Jerusalem is a hugely popular city with foreign visitors from all walks of life, meaning there are hotels to suit every pocket. Boutique hotels are on the rise, many of them in atmospheric old buildings, and as the country has gained popularity with independent travellers, more and more high-quality budget options have popped up, most notably in the city centre and Old City. The hotels below have been classed into three different pricing categories:
Luxury (over ILS765)
Moderate (ILS385 to ILS765)
Cheap (up to ILS385)
Hotel rates are subject to 17% 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.
David Citadel Hotel
This modern 385-room hotel is a short walk from both the Old City and the new city centre and is just around the corner from the trendy Mamilla Mall. A standout feature is the terrace overlooking the pool, a great spot to indulge in Israel’s trademark big breakfast while gazing over the city. After a day’s sightseeing, the L’Occitane spa is a tranquil spot for a restorative massage.Address: , 7 King David Street, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 621 1111
The Harmony Hotel is part of the fast-growing Atlas chain. With a bright and very kitsch chic atmosphere, it makes for an unusual stay in the Holy City. It is located in the trendy and 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.Address: Nahalat Shiva , 6 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 621 9999
Situated in an elevated position, this landmark hotel is one of Israel's most luxurious and prestigious hotels, boasting a guest list of world leaders, royalty and celebrities. The majestic King David was built in the 1930s and has all modern facilities, with fine views towards the Old City. It’s also a historic building in its own right – in 1946 when used during the British mandate as the British Army HQ, it was the scene of a dramatic anti-British bombing by militant Zionists.Address: , 23 King David Street, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 620 8888.
The Old City’s ‘newest’ hotel is set in a 400-year-old building right in the heart of the Old City. It’s the perfect base to explore the Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and Jerusalem’s many other famous sights. The 40 rooms are spread over three floors and the rooftop terrace overlooks some of the best views in town.Address: , 73 Souk Khan El-Zeit, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 54 813 0822
King Solomon Hotel
This 5-star in the centre of Jerusalem caters to religious Jewish travellers by offering its own synagogue, a Glatt Kosher menu and Shabbat lights in the bedrooms. The stunning views overlooking the Judean hills make up for the slightly outdated décor. The centrepiece of the lobby is a globe-shaped metal sculpture of Jerusalem by the English-born artist Frank Meisler. The hotel is just 10 minutes' walk from the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.Address: , 32 David Hamelech Street, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 569 5555.
A former theological seminary with some parts dating back to the 11th-century, this lovely hotel is nestled in a quiet corner of the Muslim Quarter. 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 bustle. It has comfortable rooms, a nice restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi throughout, AC and cable TV.Address: , Freres Street, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 628 2537
Prima Royale Hotel
Outside the Old City and close to Jerusalem’s Downtown Triangle, Prima Royale is an affordable and attractive hotel with one special draw: its goal of introducing guests to Jerusalem’s artistry. Each floor is dedicated to a specific artist, writer, or poet who drew inspiration from the city. Classical music plays in the morning, and jazz serenades you in the afternoon. The breakfast is also delicious.
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Telephone: 3 Mendele Mokher Sfarim
The Abraham Hostel, with over 250 beds, is a wonderful and much-needed addition to the accommodation scene in Jerusalem. It’s excellently geared towards budget independent travellers, and 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 Machane Yehuda Market and right next to the light rail line. The hostel offers tours, bicycle rental and entertainment evenings.Address: , 67 Hanevi'im Street, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 650 2200
This beautiful and unmistakable building is in the beating heart of the Old City’s Muslim Quarter right on the Via Dolorosa. It has an 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.Address: , 37 Via Dolorosa, Old City, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 626 5800
Little House in Bakah
Set in a renovated 1930s Ottoman-style mansion in the old Bakah neighbourhood, this 33-room boutique property is big on charm with its high ceilings, arched windows and rustic décor. Rooms are simple and comfortable, and there’s free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee 24/7 and breakfast included. The hotel is just around the corner from the hip cafés of Bethlehem Road and Emek Refaim Street.Address: Baka, 1 Yehuda Street, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 2 673 7944