Mamilla Hotel is an intimate and elegant sanctuary in the heart of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World and on the Gold List 2016 of Conde Nast Traveler editor’s picks, it is a place where luxury, lifestyle and heritage come together in complete harmony! The hotel could not have a better location, only minutes from the old city with its historic monuments, it is the perfect base from which to experience and explore the rich history of this fascinating city!
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The hotel is located alongside the beautiful, newly developed Alrov Mamilla Avenue – an upscale shopping street with luxury shops, restaurants and bars.
Designed by renowned architect Moshe Sadie (who designed, amongst others, the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore), the building successfully builds a bridge between the modern and ancient. Natural light is flowing throughout the hotel and its façade is built from historic Jerusalem stone which has been numbered before construction and placed back into their original position!
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Interior designer Piero Lissoni created a gorgeous interior by beautifully blending old world charm with modern accents which resulted in a sophisticated yet understated elegance inside the hotel.
The decorations throughout the hotel added to its unique charm and warmth. I especially loved the coffee table books about architecture, travelling and design!
The floating metal staircase in the light and airy central atrium is a real feature!
Art was available from the art gallery on the ground floor of the hotel.
Most impressive were the spectacular views over Jerusalem from the rooftop sun terrace – it overlooks the old city with its old city walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate!
Fragrant herbs and beautiful flowers adorn the roof top terrace – attracting butterflies in the summer months.
The rooms are spacious and beautifully designed, incorporating Jerusalem stone from the mountains surrounding the city.
The liquid-crystal bathroom walls brought cutting edge modernity into the luxurious rooms. With the push of a button the glass turned from see-through to misty – a fun feature that I enjoyed far too much 😉
A complimentary bottle of wine – Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot from Teperberg family winery, in production since 1870 and homemade sweets which came in a lovely purple tin box, were provided by the hotel which was much appreciated!
I also enjoyed the most beautiful bowl of fresh fruit!
Even though that the hotel is just shy of 200 rooms it had a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful – it was a pleasure to interact with the staff at breakfast who made it a truly fun and unique experience!
The breakfast area is situated in a stately room, with wooden floors, dark tables and yet again beautiful sandy coloured Jerusalem stone! The breakfast buffet offered a great selection of fresh juice, fruit, vegetables, Israeli and middle Eastern specialities of which Shakshouka, a mildly spicy egg and tomato dish, became my favourite.
The breakfast area also had a stunning outside patio, where you could either enjoy breakfast or just have a cup of tea or coffee after while planning the day ahead.
Long tables were nicely laid in the outside area – perfect for larger groups.
After breakfast guests can relax in one of the three hanging baskets …
Mamilla hotel has a wide selection of food and drink venues like the Espresso Bar – located in the modern lobby,
where sandwiches and sweet pastries were nicely presented in glass pastry stands!
The business lounge in the hotel was where I liked to sit in the evenings to upload the images of the day and write e-mails all while enjoying a cup of tea.
Mamilla hotel caters very well for business people with meeting rooms, high tech conference facilities, a ballroom, an impressive auditorium and underground parking. As I was there for pleasure I did not have to think too much about work but can imagine that it is a great place to conduct business in.
The indoor pool at the hotel has its own elevator which does not stop at the lobby – great when you are already in your bathrobe! The indoor swimming pool was a great place to have a swim and get active.
A great place to relax is the hotel’s award winning Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre – it features a state of the art gym, mediation room, Turkish Hammam, organic bar and a great spa menu! The massages were so fantastic that I treated myself to two of them during my stay!
Mamilla hotel is also a wonderful place to enjoy fine dining with two fabulous restaurants on site – Happy Fish (blog post coming soon) and the Rooftop Outdoor Lounge & Restaurant which is high above the roof tops of Jerusalem, offering spectacular views of the ancient walls of the Old City! I enjoyed a lovely al fresco dinner at the rooftop, starting with a chilled glass of Nahal Ha’Pirim, Gush Etzion Winery while watching the sunset over Jerusalem!
My waitress Tali looked after me royally – having travelled on my own to Jerusalem I have never felt alone or lost at Mamilla Hotel which has the most friendly and attentive staff! The food was absolutely delicious! For starters I opted for the seared red tuna, vanilla soy sauce, sweet chilli and green soy bean – a lovely start to a fantastic meal. For mains I had the nice and tender 72 hour organic chicken and for dessert a selection of sorbet all finished with small glass of refreshing grapa, prepared with fresh orange, ginger, cucumber and mint.
The Mirror Bar opens its doors at 8 pm in the evening which appeals to travellers as well as locals! Mamilla’s world class hospitality did not disappoint here either with two of the most attentive bartenders the evening I visited – both called Ran (I Promise – it is not because I can’t remember). I opted for the Mirror Breeze – a mix of Absolute, peach schnapps, strawberry liquor, lemon juice and a few berries.
My second cocktail was the Mirror Celebration, a cocktail recommended by Ran and which was not even on the menu – it was a concoction of passion fruit, Absolute, schnapps, fruit de la passion, mango and sprite. Both cocktails were absolutely delicious and beautifully presented! The hotel also features a bespoke winery with the most impressive collection of Israeli wines – something not to be missed either!
In the evenings the fire place in the lobby is lit, creating a delightful and relaxing atmosphere.
Mamilla hotel is one of those places where you are almost tempted to stay in all day instead of actually exploring the city outside which of course was not an option with a city so unique and rich in history and culture as Jerusalem!