The American Colony Hotel
At the meeting point of East and West Jerusalem, the American Colony Hotel occupies an enviable perch, steeped in over a century of history. The former palace of a pasha, the historic building was transformed into a hotel in 1902. Since then, it has functioned as a quiet sanctuary behind high stone walls. The hotel 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 an ideal 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 known for it’s indulgent Saturday buffet.