by Yael Adar
This former Pasha's palace was built in the 19th century. It has a wonderful courtyard that is a great place to rest and enjoy some coffee, fresh lemonade, a light meal or High Tea, after a day of walking in Jerusalem's Old City. The courtyard is fairly small, full of plants, waiters are extremely attentive and the atmosphere is one of relaxed elegance.
This hotel, a favorite haunt of journalists and diplomats alike is said to have served as the site of many informal meetings between Israelis and Palestinians before actual relations were established.
The American Colony Hotel is located at: 1 Louis Vincent Street, off Nablus Road, North of the Old City walls, a few minutes from the Damascus Gate (although after a long day of walking, some may want to take a cab).
TEL 02/627- 9777 FAX 02/627- 9779