This historic boutique hotel is a little oasis in the city with gardens and old manor-style buildings. As we visited Jerusalem just shortly after the new year, it was the only place with a festive atmosphere. There were fairy lights everywhere and lots and lots of Christmas trees!
Hotels in the city are pricey, no matter the category, but I chose the American Colony due to its proximity to the old town. It’s a short 10-minute walk to the Damascus Gate so we didn’t need to bother with transportation. While our room was spacious, it could use some updating. The interior photos on the hotel's website also look more polished than in reality. As for meals, the buffet breakfast offered a variety of options but Val's Brasserie was disappointing (we could hardly chew the lamb and our waiter was not very friendly and attentive). Nevertheless, our meals at the Arabesque restaurant tasted much better.
In general, service also depended very much on the person you’re dealing with. This is quite a disappointment for a luxury hotel. In addition, for the room rate the American Colony charges, you might find better accommodation options in the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant, historical Boutique Hotel with complimentary hi speed WiFi in all guest rooms and public areas, complimentary use of business centre and 20 minutes free local & international calls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- American Colony Jerusalem
- American Colony Hotel Jerusalem