From a 200-year-old house located close to the famous Machne Yehuda Market to a loft apartment that used to be home to Jerusalem’s first movie theatre, these seven Airbnbs promise a unique stay for visitors to the Holy City.
Boutique apartment in a quiet part of the city
This boutique apartment in Jerusalem sleeps up to four people | Courtesy of Tal / Airbnb
Located in southern Jerusalem’s Baka neighbourhood, this boutique apartment sits in a traditional building, with high ceilings and full-length windows designed to keep the space bright throughout the day. Although much of the interior is modern and spacious, the owners have left some of the exposed brickwork visible to maintain the charm of the building. The studio, which can sleep up to four, offers a bar and a hot tub; free parking is available on the street, 50 metres (165 feet) from the apartment. It is ideal for guests who want to stay in a quiet part of town but still be close to the centre. The hosts are also known to invite their guests for Shabbat dinners.
This 200-year-old stone house is less than a five-minute walk from the Machne Yehuda Market, the same distance from the tram station and about 30 minutes from the Old City. The interior’s exposed-brick walls show the age of the building, and the modern decor creates a comfortable living space. The apartment sleeps two and has a living room and kitchen. A private courtyard is also available to guests and offers a perfect spot for sipping coffee in the morning. Access to the apartment is via a 24-hour self-check-in, and although there is no free parking at the property, there are two car parks nearby. A self-service laundry facility is just a minute from the house.
On King George Street, right in the city centre, and close to many bars and restaurants, this modern rooftop suite is perfect for couples or solo travellers. The beautifully designed apartment offers panoramic views of Jerusalem, best enjoyed from the private terrace, which has a table and chairs. Besides a king-size bed, which faces a smart TV, there is a kitchenette with a Nespresso machine and a lift for easy access. The property is also close to Leonardo Plaza Hotel, a handy location and the starting point for many day tours.
Perfect for solo travellers, this two-storey Airbnb in the Nachalot neighbourhood is just a two-minute walk from the Machne Yehuda Market and 10 minutes from the city centre. Two Israeli students live in the house and rent out the third bedroom on the second floor. There is only one bathroom, but there is plenty of space in the rest of the house. Expect a large, rustic living room with a fireplace, a big kitchen, a balcony and a garden full of fruit trees.
This modern and simply designed refurbished cottage is in a residential area near the German Colony, otherwise known as Emek Refaim. The property sleeps three, with a queen-size bed in one bedroom and a pull-out sofa bed in the common area. The living room, adjoining the kitchen, has large windows that overlook the private garden. The train station is just a 10-minute walk, as is the Malha Shopping Mall. There are also buses from Emek Refaim to the city centre or the Old City.
This studio in the heart of Jerusalem is in an 1895 building, which was once home to the city’s first movie theatre. It has high ceilings, exposed brickwork and a balcony that offers views of Jaffa Street. The loft can accommodate four guests and comes with a queen-size and a double bed. The apartment is well connected via tram to Central Station and the Damascus Gate. The Old City is just a five-minute walk away, and the area has plenty of bars and restaurants.
This apartment, located next to the Old City and close to many holy sites, including the Western Wall, is suitable for families or those travelling in a large group. The two bedrooms each have a double bed and sofa bed and can sleep up to seven guests. The property features a large balcony, dramatic arches, exposed-brick walls and patterned flooring. Guests have use of the garden, which comes with a swinging wicker chair and bench.