My wife and I just returned from a trip to Jordan and Israel including a four night stay at the American Colony hotel. I decided to stay there based on other traveler reviews on Tripadvisor. The hotel is very well known in the area, and it is quite beautiful. However, as a Jewish American, it is somewhat disconcerting to be in the Arab portion of Jerusalem. The mosque is across the street and the muezzin is audible at dawn. The area has a street of restaurants that involves walking in a "sketchy" neighborhood of trash filled streets and lots. For similar money you could be in the "other" Jerusalem, the King David, David Citadel, etc. As for the hotel, we had a Pasha suite, but it had stairs to the bathroom, which we didn't like. For half the money, we switched to a very comfortable deluxe room which is more than adequate for the hotel. The breakfasts are great, the staff personable, but variable in quality. The evening concierge was better than the day one. The hotel is relaxing and historic, and with the courtyard and pool you forget you are in a very busy city. I felt more comfortable though taking taxis to get to where you were going- even our tour guide took the taxi to start a tour of the Old City. To get to the other parts of Jerusalem also entailed taxi rides. The nearest bus station was an "Arab" one, and did not go to the other areas of significance in Jerusalem. I could only recommend this hotel to those willing to be a little more adventurous, and willing to see Jerusalem from the Arab perspective.
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