The 9 Best Jerusalem Hotels of 2020

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Best Overall: King David – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"All rooms here are very spacious and many of the bedrooms have been updated with technology that includes an in-mirror television."

Best Budget: Avital Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"It has modern but simple apartments for one to five guests, all of them coming with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a microwave, and a fridge."

Best Boutique: Villa Brown Jerusalem – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"This former 19th-century Ottoman villa was the home of a famous Jewish doctor, and is now more reminiscent of a tiny, intimate palace."

Best for Families: Mamilla Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"This hotel provides a family suite that has a separate bathroom for the kids plus a dedicated children’s pool."

Best for Business: The American Colony Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"While the hotel is a 20-minute walk from the Old City, it makes up for it with its beautiful gardens and private spas."

Best for Luxury: Waldorf Astoria – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"Decorated with elegant marble staircases and arched windows, the inner courtyard gives a nod to the local design with pale Jerusalem stone."

Best for Relaxing: Alegra Boutique Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"Just 15 minutes by car from the Old City, the peaceful surroundings make this hotel feel like a tranquil getaway."

Best for Activities: Hotel Ye’arim – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"The hotel offers guests activities like morning hiking, stretching classes, workout groups, and guided aquatic exercise."

Best Historical: Mt. Zion Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"The best rooms have views of Mount Zion and the Hinnom Valley, both of which can also be seen from the hotel garden."

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Best Overall: King David

King David

 King David

Just a 10-minute walk to Jaffa Gate and with excellent views of the Old City from its grounds, the King David hotel is set in a perfect location to explore both the modern and historic parts of Jerusalem. This is one of the most recognizable hotels in the city and has a past guest list that includes Barack Obama to Kirk Douglas (their names are even etched into the floor of the main lobby). 

All of the accommodations here are very spacious and many of the bedrooms have been updated with technology that includes an in-mirror television. Guests should book a room overlooking the Old City as the view is truly breathtaking. Three of the bedrooms have also been adapted for guests with disabilities. 

Restaurant options range from fine dining with steaks and French cuisine at La Regence to the open-air King's Garden for traditional Mediterranean dishes. There's also a casual poolside snack bar, or guests can up the elegance a notch and take a wine-tasting class at the Oriental Bar.

Guests traveling with kids will be happy to know that there is a children's pool and a play area to keep everyone entertained.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Avital Hotel

Avital Hotel

Avital Hotel

The Avital is a cute and friendly family-run hotel located a mere three-minute walk from the Mahane Yehuda Market and seven minutes from the picturesque streets and winding alleyways of the Nachlaot area.

It has modern but simple apartments for one to five guests, all of them coming with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a microwave, and a fridge. Some of the apartments have balconies, pull-out sofas, and whirlpool tubs.

Transport is made simple with the Yehuda Camp tram stop practically next door, so if guests don't want to rent a car, any part of Jerusalem is easily accessible.

Breakfast is complimentary and offers a decent selection of local cheeses plus the Mediterranean-omelette known as shakshuka. For other meals, the Mahane Yehuda market is just minutes away, so fresh veggies, fruits, and iconic street food like falafel and shawarma are right around the corner.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: Villa Brown Jerusalem

Villa Brown Jerusalem

Villa Brown Jerusalem

This former 19th-century Ottoman villa, which was once the home of Isaac D’Arbela, a famous Jewish doctor, is now more reminiscent of a tiny, intimate palace. The hotel is set back from a busy road but is just a five-minute walk to Jaffa Street and a 15-minute walk to the Old City gates, which houses the most sacred sites in the city.

The hotel may be small with just 24 rooms, but it offers a decent range of amenities including complimentary bike hire and access to a nearby gym. The mini-spa on the rooftop has treatment rooms inside. It also has a beautiful sun-lit garden and a cozy rooftop terrace with hot tub and sun loungers. Because of its relaxed atmosphere, the hotel is set up much better for quiet couples looking for a romantic getaway than for those traveling with kids.  

Some of the guestrooms have exposed stonework from the original villa and all bathrooms have rain showers, Molton Brown toiletries, gowns, and slippers.

Breakfast is where this place shines, and even late risers can come until 2 p.m. to feast on fresh meze dishes like fried halloumi, feta salad, or stuffed peppers in tahini served with a breadbasket. All of that is followed by shakshuka or Turkish stuffed pastries. ‘High Tea’ is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the restaurant or garden every day.

04 of 09

Best for Families: Mamilla Hotel

Mamilla Hotel

Mamilla Hotel

Situated just five minutes from the Old City, guests with kids can see all of the city’s top sites such as the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate without having to spend much time walking. The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock are only about 15 minutes away by foot through the Old City.

The hotel has a family suite that has a separate bathroom for children and there is also a dedicated children’s pool. Children under three years old stay for free.

Parents who deserve a bit of pampering can make an appointment at the luxurious Akasha Wellbeing Center, which has a Turkish hammam and offers hydro treatments in a Watsu pool.

The hotel has four restaurants—including one on the roof with views of the Old City—plus an espresso bar in the lobby. For families that prefer to get out and take in the city, Mamilla Avenue right outside is filled with a variety of restaurants with Israeli classics like meatballs or hummus.

