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King David, Jerusalem

Editor's Pick
Israel, Africa + Middle East
23 King David Street
Tel: 972 2 620 8888's insider take:

During the era of British rule, the venerable King David Hotel served as a home away from home for much of the English elite. More than 50 years later, the hotel continues to reign as Jerusalem's—if not Israel's—most lavish abode. While the sedate furnishings in neutral shades and floral prints in the 237 rooms could use a bit of a touch-up, the hotel's setting and amenities are beyond reproach: It's just a ten-minute walk from the Old City, and the outdoor pool is huge and set within elegant, manicured gardens. The building itself, with its pale stone facade, could easily hold its own against any of the European grandes dames after which it is modeled.

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