Israel has a very lively gay scene. Tel Aviv has plenty of rainbow-coloured flags, a huge Gay Pride Parade and plenty of hang-outs. Haifa and Jerusalem have smaller gay communities and there are a few gay friendly hotels Jerusalem. The resort town of Eilat is gay friendly, although the scene is mostly Israeli tourists.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Israel are considered the most developed in the Middle East.Although same-sex sexual activity was legalized in 1988, the former law against sodomy had not been enforced since a court decision in 1963.
Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Top attractions to visit in Jerusalem
- Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
- Old City of Jerusalem
- Israel Museum
- Western Wall
- Monte das Oliveiras
Best Day Trips in Jerusalem
- Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem
- Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
- Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
- Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
- West Bank Tour from Jerusalem
1. Alegra Boutique Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Jerusalem
Located in Ein Kerem village, Alegra Boutique Hotel is 200 m from the Church of the Visitation. It offers a sauna in its fruit orchard, and luxurious suites with exposed-stone walls.
With Persian rugs and contemporary bathrooms, the suites at the Alegra are a mix of old and new. Each is uniquely decorated and comes with air conditioning, satellite TV and a tea/coffee maker. A safe is also included.
Housed in an Arabesque building dating from 1850, the property has contemporary Israeli artwork in public areas. There are massage treatments also available.
Alegra boutique hotel-The hotel is located in a lovely and historic neighborhood in Jerusalem, called Ein Karem. In This magical area you can find many different activities: old churches, national parks, great restaurants, bars and more.
It’s only a 15 minute drive from the old city of Jerusalem, and the city center. In our hotel you can enjoy 7 decorated units, which 6 of them are suites. All of the rooms are equipped with satellite TV, AC, a king size bed, an espresso machine and a wireless internet connection. Our facility also offers a steam sauna, a cozy swimming pool, and beautiful gardens with lovely sitting areas.In addition we give a high standard service that includes valet parking and spa treatments.
We also offer both breakfast and dinner, which are made by our well known chef, who you can read about in the text below. Alegra’s Kitchen-Alegra’s Kitchen is the hotel’s restaurant. In the restaurant there are two options of sitting – a chef table and private tables. Our chef, Yaron Vinkler, is an experienced well known chef, whose culinary choices are influenced by the local growths and the authentic kitchen of both Israel and Jerusalem. The wonderful breakfast includes homemade breads and focaccias that are baked in a hot stone oven called a “Tabun”. Shakshuka – a traditional Israeli egg dish poached in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, peppers and herbs, a vegetables Salad, a variety of cheeses and more.
The chef’s dinner is a special experience with 6-7 courses, which all are cooked in front of the guests in our open kitchen. The courses are put together from fresh ingredients that are found in the local market. Hot and cold drinks are included as well.
We stayed here for a romantic get away and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The room was super clean and very comfortable with a snack, wine and coffee waiting for us. The entire place is a stylish combination of modern comfort meets old Ein Karem.
The garden with fish pond and splashing water invites to relax and one can use the wet/dry saunas and the little pool.
Especially the grape covered rooftop with an amazing view over the village is a must to enjoy with a glass of wine.
The rich and fresh Israeli breakfast was also delicious and is served where ever you decide to sit.
The stuff was most outstanding, helpful and super nice. They went way and beyond to make us feel at home and cared for from the first to the last moment.
First of all the location is ideal. Nestled in the hills outside the city center it feels like a nice getaway but is only a short drive from town. The property is absolutely stunning…it feels historic but modern with a truly boutique feel. The staff was so welcoming and accommodating- I felt at home right away.
Our room was beautiful and spacious with the most comfortable bed. I honestly found it hard to leave the hotel most mornings especially with the breakfast experience. I could write a whole page on the food here alone. Definitely make sure to reserve a night to have dinner here. What a special and memorable dining experience. The chef deserves AWARDS.
The rest of the property is gorgeous. They have a nice sized back garden with many different areas to sit with coffee or drinks and at the top they have a small but nice pool. The roof is perfect for watching the sunset. Take me back!!
I will definitely be returning soon (I hope!) and encourage everyone to visit the magical Alegra Hotel. Thank you again to the wonderful staff!
We found Alegra to be really enchanting. I’d say it is quite a romantic and dreamy place!
The atmosphere hearkens to romance by citing various lovers of yore — each room has a little love story on a plaque outside it. Apparently the hotel itself has similar a “love legend” origin.
We loved the old stone building and contrast to the modern furniture and styling. The local chocolatier treat that awaited us went really well with the hot tub.
The food was some of the most amazing I have ever enjoyed. Breakfast was a banquet of delights, and we relished it deeply. Really a highlight of our trip.
The garden and terrace are really nice as well, and has the vibe of a secluded getaway.
