The David Citadel Hotel
What We Love
- Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room make the most of Jerusalem's skyline
- An unbeatable location, bang in between the old and new cities
- The outdoor pool is heated year-round
What To Know
- A top spot for families and business travelers
- Standard rooms face West Jerusalem’s skyline; you’ll need to go Deluxe to get Old City views
- It’s a kosher hotel, popular with observant American Jews and for bar mitzvahs and weddings
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Jerusalem stone blocks meet glass and steel curves at this monumental hotel just five minutes from Jerusalem’s Old City. From the soaring arched glass ceiling of the fourth-floor Lobby Lounge, which has towering vases, high-back armchairs and giant lampshades, to the spacious rooms and bathrooms, just about everything is on a sweeping scale. A pianist plays in the evenings, American diplomats and savvy tourists chat on the shady terrace, and the sound of church bells rings across the pool, day and night.
Bed and Bath
With huge picture windows, these are the largest guestrooms in the city, and Deluxe Rooms and Suites have balconies overlooking the Old City. The muted natural tones and modern classic furnishings echo the creams and gold of the ancient city walls. Decor is uncluttered, apart from the occasional hand-crafted mosaic framed on the wall, and ambient lighting comes from plentiful lamps. Supersize, sink-into pillows are massed on beds fit for kings, while the option of adjoining rooms makes family time appealing. The polished stone bathrooms come with freestanding showers, deep tubs and L’Occitane toiletries. Slippers and hefty bathrobes are on hand to swaddle you as you patter down to the heated pool.
Scala Chef Kitchen and Bar is helmed by a staff that defines courteous. Maximum comfort is provided by leather seating, and there’s a divine Israeli wine list on offer. The Citadel’s breakfast buffet is served under Oriental murals in the Seasons restaurant; loyal guests enjoy catching up with the staff over constantly replenished platters of mini-quiches, exotic fruits, locally made cheeses, specialty pastries and individual pans of shakshuka. The outdoor pool is heated year-round and is linked by a channel to the hotel’s interior – just drop your robe and swim into the bright blue light — it’s magical, even on a chilly winter day. Children are treated to a shiny playroom stuffed with toys, books and movie screens, while for parents there’s a high-tech gym and a feng shui spa, with 10 treatment rooms and more than 30 treatments.
How to Get There
Our guest relations experience was not ideal upon arriving here, but having Ata Bayah waiting on us at breakfast really put a smile on our faces. He is the reason for the good review! He anticipated our every need.
We recently stayed at the hotel with our family and from the amazing service at the front desk to room service everything was amazing. Huge breakfast every morning with many options. Highly recommended.
A first rate hotel, with an even better location in terms of access to the Old City. Breakfast is superb, and offers a wide range of foods from super healthy to super comfort. One of the waitstaff, a gentlemen named Samir, was most attentive. He especially had a sixth sense as to when my coffee cup was low, and had it filled before I could ask. The front desk and concierge staff was better than the vast majority of upscale hotels. The cocktail lounge is roomy and comfortable, and a great place for a nightcap. The gym and pool are excellent. This will be my go-to-default for all future trips to Jerusalem.