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The Hotel David Citadel, Jerusalem

Less-Fast Take Visiting Jerusalem means immersing yourself in history and spirituality—but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a few worldly pleasures. Enter David Citadel, a luxury hotel just steps from the Old City. It ticks the modern traveler’s requisite boxes: A chic look, with the rooms just redone by Italian designer Piero Lisoni. A pampering spa with L’Occitane products. And an outdoor pool that would have made King Herod jealous.

What You’ll Be Doing Touring the city’s gob smacking collection of historic monuments: the Western Wall, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (yes, where Jesus was buried. Right. There.) Strolling and shopping along the pedestrians-only Mamilla Avenue, adjacent to the hotel. Moaning on a massage table as a therapist works out the sightseeing-induced kinks. Soaking in your oversize marble tub, perhaps with a phyllo-wrapped pastry from the tray just delivered, unbidden, to your room.

The Rooms Lisoni’s look is contemporary but tailored—the interior design equivalent of Italian sprezzatura. Think parquet floors, platform beds, and dark wood furniture with cream-colored upholstery. A wood-paneled dressing area has multiple enormous closets, and the marble-clad bathroom has a tub, shower stall, and TV embedded in the mirror. Most rooms have outdoor terraces.

The Food Seasons serves an extensive breakfast daily (as well as lunch and dinner on Shabbat) on the open-air terrace. Until a new tapas restaurant opens later this year, head a block away to the Citadel’s sister hotel, the Mamilla, for dinner at the casual seafood brasserie, Happy Fish, or the happening Rooftop restaurant.

X Factor The enormous heated swimming pool, where you can swim laps or just splash around while gazing at the ancient domes and minarets of the world’s most fascinating city.

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Photo Credit: David Citadel

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