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The American Colony Hotel

A tribute to tranquillity in the heart of historic Jerusalem

A historic part of this ancient landscape, The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem is steeped in the stories of the city. Once the site of an American-Swedish commune, the hotel retains its utopian ideals with tranquil spaces dedicated to relaxation and contemplation.

The soft curves of Ottoman-inspired architecture reveal hidden courtyards and corners, with fragrant gardens in abundance. Creamy Jerusalem stone walls and vaulted ceilings are dappled with endless sunlight from graceful arched windows. From the summer suites with shaded terraces to the authentically-appointed winter rooms, every floor and room has a character of its own. Expect beds made in Italian Frette linens, and bathrooms stocked with Aqua di Parma toiletries and snow-white bathrobes. 
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After a classic buffet breakfast of Mediterranean salads, fresh breads and made-to-order eggs, stroll down to Damascus Gate to discover the marvels of the Old City, or get a taste of today’s wonders, with a visit to the buzzing shuk – a market for all the senses. After a day soaking up the spirit of Jerusalem’s past and present, a summer sundowner in the hotel’s Summer Bar is the perfect way to relax.


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90 Rooms |  4 Floors |  6 Restaurants | 

4.8 /5

1785 reviews


City Centre


Historic Hotel


Wine Cellar

Paradise found

Stroll in the shade of leafy mulberry trees, discover secluded spots beside glassy fish ponds, or watch the sunset surrounded by ancient olive groves. From the fragrance of the East House Garden to the gentle chink of raised glasses in the Courtyard, The American Colony Hotel’s verdant spaces are for slowing down and enjoying the simple things.

Hidden treasures

Oriental carpets and intricate ceramics jostle alongside intriguing antiques in the Bakarat Antiquarian’s captivating cave of wonders. Then there’s the American Colony Hotel’s bookshop, where floor-to-ceiling shelves are stacked with the history, culture and politics of the city. In the Print Shop, a range of beautifully reproduced prints from the original archives reveal the Holy Land in a new light: a timeless keepsake from a timeless city.

Seasons in the city

Traditional Middle Eastern flavours are infused with the history and seasons of the city at the American Colony Hotel. From the salads of a Mediterranean breakfast to a light lunch of beautifully charred fish, fresh from the charcoal grill, summer is dedicated to vibrant, refreshing dishes. The grand Arabesque dining room is reserved for classic cuisine, accompanied by boutique wines from the hotel’s private cellar. Round the evening off with a steaming Turkish coffee – served black with a sweet side of flaky baklava.    

Covid-19 Measures

  • Temperature checks and screening on arrival for staff and guests to identify those at risk of infection or transmission.
  • Limited access in the restaurants, pool and public area according to the local health authorities.
  • All staff trained in appropriate guidelines, according to WHO and local health authorities.
  • Increased frequency and intensity of cleaning protocols, in addition to regular disinfection of commonly touched surfaces (door handles, card readers, elevators etc.)
  • Social Distancing measures ensured by signage and physical barriers where possible.

Our rooms

Single Standard Room

Sleeps 1

Standard Room

Sleeps 2

Comfort Room

Sleeps 3

Comfort Balcony Room

Sleeps 2

Comfort Pool View Room

Sleeps 3

Classic Pasha

Sleeps 3

Deluxe Pasha

Sleeps 3

Junior Suite

Sleeps 3


Sleeps 3
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Quality Assured

Mystery Inspected

Global Rating

4.8 /5


1785 reviews


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Key Features

Outdoor pool
Air conditioning
Room service

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Bell staff/porter
  • Business services
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Doctor on call
  • Turndown service
  • Laundry service
  • Wedding services
  • 24-hour security

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Bell staff/porter
  • Business services
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Doctor on call
  • Turndown service
  • Laundry service
  • Wedding services
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee shop
  • Elevators
  • Female traveler room/floor
  • Bar
  • Family friendly
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Full service housekeeping
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Security
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • Pets not allowed

Food And Drinks

Inspiring dishes with the flavours of the Middle East capture the imagination, with a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces. Fresh-from-the-oven focaccia and smoky grills are served in the starlit Summer Bar. For a more formal menu, visit the Courtyard or Arabesque – or for a classic cream tea – there’s the Lobby. In winter, the intimate Cellar Bar, once the American Colony dairy, is perfect for a warming nightcap.

The Terrace

Situated by the hotel shops and at a focal point in the hotel complex- this cafe gives you a commanding perspective on the comings and goings of the hotel. Breathe the fresh Jerusalem air- sip a cappuccino or enjoy a cool drink and a sandwich- this is the place for a quick pause in your day. Open during Summer and whenever weather permits.

The Courtyard

Served Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Leading straight off our Lobby- this is the heart of the American Colony Hotel. This celebrated Courtyard has hosted many famous guests. Shaded by tall mulberry trees throughout the summer and cooled by a central fountain- this leafy outdoor restaurant is warmed by the sun on winter days. Open when weather conditions permit- this is the perfect place for breakfast- lunch or dinner. The Courtyard is operating during Summer time and whenever weather permits.

The Summer Bar

This popular bar and barbecue- open during the summer months- is set in the romantic tranquility of the Palm House garden. You can meet all sectors of Jerusalem multi-cultural population along with foreign tourists. Let our friendly- professional bar tenders serve you with exotic cocktails- local and imported beer on draft or wines from our cellar. Try pizzas and focaccia from our newly built wood burning pizza oven.

Cellar Bar

Once the American Colony dairy- this is Jerusalem most enchanting and intimate bar. Floored with ancient pink stone- this legendary bar is a place to unwind for visitors and residents and a popular meeting place for journalists from across the world. Open during the Winter months.

The Val s Brasserie

Served Meals: Lunch, Dinner Overlooking the pool and adjacent to the Cellar Bar- this informal setting provides lunch and dinner during the winter months. Guests can enjoy favorite local dishes- continental specialties and quick snacks in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. Afternoon tea- a British classic- is served here daily from 0300 p.m. - 0600 p.m. with tea- a variety of sandwiches- scones with strawberry jam and fresh strawberries or English cake.

The Arabesque Restaurant

Served Meals: Breakfast The main dining room of the hotel- located in the Main House. In a gracious traditional setting- we offer a varied menu which includes Middle Eastern dishes as well as a varied international gourmet menu. In The Arabesque we serve international and local wines including some from the many boutique wineries in the area- from bottles stored in our private wine cellar. The Arabesque Restaurant is operating during Winter season only.


Start the day with an energising workout in the fully-equipped fitness centre or escape the midday heat with a dip in the shaded pool, soothed by the sound of cascading water. Come evening, unwind in the Swedish-style sauna or indulge in a selection of massage treatments. For relaxation or rejuvenation, dive into The American Colony Hotel’s wellness escape in the midst of the city.

Location of your stay

Hotel Address

The American Colony Hotel

One Louis Vincent Street





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Where is it?

52 kms to airport Ben Gurion

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