I don't have enough good things to say about the Mount Zion hotel. I stayed here with my family for the greater part of a week, and I don't think I've ever stayed in a hotel that was a nice or as comfortable in Israel. Let's start with the location--the hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the Jaffa gate and the new Mamilla mall. The lobby and many of the rooms look east out over the valley of Gehinom and toward the mount of olives and Jordan beyond. The hotel is wonderfully decorated with ottoman and middle-eastern furnishings, and each room we stayed in (we moved around a few times) was unique in size and decoration. Outside, there are numerous little gardens and verandas, each landscaped with beautiful flowers and vines. The hotel also boasts a huge, secluded pool big enough to swim laps, with ample beach chairs all around and towel and bathroom facilities on site. Above the pool, there is a small outdoor hot tub with a view of the old city, plus a beautiful, steaming hammam and a decent fitness center (two treadmills, elliptical, bike, a bench, a nautilus machine, and hand weights up to 20 kg.) Finally, perhaps the most important attribute of the hotel is its amazing buffet breakfast. This isn't your ordinary breakfast. On every day except for Shabbat (when there is really no hot breakfast), breakfast options include a make-your-own omelette bar, numerous alternating hot breakfast entrees, four types of salads, six kinds of cheese, a full fruit bar, yogurts, numerous types of breads, and delicious desserts like chocolate and apple croissants. The highlight for me was the squeeze your own orange and grapefruit juice bar. The hotel provides fresh oranges and grapefruits and a squeezer and you can go and squeeze yourself as much of the good stuff as your heart desires. There is also, of course, unlimited coffee and tea. Finally, the wait and hotel staff were by and large friendly, multilingual, accommodating, and courteous--qualities that one cannot always count on when traveling in Israel.
One note of caution/tip: The wireless internet, while speedy, is not free--US $15 per 24 hours. But, if you just need to check email occasionally without paying an arm and a leg for the hotel wireless, head to the business center on the fifth floor, where there are three (free) computers with internet access.
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Zion Jerusalem
- Hotel Mount Zion
- Mount Zion Hotel Jerusalem