The American Colony Hotel

Jerusalem, Israel

At a Glance

  • An intimate hotel with only 94 rooms and suites

  • The former palace of pasha, a historic building that transformed into a hotel.

  • The courtyard, with its leafy gardens, old stone walls and dreamy atmosphere had hosted many famous guests

  • The Arabesque restaurants serves a full non-kosher menu on Sabbath

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The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. Winter can be cold and rainy in some areas.

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A former palace of a pasha transformed into a hotel in 1902. While keeping the historical building intact, the interiors are stylish and comfortable. It is also home to some of Jerusalem's most unique and fine dining experience as well as legendary bars.

Located near the Old City of Jerusalem, The American Colony Boutique hotel is the perfect start off point to the history of Israel.

A total of 94 rooms spread out over the 4 buildings of the hotel, each has its own character. The Main House comprises the original American Colony building and the New Wing where all the thematic rooms are located. The Palm House contains the luxurious room, some with spectacular painted ceiling. Adjacent to the Palm House is the East House where some of the historical older rooms are located as well as the classic Pasha, Deluxe Pasha and the Penthouse suites are. The Cow Byre is an agricultural building that have been preserved and incorporated into the newly restored rooms and suites, several of which have their own private patio or terrace.

The American Colony also host some of the best restaurants and bars in Jerusalem. Start of the day with a warm breakfast at the famous Courtyard and end your day with a charcoal grill meal under the stars in the Summer bar or a mix of Middle Eastern and international fare at the Arabesque. Not forgetting to enjoy some wine at the hotel's award winning wine cellar. 

The various gardens in the hotel are also a highlight to be mentioned. Adjoining the East House is the edible garden, a functioning herb garden where the chef picks up ingredients for the kitchen's daily use.

Other facilities include the sauna, swimming pool, fitness center and a massage room.

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  • Beit Guvrin's Secret Underworld

    See the burial caves, hideouts, and dovecotes in the UNESCO-listed Beit Guvrin. Highlights include Cave of the Musicians, Bell Caves and Roman Ampitheatre.

  • Bethlehem: Birthplace of Jesus Christ

    Visit the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem including Church of Nativity, Milk Grotto Chapel and King David's Well. Time permitting, visit the Walled Off Hotel for its museum and galleries.

  • Dead Sea Relaxation

    A once-in-a-lifetime experience, try to float in the mineral-rich Dead Sea!

  • Ein Karem

    See a different face of this iconic city as you visit the ancient village of Ein Karem, home to the St John the Baptist Church and Church of Visitation.

  • Hebron

    Explore the arched roofs and alleys of the souk, the Mosque of Abraham, the synagogue and the glass factory.

  • Hezekiah's Tunnels

    Take an adventurous walk through the Hezekiah's Tunnels, once constructed by King Hezekiah to bring water supply into the city.

  • Israel Museum

    Highlight of the Israel Museum includes the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are displayed, as well as the Holy Land Model during the times of Jesus Christ.

  • Jericho

    Pass through the world's oldest city, making brief photo stops at Sycamore Tree and Mount of Temptation.

  • Kotel Tunnels

    Let us take you through the depths of Israel's history as seen from the Western Wall Tunnels, stretching almost half a kilometre to uncover segments of the Wall hidden from plain slight.

  • Mahane Yehuda Market

    An authentic experience through Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem's largest market and one of the most famous in Middle East.

  • Masada

    Make a trip to Qumran Cave where the famous Dead Sea Scroll was discovered and take a cable car ride to the top of Masada Fortress.

  • Night Spectacular Light Show at the Citadel

    In the evening, enjoy Sound & Light Show at the Citadel (closed on Friday).

  • Old Jerusalem Tour: Highlights of the Holy Land

    Follow Jesus' path from Zion Gate through Jewish Quarter, Wailing Wall, Dome of the Rock, Kotel Tunnels, Tomb of the Virgin Mary, Garden of Gethsemane, Way of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Armenian & Christian Quarters and Mount Zion.

  • Old Jerusalem Tour: Second Time's the Charm

    See the Old Jerusalem from another perspective as you climb over the ramparts of Tower of David, followed by a visit to Mount Zion, home to three major Christian sites.

  • Old Jerusalem: Christian Quarter

    Follow the footprints during Jesus' crucifixion day into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • Old Jerusalem: Dome of the Rock

    Visit the holiest shrine of Jerusalem: the iconic Dome of the Rock.

  • Old Jerusalem: Jewish Quarter & Wailing Wall

    Start from the Zion Gate which leads to the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, there you will see the famous Wailing Wall and its holiest shrine of Dome of the Rock.

  • Old Jerusalem: Mount of Olives

    Visit Mount of Olives with panoramic city view, Church of All Nations and its Jewish cemetery.

  • Old Jerusalem: Mount Zion

    Make a visit to Mount Zion, located just outside the Old City walls, it is home to three major sites: The Tomb of King David, The Room of the Last Supper and the Church of the Dormition.

  • Old Jerusalem: Tomb of Virgin Mary & Gethsemane Garden

    Pay a visit to the Tomb of the Virgin Mary and the adjacent Garden of Gethsemane. These Christian sites are historically linked to both prayer and betrayal.

  • Old Jerusalem: Tower of David

    See Jerusalem's history from the Tower of David and the citadel's museum. Walk over the ramparts of the Old City to see the historic Holy Land from a different perspective!

  • Ramallah

    This tour of Ramallah will bring you to the Yasser Arafat Museum and his memorial tomb.

  • Traditional Shabbat Dinner with Local Family

    Feast on various home-made Jewish delicacies with a local family when you stay in Jerusalem.

  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

    Dedicated in memories of the brave Jews who fought against the Nazi oppressors, a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial is an inspiring experience.

Location & directions

Jerusalem, Israel

The American Colony Hotel is located in the Jerusalem Old City and is walking distance to the major sights and 5-minutes walk to the nearest Tram station. The journey from Ben Gurion International Airport to the hotel will takes about 45-minutes drive.

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