The King David Jerusalem

23 King David St, Jerusalem, 94101, Israel
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Extreme comfort

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 29, 2012

Without doubt, the King David Hotel is the most famous and prestigious hotels in Israel and possibly the Middle East.

Opened in 1931, the iconic building overlooking the Old City has played an important part in the history of the state of Israel. To this day it is the chosen place to stay of visiting politicians and dignitaries and, in 1946, the scene of a bombing by the Irgun movement against the British Mandate.

The King David is very much part of the establishment and any stay reflects this.

Try sitting in the (large) foyer - chances are on any day of the week except Saturday Israeli security will be casing out the joint (in my recent 2 week stay, the American Ambassador, the Indian Minister of Finance, former PM Ehud Olmert, current Foreign Minister Liberman, Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Birt and many other politicians were all in the hotel at different points).

The public rooms are sweeping, grand and retain an old-fashioned appeal - large comfortable sofas and chairs, huge flower displays in the Reading Room, tasteful decor. The large terrace overlooks the Old City as does the outdoor pool (closed during the winter months).

Breakfast is taken in the grandly named President's Hall and, as any Israeli hotel breakfast, is grand in scale - salads, fruits, cheeses, fish, eggs, breads and pastries.

The three restaurants are, sadly, wholly lacking in atmosphere although La Regence (meat) is by far the best. Food is excellent but they're not places you want to spend any time.

Rooms - all 290 of them - have been recently modernised. Varying in size - from standard to the two-floored President's Suite - all rooms are large, extremely comfortable with all the modern extras one would expect from a 5 star hotel with such a reputation. 'Goodies' are frequently left - hand-made chocolates, jellies, cake.

Unique Quality: It's grand, it's extreme, it's old-fashioned luxury. Yet it's not wholly my thing.

It's the very old-fashionedness of it is one of the problems. And it's therefore ultimately about personal preference than any issue with the hotel.

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VIP's hotel

by written on January 14, 2006

The flagship of Israeli Hotels,
Marveling at the fabled skyline of the Old City.
A remarkable venue - a Jerusalem landmark and Israel's most famous hotel.
The perennial host to world leaders and celebrities.

The King David Hotel bombing (July 22, 1946) was a bombing attack against the British government of Palestine by members of Irgun ?a militant Zionist group. The Irgun exploded a bomb at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, which had been the base for the British Secretariat, the military command and a branch of the Criminal Investigation Division (police). 91 people were killed, most of them civilians: 28 British, 41 Arab, 17 Jewish, and 5 other. Around 45 people were injured.

The attack was initially ordered by David Ben Gurion, who was in the United States, but he later changed his mind and ordered the bombing to be cancelled. But Menachem Begin, the head of Irgun, went ahead anyway. Both Ben Gurion and Begin would later become Israeli Prime Ministers.

The attack on the hotel was the largest attack against the British in the history of the Mandate.

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No doubt you'd want to stay here !

by written on May 19, 2005

The kind David hotel in Jerusalem, although may not be impressing from its outside is a very posh hotel and known as one of the best in Israel if not the best.
When Presidents, prime ministers kings and other people in such level arrives thats where they stay.
So i guess that most VT'ers will find this tip not so helpful but then again who knows.... mybe you've just got a spoiling vacation from your granny and you're searching for a GREAT hotel in VT... :-)

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King David Hotel Jerusalem

by written on May 28, 2003

The King David Hotel is probably one of the most prestigious and expensive hotels in Israel and surely in Jerusalem. It is here where the royalties, presidents and celebrities usually stay while in Jerusalem.

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larome hotel / king david...

by written on August 25, 2002

larome hotel / king david hotel,/ymca /hilton / sheraton / hyatt regency and holiday inn are the preferable ones according to me

Unique Quality: other than the king david and the ymca, all are modern hotels, still built in the jerusalem stone like all the other buildings in the city, but the foremr are more historical and autantic.

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Address: 23 King David St, Jerusalem, 94101, Israel

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
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  • Continental Breakfast

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