The Waldorf Jerusalem proudly opened its doors in 2014 and remains an impressive and intriguing spectacle of luxury in the ancient city. The Waldorf commands its presence by towering over the intersection of King David and Agron Streets and Mamilla Avenue. The iconic building stands out for its impressive Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture and has magnificently preserved its 80-year-old exterior façade. Definitely a welcomed addition to Jerusalem’s strip of upscale hotels, including The David Citadel and the King David.
The hotel, once home to the Palace Hotel, hasn’t welcomed guests since 1935. Now, 80 years later, the Waldorf is proud to stamp its presence as Jerusalem’s only internationally-branded luxury hotel. The restoration, arguably the longest in the country’s history, nearly 11 years (including bureaucratic delays) combined with USD $150 million in investments.
On our recent visit to Waldorf, clearly the long wait enabled the Waldorf to create an impressive hotel that is the epitome of sophistication and class. From the impressive lobby that is rich with natural light from its retractable ceiling, combined with an open-air atrium the spacious lobby is enhanced with a distinctly European flavor mimicking the street cafés that decorate the streets of Jerusalem. Guests will have a hard time leaving the spacious lobby surrounded by arched windows, glistening chandeliers and a historical clock covered by four unique faces, all enhanced by the majestic floral centerpieces that amplify the lobby.
Boasting a new standard of luxury in Jerusalem, the Waldorf is a 226 room hotel, including 33 suites and two presidential suites. The hotel spared no detail when accessorizing its remarkable facilities. Upon checking-in all guests receive a tablet with which they can manage their entire Jerusalem experience, from email to room service. Any of the hotel’s 226 rooms are gorgeous and furnished to the highest standard from the 46” LED TV in every room to a wealth of services and amenities. The hotel also offers 12 Merecedes cars for airport pick up or rental to travel in style throughout the city and the country.
Naturally, the Waldorf experience doesn’t stop at the lobby or the rooms. Guests and visitors can dine and enjoy from one of the two restaurants that offer international cuisine, clearly influenced by the Waldorf’s Mediteranean setting. Even their lavish breakfasts, has succeeded in setting a new standard for hotels, by offering exquisite and innovative dishes that are visually impressive and equally delicious. After enjoying a meal in one of the hotel’s resaurants, or at the French brasserie, guests can retire at the lobby bar, or enjoy a cup of tea at hotel’s lounge, patisserie, or cigar bar and cocktail lounge.
If food is not what brought guests to the hotel, the modern fitness facilities, including a Waldorf Astoria spa and a health club will clearly entice guests to work out opportunity to work out before enjoying the surrounding sites distinct to the city. For the business travelers, the Waldorf offers state-of-the-art meeting rooms and fully equipped conference center appropriate for any convention. The hotel’s Palace Grand Ballroom, the largest in central Jerusalem, can seat up to 660 people for any corporate affairs, weddings or posh gala.
Staying at the Waldorf will offer guests a luxurious experience at the absolute pinnacle of sophistication in the holiest of cities.
The stark contrast of the Waldorf to the classic cobble stone streets of Jerusalem, especially with hotel overlooking the streets of the Old City, raises some interesting questions. In many ways, however, restoring the luxurious hotel is indicative of the vision and mystique associated to Jerusalem. Over the years, Jerusalem has been successful in promoting its ability to contrast the city’s rich 3,000-year past with the constant innovation and startup culture, quickly becoming a growing source of pride to Israel’s capital. Jerusalem, despite the regional turmoil, is able to host an internationally diverse set of tourists all seeking an opportunity to visit the city’s spiritually rich sites. With this position, enhancing the Jerusalem landscape with such a high end hotel, seems aptly appropriate for visitors searching for an experience that is at the pinnacle of class and service.
A hotel of the caliber of the Waldorf is a clearly an attraction to a wealthier clientele visiting Jerusalem. The hotel is engulfed by the high-end Mamilla shopping mall that will clearly benefit from the guests of the Waldorf.
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
26-28 Gershon Agron Street,
Jerusalem, 9419008, Israël
Ph: +972 2-542-3333
The article was written by Mordecai Holtz, Director of New Media for Itraveljerusalem.com, Jerusalem’s official tourism department. Read more about the unique experiences in Jerusalem by signing up to itraveljerusalemblog.com