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Tel Aviv welcomes latest luxury hotel, David Kempinski

The 34-floor hotel has 250 rooms including 43 suites and its signature Ladies and Gentlemen in Red staff

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

The new David Kempinski Hotel in Tel Aviv, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and open for business in April 2022 (Courtesy Kempinski)
The new David Kempinski Hotel in Tel Aviv, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and open for business in April 2022 (Courtesy Kempinski)

Tel Aviv now has its own branch of the luxury Kempinski European hotel group, as the David Kempinski opens on Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv, overlooking the beach.

The David Kempinski is the 80th hotel in the renowned group, with 34 floors and 250 rooms, including 43 suites of which 14 are unique suites. It took eight years to construct.

The hotel’s style in Tel Aviv is modern classic, with massive, floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, aiming to bring in the sea air and views.

Managing director Guy Klaiman, who spent 23 years running Hilton Hotels worldwide, including Jerusalem’s Waldorf Astoria, noted the careful staffing selection for the David Kempinski, which includes new immigrants from 18 countries.

A rigorous effort was made to find experienced hotel staff who can fulfill the standards of the 120-year-old Kempinski group, said Klaiman.

“We want them to be part of this hotel and to create a second home here for our guests,” he said.

Space is generous and prices are steep for this luxury tower overlooking the Tel Aviv boardwalk, particularly in the suites. A 76-square-meter duplex Panorama Suite on the 24th and 25th floors starts at NIS 10,500 ($3,300) per night, while the Mediterranean Suite on the 19th to 21st floors is NIS 13,000 per night.

The David Kempinski Hotel in Tel Aviv, noted for its sizable rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows (Courtesy Sivan Askayo)

A Superior Room starts at NIS 1,900 per night, a Grand Deluxe room runs NIS 2,400 and a Deluxe Seafront costs NIS 2,500 per night.

Guest rooms located on the 22nd floor and up have their own check-in, checkout and concierge, and are priced from NIS 2,900 ($900) and up.

Like any hotel in the Kempinski group, the David Kempinski staff includes Ladies and Gentlemen in Red, staff members dressed head to toe in red who serve as personal concierges, fulfilling any need or wish.

The hotel’s executive chef is Mor Cohen, presiding over the Kempinski’s Sereia Lounge & Restaurant and The Common Bar with a meat menu and accent on Macallan whiskeys in the lobby.

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