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Just because a city is ancient in the extreme doesn’t mean the accommodation there needs to be, and the funky Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem is a contemporary case in point.
Just a few minutes walk from the Old City, the Mamilla has 194 comfortable rooms and suites sporting a range of mod cons including mirrors with inbuilt TVs and liquid-crystal bathroom walls that change from see-through to opaque at the press of a button.
While the rooms are great, the real attractions are the various restaurants and bars, including the Mirror Bar, which specialises in cocktails and gourmet bar snacks with regular DJs. The Mamilla Café is best for lighter meals and for anyone needing a caffeine hit the Espresso Bar in the lobby is the place to be. The main Dining Room is best for breakfast and has a lovely terrace for summer dining, but the star of the show is the Rooftop Outdoor Lounge & Restaurant with killer views across the Old City.
After a day's exploring of one of the most fascinating cities in the world, the excellent and award-winning Akasha spa offers western and eastern style treatments.
Because the ambience at the Rooftop Lounge, and the views across the ancient walls of Jerusalem, are second to none
Amelia, Original Traveller