The American Colony Hotel

Nablus Rd, Jerusalem, 97200, Israel
(5 star hotel)
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The American Colony Hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 24, 2011

While the American COlony may not have all the amenities of a mammoth 200-room chain hotel, but it more than makes up for that with atmosphere. Oh, and all the 5* stuff is still there: excellent service (without being over the top), good food and a very good wine list, pool, massages, fitness, travel services, free room internet, etc.

Unique Quality: East Jerusalem may not be the best address in the city, but there's little that can beat the American Colony for atmosphere. The setting is such that you can easily imagine all of the former guests there in the lounge, reading the newspapers and sipping coffee/tea/something stronger. Winston Churchill, Jimmy Carter, Ingrid Bergman, Bob Dylan, Mikhail Gorbachov, Lord Allenby, Peter O'Toole, Graham Greene and many others have all stayed there - and you can follow in their footsteps.

It also tends to attract a broader than usual range of guests, with journalists and diplomatic staff added to the usual complement of pilgrims and tourists. So, if one is of an easy-going nature, an interesting conversation in the lounge is almost guaranteed!

Directions: In a cul-de-sac off Nablus Rd. (Louis Vincent St.), in East Jerusalem. If going from the Old City, about 15 minutes' walk from Damascus Gate

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A joy

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 20, 2005

The American Colony is one of those very special places that half wants to tell the world, the other wants to keep it (the worst kept) secret!

Originally a rich landowner's mansion, built in typical Ottoman style (ie solid blank exterior walls with all rooms opening out into the inner courtyard), the building was rented (and later purchased) in 1860 by a group of devout Christian Americans from Chicago - and so the 'American Colony' was thus born. It was the beginning of the 20th century, however, when Peter Ustinov's grandfather made arrangements for the overflow of visitors to stay at The American Colony, and so the concept of the hotel was first born.

Nowadays, the hotel has all the luxuries of a 21st century hotel, with a new wing housing comfortable ensuite rooms. But the orignal building remains and a number of the rooms have been converted into luxurious rooms and suites. (owned as it is by Relais & Chateaux, only the best will do).

Unique Quality: The hotel is second to none in Jerusalem (and arguably Israel). Hidden behind palms and established foliage, the 19th century oasis is the place for a comfortable and relaxed stay. 21st century meets Ottoman: the public rooms are grand without being ostentatious. The courtyard cafe (with the tinkling fountain) one of the most laidback places in Jerusalem. The Cellar Bar one of the happening places with Belly Dancers to provide that 'touch' of a flavour of the geographical location. The swimming pool at the rear of the building a welcome spot for some light relief.
Rooms in the old building are grand with that touch of the 'old-fashioned'. Over-plumped pillows, billowing net curtains, dark mahogany furniture, extensive use of heavy Egyptian cotton. The new wing is one of less character but more modern in its functionality and facilities.

On top of this, what is also a pleasure about staying at the hotel is the staff. Genuinely welcoming and helpful.

Directions: East Jerusalem.

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A Meeting Place with History

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 10, 2005

Unique Quality: I didn't actually stay at the Colony, since I lived in the city, but the place is an historic spot in Jerusalem, and has been a gathering place to journalists, dignitaries, and scholars for decades now. It has remained in the same family which orginially built the place, and is currently run be one of the sweetest, most self-reliant old women I have ever met - I think she's in her 90s now, and still does the flower arrangements herself.

The staff is friendly and helpful, the food is excellent, the courtyard is beautiful and peaceful, and the bookshop is among the best in town for current Middle Eastern topics in English. Even if you decide to stay elsewhere, I highly recommend at least taking in a meal at the American Colony.

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Address: Nablus Rd, Jerusalem, 97200, Israel

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Amenities at The American Colony Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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