes with a cacophony of church bells, prayer calls, and the trumpeting of the shofar. The American Colony Hotel is the perfect embodiment of Jerusalem’s long tumultuous history with it’s own story dating back to the late 1800’s. This colonial style hotel with its dust coloured stone walls and leafy gardens provides a tranquil oasis for guests to base themsleves during their journey to the Holy Land.
The American Colony has over 90 rooms including everything from standard singles right up to penthouse suites.. The style is reminiscent of the Ottoman era with their ‘Pasha’ rooms complete with four poster beds. Dark wood features prominently in the décor, standing out against white walls that are spartan aside from a couple framed black and white photo graphs or historical documents.
The rooms are incredibly spacious and bright, and they come with complimentary wifi. The design is very much in keeping with the historical theme of the hotel though this means the rooms are missing some modern luxury amenities such as coffee machines and speakers.
The funky black and white square tiles of the bathroom are an instant attraction. The bathrooms are clean and modern with stand alone baths and separate high powered showered. They come complete with the American Colony’s own brand of luxury toiletries.
Breakfast in the Courtyard is not to be missed. The American Colony serves up a wonderful spread of Middle Eastern and Western Cuisine and the setting amongst the rose buds is beautifully peaceful. In the summer the garden in the Palm House is open for cocktails and alfresco dining. A more formal option is The Arabesque restaurant in the main house where you can select your wine from the hotel’s private wine cellar.
Location would be the Colony’s only slight downside with the main sights being located 15 minutes by foot or a short tram or taxi.
The pool in the American Colony is beautiful and makes for a wonderful spot to relax after a day of sight seeing. The hotel also offers spa services and for more energetic guests there is a gym overlooking the pool.