The King David Hotel has hosted emperors, kings, prime ministers and divas in its 85-year history and on Monday it will add another salient name to its storied annals - President Donald Trump.
Perched in the heart of Jerusalem, with sweeping views of its walled Old City, its terraces surveying manicured gardens, a swimming pool and tennis court, the King David is a byword for elegance in the city, its ornate drawing rooms, wood-paneled bars and gilt-edge mirrors echoing the 1930s.
Whether Trump, a former property magnate, and wife Melania end up in the royal suite, presidential suite or another of its pillow-stuffed rooms, chances are the decor will make them feel at home, evoking their penthouse apartment in Manhattan.
Sheldon Ritz, the hotel’s director of operations, has promised that the president, his wife, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner will receive every comfort during their one-night stay, while also guaranteeing “a lot of security.”
The hotel’s renowned chef has said they are prepared to cook Trump any kind of dish, his favorite meatloaf included, although his menu also promises veal sweetbreads, escalope and terrine of goose liver and filet of beef with porcini sauce.