Alegra is the most beautiful and intimate hospitality spot I have ever been to. The atmosphere and staff make you feel like family right when you walk in the door. The natural light from all the open windows and high ceilings warm the place equally as much as the people greeting you.
The courtyard is a beautiful oasis of plants and flowers hiding sweet intimate sitting spaces, perfect for sipping and talking. We spent the evening relaxing on the outdoor rooftop while the sunset displayed the city in all its beauty. In the morning, we had a full home cooked Israeli breakfast that was the best I ever had. The open kitchen is so personable and the food was so good that we found it hard to leave to explore the city.
It was seamlessly the most beautiful and relaxing experience I have had.
How much does a room costs at Alegra Boutique Hotel ?
Large and spacious suite with elegant furnishings and arched windows. It features king size beds nestled in stone niches, luxurious Egyptian linen and leather furniture. Modern amenities include a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, laptop-sized safe, minibar and a personal espresso maker. Private en-suite bathroom is fitted with towels, bathrobes and a personal cosmetics set.
Where to book online – Alegra Boutique Hotel- Gay Friendly Hotels Jerusalem – you can find the best hotels deals in Jerusalem during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Jerusalem on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Villa Brown Jerusalem 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Jerusalem
Located in the heart of Jerusalem, a 10-minute walk from the old city walls, Villa Brown Jerusalem offers rooms with free WiFi. Set in a restored 19th-century villa, the hotel combines classical inspiration and contemporary design. It features a restaurant, a bar and a rooftop wellness area with hot tub.
All air-conditioned, rooms at Villa Brown Jerusalem come with a flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels, and a minibar. Some rooms offer a balcony. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and free toiletries, slippers and bathrobes are provided for your comfort.
Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast buffet daily. The restaurant serves International and Mediterranean cuisine.
The Villa Brown Jerusalem, the newest addition to the Brown Hotels group, is a 24-room boutique hotel that redefines contemporary hospitality in the holy city. Just a five minute walk to Jerusalem’s old city sites and situated in the heart of the bustling city center. Known as the ‘Grande Dame’ of the Brown Hotels collection, the Villa Brown Jerusalem is housed within a one-time private villa from the 19th-century.
The hotel’s distinct aesthetic is a multilayered interpretation of East-Meets-West, merging Neoclassical British Mandate, Ottoman and Eclectic-design-styles with contemporary interior influences, exemplified through velvety pigments of red, emerald and mauve that adorn the public and private spaces throughout the property.
The hotel is perfectly located. The Old City walls are within a 15-minute walk, both the bustling streets of Jaffa and Ben Yehuda are even closer than that. Restaurants abound within walking distance and yet the privacy and seclusion of your own little eloquent oasis exists within the garden walls of the hotel.
An old-world sophistication is apparent in ambiance, the staff are pleasant, the breakfast is fresh and abundant and best of all, the beds are super comfortable for a good night’s sleep after a long day of the touring the amazingly wondrous historical city of Jerusalem.
The hotel is perfectly located and you can literally walk to everything including the Mamilla shopping arcade, King George Street and even to the Mahane Yehuda market. The rooms were spotlessly clean and the Molton Brown toiletries were generously replenished daily.
There is a courtyard as well as a reading room next to the lobby which meant that there was somewhere other than our rooms to sit and relax in the evenings. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. A fabulous hotel and we will definitely go there again. p.s. the breakfast is superb.
Villa Brown is a small boutique on a residential street, which looks like someone’s home. The hotel has a small garden area in the front where you can eat breakfast or have a drink in the evening. The hotel is perfectly located – 10 minute walk from the old city, 10 minutes to the Mahane Yehuda Market and the hip restaurants near there, and one block from Jaffa Street where you can eat, shop and easily catch the tram.
The rooms are on the small side (and one of my only complaints is that there is no closet or drawers – which is kind of strange) so having this outdoor space, especially with Jerusalem’s temperate climate, was ideal. The rooms are nicely decorated and very clean. Other than the location, a real plus in the unbelievably yummy and hugely abundant breakfast, which they serve throughout the day. You get an assortment of wonderfully prepared Israeli starters (hummus, stuffed vegetables) plus an assortment of fantastic breakfast entrees from the menu.
The breakfast staff is great too- they are so eager to serve you and they are so kind and professional.Thank you to Jude, Lena, Arenna. They made us yummy lattes and put up with our demands. We are also grateful for the help we received from the manager and all the front desk people and other employees. Everyone was super friendly and eager to help out. Sometimes there is a language barrier, but the staff always tries. Also, because Villa Brown is small and inviting, we met several of the other guests, which made for an even more pleasant experience. We wish you all well and hope to return one day.
How much does a room costs at Villa Brown Jerusalem ?
