Ibis first brabch in Israel - in the center of Jerusalem
The international hotel brand, ibis, has arrived in Israel and opened its first branch in the center of Jerusalem
Several weeks ago, the first Israeli ibis hotel was officially opened.
The ibis brand, with some 2,200 hotels worldwide, is part of the international Accor Hotels chain, with more than 4,200 hotels around the world under more than 20 different brands.
The new hotel is on Yitzhak Elisar Street near Zion Square, in the very heart of the city of Jerusalem, thus offering its guests a particularly attractive location. The hotel is only a one-minute walk from the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall, a couple of minutes from a light rail station and the Mahane Yehuda market, and a short stroll from a variety of tourist attractions such as the Jaffa Gate, the Old City, the Tower of David, Music Square, the Museum of Italian Jewish Art, the Time Elevator, the Friends of Zion Museum, the Great Synagogue, and a wealth of other museums and attractions, including galleries, cafés, bars, restaurants, and shopping centers.
The new hotel is in the ibis Red category, designed in the same young, easygoing, urban style as every hotel in the brand. The furniture is made of natural materials such as wood, in warm red colors, and the rooms are soundproof and meet the exacting standards of the Accor hotels chain and the global ibis brand. Beds in all rooms are equipped with ibis’s own mattresses – Sweet BedTM by ibis – which are also available for private purchase.
The ibis Jerusalem City Center hotel offers guests free Wi-Fi, a bike rental station, a full Israeli breakfast served from 06:30 to 10:00, as well as a light breakfast of cake, cookies and coffee/tea, served from 4:00 to 06:30 and from 10:00 to 12:00. In addition, guests can purchase light meals at the bar 24/7 – sandwiches, salads, pies, and cheese platters.
Part of the special vision of the chain and the brand is to facilitate interaction among guests coming from different countries and cultures. The hotel’s dining room is therefore furnished with long tables where guests can sit and enjoy interesting conversations with each other.
The hotel also hosts a Happy Hour in the bar next to the lobby, where guests can enjoy the daily changing offer of a drink or snack, complimentary by the hotel.
We spent one night at the new ibis hotel, and really enjoyed the atmosphere, the design, the services, and the hotel's great location.
Here are some pictures from our visit:
Aharon Bernshtein, CEO of ibis Israel: “I am happy and excited to open the first ibis brand hotel in Israel. This is the second international chain to open a hotel in Jerusalem and I am sure that the appearance of the ibis brand in Israel will bring more tourists who look for the brands they're familiar with from around the world, with the high standards and excellent service they know and love. I want to thank the Ministry of Tourism for their assistance, and the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority for their aid and cooperation.”
During 2018, another ibis hotel will be opening, on the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. It will belong to the ibis Styles category, with a locally-inspired design, and will offer 104 rooms, proximity to the Mahane Yehuda market, and the unique local atmosphere.
The chain plans to open two more hotels in Israel in 2020-2021, both in Tel Aviv: a 650-room ibis Red and a 350-room ibis Styles.
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