The Dan Hotels chain in Israel is the country's most veteran, deluxe and first-class hotel chain. Its establishment dates back to June 1947, when two brothers, Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann, purchased the “Kaete Dan” a 21-room guest house on the Tel Aviv sea shore, with the vision that Israel would one day become a tourist destination. Currently the chain includes 14 deluxe hotels in prime locations around the country, an international convention center, a hotel training school and the Dan Lounges at Ben Gurion airport . The flagship hotel, the King David Jerusalem, regularly hosts visiting dignitaries and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
The chain has been and continuous to be managed by members of the Federmann family to this day, in order to ensure that the name Dan remains synonymous with excellence in the field of hospitality. Over the years, several of the chain's hotels have won awards, reflecting the endeavors, planning, and attention-to-detail standards to which our staff members are held in order to assure that all Dan guests enjoy “an experience beyond their expectations”
The Federmann brothers purchased the "Kaete Dan", a 21-room guest house on the the Tel Aviv sea shore.
The "Dan" hotel was opened next to senior "Kaete Dan". The hotel included 120 modern design rooms. Each room had wall-to-wall carpeting, colored bathrooms, telephone and radio.
The minister of Economy and Industry, Pinchas Sapir persuaded Yekutiel Federmann to purchase the unsuccessful "Accadia" hotel.
The exploded "King David" hotel was purchased, and the renovation of the southern wing started.
Yekutiel Federmann made a decision to build in his hometown Haifa, the "Dan Carmel" hotel. The hotel's construction started after laying a cornerstone in 1961.
The construction of the "Dan Carmel" hotel was completed. The official grand opening was held in 1963. The exclusive 14 floors hotel included 220 rooms.
The "Dan Hotels" chain purchased from the Baron Edmond de Rothschild the "Golf" hotel in Caesarea. In 1972 the renovated hotel was reopened under the name "Dan Caesarea" hotel.
From the middle of 1970s the situation of the incoming tourism has changed a lot. The new CEO of "Dan Hotels" chain, Micky Federmann had to face The major decrease of the incoming tourism extent, as well as the strong competition that changed the whole industry.
Many VIP guests, celebrities and international leaders stayed at the "King David" hotel, but the most remembered and powerful visit was when the president of Egypt Anwar Sadat stayed at the hotel in November, 1977.
The issuing of "Dan Hotels" chain as a public company was a major success. 20 million dollars were raised and enabled the company to build a new hotel. Few years later the company purchased a new hotel and established "Dan Hotels" as the leading hotels chain is Israel.
In 1986, 2 new hotels joined the "Dan Hotels" chain: "Dan Panorama" Haifa and "Dan Panorama" Tel Aviv. The hotels referred to business men and a new brand was created: "Dan Panorama".
In 1987 Samuel (Samo) Federmann was elected to be the president of the international hotels association of the world. As a part of his job, he met many world leaders in Paris, where the international hotels association main office was located.
In 1989 Yekuitel Federmann decided to appoint the next generation to manage "Dan Hotels". Micky Federmann was elected for chairman of the board of "Dan Hotels". Ami Federmann was elected for vice chairman of the board of "Dan Hotels".
Ami Federmann had to do a research work in world's leading hotel resorts and In 1995, the "Dan Eilat" hotel was opened. This hotel was a symbol of innovation and defined israel's next generation hotels.
In 1999 the "Dan Hotels" chain expanded and purchased 3 hotels in one year. The company purchased "Ganei Shulamit" company and opened "Dan Panorama" Eilat and "Ganei Dan Ashkelon. Later on "Dan Hotels" purchased from Moriah company a hotel and after a complete renovation the "Dan Panorama" Jerusalem was opened.
"Dan gourmet"- fine culinary arts cooking center was established as a leading school for israel's hospitality field.
In 2007 the "Dan Hotels" purchased "Ariel" hotel in Jerusalem. After a complete renovation of 5 months and a total cost of 65 millions Shekels, the "Dan Boutique" hotel was opened in May 2008.
In August 2010, the "Dan Hotels" purchased "Hyatt" regency hotel and opened the largest hotel the "Dan Jerusalem".
The "Dan Hotels" chain maintains its position as a leading hotels chain. this year 2 new hotels will be open in Bangalore, India and another unique hotel in Tel Aviv.