The Jaffa hotel is an old hospital that has been renovated to become a 120-room luxury hotel and 32 residences close to the district’s ancient center. According to Israeli website Globes, “Marriott is opening the hotel in partnership with the building’s owners RFR Holding, a New York real estate company founded by Aby Rosen and Michael Fuchs.” Writing in the Wallpaper*, Harry McKinley explains: “A renovated 19th-century hospital combined with a substantial new-build, the hotel is a cross-continental collaboration: the original structure, crumbling and deserted, was purchased by US-based RFR Holding’s Aby Rosen, who saw its potential and enlisted British designer John Pawson to help oversee its impressive transformation… Along with local architect Ramy Gill, Pawson devised a scheme that would juxtapose contemporary and classic elements, and also designed the adjoining new building. The result sees grand Roman columns with Corinthian cornices branch, tree-like, above a minimalist marble reception desk in the lobby; ornate stained-glass windows throw pillars of mottled colour across austere furnishings; while outside, the façade of the old hospital, with its arched windows and sturdy architectural detailing, sits neatly beside the contemporary wing, with its robust, angular lines.”