Set in a series of architecturally intriguing 19th- and early-20th-century Jerusalem stone buildings to which a modern complex has been added, the entire hotel is built on a cliff-side overlooking the dramatic Hinnom Valley and the sprawling walls of the Old City. (It’s about a 10-min. walk from here to the Jaffa Gate.) The pool area and gardens are exquisite, rivaling those of the King David Hotel. We wish we could say the same for the rooms, many of which are in serious need of a renovation. They’re not dirty, but you will see scuff marks on some walls, frayed towels, and the like. An exception are the executive and junior suites in the Citadel wing; the views from their private terraces are dazzling. Beyond the views and outdoor areas, the hotel’s top draw is its 19th-century hammam (a heated, Turkish-style bathing pool/steam room), a wonderful place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.