We really liked this hotel. We are a very well-travelled family and stay in top hotels all over the world...usually FS if there is one. The truth is that standards in Israel are not the same as they are in the US or the Far East, but for Israel or anywhere else, this is a very good hotel. The hotel is fairly new and is really well-built. We had two connecting Junior Suites and there was extensive use of wood and stone so the rooms had a very fresh feeling that you don't get with carpeted hotel rooms. Showers were great and the bathroom was larger. Our room had a walk-in coset that was very well-designed. You are in the heart of the city. We stayed in June so US schools are out and the lobby was a scene with lots of American families traveling together..really fun if you can relate. We ran into lots of other Los Angeles famiiies. Everyone was really happy with the hotel. You walk through an upscale mall to get to the gate of the old city which is very close. The pool was nice but we were really busy so we only used it one day. There is an excellent restaurant, one of the best in Jerusalem call Scala. Breakfast was good with lots of choices. We found the service and the concierge to be good for the most part but if you are there when there are really big family groups it can be really busy. When you speak of groups in this hotel it is really not tour groups in the typical sense of a busload of disconnected strangers, but very large extended families coming together for religious or family events. This is definitely a family hotel while maintaining a very upscale feeling. We really enjoyed people-watching in the lobby. House-keeping and concierge were not perfect on every count but they tried very hard and aimed to please. It was really hot in Jerusalem and the hotel gives you a very fresh, clean feeling when you walk in. We were debating between this and the KD. The KD has a nicer pool area with lots of grass so if that is impt to you and you will spend lots of time there you might want to consider that but, the Citadel is much newer and had a lighter more airy feel which we really appreciated. The Citadel also owns the Mamila next door and we had a large Friday night dinner at there buffet which was excellent and they have a gorgeous rooftop bar / restaurant which is great for drinks or lunch. We had stayed at two other so-called 5 star hotels in Israel before the David Citadel and then had 6 days at this hotel. We didn't want to leave to go to our final destination in Tel Aviv b/c we didn't think that we could even come close to this hotel experience and we went of course, but were right on that. I would return and spend more time in Jerusalem just because this hotel was so comfortable for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The David Citadel Hotel, with a majestic view of the Old City, is within walking distance from the city center and is situated directly across from the Alrov Mamilla Avenue and other major attractions. The hotel boasts 384 impeccably designed suites and guestrooms, fine cuisine, a luxury gym and a holistic innovative spa, year-round heated pool, and private Executive Lounge. The hotel's exquisite modular banquet halls and reception rooms host a variety of social and business gatherings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- David Citadel Jerusalem