The King David
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Theda's final comments and reflections:
Today was our final day in Israel and also the day of the international marathon. Our guide, Eva, stayed in town because all the streets in the area were closed. She planned a walking tour of the city for us. We heard the music out our windows early this morning, and could see the marathon runners …
Alexandra has the night off tonight..so Theda is writing the blog..sorry, all you Alexandra fans!!
Today we ventured south into the Negev Desert. Along the way our guide noticed a Bedouin giving camel rides at a place called "sea level." Of course, Alexandra and I just had to ride a camel, so we stopped for a brief ride. As we continued …
Our tour today was a long drive from the kibbutz to Jerusalem, making short stops along the way. On our way to Nazareth, we passed through Kanna where Jesus performed his first miracle - the transformation of water into wine at a wedding. We drove by a Greek Orthodox Church that is at the site of the miracle.
In Nazareth, where Jesus …
... which is the Arab area and which is the Christian area and the tiny Jewish quarter among all of it. It was really interesting to look out at the city and see multiple monuments to both the Christian and Muslim faiths but none that really stood out for Judaism. As our guide explained it, Christians and Muslims have a need to "show off" whereas for the Jews, we are focused on providing for the people and don't need tall or fancy buildings ...
... Isaac. Muslims believe he was going to sacrifice his older son Ishmael. At this spot, Solomon (King David's son) built a temple that was destroyed by the Babylonians. Zerubabbel 500BC rebuilt the temple and it was destroyed again by the Romans in 70 AD. The only remains of it are now what we call The Wailing Wall (or Western Wall). This is the holiest site in the world for Jews. They are literally a stone's throw from each other. The Temple Mount is also the place that the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe King David Jerusalem
We only stayed here for two nights and it was very different to our experience in Tel Aviv. It was a city hotel with a beautiful classic design. You could see that it was a 5 Star Hotel. I absolutely loved the breakfast. There were amazing buffets and there was a beautiful view of the city, we could really feel the holiday.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The King David Jerusalem
Best Breakfast Buffet in the World
The King David was superb. The pool was wonderful, the location good. But the breakfast buffet will spoil you for anywhere else you go.
Fantastic Hotel, I recommend it to everyone
This is the best Hotel I stayed at while in Israel. The staff is friendly, service is great, and rooms are renovated and beautiful. We reserved a standard room but they upgraded us for free to deluxe room. Upon check-in we were given fruit, water, and free complimentary drinks.
The pool is excellent, it was very clean.
My wife did not want to check out.
If you want luxury and service this is the place to stay.
By far the best hotel in Jerusalem. Definitely stay here.
After my less than happy experience at this hotel's sister hotel in Tel Aviv (Dan Tel Aviv - see my review) I was expecting the worst from the King David. As it turned out, this was one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at in the region. The King David is the Grand Dame of hotels in Jerusalem with an excellent location on a hill top overlooking the old city of Jerusalem. It is a 15 minute walk to the Jaffa Gate entrance to the city. The rooms are large and very comfortable to international standards. We were in Room 310, and had french doors onto a small terrace. We overlooked the new City side of the building but nevertheless had a pleasant view. Paying extra for the "old City" view is a waste of money in my opinion. The new City view is just as charming.
Service is great here, and the Concierge is extremely helpful. Restaurant recommendations were perfect for what we wanted. The Hotel has a beautiful pool although a bit too noisy with children when we stayed. Dinner on the outside terrace overlooking the old City is highly recommended. The buffet breakfast is simply amazing and you can fill up until the evening!
We paid about UK Pounds 130 per night. Well worth it! We recommend this hotel and will stay here again. The other good hotel in town, the David Citadel is a 500 metre walk down the hill. Condoleeza Rice was staying there when we were in town and the hotel was booked out. We prefer the Kind David for its charm, history and hospitality.
King David Living Off it's Reputation
Hotel is living off it's past reputation as a luxury property. The public spaces and amenities are generally good but a little tired. It's a solid 4 star (European Standard) if you are in a modernized room, 3 star if you are in one of the older rooms. The outdoor gardens and pool and still great though.
An example of it's decline; the service in the patio restaurant and dining room was deficient, dishes sat on tables waiting to be bussed, wait staff was inattentive. Unacceptable for a luxury property.
I was there for a week when many Americans with children were there. Not once did a staff member or manager ask a parent to control an unruly child in the lobby or dining room. Not once did a staff member or manager ask an adult guest in a bathing suit (or even one corpulent man without a shirt!) not to walk thru the lobby. At times the ambiance of the lobby resembled a bus station waiting room.
Overall it's an average hotel. If you can get a great deal go for it. But not worth $280+ per day. Inbal and David's Citadel are more modern alternatives.
King David Hotel
The hotel has beautiful grounds and pool and our room on the first floor had been nicely modernised. Although acceptable and with better views, the rooms on the sixth floor would be better if modernised.
Wouldn't do it again.
This is a nice hotel, but I would not choose to stay there again.
This hotel seems to run on their past reputation, not the present reality. It just "doesn't get it" anymore.
If you do choose to go there, make sure and insist that your room is on the first through fourth floors. Those are the only floors that have been modernized. Above that the rooms are beat up, the furniture is beat up and it is really a fouth class mess.
The staff is nice, the concierge young and inexperienced (too busy trying to make moves on young girls), BUT this is a VERY RELIGIOUS hotel. Remember that, VERY RELIGIOUS.
Most of your needs will be taken care of, many times you have to ask twice. Not the five star that I am use to at all. It would have been quite a novelity if the doorman, when there is one, would have opened my car door just once in the five days I was there.
The bartender said an unusual remark to me, he told me that mostly Jewish people stay in the hotel because Christians don't have any money. That didn't set well.
It is different, but if you are looking for service with a smile, you may want to look elsewhere.
Hope this helps anyone who is thinking about this place.
Beautiful in Jerusalem!
We stayed here with our children. The rooms were exquisite. My kids especially loved the "James Bond-like" drapes. You could open and close them with bedside controls! We did not pay extra for a room with a view, but our view was still beautiful! The breakfast and dinner was great. The staff was great. The location was great. Our shower did have a problem, but they fixed it within a reasonable amount of time. They gave us complimentary cookies that said "Shabbat Shalom" and chocolate covered strawberries. That was a nice touch. We would all highly recommend this hotel.
Great location , Great hotel!
Service could not have been more friendly. Breakfast is wonderful and the short walk to the Old City is quite convenient. A first-rate hotel in all respects....
Loved the King David
Stayed at the King David this past week and found the hotel to be elegant,
comfortable, with excellent service, great location, lovely breakfast buffet.
Spent 2 weeks in Israel travelling all over the country and never felt the least bit concerned about safety. I had the opportunity to also visit 4 other hotels in Jerusalem and the King David would still be my first choice.
The most excuisite hotel we have traveled to in a long time! The King David hotel is simply beautiful! The entrance is grand and feels like royalty yet strangely enough it also feels very welcoming. The rooms are very clean and one could almost eat off the floors! (Not that we even attempted)
Check in was speedy and the gentleman at the desk was quite curteous. Especially since my 4 year old was very exhausted after a long journey. He offered her a lollipop and the nicest room in the hotel! We were all VERY pleased and we will DEFINITLY be no strangers to this beautiful welcoming country. We are sure to be back and stay at the KDH!
Thank you for the BEST 2 week vacation we could EVER have experienced.
N.M and Family