75 Years of History

Dan Hotels gives new meaning to luxury

By: Judy Koutsky

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The King David’s historic banquet hall
has hosted numerous diplomats.
Dan Hotels Israel, the country’s largest luxury hotel chain was named “Best Service Provider in Israel for 2006” out of 23 sectors and leading industries. The hotel chain achieved the highest marks of 8.9 for service with a record of 98 percent satisfaction and willingness to recommend stays at Dan Hotels to friends and relatives.

The year-long survey of service industries was conducted by Marketest in collaboration with Globes Newspaper, Israel’s prime economic newspaper, and Israel Discount Bank Ltd. The survey is based on international survey standards set by ACSI the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

“Dan Hotels is one of the top achievers worldwide, with the highest combined score given by clients who stayed at the hotels recently,” said Oded Shay, president of Markettest. “Compared to 11 leading chains in North America, the 8.9 scored by the Dan Corporation is the highest.”

President of Dan Hotels, Ami Hirschstein, noted that: “Providing excellent service to our guests is of utmost importance throughout the chain. All our employees are trained never to say no to any request and to not only find a solution but to provide the guest with a service beyond customer expectation.”

The King David Jerusalem Hotel is the company’s premier property. Located in the heart of the city, overlooking the ancient walls of the Old City, the King David is the foremost gathering place in Israel. It is where people who make history rub shoulders with the people who come to see it. The hotel is also the traditional host to diplomats and experienced travelers. It offers a unique combination of modern facilities and traditional atmosphere.


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Views from the King David Jerusalem
overlook the Old City walls.
To commemorate the King David’s 75th anniversary, an exhibition has been mounted in the public areas of the hotel charting its colorful history, complete with architectural explanations, historical facts and artifacts from throughout the years.

The exhibition is divided into four main subjects and includes the visitor’s guest book from 1931-1990; some serving utensils used in the hotel’s early years; an antique “Zenith” telephone used in the 1940s and a night basin that was utilized in the guestrooms until the 1950s.

The four sections of the exhibit include the following:


  • King David as a territorial landmark: A variety of photos taken from the Jewish archives and documentation surrounding the days of the British mandate.


  • King David as a milestone for peace: Video clips and documentation of talks surrounding peace agreements and governmental events.
  • King David as an architecture and design icon: The exhibition will display photos of the day the hotel was opened depicting the special architectural facets of the rooms, halls and restaurants, as well as the Jerusalem landscape from windows and balconies.


  • King David’s VIPs: A series of photos of kings, queens, presidents, politicians, film stars and dignitaries from all over the world who have passed through this historic hotel.


There will also be a display of celebrity autographs honoring the King David over the past 75 years so that visitors can “walk through history” from one side of the hotel to the other.

The King David Jerusalem Hotel has 237 rooms, including 32 special rooms and suites, one Presidential and one Royal Suite.




The King David Jerusalem Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

King David Jerusalem Hotel
23 King David Street
Jerusalem 94101

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