The owners of the Inbal Hotel Jerusalem, which opened 35 years ago, have invested 20 million dollars into extending and renovating the property. This year, work has commenced on a project to build an additional 34 rooms and 16 suites, ranging from 40m² to 80m² and situated over two newly constructed floors. “The lower section of the roof is being reconstructed and reinforced to assemble the new rooms, 75% of which will feature a balcony terrace overlooking the Old City,” says General Manager Rony Timsit. “We hope to complete the project by next April.” Balconies are also being added to a section of the hotel’s 283 rooms and suites, which have all been renovated within the last two years.

In addition, a third of the hotel’s 600m² patio area is being renovated to create the additional dining space that is required to manage the increase in room capacity. The breakfast space is also to undergo a revamp that will feature an open kitchen. “Our Italian restaurant Sofia is being renovated too and will offer a new food and beverage concept and delicious menu,” outlines Timsit. Other areas in the hotel undergoing renovations are the lobby, which will entail: “…a unique reception desk that emphasizes the sweeping views facing directly onto our courtyard,” adds Timsit. The hotel is also adding a new banquet hall adjacent to the dining room. It will cater for up to 100 people and can be used for a range of private events. “Our pool has been updated too and we are adding a 400m² terrace on the side, to be used for private events. It’s a magnificent spot for a chuppah (Jewish bridal canopy) and view of the Old City.” The parking lot and elevators also were refurbished in recent months and two additional private elevators will be available for guests staying in the new rooms.