Awesome New Luxury Hotels in the Works for Israel

June 16th 2013

In recent years, the Israeli tourism industry has seen a major surge in luxury hotel construction and renovation. When the dust settles on all of the hotel building projects recently opened and currently in the works, Israel will have 9,000 more hotel rooms than it did in early 2009, bringing the grand total 47,000. As Israel Hotel Association Director General Shmuel Zurel recently put it to Ha’aretz, “After four strong years in terms of tourist arrivals, something has to light a fire under the hotel industry.” Read on for details on four of the most exciting luxury hotel launches in Israel, both those on the cusp of opening and some that have opened in recent weeks.

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem HotelUnder construction now for several years in Jerusalem’s central, upscale and fashionable Mamilla neighborhood, the much-anticipated Waldorf Astoria is a major architectural project, being built inside the outer walls of the historic Palace Hotel. In a neighborhood which currently includes the top-tier Jerusalem accommodations of the King David Hotel, the Mamilla Hotel and the David’s Citadel Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria represents a fourth option for elite luxury hospitality with easy access to some of Jerusalem’s most visited sites. When completed, the hotel will have 223 plush rooms and suites furnished at the highest level of elegant luxury with which the Waldorf Astoria name is associated. Extensive guest services will include a spa, two restaurants, a lobby bar, swimming pool, gym, babysitting and a fully-equipped business center with secretarial services.

Cramim Hotel JerusalemOn Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim in the Judean hills, just seven miles outside of Jerusalem, the Isrotel chain is building the Cramim Resort & Spa. Plans include 156 guest rooms and suites, 24 private spa treatment rooms, a restaurant, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a glass-enclosed solarium. The hotel will offer facilities for conferences and business meetings for up to 300 participants. Each standard room will have a queen-size bed, an extravagantly decorated bathroom, LCD television (hidden inside a mirror), Wi-Fi Internet access and a minibar.

Royal Beach Hotel in Tel AvivOpening June 2013, Isrotel’s Royal Beach Hotel Tel Aviv is a 23-floor tower designed so that each room overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and its spectacular sunsets. The location is ideal for taking in Tel Aviv’s plethora of culture, food and entertainment options. The hotel has 230 guest rooms and suites at four levels of luxury for discriminating travelers. The fourth floor’s swimming pool was designed to make guests feel like they are on a cruise ship. The Royal Beach features a conference hall, WiFi, meeting rooms, a gym and an on-site restaurant, along with many more upscale guest services.

Hotel Indego Tel AvivThe newly opened Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv – Diamond Exchange is located in the midst of the architecturally eclectic Diamond Exchange District of Tel Aviv. A boutique hotel with spa-inspired bathrooms, the diamond theme is built into the hotel’s design. Blackstone, the hotel’s in-house French-Mediterranean bistro, is an ideal place to meet friends, family or business associates. Clarity Spa also operates on the premises. Guests can also enjoy Tel Aviv’s skyline from the rooftop pool.