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A luxury, lifestyle hotel near the Old City of Jerusalem

Mamilla Hotel, located in the heart of the city with magnificent views of the Old City walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate and is at the very center of Jerusalem’s rich cultural heritage.
Designed in collaboration with world-renowned architects Moshe Safdie and Hall of Fame Piero Lissoni, the design combines sophistication and simplicity with exciting lighting, textures and colors.
Jerusalem of Gold
There is no place in the world like Jerusalem – a city so unequivocally rich in history, religion, spirituality, architecture, philosophy, literature and art that all visitors leave feeling they have formed some kind of connection with the city and have been profoundly affected by its energy. Such is the effect that many locals talk of ‘Jerusalem Fever’. Being just an hour’s drive from buzzing, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv and two or three hours’ drive from major destinations such as Eilat, the Negev Desert, Dead Sea and the lush, green topography of the North, Jerusalem is an essential part of any trip to Israel and a destination in its own right.
Where luxury, lifestyle and heritage meet
The Mamilla Hotel juxtaposes the spectacular sights and enjoyments of this very ancient city with a fresh, modern approach to hospitality that reflects and anticipates the expectations and needs of a well-travelled, in the know and discerning clientele, combining the warmth of local Jerusalemite culture and customs with a working knowledge of leading-edge contemporary luxury trends, products, services and venues. In particular, the hotel aims to go above and beyond simple lodging to deliver to guests and visitors alike a genuine lifestyle experience that delights and inspires through numerous aesthetic, emotional and sensory touch points. This focus on providing not just Jerusalem’s finest first-class accommodations but also a vast array of unique experiences for the mind, body and soul underpins Mamilla’s core modus operandi. This is borne out through world-class architecture by Moshe Safdie, bespoke, contemporary design by Piero Lissoni, multiple restaurants and bar venues offering a range of both local and international cuisine, a chic ‘Mirror’ bar, a terrazzo-style Rooftop restaurant with breath-taking views of the Old City, Akasha- a holistic wellbeing center, various events and banqueting spaces for social and business events and professional and personalized service.
In the past year, Mamilla Hotel has been accepted to the prestigious collection of The Leading Hotels of The World (LHW) – a collection that accepts only the world’s most exclusive hotels as its members.
Safdie and Lissoni in Jerusalem: the ultimate brief
Jerusalem’s long history – arguably unparalleled in its universal human appeal and importance – is etched onto the city’s architectural façades in a rich and sometimes truly jaw-dropping display of different forms, styles and shapes, manifesting in monumental icons such as the Western Wall of the Second Temple (dating from 19 BCE) and The Dome of the Rock (685 – 691 CE), and contemporary masterpieces such as Santiago Calatrava’s harp-like bridge for the new city tram system (2008). With this vast architectural history and diversity as a profound context, the prime position within Jerusalem of the Mamilla site and the hotel’s pioneering mission represented the ultimate design brief; one that both Israeli-born Moshe Safdie and Italian Piero Lissoni were inevitably drawn to.
Moshe Safdie – project architect
Known outside Israel for buildings such as the Columbus Centre in New York, the Shenzhen Cultural Centre in China and Montreal’s Habitat 67 residential community (which has just been awarded historical status by the Government of Québec) and inside Israel for Ben Gurion airport’s new Terminal 3 building, the new Yad VaShem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and the Alrov Mamilla Avenue – a shopping and entertainment experience overlooking the Old City, alongside the hotel – Moshe Safdie’s appointment as project architect places Mamilla Hotel amongst some of the most important and visually arresting buildings in the world. Heeding Jerusalem law which dictates that all new construction utilizes Jerusalem Stone – a local limestone with a distinctive, light hue, designed to protect and respect the city’s precious architectural beauty – Safdie has created a stunning structure that emanates the characteristic shine of the stone, and in doing so has developed a true Jerusalem aesthetic that is both modern and in keeping with the very ancient walls and buildings next door.
“The Mamilla Hotel is a quintessentially urban place. It is a combination of historic buildings and contemporary architecture rising out of the network of alleys which connect the walled and the new cities of Jerusalem. It combines the pattern of the old with cutting edge modernity”, says Safdie. “It enjoys great views of the Old City and is designed to be in the center of action. The Rooftop outdoor venue is bound to become one of Jerusalem’s favorite meeting places”.
Piero Lissoni – interior design
Piero Lissoni brings to Mamilla Hotel a wealth of product and furniture design, interiors and architectural experience, all of which have firmly positioned him as one of the most globally respected and in-demand designers currently working. Lissoni has designed for a stellar list of brands including Boffi, Cassina, Kartell, Alessi and Poltrona Frau, whilst key interiors and architectural projects include the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal, the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Tokyo, store design for Ellie Tahari and new private residences at Dellis Cay for Mandarin Oriental. Lissoni’s signature paired-back, Italian minimalist aesthetic – a debut for a Jerusalem hotel – is magnificently contextualized and framed by the historic Jerusalem architecture, and through unique emboldening touches, producing an extraordinary result when housed in Safdie’s modern classic edifice.
