Efendi Hotel in Acre. Photo: courtesy

Efendi Hotel in Acre. Photo: courtesy
  1. Ruth Rimonim in the Old City of Safed (Tzfat) — Israel’s ancient mystical city in the Upper Galilee — is a refurbished stone building originally housing a Turkish khan (inn) during the 17th century. It boasts 77 unique and individually decorated rooms.
  1. The Market House Hotel in Jaffa, next to the famous Jaffa Clock Tower and Flea Market, opened only in late 2014 but contains the archeological remains of a Byzantine chapel preserved for viewing underneath the glass floor of the lobby.

Market House Hotel, Jaffa. Photo: courtesy

Market House Hotel, Jaffa. Photo: courtesy
  1. Fauzi Azar Inn in the Old City of Nazareth in the Galilee opened in 2005 inside a renovated 200-year-old mansion replete with Ottoman arches and architecture, frescos, high ceilings and marble floors. Fauzi Azar was chosen by Lonely Planet as the No. 7 best hostel in the world for 2014.

Overview of Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth. Photo by Giulia Cimarosti/TravelReportage.com

Overview of Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth. Photo by Giulia Cimarosti/TravelReportage.com

Casa Dona Gracia Hotel and Living Museum in Tiberias recreates the Turkish palace of the 16th century Jewish businesswoman, philanthropist and diplomat Doña Gracia Mendes Nasi, born Beatrice de Luna in 1510 in Portugal. In 1558, she leased the Tiberias area from the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent to house Jewish refugees of the Spanish Inquisition.

Though the main building of this unique museum-hotel is only 25 years old, it is built around a square and four pillars from that Ottoman period and contains furniture crafted nearly 300 years ago. Each floor in the 66-room hotel is decorated in the style of one of the Renaissance-era cities in which Doña Gracia lived: Lisbon, Antwerp, Venice and Constantinople.

Guests at Casa Dona Gracia dressed in period costumes for a souvenir snapshot. Photo: courtesy

Guests at Casa Dona Gracia dressed in period costumes for a souvenir snapshot. Photo: courtesy

Villa Tiferet vacation villa in Safed is a restored 400-year-old building in the Artists Quarter that originally was part of a complex housing an Eastern Orthodox Church and later a school. Canadian immigrants Amir and Nicole Bem restored and modernized the structure and opened for business in 2015, attracting mainly multi-generational families on holiday.

The villa sleeps 13 people and has large common areas including a rooftop and two courtyards, a library, a family room with a fireplace, an office, a dining room that seats 16, and a modern kitchen.

Villa Tiferet offers a heritage setting for short-term stays. Photo by Jordan Polevoy

Villa Tiferet offers a heritage setting for short-term stays. Photo by Jordan Polevoy
  1. Akkotel in Acre is built into the walls of the Old City, a renovated historical building constructed by the Ottoman Turks in the second half of the 18th century to billet army officers. It later became a school and then a courthouse under the British Mandate. After seven years of renovations, Akkotel boutique hotel opened to the public in September 2007. Sixteen one-of-a-kind rooms combine stoned arches with handmade furniture.

A room in the boutique Akkotel. Photo: courtesy

A room in the boutique Akkotel. Photo: courtesy

Arabesque in Acre is an inn with three units as well as an English-Hebrew-Arabic literary and arts center. Owner Evan Fallenberg tells ISRAEL21c that the house was built between 1725 and 1799, the latter date just after Napoleon’s attempted conquest of Acre.

“We have 1,000-year-old Crusader stones, mostly repurposed but with one original wall intact,” he adds. “A local stone mason says that because it is an exterior Crusader wall it was either Crusader HQ or a dividing wall between several of the quadrants set up by the Italian maritime republics.”

Arabesque: An Arts and Residency Center. Photo by Micha Fallenberg

Arabesque: An Arts and Residency Center. Photo by Micha Fallenberg