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David Citadel, Jerusalem

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Israel, Africa + Middle East: The David Citadel
7 King David Street
Israel 94101
Tel: 972 2 621 1111's insider take:

If it's a room with a view you're after, the 384-room David Citadel Hotel, which overlooks Jerusalem's Old City walls and the Tower of David, is hard to beat. Architect Moshe Safdie's design is both modern—with crisp, clean lines—and traditional, its Jerusalem limestone pillars and arches referring to the hotel's historic surroundings. To make the most of the location, you'll want to book one of the rooms that overlook the pool at the center of the U-shaped building; those on the other side of the hotel have the same patterned bedspreads, neutral color palette, and marble-clad bathrooms but lack balconies and the inspiring view of the Old City. Don't be fooled by the upscale–business hotel interior—the David Citadel is hugely popular with families (avoid the pool unless you're willing to dodge splashing children). At Scala restaurant and bar, chef Oren Yerushalmi (who trained at WD-50 and Bouley in New York), prepares a creative, kosher Mediterranean menu; the less formal Seasons restaurant serves an extensive Israeli buffet breakfast. For those who can't resist fitting in some shopping with their sightseeing, the hotel is a short stroll down Mamilla Avenue, a pedestrian boulevard lined with over 100 shops (both high-end Israeli brands and international favorites, such as Topshop), to the Old City's Jaffa Gate.—Lynn Suhrie

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 88.0
  • Design: 90.1
  • Food: 80.9
  • Location: 96.4
  • Rooms: 90.2
  • Service: 82.1
The Moshe Safdi–designed stone hotel is "a comfortable and effortlessly classy place," with a lobby that's "grand without being opulent." "Spacious and attractive rooms" with Old City views have modern pastel interiors, Fendi furniture, and Frette linens. "The Mamilla neighborhood location is superb," with "restaurants and shops within walking distance." Scala restaurant pours Israeli wines.

(384 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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