Best Hotels: King David Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel


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King David Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel

Location: The King David Hotel in Jerusalem is probably the best grand hotel in Israel. The Federmann family purchased the property at the beginning of 1957. In 1961, the ruined wing of the hotel was renovated and in 1966, two extra floors were added. Since that time, the hotel has been linked with the peace process mapped out in the region and has hosted kings, queens, presidents, and heads of governments and celebrities from all walks of life. Three world leaders fleeing from their homelands sought asylum in the luxury and elegance of the hotel: King Alfonso VIII of Spain, forced to abdicate in 1931, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and George II of Greece. And if you book the red carpet package, you will get an inclusive transport from and to Ben Gurion Airport.

History: The history of the Kind David Hotel started in 1929, when the influential Mosseri bankers family decided to build a luxury hotel in Jerusalem. The rectangular, four-story building which was erected on the site, clad in the distinctive creamy-pink limestone quarried from local mines. The Swiss decorator was briefed to “evoke, by reminiscence, the ancient Semitic style and the ambience of the glorious period of King David.” The King David finally opened its doors in January 1931. Royalty and heads of state soon began to frequent the hotel for varying lengths of time. The Dowager Empress of Iran and Queen Mother Nazli of Egypt would spend their summer vacations in the King David as well as King Abdullah of Transjordan. 

Rooms and Suites: The King David Hotel has 237 rooms, including 37 Luxury Suites, plus 1 Presidential and 1 Royal Suite. There are several types of rooms and suites available including 116 rooms that face the New City and 57 Deluxe rooms overlooking the magnificent sites of the Old City.  Categories of suites include, Garden, Club, Deluxe, Presidential and Royal. All face the Old City, many with large verandas, jacuzzis and separate living room. All guest and public rooms provide fast lines and Plug and Play Internet connection. Hotel can provide meeting, party and function space for 10-400 people. Additional VIP and Red Carpet Services is available on request.

Restaurants and Bars: The King David Hotel offers a variety of places for lunch or dinner. La Regence restaurant is one of Israel’s finest restaurants, combining creative talent with the best local ingredients and Middle Eastern flavours. Elegantly decorated with beautiful views of the Old City. Kings Garden restaurant is set in the gardens of the hotel and overlooking the pool. This restaurant offers a variety of skilfully prepared dairy, fish and vegetarian dishes. In the Oriental Bar you find the choice of good food and an excellent selection of the finest imported drinks and wines. The Poolside Snack Bar operates during April to October to provide guests with a refreshing drink or light meal directly between the swimming pool and tennis court.

Sport and Spa: Set in beautiful gardens, within walking distance of Jerusalem, The King David offers tennis facilities, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre complete with spa and massage facilities. A a free-of-charge activity club for children of Dan Hotel Guests, operating during the summer months, at weekends and Jewish Holidays. As said above, outside by the pool the Poolside Snack Bar operates during April to October to provide guests with a refreshing drink or light meal. 

Address Details:
King David Hotel
23 King David Street
Jerusalem 94101

Tel.:  +972-2-620 8888
Fax:  +972-2-620 8882
e-mail: kingdavid@danhotels.com
website: www.danhotels.com

Room Rates (in US Dollars):

Standard Single:                                       from $360
Standard Double:                                      from $380
Junior Suite                                              from $920
Club Suite                                             from $1.100
Presidential Suite                                   from $2.780
Royal Suite                                            from $3.400

Prices are per room and per night including Israeli breakfast and service charge. 
Children 0-2 are free when sharing their parents' room.

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