Jerusalem, Israel is one of the holiest and oldest cities in the world, and offers a variety of choices for where to stay in Jerusalem. Its ancient landmarks are iconic and easily recognizable to visitors, having been written about for centuries. Although the city’s history may be complex, today Jerusalem is one of the most popular bucket-list travel destinations in the Middle East. Most of Jerusalem’s most sacred landmarks are located in the Old City. Visit the Temple Mount, abundant with religious structures such as the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, the domed mosque of al-Aqsa, and the 4th century Church of the Holy Sepulcher, visited by thousands of pilgrims each year.
Jerusalem’s city center offers a different side of the city: a melting pot of shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs. It’s also home to Machane Yehuda, the food market, where you can indulge in a tasting tour and cooking class. In the quaint neighborhood of Yemin Moshe, you’ll discover cobbled streets, art galleries, wine tastings, parks, and some of the best views of the city. Wherever you decide to stay in Jerusalem, it’s a city of old and new, a mix of religions, and both ancient sites and modern buildings. It’s captivating, thought-provoking, and mystical in all the best possible ways, so spend a few days here and discover the magic of Jerusalem for yourself.
Best for Historic Sites: The Old City of Jerusalem
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to several significant landmarks including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and al-Aqsa Mosque. You can catch all of them on this highlights of Jerusalem tour. The Old City is divided into the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armernian quarters. Once you enter you are transported through history to labyrinthine streets and buzzing markets nestled beneath stone citadels and towers. Beneath the Western Wall, almost five hundred meters of secret tunnels link the city together. If your trip to Jerusalem is focused on culture and historic sites, a stay near the Old City should definitely be on your itinerary.
The American Colony Hotel
Having served visitors to Jerusalem for over a decade, this premier hotel has housed a veritable list of who’s who, from dignitaries of state to Hollywood celebrities. Billing themselves as a “home away from home”, you may not want to leave the luxurious grounds of this boutique hotel that continues to be on the list of “Leading Hotels in the World”. With its striking Ottoman architecture that’s softened by the carefully selected accent pieces, and enclosed terraces covered in lush gardens, it’s a feast for the eyes and a respite for weary travelers. They offer an incredible selection of plates from their chefs, curated shops housed within the hotel, and a tranquil spa and hotel to unwind.
1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem, 97200, Israel
The Orient Jerusalem
This luxury boutique property is located in the German Colony, and within steps of a number of fascinating sites, including the expansive Liberty Park and Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood built outside the old city. Boasting both an indoor pool, next to the indulgent Carmel Forest Spa, and an outdoor pool, located on a rooftop terrace with an impressive vista of the city below, relaxing has never been more convenient. Resident chefs, luxe decor, and a full-service suite of business amenities make this an easy choice for business travelers on the go.
3 Emek Refa’im Street, Jerusalem, 9310402, Israel
The Brown hotels never fail to impress, bringing a singular sense of style and ease to each unique property, and the Villa in Jerusalem is no exception. Taking small-scale luxury to new heights, and housed in a restored 19th century villa, this boutique stay doesn’t skimp on amenities. The rooftop spa offers bespoke services, the underground cave bar is a refreshing take on an intimate night out, and the garden cafe puts a modern twist on traditional classics. The decor and architecture are a confluence of opulent Ottoman accents, nouveau neoclassical style, and contemporary chic that’s sure to dazzle.
54 Hanevi’im Street, Jerusalem, 94702, Israel
David Citadel Hotel
This friendly, luxury hotel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the walled Old City, and a stone’s throw from shopping, restaurants, and the Hebrew Music Museum and the Museum of Underground Prisoners. The palatial hotel showcases a hint of nostalgia as the interior blends historic elements with modern amenities. Guest bedrooms are spacious and timeless in design with balconies overlooking the city. There are several restaurants serving lavish breakfasts and al fresco dining options, poolside grills, and fine dining in the lobby lounge. For relaxation, the hotel’s wellness inventory ticks all the boxes, accommodating guests with well-equipped fitness rooms, a swimming pool, and luxurious spa treatments.
King David 7 St. Jerusalem, 9410119, Israel
Best for Shopping, Dining & Nightlife: Downtown Jerusalem City Center
Downtown Jerusalem is a buzzing metropolis, the beating heart of the city. It is home to Mahane Yehuda Market, otherwise known by locals as “the shuk”. This partially covered marketplace is a place where locals and tourists congregate to shop. More than 250 vendors sell goods ranging from spices, fresh produce, clothing, and textiles and there are stands selling culinary treats where you can sample kibbeh, shawarma, and falafel. The area has amazing shopping, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs too, so if you want to be in the thick of the action in Jerusalem, choose a hotel near here.
