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Breakfast:
Paying guests get breakfast for free. If you are staying on points you need to be gold or diamond to get free breakfast. (source)

Parking:
Complimentary (No longer, is now 60sh for self park - Drago)

Shuls Nearby:
Great Synagogue - Approx. 7 minute walk
Kotel around 15min walk thru the mall & arab Shuk (Only suggested when soldiers are present like friday night on the way home)
Hotel has a Shul in the basement
Shul across the street

Hechsher: Plain Rabbanut Yerushayim (not mehadrin)
hechsherim in isreal
whatever your rabbi says you can eat, someone else's rabbi says is treif

If anyone is planing on staying at Waldorf and not eating the free breakfast (Hechsher, Early flight, etc') please PM shimino1

If you get free drinks vouchers and don't use them, I'll buy it off you for 10 shek per voucher.
PM shimino1

If anyone is planing on staying at Waldorf and not eating the free breakfast please PM dragoddfer, and he may be able to pay for the breakfast.

« Last edited by Mimo on October 25, 2022, 01:41:54 AM »

Author Topic: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem  (Read 1222954 times)

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2820 on: August 23, 2016, 05:09:47 PM »
Can shabbos meals be redeemed with points?

Are there any hotel amenities or services at the WAJ that can be redeemed for points?
No

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2821 on: August 23, 2016, 05:19:28 PM »
Well, I'm back from my Israel trips and wanted to give the board an update:
Upon checkout, I was told I had a $0 bill. No charge for the third person/rollaway bed in the room, and no charge for breakfast, even for the third person. I am a Diamond and stayed 4 nights - 2 using 80k points, and 2 using weekend night certificates.

FYI - When I checked in, I was given the option to upgrade to a suite for 'a fee'. He showed me the suite (beautiful, one bedroom and a separate living room) and asked for $800 a night as the fee! I said no, and he lowered the asking price again and again, all the way down to $450 a night. I still said no, and then he showed me a 'deluxe' room with a bit more space than regular rooms, available for a $150 upgrade fee. I asked him to just show me the room I was originally assigned, and it was nice, so we ended up just keeping the original room. On reflection, given that there were available rooms including suites and I am a Diamond, I should have been upgraded to a better room, maybe one with a balcony like others have reported here, or at least the Deluxe room. The room we got felt like a standard room (it was room #604), small. I had previously asked both the concierge that contacted me before our trip, as well as Hilton Diamond Desk, to request the hotel upgrade our room as this was a special trip for the family, appears they ignored the requests! The Tel Aviv Hilton was much more accommodating to us as far as Diamond upgrades than the WA Jerusalem. Disappointed. Everything else about the stay was great, including the 2 drink tickets, breakfast service, etc. Love the hotel itself.

Any advice for my next trip there on how to score an upgrade at the WA Jerusalem would be appreciated, I tried everything I know to no avail. I am not the type to raise a stink at check in, especially in front of my wife and daughter, but if that's what it takes I guess I'll tell my family to hang back and be 'that guy'. Grrr.
Disgusting.

You remember the name of the guy who escorted you? Even golds they upgrade everyday to even grand deluxe for free.

What's the חוצפה to ask $150 for a deluxe room?   :o
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2822 on: August 23, 2016, 07:51:06 PM »
On Tripadvisor in management responses they used to assure people that complained about the lack of a pool that it would be opening Q4 2016 and I noticed they've stopped  doing that.  A number of you predicted that it would get delayed or not built at all because they have no incentive.  I was just wondering if any of you recently there asked or had them tell you anything specific about the pool.  Not planning to go again until 2017 but my kids would love a pool.

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2823 on: August 24, 2016, 01:37:20 AM »
I know this was discussed once but I don't remember a clear answer. Does breakfast on Shabbos include hot kugel?
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2824 on: August 24, 2016, 07:55:23 AM »
Well, I'm back from my Israel trips and wanted to give the board an update:
Upon checkout, I was told I had a $0 bill. No charge for the third person/rollaway bed in the room, and no charge for breakfast, even for the third person. I am a Diamond and stayed 4 nights - 2 using 80k points, and 2 using weekend night certificates.

