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“Get the Renovated Rooms on the Upper Floors” 5 of 5 stars
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The King David
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   23 King David St, Jerusalem 94101, Israel   |  
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Ranked #10 of 90 Hotels in Jerusalem
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“Get the Renovated Rooms on the Upper Floors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I loved our days at the King David and it made staying at other hotels in Israel disappointing. We had two adjoining renovated rooms on the upper floors facing the New City of Jerusalem. I was told that if we wanted the Old City views we could not get renovated adjoining rooms. The view of the New City of Jerusalem is pretty and I didn't feel like I missed out. The rooms are not amazing for what you are paying compared to US hotels. Internet service is not included. One of our rooms was nicer than the other. One had a queen headboard but twin beds placed together and the other had a proper Queen mattress. The beds were comfortable and the bedding nice. The rooms were attractive if not large. The bathroom had both a bathtub and shower. While the products in the bathroom were lovely I was annoyed that the shower water did not drain quickly enough. Not a fan of standing in a puddle while showering.

The staff at the King David are great. They arranged for a car service to take us from the airport to the hotel. They were responsive when we needed something. The breakfast buffet is like a feast for royalty. I am not usually a person who enjoys a buffet but this one was so amazing that even I was delighted. Just about everything you could imagine you might want to eat is there and more. There is a staff of arab Israelis at the restaurant and they are very hospitable. The gentleman serving us told us that he had been at the King David for over twenty years. The next morning we had breakfast delivered to our room. It was very good although they did get a few things wrong. We did not call and complain about it because it was not a big deal.

The Hotel is perfectly located. We walked to the Old City one day and it was not far. A lot of the other guests at the hotel were observant/religious Jewish American and French families. The King David is sensitive to their needs so that you can not bring in outside food and eat it in the lobby for example (Kosher laws). The Hotel has a very important history and there are signatures from Presidents and other famous people on tiles in the lobby hallway. The pool is very nice. We swam one afternoon and it was pleasant.

I would certainly return to visit the King David on my next visit to Jerusalem.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

unique hotel.one of the best I visited.stayed in room 134,beautiful room and view.breakfast is rich and you can find many options.the fruit shake is the best i had.outside pool is heated and the garden around the pool are beautiful.will stay again and again

Room Tip: room 134 ,large,beautiful balcony facing garden and old city
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Cannot imagine a better hotel choice in Jerusalem! Absolutely beautiful and comfortable rooms, tasteful decor, quiet with great room darkening curtains, large tub and separate shower, with gorgeous views of the old city from the rear of the hotel. Very convenient for walking to the old city, historical sites, and shopping. Central to everything. Breakfast was included in our price and it was excellent. The staff and service were excellent. Expensive but worth it. Loved it!!!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Second time staying here and almost everything is perfect - charming service, beautiful rooms, lovely pool and the overall experience of staying in such a majestic and historic hotel. However all of the above comes at a hefty price which we are happy to pay because of the unique experience and the wonderful service which is well described by other reviewers here - HOWEVER - the hotel is really letting itself down (or Dan is) by chargng for internet in the rooms. It is really quite unacceptable to charge £444 (sterling) for a room plus $110 for a third childs bed and then charge for WiFi on top - it is really a poor principle and really leaves a bit of a bad taste actually.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The King David is pretty much incomparable. It is one of the most historic hotels in the world, and you can see that history all around you when you visit. The service is not perfect, but in a sense that is what makes it so real. There is no hotel in the world that I would rather visit than the King David, and I love every minute I spend there.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The King David is a majestic hotel, and worth a visit. But it is NOT worth $600 night + a $20 PER DAY PER DEVICE internet charge. Seriously. ALSO, a huge, wonderful buffet breakfast is included in the price of the room....BUT if you want coffee delivered to your room it costs about $18...HOWEVER, if you have breakfast delivered to the room including coffee it only costs $12. GO FIGURE...And I also felt I could never get a straight answer ... I wanted to take a bus to Bethlehem (about 15 minutes away) and the ONLY answer I could get from a concierge is that I should hire a guide or a taxi for at least $100... it turns out that bus 21 takes you to Bethlehem for only about $2 and you can catch it near the hotel. At a hotel like this, you should have confidence in the staff, which I did not.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DanHotelsIsrael, Guest Relations Manager at The King David, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Dear Shermaster,
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts following your recent stay with us; comments such as these are invaluable in our monitoring and development of standards.
Meeting you during your stay was most fascinating; I remember the conversation along these lines very well and will refer to some of the points highlighted again here for others reference.
Just like airlines and hotels all over the world, rates of all different rooms are monitored and fluctuate according to the time of year; during peak times, as you can imagine, rates reflect capacity. We'd hope that we have something that could accommodate all who decide to stay with us.
The complication with regards to the coffee and breakfast brought to your room is merely a misunderstanding or communication breakdown; Breakfast is included in the rate for all guests, so it is just the luxury of having it brought to you which is added, whereas when you order coffee, you will pay for the full service and product.
Furthermore, it is always a concern to hear if a guest feels that our team did not take care of them to the best of their abilities, and for this we are apologetic.
Our team, purposely, do not advise taking the bus to Bethlehem as there are added procedures required crossing the border, sometimes taking quite some time. We'd always prefer the peace and sanctity of our guests and their safe return back to us.
Hoping to have the pleasure of welcoming you back and should you wish, please do be in touch with me personally so I may be of any added assistance.
With regards,
Maya Morav
Guest Relations Manager
Maya.Morav@danhotels.com
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We had a spectacular corner room with views of the old city and the new city. Hard to beat that! The personal touch was excellent, we were escorted to our room and shown all the features by a gentleman in a suit--not the bellman. The bed was sooo comfortable! The amenities are all high-end. The lobby is sumptuous and has wi-fi. The breakfast has so many choices and all are wonderful. We were extremely impressed by the staff who were unfailingly courteous and helpful. The pool is magnificent. We loved staying here and would do it again in a heartbeat. And don't miss the video on the history of the hotel on the hotel station on the TV.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23 King David St, Jerusalem 94101, Israel
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Location: Israel > Jerusalem District > Jerusalem
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Jerusalem
#6 Business Hotel in Jerusalem
#9 Family Hotel in Jerusalem
#9 Luxury Hotel in Jerusalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The King David 5*
Number of rooms: 237
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The King David Jerusalem Hotel is the Israel's most famous hotel stands majestic, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. This landmark hotel is steeped in history and is the preferred choice of world leaders and celebrities alike. This regal and outstanding member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is superbly located within walking distance from both the major historic sites of the Old City, and modern Jerusalem's lively center. ... more   less 
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