The Villa Brown Jerusalem, a 24-room boutique hotel property in the Holy City, officially opened. The hotel straddles Jerusalem’s old and new worlds: it is only a five-minute walk from Jerusalem’s Old City, but the hotel is also right in the burgeoning cosmopolitan heart of Jerusalem, surrounded by cafés, museums, art galleries, restaurants, bars, and the Mahane Yehuda food market.
The Villa Brown Jerusalem is the newest addition to the Brown Hotels Group and regarded as the collection’s “Grand Dame.” The Villa Brown Jerusalem is draped in jewel-toned fineries, and the décor evokes an interpretation of East-Meets-West in a blend of Neoclassical, Ottoman and eclectic-style designs. Red, emerald and mauve velvets throughout the public and private spaces exemplify this aesthetic.
Originally, the Villa Brown Jerusalem served as a private villa for a famed doctor and general manager of Jerusalem’s Rothschild Hospital back in the 19th century. The exposed stone walls are original, and date back more than 100 years. The original villa underwent a complete restoration by Jerusalem based architects, Galit Shifman Bar-Natan and Michal Cohen Mage, along with the addition of two extra rooms; thus, the Villa Brown Jerusalem was born.
Amenities at the Villa Brown Jerusalem include:
- A Garden Bistro-Café serving an international interpretation of regional dishes
- Daily breakfast and brunch in an open-air veranda
- High Tea sessions in the property’s garden at five o’clock each night
- The Subterranean “Cave Bar,” located in what used to be the private residence’s cistern, which serves seasonal cocktails, Israeli international wines and beers
- Rooftop spa and open-air Jacuzzi
- Rooftop terrace and lounge overlooking the city
- Well-equipped meeting facilities
- The Brown’s Hotel signature lobby library holding ac curated collection of multilingual design and lifestyle publications
The hotel itself neighbor’s the city’s Russian Compound and the Bezalel Academy of Design and Arts. Its rooftop provides a bird’s eye view of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.