Jerusalem’s Newest Luxury Points Hotel Will Be An Intercontinental; Roundup Of Point Hotels In Israel

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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.

According to ynet and Globes, IHG has won out and the hotel will carry their Intercontinental flag. The plan is to build it on the caliber of the Waldorf Astoria and King David hotels.

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?

HT: @BoazHershkovitz‏

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J

Crown Plaza dead sea is 25k/night now

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Helen

I got the same email and I only entered each card once. Even worse they are not letting me login or reset my password to see what credit is remaining because it says that they don’t see an account associated with my email even though they just sent this email to precisely that email address!!

Harry

It won’t be long since the realize everyone including myself will be using points at this hotel and they won’t be making any money off of it and the will end their partnership. But it should be fun while it lasts.

reb yid

All irrelevant if availability is lousy.

Harry

For IHG as long as they are showing rooms available on their website does that mean they have to honor your free night certificate?

Ttn

Anyone stay in the Hotel indigo Tel Aviv? Looking to stay there and want dp.
Thanks

jjr

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv for 2 nights. Room was a little small but other than that it was very nice.

Sholom

I’ve gotten the CP Jerusalem in a points break deal for 5k/night. I stayed there for 5 nights at 25K. We even stayed at a relative for Shabbos but left our luggage at the hotel cuz what the heck!

Yf

Can you please explain when you say that they removed their award chart why do I care does that mean that I can’t book but have to do it on the phone what does that mean?

Steve

IHG started severely limiting the amount of availability at the top tier hotels. Only a few each day and they get taken quickly.

Harry

Does that affect the annual anniversary night?

Morris

You forgot the Ramada Nazareth, also a new addition to the Wyndham portfolio in Israel (in addition to the new properties in Netanya, Hadera, and Jerusalem).

paul

chase closed my ihg card in mid january before my annual year finished in febuary and i was due for a free night is there any way i can get it?

Harry

Why did they close it?

paul

because of chase shut down

dreon

will there be free breakfast?

DT

“Point hotels seem to have a hard time lasting in Israel.”

Gee, I wonder why?

Opening date?

Any idea when it’s really going to open?

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