Arcadia Ba’Moshava is a lovely boutique hotel located in the heart of Jerusalem that offers rooms with balconies and complimentary breakfast & WiFi.
Location & History
You’ll find Arcadia Ba’Moshava in an upscale neighborhood located in between the Greek and German Colonies. This makes the hotel it a little off the beaten path. I’m not complaining about this, I see it as a good thing but none of our taxi drivers knew where the hotel was. Thankfully my husband speaks Hebrew otherwise we would have really been lost. The hotel itself is a historic building. It was built in 1918, for Mary Harouf, a renowned dressmaker for Jerusalem’s elite women. Upon check-in, guest receive a booklet explaining the history. I regret not keeping it because it was rather fascinating.
Not Our 1st Choice
Arcadia Ba’Moshava was actually not my first choice in a hotel. Jerusalem is one of my favorite cities in the world. When I was planning my trip a few months, ago I immediately booked one of the Dan Hotels. They’re the largest luxury hotel brand in Israel and the only hotel brand I have stayed in when visiting Jerusalem. A week before out trip we were alerted by the Dan that President Trump along with his staff & security also chose to stay at their hotels for his 1st official visit to Israel. During the same time we would be there. The hotel they were offering to re-book us at was unacceptable. As a result, with less than 1 week before our trip I booked the best room I could find on Expedia. Needless to say, I was a little apprehensive yet pleasantly surprised when we arrived.
We arrived after having spent almost 2 weeks traveling through Israel and Jordan exhausted. The hotel is beautiful and extremely well kept. The English speaking staff were all so nice. We arrived to light refreshments such as juices, fruit and pastries. Having spent a great deal of time in the car, we immediately helped ourselves.
Rooms & Amenities
Again, my time in Jerusalem was a brief two nights. The hotel is located in a historic preservation building and it shows.
The building itself is beautiful. The rooms, though small were were very clean and full of amenities like a safe, and even a mini frig.
We stayed in a standard room that came with a balcony that overlooked a courtyard. The bathrooms were modern and looked to be recently updated.
One thing I noticed consistently with this hotel was how clean it was. From the lobby to the courtyard to elevators, everywhere was spotless! They even provide complimentary bikes to ride around the city but unfortunately we did not have time to partake.
Boutique over Major Brand
Maybe I should stay in boutique hotels more! The service at Arcadia Ba’Moshava was fantastic. The complimentary breakfast and happy hour were an excellent added touch. My husband and I spent a couple hours in the courtyard drinking wine and Turkish coffee.
As a self-proclaimed foodie, I judge most places based on the food. Needless to say I was all over the complimentary snacks at happy hour and breakfast. For a small boutique hotel to offer made-to-order breakfast daily is a nice touch.
Overall, my stay at Arcadia Ba’Moshava was perfect. Thank you Arcadia Ba’Moshava for reminding me to not just embrace boutique hotels but to seek them out. I visit Israel every 2 years and if available, I would absolutely stay here again. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to walk around the neighborhood and explore more.