The adventure of the Efendi Hotel began in 2001 when Uri Jeremias saw an abandoned building from atop his restaurant, and he decided o renovate it and convert it into a boutique hotel. The building was not for sale, but once the idea took root in Uri's heart, he set out on a quest to make it reality. Information was brought to his attention about the existence of a place called "The Palace", which was intended to become a tourism facility.
The boutique hotel is essentially composed of two adjacent Efendi houses that have now been combined. The Efendi houses, which were once glorious palaces, served the rulers and rich Ottomans in the 19th century, and contain a genuine slice of Acre's history.
What hasn't already been said about Acre? Songs have been written about it for centuries; armies have passed through it; many rulers have governed and gone to war over it; and many love stories have taken place within its walls. The city's walls, fortresses, castles, churches, and mosques tell its history – an epic tale that has stretched for over 4,000 years.