Lissoni’s design plays with light throughout the hotel. Inspired by the strong Jerusalem sun, dark colors of the public areas are broken up by the outside light. Intimacy and simple sophistication are key, with the manipulation of light designed to create unique – and special – experiences. A heterogeneous approach to furnishing sees modern alongside antique and Chinese pieces next to Italian, producing a rich and detailed aesthetic that is at the same time quiet and clean, toned down with simple finishes and the pervasive, uplifting Jerusalem light.
Jerusalem’s finest accommodations
Mamilla Hotel features 194 guest rooms and suites, including well-appointed Studios, spacious Executive Rooms, Mamilla Suites with separate living space, Residence Suites featuring oversized bedroom and living spaces and the Presidential Suite with bedroom, living room, dinning/study area and kitchen. All rooms feature dark wooden floors, bedside walls of exposed large Jerusalem Stone blocks, large metal headboards, bespoke furniture and sleek and luxuriously simple bathrooms with deep, cascading rectangular bathtubs and all featuring liquid-crystal bathroom walls that frost over, creating combined or segmented spaces at the touch of a button.
A destination for world-class food and drinks
Key to the hotel’s vision is to create restaurant and bar venues that will not just appeal to hotel guests but will become destinations in their own right for local Jerusalemites and other visitors, imbuing the hotel with a wider role in Jerusalem culture and entertainment.
Guests, visitors and locals are able to enjoy the finest coffee, teas and cakes from the Espresso Bar located in the prodigious and elegant Lobby – a central hub for both
relaxed business and social meetings. In addition to the main hotel dining room, which serves a legendary Israeli breakfast daily, Mamilla Hotel has a variety of venues offering a unique culinary experience: Mamilla Café & Brasserie, serving all-day dairy specialties in a stunning historical indoor/outdoor and welcomes the mood for informal and relaxed dining, Rooftop outdoor lounge & restaurant – a spectacular outdoor meat dining venue with breathtaking views of the Old City, the Mirror Bar – an elegant yet casual haven in which to enjoy classic drinks, exclusive cocktails, bar food and a separate enclosed Cigar Lounge, the Winery – offers one of the largest selections of Israeli kosher wines in the country, served upon fine robust antique wooden counters, set amidst a modern 300 bottle contemporary wine rack. Chef Cobi Bachar leads the hotel’s food & beverage outlets.
Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center
Creating a place where mind, body and soul harmonize, and where guests can release everyday tensions and rediscover the essence of life, Mamilla Hotel addresses physical and emotional needs through its 1,000 square meter Holistic Wellbeing Center. This separate gym and spa is designed to encourage visitors to achieve greater balance, mindfulness and inner harmony through a truly holistic approach that supports all aspects of a more healthful life.
The space is split into different areas in alignment with the four elements to ensure comprehensive restoration and rejuvenation. ‘Earth’ is a lounge and bar providing organic and nourishing snacks and drinks; ‘Water’ is the main spa, featuring sound, music and aroma therapies, exclusive Watsu pool hydro-treatments, special Hammam treatments and signature treatments using the finest local and international products and ingredients; ‘Fire’ is the gym, fitted with the most up to date equipment including Kinesis, plus a spacious aerobics, spinning and Pilates room; ‘Air’ is a calming, peaceful space for yoga, tai-chi and meditation, with bespoke music that changes according to the time of day.
Events and Meeting
Excellent personalized service, cutting-edge technology and exquisite design are all combined to meet our guests’ every requirement, for every occasion.
Alrov Luxury Hotels
Mamilla Hotel is part of Alrov Luxury Hotels – the hotel and hospitality subsidiary of Tel-Aviv-based real estate company Alrov, founded in 1978 by Chairman Alfred Akirov and overseen by Managing Director Georgi Akirov. Alrov is a prominent market leader, with more than thirty years’ experience developing, operating and investing in unique high-profile landmark buildings, developments and projects. In addition to Mamilla Hotel, Alrov Luxury Hotels owns the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem.
As more and more travelers seek a complete experience, where their lifestyle continues uninterrupted by travel, Alrov Luxury Hotels promises dedication to the highest level of luxury and an elegant, personalized service. Throughout its worldwide properties, Alrov builds on the individual values and heritage of each location to create new, contemporary, world-class hotels that offer international and local communities extraordinary design and interiors, state of the art technology, innovative dining and entertainment venues and exclusive and inspiring holistic wellbeing spa & gym centers.


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