Most visitors arrive in Tel Aviv, a thriving, cosmopolitan Mediterranean city, founded just 100 years ago, with cafés and lively gallery districts. In contrast, Jerusalem’s Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage site; its nearly 220 historic monuments include the Western Wall and Temple, the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Outside of the walled Old City, West Jerusalem is a modern and bustling place. Shopping and nightlife areto befound here, along with a multitude of museums, includingthe Yad Vashem memorial and Holocaust museum.
CLIMATE: The long summer (late April to early October) is dominated by hot, dry air from the Arabian Desert to the east. From October to April, low-pressure systems sweep in from the Mediterranean, producing cool and rainy weather.
TIME: Seven hours ahead of New York (EST).
CURRENCY: New shekel (ILS). Fluctuating rate valued at ILS4 = US$1.00 as of January 2012. Note: All of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
U.S. EMBASSY: Tel Aviv, Tel. 3-519-7575. Jerusalem consulate, Tel. 2-630-4000.
DIRECT DIAL CODES: To phone hotels in Israel, dial 011 (international access) + 972 (Israel code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Visit goisrael.com before your trip.
The American Colony Hotel
Historic and elegant 93-room mansion-style hotel within a walled compound in Arab East Jerusalem, long a favorite with the world’s press corps, celebrities and dignitaries.
The King David
Renowned and ideally located 237-room luxury hotel in a parklike setting overlooking ramparts of Old City.
Stylish boutique hotel in a restored two-story 1920s mansion, steps from Rothschild Boulevard in the center of the city.