Jules Pearson is co-founder of London On The Inside – a blog that focuses on the hippest trends, coolest brands, social events and industry secrets. With a background in luxury travel, no one knows more about hospitality than Pearson. This summer Pearson jetted off to Jerusalem in Israel to check one of the city’s few boutique hotels, the Arthur. You can keep up with the inside track on Twitter @LondONtheinside and by using the blog’s very own app – download it here.
You don’t go all the way to Israel without taking the time to visit Jerusalem, just an hour from Tel Aviv it’s pretty easy to get to. Whilst there are plenty of 5-star business hotels in the country, there aren’t many boutique properties which is why Atlas hotels is such a good find and rather conveniently they have just opened a brand new hotel in Jerusalem, the Arthur Hotel. You’ll note that the Arthur Hotel is already ranked in as the top hotel in Jerusalem on TripAdvisor, and it’s only been open four months.
Located on the famous Dorot Rishonim Street the hotel has just 54 rooms designed to reflect the diverse cultural influence. There’s a vintage meets contemporary vibe, modern decor and colours contrast against the lights and photographs on the walls that date back to the beginning of the 20th Century. The reception area, is a comfy hangout with bright fabrics and hip books including the rather apt Ottolenghi cook book Jerusalem.
There’s a spacious restaurant with an outdoor dining area where breakfast is served, buffet style with traditional Israeli goodies from hummus to shakshuka. There’s even a Happy Hour Sunday to Thursday, between 5pm and 8pm, where snacks and drinks are offered, all complimentary too! There you can find tea, coffee, cakes, crisps, nuts, other little snacks and of course wine…well worth dropping in on before heading out to explore the city’s nightlife.
Upstairs are the rooms, mine was one of the larger rooms with a Juliette style balcony looking out over the city, huge bed, chair and all the essentials needed for a comfortable stay. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout and the staff are well informed to dish out tips on what to do and where to find the best falafel – essential knowledge! The hotel itself is just a ten minute walk away from the Old City and infamous food market. For a comfy, relaxing, convenient stay the Arthur Hotel wins hands down.
What’s more if you are planning a trip to Israel, you’ll be happy to know Atlas have 10 other hotels which all offer including another brand new property in Haifa, The Hotel Bay Club.
Arthur Hotel Jerusalem, 13 Dorot Rishonim St, Jerusalem