If there is one hotel, I would call beautiful, it’s the Jacir Palace Hotel in Bethlehem, Israel. Don’t believe me? Look at the photo’s.
The Jacir Palace Hotel is the largest hotel in Bethlehem in the central West Bank. The building’s original design was based on typical Palestinian architecture and the characteristics of an Arab household. Jacir Palace has three floors, each spanning 800 square meters.
The newly built hotel added an outdoor swimming pool, a health spa, two meeting rooms, 250 available rooms and eleven food and beverage outlets including restaurants and bars.
Jacir Palace was built in 1910 by local craftsmen on commission of the former mayor of Bethlehem, also a merchant, Suleiman Jacir (great grandfather of Emily and Annemarie Jacir), who intended that he and his five brothers’ families would live in the house together. So they did for a time, however, the family went bankrupt in the 1920s and were forced to abandon the palace as well as sell all the furniture inside.
The special thing about the hotel was that it’s a family run hotel and all guests were treated like royalty. It’s fame went so far, that ambassadors and indeed real royalty prefer to stay at this hotel above any other hotel in Israel.
Jacir Palace was eventually taken over by the British who used it as a prison in the 1940s. In the 1950s it was a private school called al-Ummah, later the house became a public boys’ school and at a still later stage was transformed into a public girls’ school.
The house was also used by the Israeli Army, particularly during the first intifada, as a point of control considering its advantageous location and continued to be a major point of confrontation between local stone-throwing youths and the Israeli Army.
Today, this hotel is restored to its former glory and modernized. Now it’s part of the Welcome To Israel tours. Their groups sleep in this hotel! Look how it looks inside. It’s extra ordinary beautiful.
We, Welcome to Israel tours, prefers this hotel for it’s groups as well. If you would compare the Jacir Palace Hotel with any other hotel in Israel, they all come up short compared with this hotel. Bethlehem is close to Jerusalem and it’s only 20 minutes driving to reach the city.