The Biggest Sukkah in the World

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem houses the world’s largest hanging sukkah (tabernacle) with all the amenities of a luxury hotel

By Yossi Aloni | | Topics: Sukkot
Photo: Aviad Tevel

Immediately after the Yom Kippur fast at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem, the largest hanging sukkah in the world was erected. It is about 400 meters in length and about five meters high. The sukkah is located on the lobby floor and is placed under a glass roof that can be opened and closed depending on the weather and is designed in such a way that it will serve as a living sukkah for guests during the holidays.

The work on the sukkah began many weeks before the holiday. The team of engineers and designers planned the design, formulated the safety measures and decorations that are fashioned as an ancient vineyard. Immediately after Yom Kippur, work began on installing the thatch roof, and a team of professional installers hung abseiling ropes from the roof and reinforced the huge thatch with about 70 metal cables and dozens of wooden beams.

The sukkah is strictly kosher.

Waldorf Astoria CEO, Avner On: “The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Hotel was originally designed so that the hotel’s inner lobby will serve as a living sukkah, with a glass roof that opens, and thus we achieve every year what every hotel in the country desires in a kosher sukkah with all the comforts of a luxury hotel. I invite all the people of Israel to come to Jerusalem, stay at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, perform the mitzvah of sitting in the sukkah and enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and a good meal at the high standards of the international chain.”

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which was built on the foundations of the famous luxury Palace Hotel in Jerusalem, is considered the most expensive hotel project in Israel with an investment of about $150 million, and is recognized as one of the best hotels in the Middle East. The hotel, which is the only international luxury hotel in Jerusalem, has 226 rooms, of which 29 are suites, a luxurious ballroom, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, gourmet restaurants and a level of service and luxury that was hitherto unheard of in Israel.

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