The King David Jerusalem

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

23 King David St, Jerusalem, 94101, Israel

5 Reviews

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93%

Satisfaction Excellent
Excellent
72%
455
Very Good
15%
95
Average
6%
42
Poor
3%
20
Terrible
1%
12

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 46% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families92
  • Couples88
  • Solo85
  • Business84
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    Extreme comfort

    by

    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

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    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 !

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    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

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    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...

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    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.

More about The King David Jerusalem

Too expensive

by Bavavia about King David Hotel

I stayed at the King David Hotel for 2 nights. It was $ 306 per night. A salad ( i ordered for dinner with a coke) was $ 23. The hotel is very very nice, clean quiet, great location, but overrated i think. it was nice the nicest place i stayed at, but i would say its probably not worth more than maybe $ 250 a night max. It was very very nice, the walls are very thick so you dont hear anyone at all and you are guaranteed a restful comfy night, but i just think
$ 306 was a little too expensive. Good thing i stayed at the Lutheran guest house later in my stay to offset the costs! Very quiet, very comfortable, clean, beautiful hotel

Jerusalem YMCA

by worldcam about Jerusalem Digs

The Jerusalem YMCA years back was an inexpensive yet practical and clean place to stay. Located right across from the King David Hotel.... Good location in town, in-house cafe with good food, inexpensive

KING DAVID HOTEL

by Onedragon about KING DAVID HOTEL

I WENT ON A TOUR TO ISRAEL...I USUALLY JUST TRAVEL BY MYSELF...BUT THIS TOUR WAS GOOD FOR ME..I LEARNED A LOT FROM OUR GUIDE WHO HAPPENED TO BE AN ARCHAELOGIST ALSO...
WE STAY IN JERUSALEM AT THE KING DAVID HOTEL..IT WAS SUPERB TO ME..BUT THERE AGAIN ,I WAS EXCITED TOO BE IN JERUSALEM!!!!!!!!!The King David is a Jerusalem landmark and Israel's most famous hotel. Built with locally quarried pink sandstone, the hotel was opened in 1931. On July 22, 1946, when the hotel was being used as a base for the British Secretariat, it was bombed by the Jewish underground. Menachem Begin ordered the attack in retaliation for the British Operation Agatha. 91 people, mostly civilians, were killed. After the bombing, the hotel became a British fortress until May 4, 1948, when it then became an Israeli fortress. At the end of the War of Independence, the hotel found itself on the border that separated Israel and Jordan. This hotel was reopened in 1967, after the Six-Day War, when Israel regained Jerusalem. Today the famous 5-star hotel hosts many visiting dignitaries and celebrities IN THE BATHROOM WAS A BEAUTIFUL SHOWER AND THERE WAS JAZZ MUSIC PLAYING...AWESOME TO ME!!!

JERUSALEM

by mrssugarman about KING DAVID HOTEL

IT WAS NICE AND FUN.I VISITED WISHING WALLS AND MUSEUMS.JEWISH PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY AND FOODS ARE WOW! CANT FIND A WORDS TO DISCRIBED,WELL WHY DONT YOU TRY TOO,I AM SURE YOU WILL ENJOY IT AS I ENJOYED SO MUCH...EAT SHUWARMA W/ SALAD,CUMUS,SALADS AND CHIFS W/PITA,,,,HMMM! ,,,I LOVE IT.. GREAT VIEW OF THE WALLS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALISTINE

Best place to stay in Jerusalem!

by TripAdvisor Member joshua515

Stayed at the King David for three nights on our first trip to Israel. It was by far the best hotel we used. The King David has a storied history since it's openning in the early 1930's and has hosted a multitude of celebrities and dignitaries, as evidenced by the many signatures lining the floor of the main hall.
Hotel had plenty of choices for breakfast and was in keeping with typical local selections.
Accomodations were modern, simple, but elegant. Hotel staff were very courteous and very quick to offer any assistance. We were treated to desserts and fruit upon return to our room every afternoon.
Hotel features a great patio for dining or just enjoying the view overlooking the beautiful garden and western wall of the Temple Mount.
Hotel is conveniently located in the Old City, just minutes drive from the main historical attractions as well as newer parts of the city.

An Extremely Bad Experience

by TripAdvisor Member SamYes

If you like noisy, over-priced hotels with loud families and even louder kids, then this hotel's for you.

I made the unforgiveable mistake of wanting to try this hotel after staying that the perfect American Colony last year.

The hotel's staff have a really bad attitude and every request needed to be repeated over and over again.

Room service took more than an hour on average too.

After 3 nights at this monstrosity, I packed my bags and went to the Colony, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!

Truly bad experience

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Forum Posts

VT Meet In Jerusalem??

by Bavavia

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to see who was available for a VT Meeting on Saturday, October 21 in Jerusalem, at the King David Hotel for cocktails. Please let me know, I know October 21 is awhile away, but i wanted to put that date out there( I will post another reminder near that time as well )
Thanks!

RE: VT Meet In Jerusalem??

by HJIL

I am probably free. So posh!

RE: RE: VT Meet In Jerusalem??

by Bavavia

hi!!
Sounds great! I will send another reminder out too as the date gets closer... looking forward to meeting you and any other VTers that may reply too!!

RE: RE: VT Meet In Jerusalem??

by Martin_S.

Hi and Shalom:
October 21 is a Saturday....what time were you thinking of...we might spend the morning in Jerusalem/Ein Kerem.
Martin

RE: RE: VT Meet In Jerusalem??

by Bavavia

Hi!!
didnt really pick a time yet, very flexible!! any suggestions? :)

RE: RE: VT Meet In Jerusalem??

by LIORSHABAT

WHAT TIME I WANT TO COME
SABABA
CALL ME 0502256007

RE: RE: VT Meet In Jerusalem??

by Martin_S.

Why don't you post a notice in the events/meetings page about a VT meet in Jerusalem, or I could contact some VTers here. I will give you a definite answer if WE can make it this saturday (the 21st) later today.
Martin

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