Israelis are known to be one of the most informal people when it comes to dressing up. Whether for a wedding, Bar mitzvah, business meeting, or even for a job interview, Israelis tend to dress down. The atmosphere in a 5 star Jerusalem hotel is the same – laid back and casual. You won’t find the same ambience in 5 star European hotels. It’s refreshing though, as people aren’t as pretentious as in other countries. So what do you pack for your trip to a Jerusalem hotel in order to dress like the locals? Read our tips below to give you a better idea what to bring on your trip.
It really depends upon the purpose of your trip. If you’re going on a business trip, bring along a pair of slacks and a button down shirt (in addition to your non-business ward rope). Ties aren’t needed even for a job interview or a business meeting with Israeli clients. Many Israelis even wear sandals for business meetings. If you feel uncomfortable wearing sandals, pack a pair of nice casual dress shoes. You won’t look out of place. If you forgot to pack a nice pair of pants or shirt, simple buy one in one of the Jerusalem hotel shops.
If you’re visiting the country for a vacation, then pack casual clothes. Bring a few pairs of jeans, shorts, one nice pair of pants, and some short-sleeve shirts. If it’s winter, you’ll obviously need to pack a few sweaters and a coat. No need to bring a suit jacket or a tie, as even 5 star Jerusalem hotel restaurants don’t have a formal dress code.
Women in Israel also dress very casually, and sometimes a bit revealing for the non-Israeli person. If you’re going on business, then pack a pair of comfortable slacks or a skirt with a blouse. Business suits are hardly ever worn, even in the nicest of Jerusalem hotels. Bring along comfortable shoes or even sandals, as most women wear open-toed shoes.
If you’re visiting for pleasure, then pack casual. Bring a few pairs of jeans, some shorts, and a skirt in case you want to visit some religious sites. A swimsuit is a must during spring and summer. If you forgot to pack something, don’t be alarmed – you can easily purchase almost about anything at most Jerusalem hotels.