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The Seven Arches Hotel is a hotel in East Jerusalem in the Arab neighborhood of at-Tur on the Mount of Olives. The hotel overlooks the old city of Jerusalem.

Seven Arches Hotel
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General information
LocationMount of Olives, Jerusalem
Coordinates31°46′32″N 35°14′36″E / 31.77556°N 35.24333°E / 31.77556; 35.24333
OpeningMarch 20, 1964
OwnerJordanian government
Technical details
Floor count3
Other information
Number of rooms196
Number of restaurants1

HistoryEdit

 
Seven Arches Hotel facade

The hotel was built by the Jordanian government on land that belongs to the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem. The hotel opened on March 20, 1964 as the Hotel Jerusalem Intercontinental, managed by the US Intercontinental Hotels chain. The PLO held its first Palestine National Council conference at the hotel in May 1964.[1] After the Six-Day War, and the loss of Jordanian sovereignty over Jerusalem, the property was entrusted to the Custodian of Absentee Property. The hotel was later slightly renamed when the chain altered their branding, becoming the Hotel Inter-Continental Jerusalem. In 1989, as a result of the First Intifada, Inter-Continental Hotels chose not to renew their management agreement with the hotel, an agreement which was first signed with the Jordanians, and later with the Custodian. The hotel changed its name to the Seven Arches Hotel, and the Custodian entrusted the management of the hotel to a local management team. The hotel employs fifty employees; all including the management team, are East Jerusalemites.

TodayEdit

The Seven Arches is a 4-star hotel with 196 rooms notable for its views of Jerusalem.[2] Despite reports in 2010 that plans had been submitted for expansion of the hotel, the general manager of the Seven Arches, Awni Inshewat denied this. He said there had been some confusion over an application for a building permit for a large Christian prayer tent located at the site: "The tent has been there for about five years, but the municipality said it needs a building permit, so we applied for that."[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eldar, Akiva (Dec 15, 2010). "Israel promoting plan to build on territory of Jordanian hotel in E. Jerusalem". Haaretz.
  2. ^ Hotel 7 Arches Jerusalem, Jerusalem Hotels : Reviews of Hotel 7 Arches Jerusalem - Yahoo! Travel
  3. ^ Israel to expand landmark E.Jerusalem hotel: Report

Coordinates: 31°46′32.48″N 35°14′36.2″E / 31.7756889°N 35.243389°E / 31.7756889; 35.243389