Inbal Hotel, located in Jerusalem, just completed a major renovation of its rooms, suites and public spaces. We recently sat down with Alex Herman, the VP of sales and marketing in our New York City office and got a look into the new Inbal. Here’s our insider take.
After more than two years of renovations, Inbal has a brand new look. Luxury travelers will be happy to hear that the top three floors are now the executive floors and home to the top suites and the Executive Lounge. The Executive Lounge is an adults-only area on the top floor (ninth floor) of the hotel. Giving guests a sense of place, this lounge has views overlooking Jerusalem and serves complimentary snacks, a complete breakfast and a complimentary full bar from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests staying in the Laromme Executive Suites and Insuites have access to this hideaway.
Traveling with family? We suggest booking the Old City Suite, which, of course, comes with extensive views of the Old City in Jerusalem. This is a new room category for Inbal, but, we think, it will prove popular. The suite comes with three bedrooms, three baths, a living room and sitting area, making it perfect for multiple generations or a single family and nanny. Tip: All the guestrooms come with views of either the Old City or the surrounding manicured neighborhood.
Those looking for the ultimate stay will want to book the Presidential Suite. The best part of this suite is its flexibility. It comes with three rooms, but it can connect with two other executive suites, if needed. As for the views, guests will want to step out onto the Grand Balcony to look at the Old City and Hinom Valley. Inside, there is an extra large bedroom that can be outfitted with a king bed or two twin beds, as well as a study and living/dining room. However, our favorite touch is the marble bath with a sauna, deluxe bathtub, Jacuzzi and shower. Other touches include car service from the airport and access to the spa and pool, after hours.
As for the pool, the outdoor, semi-Olympic pool is heated year-round and covered in the winter, and parents will be happy to know there is a toddler pool. This year, the popular Jerusalem Marathon is being held on March 18. Competitors and fans alike will want to unwind in the spa and wellness center. Now an ISPA-member, the spa is the biggest in Jerusalem.
After a day at the pool or spa, enjoy a meal at Sofia Restaurant, which serves Italian dishes. Another option includes The Inbal Grill (open May through October), which serves a selection of prime cuts in the outdoor courtyard, and, we like, the idea of live music every night. Note: Shabbat will be celebrated with a range of traditional, local and modern menu items. There are also a special package available for Passover. The package includes stays from four to 10 nights. Breakfast will be offered daily as well as holiday and Shabbat meals. As an added touch, private Seders are available either in-room or in a private dining room. If booked before February 10, guests will save 10 percent.