A balcony over the "holy city"
Merging culture, luxury and well-being in a hotel in the centre of Jerusalem. The challenge was taken on by architects Piero Lissoni and Moshe Safdie with a project capable of stirring the senses and instilling relaxation.
Close to the Old Town, near Jaffa gate, the Mamilla Hotel not only boasts a 5-star rating, but a privileged position in a requalified urban context, an holistic spa facility, restaurants serving local specialities, the Mirror bar, among the most chic and popular bars for live music, and a panoramic brasserie.
Standard characteristics for this category of hotel, but the Mamilla Hotel stands out due to its unique, minimalist style, by designer Piero Lissoni, who tried to bring the city's spirituality to the interiors.
The building is split over three storeys, linked by a black and unfinished sheet metal staircase. For the materials, Moshe Safdie (who designed the refurbishment of the original building) and Lissoni used stone, extracted from 4 different quarries and cut in several ways to achieve specific shades of light.
It is very large for a boutique hotel: with 210 rooms and suites furnished with the best of Italian design and some classic international pieces, as well as painstaking attention to the lighting sets, designed by Flos, a leading Italian architectural lighting technology manufacturer.
Photos via mamillahotel.com
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