David Citadel is one of the most well-known hotels in Jerusalem – it’s built from local limestone in the shape of a horseshoe with an open courtyard at its centre, home to a large pool with views over the walls of the Old City. The grand interior, courtesy of Piero Lissoni, includes a lobby with an innovative beamed ceiling in the shape of a sunrise and stained glass-style arched doors, as well as a glass roof which lets loads of light into the lounge next door. The building is the work of Moshe Safdie, the Israeli-Canadian architect famous for designing the experimental and internationally acclaimed Habitat 67 complex in Montréal.
Tuck into robust buffet breakfasts at Seasons Restaurant, enjoy regionally inspired vegetables, meat, fish and skewers at Scala and work your way through the Sushi Bar menu, with creative concoctions including crispy vegetable futomaki and sushi orange soy leaves. If you’re celebrating a special occasion then we’d recommend a trip up to the hotel’s exclusive terrace – it overlooks the Tower of David, with glass-fronted balconies to maximise views over the surrounding architecture. There’s also a feng shui-focused spa, which is warmly lit and offers a range of deep tissue massages comprising Balinese, Chinese and Swedish techniques.
The rooms here are very spacious and tastefully furnished, with glossy wooden desks and tables, oak parquet flooring, intricate panelling and white marble bathrooms. Upgrade to an Alcove Deluxe Old City View Room, for your own small private balcony and direct views over the Old City.