The Efendi Hotel

At a glance

  • Wonderful historic charm
  • Views of Acre's UNESCO-listed Old City
  • Original features include a 400-year-old marble hammam

The Efendi Hotel

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This romantic city hotel combines two former palaces that date back to the 19th Century Ottoman era.

Hidden in the backstreets of historic Old Acre, this meticulously restored hotel is the work of renowned Israeli chef Uri Jeremias. Where an inviting ancient charm meets a contemporary Middle Eastern opulence, what once were two palaces left to ruin have today been stylishly transformed into an ultra-luxe city escape. Following an extensive renovation, the minimalist décor works perfectly with original features that include an intricate wall fresco of an Ottoman-era Istanbul and the excavated 12th Century wine cellars. For complete relaxation, the one-of-a-kind spa is simply gorgeous. It's modest and tiny, with an indulgent 400-year-old Turkish bath, and affords maximum privacy with its single treatment room.

Each day begins in the breakfast room, a historic dining hall that dates back centuries. Breakfast is served on a six-metre-long knight's table and combines a delicious spread where eggs are cooked to order and local pastries are freshly homemade. On return to the hotel after a long day exploring the city, make sure to have a drink in the underground wine bar. For something a little different, we suggest taking them to the hotel's lovely rooftop terrace – head up at sunset to enjoy a happy hour accompanied by a gorgeous pink skyline overlooking ancient minarets and domed churches.

This boutique hotel has just 12 rooms, and each one has been designed with an individual character and style in mind. Furnished to the highest specs and standards, sleek features that we love include the generous beds and the views that extend out to the Old City and the glorious blue Med beyond. Deluxe Rooms and Grand Deluxe Rooms feature restored wooden-beamed ceilings, while the Royal Rooms include a spacious sitting area and a generous marble bathroom. For the ultimate indulgence, opt for a spacious Presidential Room to enjoy an original marble floor and an intricate hand-painted frescoed ceiling.

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Key information

In the heart of Old Acre, an ancient port city in northern Israel

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1¾ hours' private transfer from Ben Gurion airport
Rooms: 12

Good to know

Accommodation information

12 luxury rooms

Activities

• Head to the hotel's rooftop terrace for a sunset happy hour* • Try a tapas and wine tasting evening in the underground wine bar* • Take a relaxing stroll around the nearby alleyways of the Old City • Walk the 350-metre-long passageway of the ancient Templars' Tunnel*.

Dining

Breakfast room, bar

What's included

Breakfast in the breakfast room

*Denotes local charge