This historic Jerusalem hotel has outstanding cuisine, impeccable interiors and Afternoon Tea.
Waldorf Astoria’s first and only foray into Israel is a landmark property in Jerusalem, a 21st-Century reimagination of the city’s original Palace Hotel on Agron Street. The building is still suitably palatial – from the carefully restored façade to the ornate arches and pillars – and based around a superb Jerusalem-stone atrium with a retractable glass roof. The signature Waldorf Astoria grandfather clock in the lobby enhances the air of extravagance. The hotel is down the road from the glitzy Alrov Mamilla Avenue shops, a handy stop during the 10-minute walk to Jaffa Gate and the walls of the Old City.
A pair of kosher restaurants are tucked either side of the atrium. The Palace Restaurant serves buffet breakfast and dinner, with decadent dishes including chargrilled rib-eye medallions and caramelised duck breast; King’s Court hosts Afternoon Tea and offers favourites ranging from red mullet and labneh salad to fresh pesto fettuccini for lunch and dinner. The fourth-floor Garden Terrace is a popular spot in summer, dotted with neat hedges and cute café tables – head up here to check out the Israeli-inspired tapas menu and sip G&Ts in the open air.
In true Waldorf fashion you can expect superb service here, with staff on hand to help you plan day trips to the Old City and give you hints and tips if you’re new to Jerusalem. Each of the rooms has a stately but warm décor, chandelier and luxurious bathroom – think Italian marble, elegant free-standing bathtubs and TVs embedded in the mirrors.
On the fringes of the Old City, just a 10-minute walk from Jaffa Gate
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 5th in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Israel.
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Minimum stays: 3 nights.
226 grand rooms
• Enjoy an Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, cakes and teas ranging from peach to Darjeeling at King’s Court Restaurant* • Head out at dawn on a tour to The Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth – you’ll be in time to watch the sun rise over Jordan’s Moab mountain range, with a Waldorf breakfast picnic including fresh fruit and croissants* • Book onto the hotel’s ‘Flavours of Jerusalem tour’ for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Mahane Yehuda Market*.
3 restaurants, 2 bars
Breakfast at the main restaurant.
*Denotes local charge