Alegra Boutique Hotel Jerusalem: 7 suites in Ein Karem

Alegra Boutique Hotel Jerusalem is a welcome edition to the growing boutique hotel scene in Israel (see our recent post New Boutique Hotels in Tel Aviv). Alegra is located in the village of Ein Karem in the southwest outskirts of Jerusalem, in a house that has been converted into an intimate and charming boutique hotel. Seven one-of-a-kind suites […]

Hiking in Israel’s Judean Desert

Hiking in Israel is a national pastime – youth groups, the scouts, the army connect to the Biblical land with their feet. Schools have an annual, end of year hike. Many young people when they finish their army service reconnect with friends by hiking together on the Israel Trail, a 945 km trail that crisscrosses Israel, […]

Exploring the Haram el-Sharif in Jerusalem’s Old City

When visiting Jerusalem’s Old City and exploring the Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish quarters take the opportunity to go up onto the rectangular platform that was built by King Herod 2000 years ago that straddles the hill above the Tyropean valley. To Muslims this is the Haram el-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary; to Jews and Christians […]

Machneyuda restaurant: great food, lively atmosphere spice up Jerusalem’s food scene

Machneyuda is one of the most difficult restaurants in Israel right now to get a reservation and when you go there, you’ll understand why. Located on a street that leads up to Jerusalem’s famous Machne Yehuda market, Machneyuda’s cuisine is the latest example of new Israeli “fresh from the market” cooking. The restaurant was started […]

Mamilla Hotel brings luxurious contemporary style to Jerusalem

If you are visiting Jerusalem and want to stay in a five-star hotel, check out the recently opened Mamilla Hotel in the new shopping area along Alrov Mamilla Avenue. The hotel has great views of the Tower of David and the Old City’s walls; it is within walking distance from the Jaffa Gate and many […]