Visitors to Jerusalem during Passover did the usual things – visit the Western Wall, explore the Old City, take guided tours of museums, splurge on cabs to Ein Kerem and take advantage of the hiking trails. But there was one other thing that many wanted to see, and that was the interior of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which opened for business on the Thursday prior to Seder night and received its first guests on that day.

Because word had leaked out that the hotel was opening on that date, several Jerusalemites decided to have coffee there and soak in the aura of the place before it filled up.


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