• Friday, September 20, 2019

David Citadel Jerusalem

Where to Stay in Jerusalem
December 24, 2018

Why we love it: Sometimes you have to travel somewhere, to just experience something yourself.  The David Citadel is a prime example.  We’ll be honest with you, our first call was to the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, which is known amongst the cooler circles as the place to stay.  The Mamilla was packed to the gills though, and it was by luck that someone casually mentioned the sister hotel, David Citadel, had openings right across the street. So we breezed into the hotel fresh off the scene of Tel Aviv, with no expectations.  Check-in was European-style friendly, and we were shown up to our room on the 7thfloor, as well as granted access to the Executive Lounge. The hotel recently went through a gut renovation, where the grand hallways were tastefully decorated in a contemporary style that gives off a serene and airy vibe. From the moment we walked into the room, there was something familiar about the hotel.  There was a cool mural of a city in the entry way, a large separate dressing room area with modern dark paneled doors, a light white and grey marble bathroom and a huge sitting area partitioned off by the dual televisions and cabinet separating the bedroom and living room on the open floorplan. The best part though was still to come, where the balcony overlooked the Old City of Jerusalem Walls.  As for that familiarity, it all came together when we realized the David Citadel was part of The Set.  If you don’t know The Set, you need it in your life.  The hotels include Café Royal in London and the Conservatorium in Amsterdam.  We were actually sad to leave the next day as we could have easily stayed our entire time in Jerusalem for the large, super comfortable rooms, serene vibe, good service and terrace views.  

What to know: This is a hotel that is chosen by more families because the David Citadel has some of the biggest, if not the biggest rooms in the city of Jerusalem, as well as in the country.  The rooms are exquisitely appointed – top end linens, lots of closet space and marbled bathrooms, albeit with smaller showers.  Every single finish, furniture, artwork and throw pillow is specially selected by their Italian designer, who came in especially to oversee the renovation of the hotel.  The breakfast buffet is generous, though a more conservative style of cooking, versus the sister property Mamilla which has more a European menu.