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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

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.
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Author Topic: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem  (Read 733542 times)

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3160 on: April 21, 2017, 01:01:15 PM »
We actually stayed at WA and met friends for Shabbos lunch at the Citadel and totally thought the WA ambience, china, decor, everything was nicer but I guess everyone is different. Plus everything you spend at WA will get you HHonors points (giving you possibly up to like 30% back for a future stay)...just for that I'd choose the Waldorf. Staying at the Citadel for the pool during the week makes total sense but for Shabbos I personally wouldn't.

anyway to get the shabbos meals for cheaper?
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3161 on: April 21, 2017, 01:02:33 PM »
anyway to get the shabbos meals for cheaper?
buy discounted Hilton gift cards and use them to pay the charges

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3162 on: April 21, 2017, 01:17:16 PM »
buy discounted Hilton gift cards and use them to pay the charges

someone told me that you cant sue hilton gift cards to pay for the meals
can someone confirm that it actually works?
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3163 on: April 21, 2017, 01:18:18 PM »
buy discounted Hilton gift cards and use them to pay the charges

also i cant find any cheap place to buy those gift cards
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3164 on: April 21, 2017, 01:18:34 PM »
someone told me that you cant sue hilton gift cards to pay for the meals
can someone confirm that it actually works?
you bill the meals to your room and pay the charges with a hilton gift card I dont see why that would not work but I have no personal experience

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3165 on: April 23, 2017, 07:10:21 PM »
looking for rooms at Waldorf (free night certificate or existing reservation) for week of 5/28...any dates. PM if available

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3166 on: April 24, 2017, 12:14:51 AM »
Looking to buy free certificates. pm me
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3167 on: April 24, 2017, 07:52:01 PM »
is the wine for free at the shabbat meals?
whats about soda?
if i need a birthday cake? is that free?
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3168 on: April 24, 2017, 07:53:58 PM »
if i need a birthday cake? is that free?
if you need a wedding cake is that free too?

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3169 on: April 24, 2017, 08:24:40 PM »
That wasn't the question  >:(
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3170 on: April 24, 2017, 10:58:13 PM »
is the wine for free at the shabbat meals?
whats about soda?
if i need a birthday cake? is that free?
They do offer a house wine thar is free by the Shabbat meals
The sodas are charged to your room

Not sure about a birthday cake tho. You can always have them write happy birthday in one of the desserts

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3171 on: April 25, 2017, 04:35:41 PM »
They do offer a house wine thar is free by the Shabbat meals
The sodas are charged to your room

Not sure about a birthday cake tho. You can always have them write happy birthday in one of the desserts

I'd bet they'd be happy to give you some kind of cake since dessert is included in the meal. 

Also, I know most people can't think that far ahead but Chol HaMoed Pesach is open for points bookings Sunday March 25-29, 2018.  If you try to put in the nights before or after those it will only show premium rooms.  That means you could also use a free cert for Sunday the 25th.  If you think you might be going to Israel I'd book it ASAP because I booked all of Pesach for this year and then right after they blocked all the rooms.  The food is all no kitniyot non-gebrokts and the breakfasts were still absolutely amazing!

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3172 on: April 25, 2017, 04:45:59 PM »
This was the embossed hagadah and dessert they brought to each of our rooms Erev Pesach...they really did an amazing job and it was a great way to use points.




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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3173 on: April 25, 2017, 05:14:46 PM »
This was the embossed hagadah and dessert they brought to each of our rooms Erev Pesach...they really did an amazing job and it was a great way to use points.




pesach they have points availability? and any meals included?
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3174 on: April 25, 2017, 06:14:18 PM »
pesach they have points availability? and any meals included?

Yep, I got all 10 days this year and right now they have Chol HaMoed of next year showing standard rooms. Breakfast is included like usual and we ate there instead of booking any Shabbat or Chag lunches...they had tons of hot foods, lasagna, Kugels, potatoes, eggs, etc. You'all have to pay for seders or other meals you want.

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3175 on: April 25, 2017, 06:47:08 PM »
what do they have for shala sheudus?
is it free or how much is it?
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3176 on: April 25, 2017, 06:52:17 PM »
what do they have for shala sheudus?
is it free or how much is it?
the only thing free is breakfast. This is a hotel not a gemach. They are not handing free things out left and right.

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3177 on: April 25, 2017, 06:56:01 PM »
what do they have for shala sheudus?
is it free or how much is it?

Good question, because people do care about that and the hotel is catering to a frum crowd.  I don't think they offer anything in specific because a lot of people seem to make kiddush and wash at breakfast (which is open until 11 on Yom Tov and Shabbat) and then when they are eating "lunch" which is open from 1-4 that is technically their seudah shlishit.  They were also very nice to us and gave us a fridge for free so we bought cold cuts and salads and took matzahs from breakfast so we'd have food and lechem mishneh later in the day.

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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3178 on: April 25, 2017, 07:06:14 PM »
the only thing free is breakfast. This is a hotel not a gemach. They are not handing free things out left and right.

Actually it was kinda crazy how they did give us so much stuff (I think because they are competing with all inclusive programs and the seders are so expensive, which we did pay for)!  They also include the normal drink certificates, 2 per reservation, that could be used at the dairy restaurant and we got 8 in total.

They brought this other awesome dessert to each room before the last days candle lighting (yes, someone from my family dug into it before I could snap a pic...lol):


This is the normal Diamond welcome but because of how many separate reservations we had we got four of these and we definitely used the wine for kiddush and my kids ate the fruit for snacks:


And this one really did shock me, they brought this to our room the night before checkout.  Last time we were there they brought us some little WA coins/magnets but this is a whole different thing.  I'm thinking since we were there the whole Pesach and other programs might give gifts like this is why we got it but I was (pleasantly) shocked!





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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« Reply #3179 on: April 25, 2017, 07:16:17 PM »
Here are a couple breakfast pics showing some salads, potatoes, and lasagna and poached egg.  They had all the pesadik waffles, pancakes and eggs made to order available during Chol HaMoed. Everything in the dining rooms for breakfast was on beautiful china just like during the year.  I'm assuming to avoid kashrut issues for Pesach, anything from room service or used or delivered to the room was nice plastic-ware.  Hope some of you guys get to go, for me as someone who would never pay for a whole Pesach program, it was really amazing...