Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Travel&Leisure Magazine: Jerusalem among the top cities in the world

Travel & Leisure Magazine: Jerusalem among the top cities in the world

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

According to the prestigious Travel+Leisure Magazine, Jerusalem is ranked as one of the top destinations in the world by their discerning readers. In an annual poll of its online readers published earlier this week, the capital was ranked 17th in the ‘World’s Best Cities – Overall’ list, ahead of popular destinations such as London, Paris and Barcelona. Among the cities in the Middle East, Jerusalem was ranked third (behind Cape Town and Fez, Morocco). Tel Aviv did not make the top 20 list, though it did rank seventh among cities in the Middle East and Africa.

Jerusalem attracts over two million tourists a year, with about 80% of all tourists visiting the holy city. The city also contains within it the most visited sites in Israel, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Yad Vashem and the Mount of Olives.

The first design-led luxury lifestyle hotel in Jerusalem and Israel

Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem, enters Conde Nast Traveller UK edition’s Hot List 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem has entered UK Conde Nast Traveller’s 2010 Hot List - one of the international travel industry’s most prestigious selections of the best new hotels of the past twelve months. The Mamilla opened in June 2009 as the first design-led luxury lifestyle hotel in Jerusalem and Israel.

Hot List
The Hot List is the annual barometer of the premium hotel market, awarding properties based on critieria such as design, facilities, innovation and service. Published in the May issue of the UK edition of Conde Nast Traveller magazine - the leading luxury travel publication in the UK and an authoritative voice in the travel industry globally and online - the Hot List is based on anonymous hotel reviews from experts across the world, who heed the magazine’s ‘Truth in Travel’ policy by paying room rates and not accepting ‘freebies’. The result is a powerful snapshot of current trends, developments and key players in the increasingly competitive high-end hotel industry.

The Mamilla Hotel combines spectacular design (by Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni), a prime position just minutes from the historic wonders and profound beauty of the Old City of Jerusalem, luxury accommodations, a world-class Rooftop restaurant and – above all – a pioneering approach to service and hospitality that offers something distinct and new to the hotel market in Jerusalem and Israel. The hotel concentrates on providing a lifestyle experience for guests that immediately appeals to the emotional needs of a well-travelled, demanding and in-the-know clientele, be it through design, food & drink, physical and spiritual engagement in the Holistic Wellbeing retreat, or the powerful, uplifting effects of this magical city.

The hotel is delighted to be included in the 2010 Hot List, as Massimo Ianni, COO of Alrov Luxury Hotels, says: "From the outset our goal was to open in Jerusalem a truly modern, world-class hotel that will be adopted and enjoyed by a global, well-travelled audience. Our hotel should act as a story-teller - a window through which guests can see and experience the very best of Jerusalem - and this wonderful acknowledgement by Conde Nast Traveller will spur us to continue to work towards this, and to do it with pride.”

Opening-up Jerusalem
The Hot List accolade comes soon after February’s announcement that the Mamilla has become the first hotel in Israel to join leading international hotel marketing company Design Hotels. The inclusion in the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Hot List is an exciting development in furthering the hotel’s commitment to opening up Jerusalem to a wider audience and to providing a new, pioneering hospitality experience in Israel and beyond.