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Few other hotels in Israel match the grace and beauty of this luxury boutique hotel, set in a a pair of conjoined majestic Ottoman-era mansions on a byway deep in the Old City. Opened in 2012 by the owner of Akko’s gourmet Uri Buri Restaurant, it’s a true standard setter. Many of the 12 rooms are palatial in size, some with traditional hand-painted, Ottoman-style ceilings; exquisite wooden latticework; and massive windows with exquisite views. Massages can be had in the 400-year-old on-site hammam though some find lazing on the rooftop deck with its tremendous sea views to be relaxation enough. Use of the pool at a hotel just outside the old city can be arranged. Arriving guests can phone from the Uri Buri Restaurant and arrange for directions and a baggage porter, because the hotel is not car accessible.