As Jerusalem’s first member of Brown Hotels, Villa Brown represents a confluence of contemporary small-scale luxury and the nostalgic opulence of the city’s colonial era. Housed in an impressive 19th-century villa that has been painstakingly restored to its former glory, Villa Brown features a lavish Rooftop Spa, Garden Cafe serving contemporary takes on regional classics and fashionable underground “Cave Bar”.
The design is a distinct intermingling of Neoclassical, Ottoman styles and contemporary influences, boasting deep and warm hues, soft textiles, velvety pigments of red, emerald and mauve and towering arched doorways. Villa Brown boasts 24 exquisite rooms and suites, each bearing a distinctive design inspired by Jerusalem’s Ottoman and British Mandate eras.
Ha-Nevi'im St 54, Jerusalem
Villa Brown a luxury boutique hotel in Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of downtown Jerusalem in one of the oldest areas of the modern city, where the secular, cosmopolitan side of the city meets the historical and religious. The hotel itself sits within the walls of an impressive 19th-century villa once owned by a colorful character of the city’s the Ottoman and British Mandate eras. A respected doctor and notorious socialite, he made use of the villa not only as a private residence, but also a venue for hosting receptions and balls for Jerusalem’s cosmopolitan residents, diplomats and dignitaries. With the construction of Villa Brown, the building has been completely restored and redesigned to rekindle the spirit of this era.
To maintain the villa’s original spirit, Brown Hotels contracted Jerusalem-based architects Galit Shifman Bar-Natan and Michal Cohen Magen to completely restore the edifice, while adding two additional floors to house the hotel’s suites and rooftop spa.
The hotel’s distinct aesthetic is a multilayered interpretation of the East-Meets-West social and cultural pinnacle of Jerusalem during the British Mandate period, merging Neoclassical, 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 original walls of exposed stone within the property date back to more than 100 years ago, and pay homage to the timeless signature architecture for which Jerusalem is known.
Nestled in the depths of Villa Brown, the fashionable Cave Bar in Jerusalem once served as the 19th-century residence’s water cistern. Today, it has been reimagined a haven for travelers and locals in search of classic and contemporary cocktails, some of Israel’s finest boutique wines and an air of cosmopolitan sophistication. The bar is open daily for house and outside guests and can host small private events of up to 20 guests.