Not One, But Two Hotel Gems in Jerusalem

Four-Handed Massages, Infinity Pools and an Underground Cave Bar

By Sarah Freeman ·
Good news: You can now find four-handed massages and a cave bar in Jerusalem.

Slightly less good news: Just not in the same place.

Worry about logistics later.

Right now you’ve got two grand new hotels to explore in Jerusalem. And they look like this.

First is Villa Brown, a 19th Century residence-turned 24-room boutique hotel. They kept the stone walls and open courtyards, and added a little Ottoman-chic. If that's a thing.

You'll check into your signature room and gander at the Old City from your private terrace. It's nice, but the view from the rooftop hot tub is still preferable. And there's a cocktail bar in a cave on the property. So if you have to tear yourself away from the hot tub, there's your motivation.

As for the Orient, it's a 243-room hotel spread across a new construction and two 19th Century Templar buildings in one of Jerusalem's most upscale neighborhoods. So it's also got that new-old thing going on. And also that rooftop infinity pool thing.

Here, you're staying in the Presidential Suite, coming in from your private balcony when it's time for za'atar-dusted focaccia and eggplant Kadaifi from the open-kitchen of a restaurant called Khan. Or whenever it feels like the right time for a four-handed massage at the Carmel Forest Spa.

Is it ever not?
Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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