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
We stayed in 2 junior suites for 11 nights in June 2019. We had rooms 613 and 614. The rooms were PERFECT and the View was incredible. The room wss clean, modern and felt newly renovated. The service on the other hand....Left a lot to be desired. I had a group with me and we had about 15 rooms at the hotel. We had an awful comedy of errors on arrival and it took a while, some tips and a sit down with the hotel manager until we had an acceptable even of service. I would say...if you want a great room and an incredible location the hotel is great, but if you care about service and people saying "yes" as opposed to "no" than you need to look elsewhere. I left after my 11-nights and went to "the Jaffa hotel" in Jaffa and that was an incredible experience with incredible service!!
We e been to this hotel at least a dozen times and always have been happy. This time was no exception. I will say that I was surprised that the breakfast buffet was a lot smaller than last time we were there but still way to much food for anyone to possibly eat at one meal. The location is stellar, everything (almost) is walkable and with the Mamilla walkway through the shops getting into the Old City is so easy.
Very modern, beautiful hotel, suitable to what spacious rooms Americans are used to. Expensive? Yes, but so is everywhere in Israel and at least here, you get the quality with it. The breakfast and dinner area has stunning views of Jerusalem and the location is right next to Mamilla Mall. We loved it! Large clean pool with a relaxing atmosphere. My only complaint is that the pool closes at 7pm and they have you start clearing out at 6:45.
The Hotel is very good, location is near the city center, old city, and rale train.The food was good specially the breakfast, nice staff and very helpfully, especially Said, who was such a nice person :)
I would like to give a special mention to Said, it is my fourth time at the hotel and he has always been fantastic. He is friendly and always provides 1st class service , the hotel should be grateful that he is on staff to demonstrate to the younger staff how to provide wonderful service .