Hip Holidays Apartments in Jerusalem You’ll Want to Call Home

Choose a great place to stay in one of Jerusalems top neighbourhoods
Choose a great place to stay in one of Jerusalem's top neighbourhoods | Courtesy of Ben Yehuda Apartments / Expedia
Judy Cogan

If you’re visiting Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre with friends or family, book an apartment for a more independent, authentic stay.

The city of Jerusalem may be home to some of the oldest religious landmarks in the world, but it has a young and vibrant energy that shines through its thriving café culture, hip bars and breezy rooftop restaurants. The best way to get under the skin of this unique city is to live like a local. Your first point of call, therefore, needs to be booking a super-cool apartment in the hippest of neighbourhoods for your stay.

1. King David Luxury Apartments

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The calming subtle colour scheme at King David is immediately disrupted with some seriously quirky decor details – from plush crushed velvet throws to red leather sofas. All rooms are soundproof and strictly non-smoking for your guaranteed comfort, while kitchens are fully equipped. The young, friendly staff are on hand to offer tips on the local area and help plan day trips to the Dead Sea. Jerusalem city centre is under 2km (1.2mi) away, and the Western Wall is within walking distance.

2. Mamilla Residences

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You’d be right in thinking Mamilla Residences sounds a little upmarket. This luxury apartment on the fifth floor offers fantastic city views and has three huge bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a bright living space. The mural-size TV screen and large dining room table make this the perfect luxe pad for a family or group trip. It accommodates eight people with one double bed and six singles. Go for a leisurely stroll to explore the Old City and the many other attractions on foot from here.

3. Jaffa 60 Aparthotel

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This apartment exudes a dreamy comforting glow in one part, while the living room has a dramatic stone feature wall, lofty ceiling and jet black furniture. Made up of 16 units in total, the Jaffa 60 Aparthotel sits within 2km (1.2mi) of the centre of Jerusalem. A 20-minute walk will lead you to the history-rich Via Dolorosa Street, while Jaffa Gate and the Dome of the Rock are nearby. The nearby Nagila Vegan Restaurant comes highly recommended for breakfast.

4. Hillel 11

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These hip hotel apartments on Ben Yehuda Street, the city’s central business district, are chic with statement 1960s-style wallpaper and vintage-inspired furniture, and the bedrooms are drenched in natural light. Units range from single rooms to roomy one-bed suites. The welcome bottle of wine and fresh flowers on arrival are a nice touch. You are in a great spot to explore Jerusalem on foot – Temple Mount and Mount Zion are within easy access by car.

5. City Center Jerusalem

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The owners here have been in the hospitality business for 30 years and know what they’re doing. Inside, the apartments have everything you need to cook, get comfy and stay connected. The building sits adjacent to the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. Not to be mistaken for a shiny indoor American-style complex, this “mall” is three adjoining streets offering a diverse mix of restaurants, cafés, art galleries and markets. The Old City is a 15-minute walk away.

6. Rafael Residence

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Housed in three magnificent Jerusalem-stone buildings, you’ll find 35 stylish suites and a luxurious penthouse. On street level, you are in the heart of Baka, a beautiful leafy neighbourhood. It’s within easy reach of all the major historical attractions as well as the Train Track Park, a 7km (4.3mi) stretch of urban park on (you guessed it) an old railway track. The apartments have their own eatery on-site, Grand Café, with a private French pâtisserie and a deli. Come nightfall, it becomes a twinkly bistro, and all guests get a 10% discount.

7. Avital Hotel

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The owner Ziv will cook up a breakfast feast every day, with freshly baked breads and lots of Israeli delights included in the price and served in the hotel’s street-level café. This family-run operation is homely, quirky and comfortable. Rooms are clean and modern, and the solid wooden furniture and polished floorboards add a wholesome luxury feel. You are 50m (160ft) from the Shuk (Machane Yehuda Market), 350m (1,150ft) from Ben Yehuda Street.

8. Shamai Suites

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Walk too quickly and you might miss the small entrance to this boutique apartment hotel, next to the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. Inside, the snug lobby leads to generously sized apartments with wrap-around balconies (in the deluxe rooms). The city’s main transport links are close by on foot, and the young and energetic staff here will happily point you in the right direction of all the main sights and some lesser known gems.

9. Ben Yehuda Apartments

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White-washed rooms may sound clinical, but this is one uplifting living space; touches like the disco ball in the kitchen add some personality. The trendy Nahalat Shiv’a neighbourhood is on your doorstep. Pedestrian streets are lined with busy cafés and bars. Haggle with locals at Machane Yehuda Market (the Shuk), a 10-minute walk away, while street singers and musicians entertain you.

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