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Originally built in the 1960s, the St. George was totally redesigned in 2012 after a long closure. Everything, from the relatively spacious guest rooms, to the rooftop terrace and pool, double-glazed windows, and free Wi-Fi, is new and, in the case of the decor, quite handsome. Alas, views could not be added to most of the rooms, but the vista from the rooftop terrace is breathtaking. Up there you’ll also find the Turquoise Lebanese restaurant, presided over by a master chef trained in Israel’s finest restaurants. It serves the best traditional Arabic cuisine in the city (other in-house dining here is simply average). When booking a room, ask for one in the back, as they’re quieter. Families may want to consider the generous, but not too pricey, minisuites. The hotel is an easy walk to Damascus Gate.