This air-conditioned suite features a seating area and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is complete with a hairdryer, bathrobe and free toiletries.
Where to book online – Villa Brown Jerusalem- Gay Friendly Hotels Jerusalem – you can find the best hotels deals in Jerusalem during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Jerusalem on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Mamilla Hotel 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Jerusalem
Mamilla Hotel features a panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City. This stylish hotel was designed by architect Piero Lissoni and is 10 minutes’ walk from Jaffa Gate.
The hotel offers a choice of restaurants, including the trendy Mirror Bar with live music and the seasonal brasserie with city views. Mamilla Café restaurant serves local specialities.
Rooms at Hotel Mamilla are equipped with LCD TV, pure Egyptian cotton bed linen and modern-style décor. Some bathrooms feature a transparent glass wall that can be switched on and off.
The modern Akasha Wellness Centre includes a spa and an indoor swimming pool. A sauna, fitness room and massages are also available on site.
Jerusalem’s Finest, and most Fashionable Lifestyle Hotel, will usher- in a new experience of exceptional hospitality in Israel. Featuring 194 rooms and suites, it will be epitomize Jerusalem’s rich cultural heritage and bustling daily life. Inspired by Alrov Luxury Hotels’ vision and commitment to excellence, and master-minded by world-renowned architects Moshe Safdie and Hall of Fame Piero Lissoni, it combines sophistication and simplicity with eclectic aesthetics, exciting lighting, textures and colors, inspiring the imagination and delivering a truly unforgettable experience.
It brings world-class lifestyle hospitality to Jerusalem and Israel. Guests and visitors will enjoy superior design and accommodations together with exclusive dining and bar venues, a Holistic Well-being Spa & Gym.
Perfect location, right at the Jaffa gate, with easy access to the old city as well as to Western Jerusalem and the more modern parts of the city. Lobby a bit heavy on the tour groups and overly busy, but rooms are excellent, some with fantastic views.
Nice but small indoor pool, high quality concierges gave great dining advice. Rooftop is spectacular and open to guests, rooftop restaurant too touristy for my taste. Breakfast buffet first-class, massive choice, amazing service.
I had a king studio which had quite possibly the most cramped toilet/sinks bathroom situation I have seen…and then a huge shower/tub area. The bed was incredibly low to the ground – no bed springs – more like the height of a futon. Not to mention the entire bathroom is clear glass so not ideal if you are traveling with someone. There is a switch to turn the glass opaque but it only made the glass about 20% opaque. Any light from the bathroom was not going to be blocked.
Overall the room was super clean, just odd.
The rooftop restaurant has an amazing view – food is fine – but despite seeming to have an abundance of employees milling about I was always having to spend 5+ minutes to finally flag down a waiter for a second glass of wine or the check. Same goes for breakfast which is a buffet – but it took asking several times every time I wanted a refill on tea or sparkling water.
Wonderful location, with cool modern fun rooms, exciting bar, with an incredible view of the Old City! From checkin to checkout we felt kindness and courtesy from all staff, but the star was the concierge Lior, she was so helpful and her recommendations were perfect in every way!
When deciding where to stay in Jerusalem we of course looked at several options. We also considered the King David Hotel which is so historic. We had friends staying there, so we visited their room. Beautiful hotel, but we would stay at the Mamilla 10 out of 10 times, when comparing the two hotels. The Mamilla’s location was so much more convenient to the Jaffa Gate, and it is so much fresher and up to date.
Hotel is spotless, modern with comfortable rooms and facilities. The gym which is attached to the hotel again is very good by hotel standards and whilst the pool is indoors, you do have access to David Citadel`s outdoor pool across the road and there is also an outdoor sundeck.
Roof bar overlooks Old Jerusalem and is popular at night and restaurants in hotel are decent. I personally prefer going out at night and Dolphin Yam (seafood restaurant) offered great simple and beautifully cooked seafood.
Despite some reviews i had read i found service to be beyond helpful and friendly. All our requests were dealt with perfectly and timely.
Fab location and honestly if i came back for a visit this would be the first booking. Love it.
Love this hotel, stayed at the sister properties in Amsterdam and London and this one is as good. Amazing service, amazing rooms, super comfortable on all levels, love the layout of the rooms, great bathrooms and super comfortable beds. Standard room we booked and it’s great!
Breakfast is a must, amazing choice and truly the best meal of the day when taking it there.
Gym is great, slightly crowded in prime hours but great, the even have classes available
Fantastic location close to everything.
How much does a room costs at Mamilla Hotel ?
Stylish studio with minibar and cable TV.
The bathroom features a bath and a glass wall.
Where to book online – Mamilla Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Jerusalem – you can find the best hotels deals in Jerusalem during Festival of Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Jerusalem on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.