The pandemic has been tough on the hospitality industry worldwide, but especially in Israel where most foreign nationals have been locked out of the country for 13 months and counting.
IHG previously lost Holiday Inn properties in Ashkelon and Tiberias. Now IHG has confirmed with me that they have also lost the Crowne Plaza Haifa, which has permanently closed and the Crowne Plaza Jerusalem, which is now the VERT Jerusalem.
IHG tells me that the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Israel and the Crowne Plaza Eilat are “under review,” though the Africa Israel Hotels website indicates that those have been rebranded as the VERT Dead Sea and the VERT Eilat and as former Crowne Plaza properties.
So what’s left for IHG in Israel?
For now there’s the:
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach: 23K-49K points/night
- Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv City Center: 32K-60K points/night
- Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv Diamond District: 26K points/night
- InterContinental David Tel Aviv: 52K-57K points/night
As the Hotel Indigo and Crowne Plaza hotels are owned by Africa Israel Hotels, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Intercontinental David Tel Aviv becomes the only one of those hotels to remain with IHG at some point in the future.
It’s reminiscent of when SPG lost a dozen properties in Israel 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.
The Waldorf Astoria is still with Hilton for now despite their pandemic woes as Hilton put a strong management contract in place after getting burned when the David Citadel left the chain. The hotel has even finally completed their pool and spa!
IHG’s Intercontinental Jerusalem is still being built near the old Sheraton Plaza. That was supposed to have opened last year, but I haven’t heard about an updated timeline for that hotel to open.
The Six Senses Shaharut in the Negev desert opens this August, though I’d expect that luxury hotel to cost an eye-watering amount of IHG points.
Other point hotels in Israel include:
- Norman Tel Aviv: Hyatt category 8, 40K Hyatt points/night
- Publica Isrotel, Autograph Collection, Herzliya: Marriott category 5, 30K-40K Marriott points/night
- Renaissance Tel Aviv: Marriott category 6, 40K-60K Marriott points/night
- Sheraton Tel Aviv: Marriott category 6, 40K-60K Marriott points/night
- Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya: Marriott category 7, 50K-70K Marriott points/night
- The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv: Marriott category 7, 50K-70K Marriott points/night
- Hilton Tel Aviv: 80K Hilton points/night
- Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem: 93K-95K Hilton points/night
- Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Netanya: Not currently bookable with points.
- Ramada by Wyndham Jerusalem: Not currently bookable with points.
- TRYP by Wyndham Jerusalem Bat Sheva: 15K Wyndham points/night
- Ramada Resort by Wyndham Hadera Beach: 15K Wyndham points/night
Four Seasons doesn’t have a points based loyalty program, though they do have an elite invite only program. They will be opening their first hotel in Israel in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Of course if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card you can use your points at a value of 1.25 or 1.5 cents each for any hotels via the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.
Personally I’m partial to using points for stays at the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya and the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, but what are your go-to hotels or places to stay in Israel?