We used Sultan’s Refuge as a ‘pied à terre’ while in Israel for 10 days in April 2016. The location is perfect to explore the Old City and is truly an oasis and refuge after a hard day’s walking while seeing the city. The apartment is clean, light and airy and well maintained with everything needed for preparing breakfasts and other meals. The thick walls kept the unit cool in afternoon sun and four small glass-block skylights provide daylight as you walk deeper into the bedroom and bathroom area. Some useful amenities were the washing machine and dryer, although clothes dry so fast in the desert-like climate when placed on the drying rack. A built-in hotel-sized safe keeps any valuables safe. The TV has a wide offering and a comfortable seating arrangement. We appreciated the WiFi that kept us connected while away. The apartment opens onto a pedestrian walkway which is quite private and the view of the wall of Old Jerusalem and Mount Zion is quite wonderful at night. The Mamila Mall is a 10 minute or less walk through the park away and opposite the Mamila Hotel is a small supermarket where one can stock up on food and other essentials.
Salme is more than welcoming and is especially solicitous about your privacy on cleaning day which is Thursday. She is only an email or phone call away.
We would recommend Sultan’s Refuge very highly for anyone visiting Jerusalem and wanting a place to call home while touring the area. We did.
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It was like coming home again, to our gorgeous home away from home, with Salme's warm greeting and welcome hugs. She once drove us to the Central Bus Station when we were traveling to visit family in Arad, as she saw us struggling up the hill with our luggage. We were able to me meet her warm husband, who invited us to share a glass of wine, which we hope to do if we come again next year. I wish I were still at Sultan's Refuge, which is better than any other place I could imagine. The bed so comfortable, the kitchen so easy to use and well stocked with everything you could ever need, the great large comfortable bath room, with great easy to use washer and dryer. The living and dining room, and the entire apartment are beyond gorgeous and so comfortable. The view of the Old City is exceptional. I would not want to stay anywhere else. I hope we return next year for another visit. The only thing I wish is that the price were a bit lower that I could afford to stay longer. It is well worth the price, but is not affordable for everyone that is staying on a longer term basis. I know the owner needs to cover her expenses, I just wish I could afford to stay my entire trip this time in Sultan's Refuge, as there is no place I'd rather be! Thanks so much for everything, Salme! Next Year in Jerusalem.
The apartment is even more gorgeous than the photos!
When we (Devorah and Elliot Silver) first laid eyes on our beautiful furnished apartment overlooking Sultan's Pool and the Old City we were overcome with the elegance and loveliness of our accomodations. We couldn't be happier with our stay here and hope to make an annual trip to Israel and Sultan's Refuge during future Passover holidays. Want to add photos to our review soon, showing Elliot enjoying the lovely living room and kitchen, sitting at the dining room table, and in the bedroom.
The front of the home has gorgeous blue and red flowers and a lovely palm tree, we were thrilled with the beauty of this landscaping and were privileged to enjoy this apartment for the Passover holiday.
We enjoyed a lot our staying at Sultan's Refuge. It's exactly what we 'd expected, perfectly located, in a beautiful historical quarter just in front of the Old City walls. The owner is very kind and helpful. The apartment is very well equipped, and you will find everything you could need. Really a splendid address, highly recommended.