Where to Stay

Downtown

For

Cafes, restaurants, bars and shops on your doorstep; good transportation (or can walk) to Old City; several good hostels.

Against

Busy and crowded; some streets can be noisy; few sights; value can be questionable. Most places shut down on Shabbat.

East Jerusalem

For

Chance to explore Palestinian community; quick access to Damascus Gate and sights in the Old City.

Against

Little nightlife; can be challenging to find taxis in West Jerusalem that go here.

German Colony & Southern Jerusalem

For

Charming, attractive and laid-back; green spaces, plenty of cafes and several of the city's best performance and live music spaces; several high-quality large boutique resort-style hotels.

Against

Long walk to Old City. Some parts have a shortage of dining options.

Old City

For

Atmospheric; proximity to major historic sights; some good daytime eating options; markets for shopping; some specifically geared to religious pilgrims.

Against

No nightlife; no transportation within walls; lower quality accommodations than elsewhere; can feel claustrophobic.