My wife and I stayed here on a recent trip to Israel and we would give the hotel five stars if it weren't for one problem.
The hotel and grounds are beautiful. The service was first rate. The breakfast buffer was awesome and our meals in two of the hotel dining venues were excellent. The hotel was once the home of a Turkish pasha and many of the furnishings are authentic period pieces. There is a central courtyard with a lovely garden and fountain. Having breakfast or a drink in the courtyard is a bit of heaven. Hardly less delightful is a drink sitting on a lounge chair around the swimming pool.
In sum, a lovely hotel with top-notch services. So what is the problem?
A display case in the lobby features some of the most anti-Israel books ever written--all for sale in the hotel. Granted the hotel is in not in the Jewish quarter of city. The hotel is not kosher and does not cater to a Jewish clientele. We are Jewish and at no time were made to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable--except when passing that book case with its exhaustive display of anti-Israel books.
I will give the hotel four stars and would add a fifth star if that bookcase were removed. For all that, we probably would stay here again on a future trip to Jerusalem.
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