At the seam of East and West Jerusalem, the American Colony Hotel sits steeped in over a century of history.
At the seam 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 Christian charitable community in 1881, and at the request of Baron Ustinov (grandfather of the actor Peter Ustinov), into a hotel in 1902. Since then, it has functioned as a quiet sanctuary behind high stone walls. 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.
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