I've made it a point over the last year to showcase the fact that portions of Jerusalem are beginning to turn into a modern, trendy city that leave you never knowing you're in the Middle East. A large part of this transformation is the accumulation of fine hotels dotting the city's landscape, including the Kind David Hotel, The David Citadel Hotel and the Mamilla Hotel, all withing walking distance of the Old City. Since I moved here, I have seen construction make its slow progress on the latest addition to the Jerusalem hotel scene with the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem.
Located just across the street from The David Citadel Hotel (which I would argue is Jerusalem's finest hotel at the moment) and the trendy Mamilla Mall, the Waldorf Astoria is getting closer and closer to completion day by day. Every time I pass by the construction area by foot or on the bus, I am amazed to see how the work has progressed. The hotel's facade is now up and you can really see the hotel taking shape.
Included in this post are artist's images (from the hotel's future website) of what the completed Waldorf Astoria will look like by the time of its opening. Judging on what I've seen in person, it looks like 2012 might just be the year for the Waldorf Astoria project to come to completion. It's been a project years in the making, having taken over the former Palace Hotel in Jerusalem on Agron Street several years ago.
It's going to be a beauty! Will you be one of the first ones to stay at the completed Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem? Perhaps if you're a Hilton Honors guest, you will be. Your hotel points will work here. I can't wait to see when the project will be completed in full - each and every day I continue to be surprised and amazed at the progress. I have a feeling that sooner rather than later, the finished hotel will be opening its highly anticipated doors here in Jerusalem.