MIDDLE EAST REAWAKENED
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, Israel Opened: April 2014
Jerusalem’s Waldorf Astoria is an exemplary embodiment of old and new, culture and style. As the first internationally branded luxury hotel in the city, it brings to the region a new level of elite. You’ll find 10 levels of 226 decadently appointed rooms and suites, each robed in a blend of Graeco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture. The magnum opus here is the atrium and grand entrance, with a high retractable glass roof which exudes open-air breeziness with a promenade of tiered arched windows reminiscent of an outdoor city street. Its prime location is within walking distance of the iconic Jaffa Gate and Old City, and more luxurious developments are also in the works, with two indoor lap pools, two gyms and two wet and dry saunas expected to be completed in 2015.