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Where to stay in Jerusalem – neighborhood by neighborhood

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Jerusalem may not be a big city by global standards, but it’s densely packed and has distinct neighborhoods that each carry a different vibe. Where to stay in Jerusalem depends on your needs, but you’ll want to consider budget, what kind of accommodation you prefer, convenience to tourist sites that interest you, what amenities will make your stay better and even your tolerance for hills! We’ve rounded up some of the best Jerusalem hotels, so hopefully you’ll find one that’s a great fit.

Jerusalem hotels near the Old City

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel showing the Western Wall (kotel) and Dome of the Rock

If you like to be in the heart of it all and you’ll just come for a short sightseeing visit, then it may make sense to stay on Jaffa Street – the heart of the action. You’ll be near the Old City, around the corner from Ben Yehuda Street, a quick walk from Mahne Yehuda and surrounded by fast-casual dining options. Jaffa Street is always bustling – families out walking, young soldiers off duty, couples on dates and tour groups everywhere. There’s a nice buzz and vibrancy, though it’s not an area where many Israeli families live so you won’t find convenient playgrounds or a large grocery store in this tourist-heavy area.

We stayed at Check In Jerusalem, an excellent, professionally-managed “aparthotel”, for two nights (a much better rate than one night!) and enjoyed the convenience and ambience for the short stay. We even had a washing machine and a kitchenette! This is a great place to stay in Jerusalem for families who want a central location as you have enough room to spread out and can easily prepare breakfast and lunch on your own if you want to. Book your apartment today – and make sure to price out a few stay durations, as it cost us just $50 to add another night.

Street art in Jerusalem, Israel
A typical scene around the corner from Jaffa Street

Another convenient options near the Old City is the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem. While prices aren’t cheap, it’s practically in Jaffa Gate. You’ll have some great restaurants and luxury shops at your fingertips and the light rail is just across the street. Teddy Park is down the hill, so the kids will have plenty of splash pad access! Check out prices and reviews here.

Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem, Israel
Mamilla Mall, looking out to the Old City walls

If you’d love a special place to stay in Jerusalem, consider booking a room at the historic King David Hotel – it’s the most famous city center hotel in Jerusalem. It’s fairly close to the pretty Bloomfield sculpture garden and just a 15 minute walk to the Old City, Jaffa Street or the First Station. The views from the back are amazing! There’s also a pool, which makes the King David a nice pick in summer. The hotel is deservedly-popular, so reserve your room today.

Want to stay near the action without the price tag? Or maybe you want to connect with other travelers? Your best choice is the venerable Abraham Hostel. It’s probably the most famous budget hotel or hostel in Jerusalem. They serve all types of guests – singles, couples and families, offer communal Shabbat dinner and other events, and even run every type of tour you can imagine. Israeli breakfast is included here. If you’re visiting with kids, you can only stay in a private room (as you’d expect); the smaller ones can accommodate two guests while the family rooms can accommodate five guests – plus a baby in a free crib – so in theory a family with four children can stay. See the different room options here.

Use the interactive map to find vacation rentals and hotels near Old City, Jerusalem



Jerusalem German Colony places to stay

bike path in Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem German Colony: leafy, green and residential

If you prefer something a little homier, we highly recommend staying in the German Colony. It’s almost like a leafy suburb but still within the city! I’ve stayed there many times and it’s my favorite area, especially for families visiting Jerusalem. There are nice playgrounds everywhere, (kosher) restaurants catering to local families, a large grocery store with decent prices on the main street, a lovely walking/cycling path complete with a trilingual outdoor free lending library and generally a quieter atmosphere.

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While the walk to the Old City and other popular tourist sites is a bit longer, you can easily take the public bus or the free shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes from the parking lot of the First Station to the Dung Gate (where the Western Wall Plaza is located). If you decide to walk (as we generally do), a robust stroller (this is the most popular option in Israel) or comfortable baby carrier (like this one) can be helpful.

Montefiore windmill in Jerusalem, Israel
Montefiore windmill on the route to the Old City

If you choose to rent a car, it’s also easier to find parking in this area. We generally prefer to have our own wheels in Israel these days to give us the flexibility to take great day trips in the area and visit farther reaches of the city. Before you decided whether or not to rent a car in Israel, be sure to read these tips.

We stayed in this convenient two-bedroom Home Exchange apartment for several weeks and loved being so close to the tourist sites but without the constant crowds and noise. Check out these other great rental apartments in the Jerusalem German Colony:

Beautiful 2-bedroom apartment

Ultra-modern 2-bedroom apartment

Historic 1-bedroom apartment with sleep sofa

If you’re looking for a wonderful bed and breakfast in Jerusalem, consider the mid-priced Templer Inn. I’ve never seen such glowing reviews of a hotel! They offer several suites for groups of different sizes, but they do book up well in advance (no surprise there). Grab your room here.

At the brand new, luxurious Orient Jerusalem you’re across the street from the old train station, which has plenty more restaurants to choose from (including non-kosher ones), a full calendar of family-friendly events, arcade games and even an indoor play gym. This is easily one of the best hotels in Jerusalem today! Check prices here.

Use the interactive map to find vacation rentals and hotels near Jerusalem German Colony here


Plan your trip to Israel

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Are you planning Jerusalem, Israel travel? We've been visiting Jerusalem for more than a decade and we've scouted out the best places to stay in Jerusalem for each neighborhood and budget. Whether you're traveling solo or visiting Israel with kids, we've got the hostel, hotel or apartment for you! #Jerusalem #Israel #travel

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