Damson Boutique Hotel
This intimate hotel with only eight rooms is located minutes from the center of busy Jerusalem. Guest units each offer a seating area to relax after a long day of exploring this historic city, and a kitchenette with a fridge is included for any goodies you many purchase at the bustling Mahane Yehuda shuk nearby. Nestled in the heart of Nachlaot, a trendy, younger neighborhood filled with eclectic art galleries and gourmet restaurants, these independent suites are a great choice for families.
3 Emek Refa’im Street, Jerusalem, 9310402, Israel
Located in the heart of Jerusalem near the city center and Mehane Yehuda Market is beautiful Bezalel Hotel, a charming oasis tucked away in the city. From here you can walk to Zion Square, The Great Synagogue, and The Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. The Old City and the Israel Museum are both accessible by foot. The 37 room boutique hotel is artistic in design, showcasing works by local Israeli artists. Lobby areas are a blend of signature furniture pieces and bookcases stacked with leather-back books. Guest bedrooms are chic with splashes of color and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus there’s a buffet restaurant and free bikes for guests. In short, Bezalel Hotel offers a superb location for those who want to be in the heart of the action with easy access to historic attractions of Jerusalem.
Mesilat Yesharim St. 1, Jerusalem, Opening Times: 24/7 Daily
Best To Experience Local Life: Musrara
Musrara has a rich history and is home to a mix of cultures. It offers pretty architecture, with beautiful stone-masonry and grand entrances, and is home to many creatives in the city with several art school and galleries in the area. Musrara also offers unique dining opportunities and a wide range of budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. It’s a relaxing place in which to stay close to the Old City, making it a great option for those who wish to stay in a tranquil location close to major Jerusalem landmarks.
Mamilla Hotel offers a luxury masterclass in how old and new can blend to create a stunning hotel landscape. The hotel lies a short walk from Jaffa Gate and the Old City, with shops, galleries, and theaters of the city center also nearby. There are several wonderful restaurants on-site, including one on the rooftop which boasts outstanding views over Jerusalem. After a day of sightseeing, there’s nothing better than to dive into the cooling water of an indoor pool or enjoy a rejuvenating facial. Mamilla Hotel also offers a selection of holistic classes so you can balance mind, body, and spirit with yoga, TRX, and cardio classes. The hotel is all things to everyone, and the perfect location for an action-packed stay.
11 King Solomon Street, Jerusalem
Best for Parks and History: Yemin Moshe
Yemin Moshe is a pretty neighborhood on the southern fringes of Old City of Jerusalem. It boasts the first houses to be built outside the historic quarters, which were constructed to relieve overcrowding. With cobbled streets, well-kept stone houses, and even an iconic windmill, there is much to admire. There are picturesque parks to stroll around, you can access King David’s Tomb and Lions Fountain. There are also several museums, retail complexes, cinemas, and theaters in the area and lots of places to dine out, making it a great neighborhood for families and couples.
King David Hotel
The most iconic hotel in Jerusalem, the King David Hotel stands as one of the “Leading Hotels of the World” – a castle-like flagship hotel, well-known and frequented by those in the know. The multi-award-winning hotel blends a bygone era with contemporary luxury and overlooks the Old City. Guest accommodations are opulent, decorated in rich textiles, and well-appointed with stunning vistas. There are dazzling culinary experiences to enjoy, courtesy of the hotel’s several bars, lounges, and restaurants, and outside, an inviting swimming pool flanked by evergreens tempts you for a daily swim. This hotel caters to those who enjoy the finer things in life.
King David Street 23, Jerusalem, Israel
Best for an Escape: Out of the City
Alegra Boutique Hotel
Right in the center of the Ein Kerem neighborhood, a charming hillside village famous for it’s biblical sites and now a center of learning in Jerusalem, is the grand Alegra Hotel. Surrounded by lush, sculpted gardens and upscale art galleries, this intimate boutique hotel has 13 curated guest suites that are a blend of the old and the new, with stylish oriental accents. The design hotel also offers tailor-made events for those wishing to celebrate their special moments at this stunning property. The spa is an oasis of tranquility, overlooking the Judean Mountains and the quaint neighborhood. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet after a busy day in Jerusalem, look no further.
Derech Hahachaiot 13 st. , Jerusalem, 95746, Israel
Cramim Spa and Wine
One of the most upscale luxury resorts in Israel, this sprawling property houses verdant vineyards and showcases the beautiful mountains nearby. Surrounded by secret trails to explore the rolling hills, ancient monasteries, and endless boutique wineries to delight your taste-buds. The pastoral setting only adds to the charm of this 5 star property, and the spa offers a range of unique treatments, including anti-aging vinotherapy and a traditional Turkish hammam. They also offer a seemingly endless array of wines from selected vintners in the area for the final, perfect touch.
Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim, Qiryat ‘Anavim, 90833, Israel