When’s the last time you stayed in a good boutique hotel? For me, it’s been too long, so imagine my luck when I managed to check out not 1, but 3 central boutique hotels in Jerusalem.
Three must try central boutique hotels in Jerusalem
Bezalel Hotel is located in a quiet residential street, yet within close walking distance of nearby attractions. Mahane Yehuda market is approximately 10 minutes by foot, and buzzing Agripas Street is only 3 minutes away.
The second you enter the reception area, you immediately see the individual style you don’t find in larger chains. There’s a familiarity and personal touch about the place, which is something I greatly value when staying at a boutique hotel.
Like many good boutique hotels, Bezalel Hotel offers elegant accommodation at reasonable prices. There are 36 classic rooms in the hotel — all rooms come with either a classic terrace, or a classic balcony. I’ve seen them both, and trust me, the classic terrace is really worth it! There are only 3 terrace rooms available, so don’t delay and book before they’re all gone.
What’s also really clear about Bezalel is that the style, art and ornaments all reflect Israeli culture and design. As you can see from the photos, even the lighting is adorned with the colours of the Israeli flag! The dining room is where breakfast, and more important, the happy hour takes place (4-7pm). Guests can enjoy the complimentary wine, drinks and nibbles on offer.
Address: Mesilat Yesharim St 1, Jerusalem, 9458401, Israel
If you’re looking for an incredibly chic rest stop in the centre of Jerusalem, you’ve found it. Harmony Hotel is within walking distance of the Old City, tourist sights and the superb Mamilla Mall.
It’s becoming a firm favourite with travellers to the city, and I can completely understand why. From the moment you enter, you’re welcomed by a chic, clean and simply elegant decor. The lobby/lounge area is stylish enough to admire, but not stiff and museum-like, that you can’t relax.
Harmony Hotel is exactly as the name suggests: its tranquil environment is a welcome from the buzzing activity outside its double doors.
The sleek decor extends to the bedroom and bathroom. It’s individual in design, and just the type of place you want to come back to after a full day of exploring.
There’s also a complimentary happy hour for guests every day. Other perks for guests include free use of the PC and internet in the lobby, and free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Address: 6 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street, Jerusalem
Hotel Malka is the baby of the 3 hotels. At the time of visiting, it’d only been open for 3 weeks, but occupancy was already full, with weekend bookings especially popular.
Despite its status as a new player in the market, the hotel’s already receiving impressive guest reviews on major booking websites.
On visiting, you can understand why. Its location off Jaffa Street, is in a quiet, yet nice neighbourhood, making it easily accessible to guests. The entrance to Hotel Malka is unmissable: just follow the empty beer barrels turned plant pots outside!
Upon entering, it’s modern, yet with a rustic feel. Yoram, the hotel’s owner and manager, explained the reason behind this. The building’s 130 years old, and was once a shop for Russian pilgrims and long before that, an ice cream store.
It was a 4-year project to re-construct the building, along with the original stones and the structure of the roof. Yoram’s so proud of the history and building efforts that went into Hotel Malka, that he’s even placed photos around the hotel to show guests.
There are 22 rooms in total and include, double, deluxe and twin rooms. Bedrooms are elegant, personal and rustic in style, particularly with the original stone features. Breakfast isn’t included in the price, but there’s an option to request it if desired.
Address: Heleni Hamalkah 15, Jerusalem, 91010, Israel
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