The King David Hotel – Jerusalem, Israel

High-Status Choice of Presidents and Kings

Symbol of a bygone era, the venerable King David Hotel has been compared to London’s Savoy and Singapore’s Raffles Hotel for its quality, style, and sense of traditional grandeur. Exceptional, uninterrupted views of Jerusalem’s Old City from its gardens and terrace and the not-to-be-missed breakfast buffet are but two of many attributes that have secured this Israeli landmark’s position as the country’s highest-rated hotel.

Whether ending your day with a sense of awe as the setting sun softly illuminates the yellow stone of one of the world’s great cities, or beginning it with the justifiably famous sobra extravaganza that boasts as many as 100 deliciously fresh breakfast offerings, there’s no place like the King David. Built in the 1930s, during the period of the British Mandate, the King David’s ambience and history (and its consis­tently high-profile roster of famous guests) have survived a recent face-lift directed by theatrically inclined Adam Tihany.

If only to dally until you can stand up again after breakfast, seek out a corner of the grand Art Deco, Egyptianesque lobby for some excel­lent people-watching.

  • a couple of years ago
  • Israel
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