We believe that the Inbal has long been the best place to stay in Jerusalem. But in recent years, it has gotten even better. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most exciting developments has been the culinary festivals that the hotel hosts each year. These events draw both hotel guests and local Jerusalemites, creating a special and unique atmosphere that further connects the hotel to the city.

The famous winter soup festival

Since 2016, the Inbal has hosted a popular winter soup festival with a delicious selection of gourmet soups, and a cozy and elegant atmosphere. Over the years, the varieties of soup have grown, ranging from Indian-inspired to typical classics like onion and sweet potato. This year, chefs will prepare at least six kinds of homemade soup, along with a large spread of bread, with homemade dips like pesto, and sundried-tomato. In addition, there is a wide choice of crispy croutons and different varieties of cheese to add to the soups. There is something for everyone’s taste.

The festival begins on December 1 this year, and is open Sunday through Thursday, from noon until 10 p.m. in the lounge area of the hotel. Attendees, including both hotel guests and the general public, can try as many soups, bread and dips as they want in the all-you-can-eat buffet. Spending an afternoon or evening here, escaping the winter cold and rain, will affirm once again why this is the best place to stay in Jerusalem.

The best play to stay in Jerusalem launches a summer focaccia festival

This past summer the Inbal launched its first focaccia festival, serving Mediterranean-inspired breads baked in its new tabun oven all summer long. The focaccia, topped with vegetables and herbs like zucchini, tomatoes, rosemary and basil, as well as cheese, is crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.

But the festival was more than just focaccia. There were also plenty of salads and roasted vegetables, as well as spread and dips for the bread. Like the soup festival, it is open to boht hotel guests and the general public. Those who attended could eat in the courtyard, decorated with lights to create a festive atmosphere in the evening, or inside in the lounge.  Likely to become an annual tradition like the soup festival, the focaccia festival is another element that makes this the best play to stay in Jerusalem.

Ongoing Dining Options

Even when the hotel is not holding a culinary festival, its regular dining options again emphasize why it’s the best place to stay in Jerusalem. Each morning the luscious breakfast buffet includes a variety of focaccias fresh from the tabun oven, along with an endless choice of eggs-cooked-to-order, cheeses, salads, fish, roasted vegetables and other Israeli-style breakfast items.

During the warm months, the hotel’s poolside cafe also offers artisan pizza baked on site along with pastas, salads, fresh fruit and other items that can make for a relaxing lunch or afternoon snack. 

In addition, the hotel’s 02 chef restaurant offers an upscale dining experience with local charm. The modern menu features a variety of grilled meats, creative vegetable dishes and an extensive local wine selection. Large windows offer views of the city, and the food arrives on colorful ceramic dishes decorated in the local, traditional style.

The Inbal’s culinary festivals, which draw both hotel guests and local Jerusalemites; along with its year-around dining options, make it the best place to stay in Jerusalem. 

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