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EFFENDI HOTEL ONE OF WORLD’S BEST NEW HOTELS

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Just a few months after opening their doors the new Effendi Hotel in the ancient city of Acre has already been awarded by the prestigious Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the world’s best new hotels.

Praising the new Effendi which offers travellers a unique boutique experience on the shores of the Mediterranean sea, Travel and Leisure Magazine said: “It’s hard to believe that two Ottoman-era mansions in Acre, a beach-lined port city in Israel’s northern Galilee, sat empty until local restaurateur Uri Jeremias saw the site’s potential. Under his watchful eye—and in strict accordance with Israel’s Antiquities Authority—the two residences, complete with Byzantine walls and Crusader-period cellars, were intricately restored to become the palatial Efendi Hotel, with 12 white-on-white rooms, each with original trompe l’oeil ceilings.  We ordered Israeli wines and pan-Mediterranean dishes in the 900-year-old cellar turned tapas bar before taking a 10-minute stroll south along the Mediterranean to Jeremias’s restaurant Uri Buri, known for its simple spin on local seafood, passing the city’s 4,000-year-old sights along the way.”

 Acre is a must see on every tourist’s agenda. The city’s fascinating historical heritage, is a rare blend of East and West, authentic sights from the past, a unique meeting place of art and religion alongside the remains of various cultures – all these have made Acre one of the most important cities of the ancient world. The walls of the city, its fortresses and citadels, its churches and mosques and the other buildings within its boundaries, tell the history of the many rulers who governed it and fought for it, who built the city and glorified it.

 Acre’s most prominent sites include ruins from the Hellenistic-Roman period and buildings from the Crusader and Ottoman periods: Al Jazar Mosque, the buildings of the Order of Saint John, the subterranean Crusader city, Khan Al Omdan, the Turkish Baths (which now house the municipal museum), the Bahai Temple and more.

In Acre you will be able to see the fingerprints of many peoples and religious movements: the Canaanites, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Mamelukes, the Turks and the British.

For more information on the Effendi Hotel: http://www.efendi-hotel.com/