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. Jerusalem is one of the most popular bucket-list travel destinations in the Middle East. Many landmarks sit in the Old City. 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, where you can indulge in a tasting tour and cooking class. 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.
Where to Stay in The Old City of Jerusalem
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to significant landmarks. They include the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and al-Aqsa Mosque. See all of them on this highlights of Jerusalem tour. The Old City is divided into the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armernian quarters. If your focus is on culture and historic sites, a stay near the Old City is a must.
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”. It has 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. The American Colony Hotel offers 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
The Orient Jerusalem 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 sense of style and ease to each unique property, and the Villa Brown 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 and fine dining in the lobby lounge. For relaxation, the David Citadel’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
Where to Stay in Downtown Jerusalem’s City Center
Downtown Jerusalem is a buzzing metropolis. It is home to Mahane Yehuda Market, or “the shuk”. This marketplace is where locals and tourists congregate to shop. More than 250 vendors sell goods ranging from spices to textiles. The area has amazing shopping, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs. If you want to be in the thick of the action, choose a hotel here, or visit the best bars in Jerusalem.
Damson Boutique Hotel
This intimate hotel with only eight rooms is located minutes from the center of busy Jerusalem. The Damson Boutique rooms 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 Machane Yehuda Market is beautiful Bezalel Hotel, a charming oasis tucked away in the city. 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. There’s a buffet restaurant and free bikes for guests. In short, Bezalel Hotel offers a superb location.
Mesilat Yesharim St. 1, Jerusalem, Opening Times: 24/7 Daily
Where to Stay in 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. It’s home to several art school and galleries. Musrara also offers unique dining opportunities and a wide range of budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. It’s a relaxing place close to the Old City.
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 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. 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. Use it as a home base for excursions to spots in our Jerusalem shopping guide.
11 King Solomon Street, Jerusalem
Where to Stay in 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. There are picturesque parks and you can access King David’s Tomb. It’s full of attractions, making it a great neighborhood for families and couples. It also features a number of stops from our Jerusalem design guide.
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
Where to Stay Out of the City
As much as we love the city, sometimes you need to get away from the center and just relax. These stunning stays just outside the center of Jerusalem are sure to set the perfect scene for your Jerusalem journey.
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. It’s surrounded by secret trails to explore the rolling hills, ancient monasteries, and endless boutique wineries to delight you. The pastoral setting only adds to the charm of this 5 star property. The Cramim spa offers a range of unique treatments. They include 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. If this stay has made you want to escape the city, our Nazareth and highlights of the Galilee tour combines the best of biblical history and natural splendor.
Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim, Qiryat ‘Anavim, 90833, Israel
Staying in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is iconic and enchanting, welcoming visitors for decades. Tours of Jerusalem are a great way to make sure you don’t miss a thing in this ancient hub of humanity. Your journey through Jerusalem is a once in a lifetime experience!