Last October I wrote about the new hotel being developed near the old Sheraton Plaza hotel in Jerusalem. At the time it was still up in the air between Marriott and IHG.
The great thing about it being an IHG hotel is that the Chase IHG card offers a free annual night at any IHG hotel, so that will be an awesome sweet use for that night!
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The hotel is planning on opening within 2.5 years.
Hopefully this hotel will remain with IHG for a long time. Point hotels seem to have a hard time lasting in Israel.
Not long ago Starwood had 13 properties that were all bargains with Starpoints. I stayed in many of them on a month-long trek across the holy land with 2 of my 5 brothers in August of 2007, spending just a couple thousand Starpoints per night to stay in Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat, Tiberias, and the Dead Sea. In 2009 Starwood put us up in the Mamilla when the Sheraton Plaza Jerusalem left SPG, but they were never able to get the Mamilla to join SPG.
Currently Starwood is down to just the category 5 Sheraton Tel Aviv and the category 5 Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel located in Zichron Yaakov between Caesarea and Haifa. SPG category 5 hotels cost 12-16K points per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night stay. Both of those hotels will climb to a category 6 for bookings made after 5pm EST on March 5. SPG category 6 hotels cost 20-25K points per night or 16K-20K per night on a 5 night stay.
Starwood will also manage the W Tel Aviv-Jaffa though the opening of that hotel has been pushed back at least half a dozen times and is currently claiming that it will open in June 2018. It will either be an SPG category 6 or 7 hotel.
You can transfer Starpoints to Marriott to book the category 7 Publica Isrotel Herzliya for 11.6K points per night or 9.3K points per night on a 5 night stay. Or 110K Starpoints can get you 132K United miles and 7 nights there.
You can transfer Starpoints to Marriott to book the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel for 11.6K points per night or 9.3K points per night on a 5 night stay. Or 110K Starpoints can get you 132K United miles and 7 nights there.
Or you can transfer Starpoints to Marriott to book the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya for 16.6K points per night or 13.3K points per night on a 5 night stay. Or 140K Starpoints can get you 132K United miles and 7 nights there.
The David Citadel was a gem in the Hilton portfolio when it opened in 1998, but it left Hilton in 2001. Currently Hilton manages the Hilton Tel Aviv (a category 8 hotel before Hilton pulled a Delta and removed their award chart) and the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem (a top-tier category 10 hotel before Hilton pulled a Delta and removed their award chart). The Waldorf was recently sold, but the new owner will be keeping it as a Waldorf and will add a pool, spa, upscale restaurant, and more.
IHG lost their management contract on the Holiday Inn Ashkelon, but they still manage the:
- Crowne Plaza Jerusalem: 20K points
- Crowne Plaza Eilat: 20K points
- Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: 25K points
- Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 25K points
- Crowne Plaza Haifa: 30K points
- Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 30K points
- Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 30K points
- InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 50K points
There used to be a Hyatt Regency Jerusalem, but that’s long gone and Hyatt currently has no presence in Israel.
Wyndham manages the Ramada Jerusalem, the Ramada Netanya, the Ramada Hadera, and the new and more centrally located TRYP by Wyndham in Jerusalem. All Wyndham hotels cost 15K points per night. You can also use cash and points, for example a night at the TRYP Jerusalem is just 3K points+$65! You can still buy 3K points for just $33, making the all-in cost just $98 per night, a bargain for a new Jerusalem hotel within walking distance of the old city.
What are your go-to hotels in Israel?