The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is Now Open (and With Free WiFi, Too!)
Maybe we had the date wrong but we could have sworn the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was opening in August, not April (after missing a Summer 2013 opening date.) But whatever the reason for the mix-up, we don't care. Because the luxury hotel is now OPEN.
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was built on the site of the former Palace Hotel within walking distance to the Old City and Jaffa Gate. Here is a gushing description of the hotel from the press release:
The breath-taking centrepieces of the hotel are the grand entry and lofty atrium promenade, featuring a retractable glass ceiling which floods the hotel with natural light throughout the day. Complemented by arched windows, this open-air architectural style creates the atmosphere of a Jerusalem city street. Drawing on the rich heritage of Waldorf Astoria, a towering, iconic clock rests in the atrium expanse, with four sets of numbers covering its four bold faces. Blending Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture, the hotel is a wonderful mixture of cultures, creating a fascinating space beyond the hotel’s beautifully preserved 80-year old façade.
The hotel has 226 guest rooms and suites are spread over ten floors and a French brasserie and an Italian restaurant on site. However, all is not open now. The hotel will unveil two indoor lap pools and two gyms in 2015.
Rates for tomorrow night start at $645 for a 430-sq.ft. king room with 46” LED HDTV, a bedside tablet that controls most of the rooms functions, heated marble floors in the bathroom and free WiFi. Our prayers have been answered!
The only bummer is that the website seems to be full of renderings and not any real guest room photos. The hotel's Facebook page is pretty inactive so we say wait until some better shots come out before you book.