The world’s only strictly kosher Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem has received rave reviews from those who can afford the luxury five-star hotel that opened for business three months ago.
This past Sukkot holiday, it attracted many wealthy Orthodox Jews from the United States who had previously spent the holiday at the David Citadel, just across the street.
Ilan Brenner, Director of Sales at the Waldorf-Astoria, who previously worked at the Inbal, says that the hotel has attracted travelers from throughout the world and has not experienced any appreciable decline during the recent unrest in Jerusalem. The hotel features both a meat and dairy restaurant in the midst of its ornate lobby with a huge standing clock.
The lobby’s retractable roof is designed to expose guests to the Jerusalem sunshine but was also removed to allow for a huge Sukkah.
Prices at the Waldorf average about $500 per night for a “regular” room and as much as $5000 for the huge Presidential Suite. The hotel is located within a few hundred feet of the David Citadel and just down the block from the celebrated King David Hotel.