On the “seamline” between East and West Jerusalem, the American Colony Hotel is housed in a classically Ottoman building, formerly a Pasha’s Palace. This luxury hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, and its restaurants are ones of the winners of TheCultureTrip’s Jerusalem’s Local Favorite 2015 Award! The American Colony Hotel is quiet sanctuary behind high stone walls.
Guestrooms have a 19th-century Ottoman style combined with contemporary furnishings. Interiors are stylish and comfortable, with Oriental rugs, Armenian ceramics and polished stone floors. The idyllic courtyard garden, where T.E. Lawrence and Graham Greene once sat, is a perfect spot to escape the city’s relentless buzz. The romantic al fresco summer bar and atmospheric Cellar Bar offers refreshing cocktails, while the Arabesque restaurant is particularly famous for its indulgent Saturday buffet.
The American Colony Hotel has been a meeting place of journalists, heads of state, writers and celebrities. Its famous guests include Leon Uris, Lawrence of Arabia, Christiane Amanpour, Bob Dylan, Tony Blair, Philip Roth, Eric Frattini and John le Carré. Carre wrote one of his books at the hotel and Frattini, include information over the hotel in his last book fiction, ‘The Labyrinth of Water’. In 1987, Peter Ustinov filmed much of the 1930s-set Agatha Christie mystery Appointment With Death at the hotel. In 1995, Peter Ustinov visited the hotel and planted a palm tree in the courtyard.