December 1, 2014

Kosher Waldorf Astoria Opens to Rave Reviews

Jerusalem…It is the world’s only strictly kosher Waldorf Astoria and already a favorite for the luxury traveler. The 5-star hotel opened just three months ago and is by far one of the most luxurious hotels in Israel. This past Succos holiday, it attracted many wealthy Orthodox Jews from the US who had previously spent the holiday at the David Citadel, just across the street. Ilan Brenner, Director of Sales at the Waldorf-Astoria, who previously worked at the Inbal, says that the hotel has attracted travelers from throughout the world and has not experienced any appreciable decline during the recent unrest in Jerusalem. The hotel features both a meat and dairy restaurant in the midst of its ornate lobby with a huge standing clock. The lobby’s retractable roof is designed to expose guests to the Jerusalem sunshine but was also removed to allow for a huge Sukkah. Prices at the Waldorf average about $500 per night for a “regular” room and as much as $5000 for the huge Presidential Suite. The hotel is located within a few hundred feet of the David Citadel and just down the block from the celebrated King David Hotel. Tourism officials told Kosher Today that they are hoping for the continued increase in tourism in the city that will help fill all the luxury hotels in the area. The hotel is certified kosher lemhadrin by the Chief Rabbinate of Jerusalem. According to Brenner, the hotel uses only the struictly kosher Mehadrin products.