Israel’s high-end hotel has opened its doors for the first time on the high-tech rails that are due to begin operating in the coming months.
The $500 million, five-star Hotel of the Year is located in the heart of Tel Aviv’s Old City and serves as a key hub for high-frequency rail and the international airport, the Jerusalem Post reported.
It has two suites, one of which is a high-class dining area and a cinema, according to the newspaper.
The building was constructed in the 1920s, and the lobby and other parts of the hotel are covered in plaster, making it one of the most ornate in Israel.
The hotel was built to rival that of the iconic “Mosaic of the Orient” in Paris, but has been beset by financial problems and was closed in 2016 amid accusations of negligence.
The construction of the new high speed line was delayed for several years by the economic crisis, and in 2017 the Tel Aviv municipality, Israel Railways and the Highways Authority of Israel (HAIFA) announced that the first trains would be running by the end of the year.
The high-Speed Rail Authority (HASRA) will spend an estimated $1.2 billion on the project, which will cost more than $100 billion.
The project is scheduled to open in 2021.
The opening of the High-Speed Railway in Tel Aviv comes at a time when the city is already facing a surge in crime.
According to Haaretz, Tel Aviv Police reported a record 5,542 shootings in 2017, an increase of 34% compared to 2016.
According in January, a record 1,037 people were killed in the city in 2017.
In a statement, the city said it will invest $1 million into public transportation and will create 500,000 jobs over the next five years.