Atlas Boutique Hotels has launched its third outpost in Jerusalem with the new Bezalel Hotel. Designed by Tel Aviv-based Studio Mu, the 37-room hotel is housed within a restored landmark, which has been outfitted with six new floors.
The design was informed by the hotel’s close proximity to the Bezalel Art School. Locally sourced materials were used along with vintage and contemporary furniture and décor crafted by Israeli designers to honor Jerusalem culture and the character of the Nachlaot neighborhood. Handwoven rugs throughout are a nod to molded concrete painted tiles found in many corners of Israel. The lobby features a ceramic Armenian wall, handpainted by Armenian artists with a contemporary reinterpretation of Old World designs.
Artworks adorn public spaces and guestrooms, strengthening the design concept. For example, a stone sculpture from artist Zohar Gutman takes center stage of the hotel’s private courtyard, humorously depicting Bezalel founder Boris Katz riding a horse. Guestroom artwork comes from a collaboration between the property and the Jerusalem Print Workshop.