Located 820 meters above sea level where the rolling hills of the Jerusalem pine forest meet the golden Judaean desert, is the sprawling Ramat Rachel Hotel, Congress, and Spa complex.
This four-star deluxe property is a winning combination of luxurious accommodations, outstanding views of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Judaean hills and extensive facilities. A short drive from the Old City and the heart of Jerusalem, the hotel serves as a convenient and comfortable base for touring the Holy City and the surrounding sites. The hotel has its roots as a youth hostel built in 1969 by the members of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel to serve groups of Israelis and tourists visiting Israel's capital city.
Today, some thirty years later, the Ramat Rachel Hotel boasts 164 rooms and an exclusive country club and health spa.
A complete conference center including a fully equipped, 300-seat auditorium, lecture rooms, and an awning permanently erected in the hotel's gardens provide ample space for the many seminars, conferences,exhibitions, celebrations, and other events that take place throughout the year.
Guests entering the elegant Ramat Rachel Hotel lobby are greeted by a friendly and attentive reception staff. While it has undergone major modernization and expansion recently, this employee-owned hotel is professionally staffed by kibbutz residents who treat every guest as a member of their extended family.
The Israeli tradition of warm hospitality is expressed in the staff's dedication to service and attention to detail. The hotel's expansive grounds merge with Jerusalem's green belt, a path of natural woods and landscape that surrounds the entire city, making it the largest undeveloped area within the boundaries of Jerusalem.
The hotel is developing a several-kilometer-long walking/running trail that circles the grounds and provides spectacular views of Jerusalem's peripheral neighborhoods, Bethlehem with the Church of the Nativity as its centerpiece, the Old City in all its splendor, and the Judaean desert.
A well known archeological site, containing the remains of an ancient fortress and village, serves as the backdrop for a modern sculpture. The hotel is completely wheelchair accessible with ramps, wide doors, and specially designed rooms.
The Ramat Rachel Hotel has 164 spacious rooms, all with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and some with private terraces. The hotel's VIP rooms are particularly large and come with a whirlpool bath as well as other special amenities.
All of the rooms are equipped with satellite TV, central AC, radio, and a direct dial telephone with voice mail. Nonsmoking, connecting, and wheelchair-accessible rooms are available.
Souvenir hunters will find solutions to all of their gift and personal needs while enjoying the convenience and relaxed atmosphere of the well-stocked boutique in the hotel lobby. Shoppers can choose from a hand-picked selection of high quality gifts and souvenirs including silk clothing, Dead Sea beauty products, entertaining t-shirts, Armenian pottery, Jerusalem glass, and jewelry made by local artists, including the unique jewerly design of Kibbutz member Yael Cohen.
Guests are invited to get ready for a night on the town or a special occasion in the hotel's full service beauty salon. The salon's professional staff pampers its customers with a complete array of up-to-date hair and beauty treatments.
There is a permanent synagogue within the Ramat Rachel complex, with its own ark and flexible seating arrangements. Every effort is made to accommodate the needs of groups and individuals spending holidays or celebrating an event at the hotel.
The hotel provides all the services expected from a luxury hotel including laundry, currency exchange, safe deposit boxes, car rental, facsimile, and photocopying as well as touring information and planning assistance.
Ramat Rachel's sprawling country club starts with a well tended lawn sprinkled with towering Jerusalem pine trees and lounge chairs surrounding an expansive, heated, all-weather pool. A large pergola shades the kiddie pool. Four tennis courts and Jerusalem's longest water slide complete the outdoor facilities of this exclusive club.
A fully equipped, modern exercise room allows guests to continue their fitness routine while traveling. Guests may participate in the various exercise and stretching classes that are given during the week.
The health club's professional staff provides guidance and support. The club's whirlpool, sauna and steam bath provide a relaxing way to pamper sore muscles after a strenuous workout or a long day of sightseeing. The center is open to members and hotel guests only.
The Ramat Rachel Spa is a world unto itself. Upon entering the spa doors, clients are lifted into a realm where peace and serenity reign. Guests are welcome to indulge in a spa treatment offered by one of the professionals on staff.
Different types of massage and holistic treatments, such as Shiatsu, Ayurveda massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, and Reiki, are available as are nutritional and naturopathy counseling.
The spa has a loyal clientele of local residents who are attracted to the high quality staff and facilities. Hotel guests are accepted on an advanced reservation basis and enjoy preferential rates.
The hotel's 350-seat dining hall, serving three full kosher meals a day, is an expansive, high-ceilinged room overlooking Bethlehem and some of Jerusalem's newest neighborhoods.
The full Israeli breakfast included in the price of the room is an excellent way to start a busy day of sightseeing.
Guests are invited to choose from the variety of salads, egg dishes, fresh baked goods, local cheeses and other dairy products generously arranged on large, marble topped buffets.
Lunch and dinner are also served buffet style and start with a colorful selection of salads and other appetizers based on Israel's freshest produce. A varied menu includes a choice of attentively prepared soups, side dishes, and main courses, but guests should be sure to save room for the tantalizing cakes and sweets from the desert buffet.
The hotel stocks a carefully selected choice of quality Israeli wines and a large assortment of non-alcoholic beverages.
The lobby cafe, open from morning till midnight, serves drinks and light meals throughout the day and provides a place for guests to enjoy a quiet moment or catch up with friends over mid-morning coffee, afternoon tea, or a before dinner aperitif.
The pool snack bar, with its outdoor/indoor seating and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, provides light meals and beverages throughout the day.
The Ramat Rachel Congress and Seminar Center is used for a variety of purposes including conferences, exhibits, and seminars. With fourteen meeting rooms, a modern, fully equipped 300-seat auditorium, and a spacious reception area, the hotel has complete facilities for any type of event.
The hotel can provide audio-visual equipment such as slide and overhead projectors, TV, VCR, white boards, flip charts, telephone lines for telemarketing needs and Internet connection.
The hotel hosts numerous wedding, bar mitzvah, and other family celebrations. An outdoor wedding canopy has a breathtaking view of the southern outskirts of Jerusalem as a backdrop for a memorable ceremony. A large, permanent awning provides shade during the day and warmth during the cool Jerusalem nights for outdoor dining and dancing.
Easily accessible from the city center and providing ample, free parking, Ramat Rachel's conference and event facilities are in use throughout the year. The hotel's catering staff is experienced at creating menus and fine food for groups numbering forty to nine-hundred.