The accommodations are exceptionally well designed, with muted hues of primary colors mixing with earth tones, to create a vivid and natural living space. Rooms come with Bvlgari bathroom amenities, a Nespresso machine, and Frette linens. Ground floor bedrooms are available for guests with disabilities. 

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05 of 09

Best for Business: The American Colony Hotel

The American Colony Hotel

The American Colony Hotel

The American Colony is a landmark hotel in the east of the city, still owned and run by the descendants of the original founding American Christian pilgrims who moved to Jerusalem in 1895. This hotel is solid and reliable, favored by journalists, diplomats, and celebrities like Bob Dylan, Robert De Niro, and Natalie Portman.

Some of the 95 rooms have four-poster beds and dark wood trimmings, while others are furnished in an Ottoman style. Guests can eat at the brasserie, but the best spot for lunch or dinner meetings is the secluded courtyard shaded with mulberry trees, with an attached restaurant serving European and Middle Eastern food. If visitors need to follow up dinner with a cocktail, they should head to the Cellar Bar.

While the hotel is a 20-minute walk from the Old City, it makes up for it with its beautiful gardens and private spas. The call to prayer at the nearby mosque is a beautiful reminder of the city's cultural history, although light sleepers may want to request a room in the New Wing as it can be somewhat loud. Still, all rooms are comfortable with airy windows and Middle Eastern patterns and rugs.

06 of 09

Best for Luxury: Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria

Built in 1929 by the Mufti of Jerusalem, the lavish Waldorf Astoria is located just five minutes away from the Old City and is a 10-minute walk from Jaffa Gate. In classic Waldorf Astoria fashion, it is decorated with elegant marble staircases and arched windows, while the inner courtyard gives a nod to the local design with pale Jerusalem stone and glass ceilings.

Breakfast is either buffet or à la carte and all meals at the Palace Restaurant are kosher. For gorgeous views of the city, guests should head to the fourth-floor plant-filled Garden Terrace to enjoy tapas and signature cocktails while admiring panoramic views of the city. Fresh olive oil and lemons from the Hebron Hills are incorporated into the menu for an authentic taste of the region. 

The Ambassador Suite is the best room available, with 807 square feet of living space that includes a balcony, living room with a dining table, an outdoor seating area, and a sofa bed. In the attached bathroom, guests will find heated Italian marble floors, a mirror embedded TV, a soaking bathtub, and a sit-down shower stall. There is also a walk-in closet, an espresso coffee machine, a chaise lounge, and a separate guest toilet.

07 of 09

Best for Relaxing: Alegra Boutique Hotel

Alegra Boutique Hotel

Alegra Boutique Hotel

This charming 1930s hotel is in the Ein Kerem western section of Jerusalem, the reputed birthplace of John the Baptist. It is small with only seven rooms, all with exposed-stone walls, arched windows, and Persian rugs.

The hotel has a gourmet restaurant with a long central dining table that seats up to ten and faces an open kitchen. Breakfast includes homemade bread and focaccia fresh from a clay tabun oven, shakshuka, and a variety of local cheeses. In the evening, sit down to enjoy a seven-course chef’s dinner which uses fresh ingredients straight from the local market.

To further relax, there is an outdoor pool, massage treatments, and a sauna. Even though it's only 15 minutes by car from the Old City, the peaceful surroundings make this hotel feel like a remote, tranquil getaway.

08 of 09

Best for Activities: Hotel Ye’arim

Hotel Ye’arim

Hotel Ye’arim

More of a rural hosting than a normal hotel, the Hotel Ye’arim sits atop one of the highest peaks in Jerusalem Hills by Kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamisha. All of its 220 fully equipped rooms come with simple designs and jaw-dropping views, although it's the cultural program that's the main draw for guests.

Hotel Ye’arim offers its guests an activity and cultural program that consists of changing activities during the week: morning hiking in the nearby forest, stretching classes, breathing and morning exercise, guided aquatic exercise at the hotel’s pool, guided cycling tours, cultural dance lessons for all levels, and folklore storytelling nights.

The hotel has a children’s club filled with creative games and puzzles. There is also a swimming pool that sits atop one of the highest peaks of the Jerusalem Hills and offers unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape. 

Because of its location, there is plenty of good dining in the area including Muza BaHar, a French and Israeli restaurant with excellent views and offering haute cuisine dishes like pate and sirloin steak.

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09 of 09

Best Historical: Mt. Zion Hotel

Mt. Zion Hotel

Mt. Zion Hotel

On the outskirts of Jerusalem’s Old City, this boutique hotel has a rich history. It was constructed back in the 1880s by a British charity as an eye hospital but then used as an Ottoman arms warehouse during World War I.

The hotel has 117 rooms, 20 luxurious suites, and a villa, each one offering Ottoman-Moroccan style and decor with exposed stone walls and intricate ceramic floors. The best rooms have views of Mount Zion and the Hinnom Valley, both of which can also be seen from the hotel garden.

For guests who want to keep active, there is a spa, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and a Turkish hammam. After all of that exercise, don't feel guilty about indulging in the breakfast feast, which includes fresh fruits, cheeses, olives, pastries, omelets, bread, and fresh juices.

Airport transfers can also be arranged for easy and stress-free arrival.

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