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We were all set to breakfast at the Inbal, as discussed on an earlier thread, when my friend suggested the brand-new Waldorf-Astoria. IT WAS AMAZING! !!
The hotel itself is absolutely stunning and words can't do it justice so I won't even try. The staff are helpful and friendly and there are plenty of them!
The breakfast buffet had a wonderful selection of the usual israeli hotel breakfast items, and we were on such a high from the whole decadent experience that I didn't realise until hours later that there was nothing made to order, so if pancakes or omelettes are your thing, you might miss them. However there is also the option of adding items from an a la carte menu, so you might find them there. ..
The buffet costs $35 and is worth every single cent - what an incredible experience!

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    1. re: tamarw

      Herring, smoked fish selection, cheeses, scrambled eggs with and without smoked salmon, warm veggie-cheesy somethings, yoghurts, fresh fruits, cereals, dried fruits and nuts, breads and cakes, tea coffee and juices, mineral water, and anything else I've forgotten!

      1. re: Subtletea

        WARNING! They do not take bookings for Fridays! They will tell you there is no need to book. They will NOT tell you that this means you might not get in:( Make sure you have a back-up plan (I've heard that the Friday breakfast buffet across the road at Rimon in Mamilla is excellent:)

        1. re: Subtletea

          While it sounds like a nice spread, and I understand that buffets have to cost more to cover those who eat more, I can't imagine eating $35 worth of food at breakfast, especially without the freshly made stuff like omelets, waffles, etc. Would you say that what you ate would have cost a similar amount if you had eaten it in an actual restaurant elsewhere?

          A few years ago, I very much enjoyed a brunch buffet at a place called Margot's Cafe, near Beit Shemesh. (I'm not sure if it's still open.) It cost about $20 then, which seemed reasonable, but I still wonder if we all really ate $20 worth of food. We were taken out by friends, and it was the only place to go given certain circumstances, so there wasn't much choice then, but these large breakfast buffets just don't seem worth it to me. YMMV.

          1. re: queenscook

            I felt the same way about papagaio when I went for dinner. The food was good, but I think I could have ordered the same off the menu for less.

            1. re: avitrek

              These are very fair points. However, as far as the Waldorf is concerned, part of what you're paying for is the setting, which is beyond gorgeous...we sat there grinning like loons because it was all so lovely. I have since found out that the bufffet price also includes one item from an "items freshly cooked" menu, but this wasn't explained to us when we went. I read on TripAdvisor, and I don't know if it's true, that the hotel employs people without previous hotel experience, so that they can be trained in the "Waldorf" way, but from what I've seen and read, this seems to be counter-productive...

              1. re: Subtletea

                From the standpoint of the Jerusalem area employee base - that seems bizarrely counterproductive given how many people are employed by hotels.

                1. re: Subtletea

                  A friend of mine actually works at the Waldorf-Astoria in Jerusalem. She has no previous hotel experience (I don't know if that's a standard policy), but is really happy with her job there--the employees are trained and treated very well. I can only imagine that their happiness translates into a positive experience for the guests. Good to know about the breakfast buffet!