The dynamic duo of Israeli architect Moshe Safdie and Italian designer Piero Lissoni were the masterminds behind this posh, contemporary palace. Every detail of it either pleases the eye or calms the body, from the bedside walls of exposed Jerusalem Stone to the deep, cascading rectangular bathtubs within modular glassed-in bathrooms that frost over for privacy. Guests have access to the hotel's Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center, which encompasses a gym with state-of-the-art equipment plus rooms dedicated to spin classes, pilates, and Tai-Chi; and a spa offering Watsu pool hydro-treatments special Hammam treatments, and more. The hotel also has a topnotch hotel on its roof (The Verandah) and an appealing location, perched above the open-air Mamilla Alrove pedestrian mall. It’s about a 15-minute walk to the Old City from here.