FYI - When I checked in, I was given the option to upgrade to a suite for 'a fee'. He showed me the suite (beautiful, one bedroom and a separate living room) and asked for $800 a night as the fee! I said no, and he lowered the asking price again and again, all the way down to $450 a night. I still said no, and then he showed me a 'deluxe' room with a bit more space than regular rooms, available for a $150 upgrade fee. I asked him to just show me the room I was originally assigned, and it was nice, so we ended up just keeping the original room. On reflection, given that there were available rooms including suites and I am a Diamond, I should have been upgraded to a better room, maybe one with a balcony like others have reported here, or at least the Deluxe room. The room we got felt like a standard room (it was room #604), small. I had previously asked both the concierge that contacted me before our trip, as well as Hilton Diamond Desk, to request the hotel upgrade our room as this was a special trip for the family, appears they ignored the requests! The Tel Aviv Hilton was much more accommodating to us as far as Diamond upgrades than the WA Jerusalem. Disappointed. Everything else about the stay was great, including the 2 drink tickets, breakfast service, etc. Love the hotel itself.

Any advice for my next trip there on how to score an upgrade at the WA Jerusalem would be appreciated, I tried everything I know to no avail. I am not the type to raise a stink at check in, especially in front of my wife and daughter, but if that's what it takes I guess I'll tell my family to hang back and be 'that guy'. Grrr.

did you tell them when you made the reservation that there will be 3 people or when you arrived? wondering when I should tell them and when to request the rollaway

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2825 on: August 24, 2016, 08:20:32 AM »
did you tell them when you made the reservation that there will be 3 people or when you arrived? wondering when I should tell them and when to request the rollaway
i would just request it later. Go to the room then call in from the room saying you need a roll away.

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2826 on: August 24, 2016, 08:50:52 AM »
On Tripadvisor in management responses they used to assure people that complained about the lack of a pool that it would be opening Q4 2016 and I noticed they've stopped  doing that.  A number of you predicted that it would get delayed or not built at all because they have no incentive.  I was just wondering if any of you recently there asked or had them tell you anything specific about the pool.  Not planning to go again until 2017 but my kids would love a pool.
I emailed them recently and they sent a standard email that the pool is not ready and they can arrange for a fee swimming at another location or something like that

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2827 on: August 24, 2016, 08:51:54 AM »
I know this was discussed once but I don't remember a clear answer. Does breakfast on Shabbos include hot kugel?

They had a few choices of kugels that were hot

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2828 on: August 24, 2016, 10:09:49 AM »
i would just request it later. Go to the room then call in from the room saying you need a roll away.
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2829 on: August 24, 2016, 11:34:01 AM »
did you tell them when you made the reservation that there will be 3 people or when you arrived? wondering when I should tell them and when to request the rollaway

No, because it wouldn't let me reserve a standard award room when I selected 3 people (unlike the TA Hilton which allowed me to do so), it only gave me premium room options that cost 160,019 points or something like that. Instead, I booked a standard award room for 2 people, and then added a third through the concierge when they contacted me the week before our stay. 

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2830 on: August 24, 2016, 11:38:44 AM »
Disgusting.

You remember the name of the guy who escorted you? Even golds they upgrade everyday to even grand deluxe for free.

What's the חוצפה to ask $150 for a deluxe room?   :o

I racked my brain but can't remember. I have a notepad on my phone that I use to write down these type of things so I remember for next trip (i.e. what flights/seats we prefer, restaurants etc.) but I neglected to put names of people. It was the only tall guy at the check in desk.

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2831 on: August 24, 2016, 09:31:08 PM »
I emailed them recently and they sent a standard email that the pool is not ready and they can arrange for a fee swimming at another location or something like that

That's interesting.  I haven't heard of them offering free swimming elsewhere but that would be fine too.

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2832 on: August 24, 2016, 10:07:55 PM »
That's interesting.  I haven't heard of them offering free swimming elsewhere but that would be fine too.
not free for a FEE

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2833 on: August 24, 2016, 10:11:45 PM »
not free for a FEE

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2834 on: August 28, 2016, 10:51:15 AM »
staying at the waldorf for shabbos, should we just eat friday night at the hotel or is there a better option close?

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2835 on: August 28, 2016, 10:54:55 AM »
staying at the waldorf for shabbos, should we just eat friday night at the hotel or is there a better option close?
We paid for friday night the meal was very nice could be called expensive. Shabbos mng we ate breakfast for the seuda and did not order a lunch meal

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2836 on: August 28, 2016, 11:26:55 AM »
We paid for friday night the meal was very nice could be called expensive. Shabbos mng we ate breakfast for the seuda and did not order a lunch meal
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2837 on: September 04, 2016, 01:07:12 PM »
What hours are shabbos breakfast? Can we eat after davening.  When is the lounge open on Friday and Shabbat?

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2838 on: September 04, 2016, 01:19:30 PM »
What hours are shabbos breakfast? Can we eat after davening.  When is the lounge open on Friday and Shabbat?
Breakfast is till 11 on Shabbos
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #2839 on: September 04, 2016, 01:30:19 PM »
Does diamond automatically get lounge access at rhis hotel  even if not upgraded to a lounge floor room?