Jerusalem Hotels

Jerusalem is a hugely popular city with foreign visitors of all budgets and there are hotels to suit every pocket. Boutique hotels are on the rise, and as the country gains popularity with independent travellers, more and more high quality budget options have popped up notably in the city centre and Old City.

The hotels below have been classed into three different pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$200)
Moderate (US$100 to US$200)
Cheap (up to US$100)
Hotel rates are subject to 18.25% VAT (Value Added Tax) only if guests pay in Israeli currency. Tourists are exempt from taxes if paying in a foreign currency. It is customary to tip hotel staff.

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Harmony Hotel

(02) 621 9999.

The Harmony Hotel is part of the fast-growing Atlas chain. It is bright and very kitsch chic, making for an unusual stay in the Holy City. It is located in the trendy yet historic Nahalat Shiva neighbourhood, a short 10 minute walk to the Old City, and with plenty of restaurants and shops nearby. It offers spacious, funky rooms designed by local artists, an impressive breakfast and excellent views from the roof.

King David

(02) 620 8888.

One of Israel's most luxurious and prestigious hotels, the majestic King David was built in the 1930s. It has all modern facilities, with fine views towards the Old City and is a historic building in its own right - when used during the British mandate as the British Army HQ, it was the scene of a dramatic anti-British bombing by militant Zionists.

American Colony Hotel

02 627 9777.

Located in East Jerusalem, this beautiful luxury hotel - the former palace of a 19th-century Turkish pasha - is popular with journalists and others who enjoy its romantic Arab ambience. It opened as a hotel in 1881 and is the oldest in Jerusalem. Its rooms reflect a bygone era, while the grounds include lush gardens and a tiled courtyard with fountains. It is within easy walking distance of the Old City.

Knight's Palace

(02) 628 2537.

Nestled in a quiet corner of the Muslim Quarter is this charming hotel. It is steeped in Old City elegance with vaulted ceilings, arched windows and exposed stone. Despite being close to both the New Gate and Jaffa Gate, its location on a quiet cobbled lane means it is just out of reach of the hustle and noise. It has comfortable rooms, a nice restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi throughout, AC and cable tv.

Freres Street, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

A Little House in the Colony

(02) 566 2424.

There are in fact three hotels in this small chain, each set within one of the city’s charming neighbourhoods. The hotel is small and comfortable and the building classic Jerusalem with stone walls and bougainvillea decorating the front. It is located in the German Colony, a beautiful and trendy area with lots of cafés and restaurants and near to the main sights in the city.

King Solomon Hotel

(02) 569 5555.

This 5-star hotel located in the centre of Jerusalem caters to religious Jewish travellers by offering a Glatt Kosher menu and Shabbat lights in the bedrooms, and separate male and female swim times in the pool. The stunning views (the hotel pool overlooks the Judean hills and from the roof you can even see the Dead Sea) make up for the slightly outdated décor. The centrepiece of the lobby is a globe-shaped metal sculpture of Jerusalem, created by the English-born artist Frank Meisler. The hotel is just 10 minutes' walk from the Jaffa Gate of the Old City and the Montefiore Windmill and Yemin Moshe are close by.

Palatin Hotel

(02) 623 1141.

The hotel is excellently located between the sights of the Old and new cities. It offers really good value for money, comfortable spacious rooms and plenty of family-run charm. The décor of the hotel is quaintly old-fashioned, but extremely well-maintained and with all the services you would expect of a much larger hotel.

Abraham Hostel

(02) 650 2200.

The Abraham Hostel is wonderful and much-needed addition to the accommodation scene in Jerusalem. Excellently geared towards budget independent travellers, it offers big communal areas, Wi-Fi throughout, single sex and mixed dorms as well as private double and family rooms. It is in a great location next to the bustling Mahane Yehuda Market and right next to the Light Rail line. The hostel offers tours, bicycle rental and entertainment evenings.

67 Hanevi-im Street, Jerusalem, Israel

Austrian Hospice

(02) 626 5800.

This beautiful and unmistakable building is in the beating heart of the Old City’s Muslim Quarter right on the Via Dolorosa. It has impressive collection of modern and classical art plus high ceilings, a rich history and antique furniture. There is also a lovely café, garden and great view from the roof terrace. Rooms are simple but enormous and the breakfasts are wonderful. Dorm beds and private rooms are available.

37 Via Dolorosa, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

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Edited by Tina Banerjee
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