This restful and contemporary hotel is just minutes from the walls of the Old City.
Leonardo Boutique Hotel Jerusalem is a great base for exploring this fascinating Israeli city. This is an understated hotel but one with some really neat touches, from the elegant glass wine cabinet in the lobby to the creative framed wall mural and decorative rugs in the entrance hall. Next to the hall you’ll find the Restaurant, with kaleidoscopic-style wallpaper and plenty of places to sit. It serves a generous buffet breakfast, and is overseen on the weekends by renowned Israeli chef Shalom Kadosh, who has cooked for heads of state including Barack Obama. The famous Jaffa Road, intersected by the Jerusalem Light Rail and lined with more restaurants, is only a short stroll away.
The main advantage of a stay here though is the close proximity to the walls of the Old City – 10 minutes’ walk to The New Gate or five minutes further to Jaffa Gate. Pass through either gate and you’re just steps from key sites including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and Temple Mount. The hotel is a welcome retreat at the end of a busy day’s sightseeing – settle down in front of the wide-screen TV in the cosy library, or head outside if the weather’s good. There’s a decked garden area with a few loungers and a lovely walled terrace with a hot tub, framed by a series of shrubs potted and dotted along either side.
Rooms are simple but stylish ̶ they all come with sleek floors and black furnishings, a private balcony and amenities including a Nespresso coffee machine and flat-screen TV. Upgrade to an Executive Garden Room with Hot Tub for a little extra indulgence, a Studio Room if you’re travelling as a family or a more spacious Suite with separate living room.
North of the Old City walls, a 15-minute walk down to Jaffa Gate
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74 rooms and suites
• Relax after a day of exploring Jerusalem with a dip in the hotel’s hot tub • Head to the Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, home to artwork created by Jewish communities in Italy dating all the way back to the Renaissance • Walk 15 minutes to Jerusalem’s famous Mahane Yehuda Market, where you can browse the wide variety of stalls selling everything from food and spices to textiles and clothing.
Breakfast at the main restaurant.
*Denotes local charge