Nicole Haime

Mamilla Hotel
  • Where:Jerusalem
  • Why:To reconnect.
  • When:August 2013
  • Who:Two of my favorite people.
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Some greenery on the terrace.

A view of the hotel from the Mamilla Café bridge. The numbers were placed on the hotel bricks so that during construction each brick remained in its original location.

A peaceful corner in the hotel lobby.

The rooftop restaurant.

My beautiful room. Yes, there was enough space for a full cartwheel.

Hotel sitting area with photographs of what the Mamilla neighborhood originally looked like.

Just swinging in the outdoor patio.

The Mirror Bar.

One of the hotel’s thoughtfully curated bookshelves.

Breakfast of champions.

The Mamilla Café.

The old with the new.

Highs & Lows

  • Moshe Safdie, the hotel’s architect, did an unbelievable job of integrating the ancient Jerusalem architecture with the hotel’s sleek, modern design.

  • The Akasha gym and spa was one of the best I have ever visited. The daily fitness classes were better than those at my local gym!

  • The bathrooms in each guestroom were really special with a separate bathtub and rain shower, a flat screen tv, and extremely entertaining liquid-crystal glass.

  • You can find some of the best views of Jerusalem from various vantage points at the hotel… the rooftop, the sundeck, and the Mamilla Café bridge.

  • If you forget reading material the hotel offers more than enough with various magazines, coffee table books, novels, and guide books strategically located throughout the hotel.

  • Check-in took longer than usual.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A sophisticated lifestyle hotel.

  • Vibe

    Contemporary architectural gem served by warm historic comfort.

  • Location

    Located in the heart of Jerusalem by Jaffa Gate on the shopping street Alrov Mammilla Avenue.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Recognizable jazz (Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington).

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Interior design by Piero Lissoni and architecture by Moshe Safdie.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes... there is a beautiful indoor pool. The gym is A++ and offers a separate yoga space, meditation lounge and spinning room where daily classes are held.

  • Restaurant

    The hotel has two restaurants, Mamilla Café and the Rooftop Restaurant.

  • Bar

    Yes... Mirror Bar, The Lounge, The Winery, and the Espresso Bar.

  • Children


  • Price

    Justifiably pricey.

delicious and so much fun

Dinner at Machneyuda

Beit Ya'akov St 10, Jerusalem, Israel

delicious and so much fun

Check out the city’s different flea markets including Machane Yehuda food market and the Arab Souk in the Old City for chachkies.

The Markets

Mahane Yehuda St, Jerusalem, 91046, Israel

Check out the city’s different flea markets including Machane Yehuda food market and the Arab Souk in the Old City for chachkies.

Mamilla Hotel

Shlomo ha-Melekh St 11, Jerusalem, 94182

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