I went to Baghdad on business for one week in July 2011. I satyed in Masbah Plaza Hotel, prior I heard alot of sotries about the accommodations there and i was concerned.
The hotel was newly refurbished, in a good part of baghdad. My stay was good as the hotel is clean, changed lining daily, and room aircondition was on at all time.
I am due to Baghdad again in septmber 2011 and I will book again in Masbah Plaza.
The hotel is famous with the locals and i have seen many local weddings in the hotel which was very nice.
Business Centre, Wedding Function room, Honeymoon suite
Worked with a project team out of the Marble Hotel in Karrada District. Great people, not so great food, a wonderful roof for enjoying those late, hot evenings. Grilling on the roof with the PSDs is never to be forgotten!
War zone, a bar up the street called The Bunker, and my next-door neighbor at the hotel used a machine gun every day. Good times.
Beware, in Baghdad, quality of accomodation do not have the same standard than somewhere else !
2/ Exposure to potential "problems"
3/ Neighbourhood security "team"
4/ Hotel security
5/ Generator capacity & Airco system
6/ Indoor communication facilities
7/ size of the windowns, bullet proof
In April 2004, my house being looted and not safe for use, I decided to stay in Flower Land hotel in Jadriah. Located opposit Hamra Hotel, the location is not too bad and surrended by a cluster of other accomodation facilities. The security seems to be ok in the neigbourhood but the back of the hotel is exposed to an empty field perfect for sniper, mortar and RPG geek ! So, do not stay at the back of this hotel ! worste than that, the generator is working 16/24H and is of course located just under your window !!! enough reason to change asap.
The hotel is not that good (the breakfast is even worste) despiste the fact that it only opens in late 2002. It's of course overpriced but has your safety a price ?
I would recommand to stay at Hamra Hotel but seems to be always full of contractors and media people.
Other hotel around but never investigate them as I was told they were full !
Not far from Firdous square, there are a couple of Hotel like Swan Lake, Palestine Hotel and Ishtar. The two last are really expensive.
In 2002/2003, I stayed a couple of time in a pretty good hotel called Sultan Palace (Qasr Sultan). Unfortunately, the hotel is sandwiched between a police station and a US company so I gave up the idea to stay there again. The same kurdish guy has another one called Kandeel hotel on Karada road. According to people, rooms are not as good as Qasr Sultan.
Anyway, bad, good, better, none of all these hotel are up to western standard !!!!
This was the old headquarters for Iraqi Air. We were housed on the 6th floor. It had no elevator, running water, or electricity until we installed a generator.
We were crowded 12-16 to a room and I slept in my boss's office. We worked 16-18 hours a day. Thank god we finally moved into tents!
It reeked of stale pi$$ all the time. It was dirty, dingy, and falling apart. The best thing I can say about it is that it was a safe place to sleep during mortar attacks.
Funduq Aghadir is an amazing hotel in the Karrada neighborhood. The people are friendly and the room includes a great free breakfast every morning. Internet is also available in your room if you are staying for a while.
very nice rooms with view on a beautiful mosque
at the restaurant I asked for nice music ; and the waiter chose the mexican singer juan gabriel !
which gave :
ayyyy ayyy ayyy mexico quien te amo como yo ayya yayayaa yaay
the hotel contain 306 rooms and a floor.
Services: Health club, Swimming pool gardens, laundry and bank services.
central heating and air conditioning, coloured tir, vidio, radio, music, mini bar.
Ishtar Hotel considered as the highest build as Baghdad. It 1/8m height above sea-level. This hotel is built on Baghdadan architecture style.
The hotel contain 17 floors 310 rooms; 91 single rooms; 100 double rooms; 92 normal rooms; 11 big department; 1 president dept.
Rooms and Department details.
Colour T.V, indoor cinema, micrphone, music, direct T.V, mini bar, private bath, especial palace for dressing up, private central heating and air conditioning, control system on purchage control.
The hotel face the river Tigris. The hotel consider as an excellent class hotel.
Services. Bank services for exchanging foreign currency
This is the picture of the Rasheed Hotel after it was Bombed...
On 17/1/1993, a cruise missile hit just outside the entrance of the Al-Rasheed.
(copy right/Google images).
This Hotel is the biggest and the best Hotel in Baghdad; 5 stars hotel
which has 338 rooms; 14 Hoors; 52 department; 26 president departant; Car Park. Evelaters; Out door swimming pools.
Bank services. Hair dressers; beauty parlor and barbershop; Coloured T.V.; central heating and air conditioning; telephone, Radis with two wares (FM- AM); refrigerates room services; batnes; direct- phone, morning darm; music channel; indervidio; Business men services; Laundry services.
Defferent halls for defferent use and bowling and aspace for practces sports.
Single room $ 48
Double room $ 60
Small room $ 90
President room $ 121
If you go by your own, stay in one of the following hotel: Al Rashid, Sheraton or Meridian.
The price per night (single room) is around 80-90 USD but the hotels are well maintained.
Don't ask for breakfast as you would stay hungry:)). For that price you might have a lot more food outside.
I did not stay at this hotel, but the engineers who stayed there told me a room would cost you $ 50-70 a day.
I don't know about now...
The hotel looks nice and has 15 floors.
There are suites, single and double bedrooms, a night club, a conference hall.
Here you can see our technical assistance group standing in front of the building that housed our library in our settlement called Sab'a Nissyan ("April 7th Block").
We stayed at the Soviet-built factory settlement in cozy apartments built to withstand the terrible sand storms: they had iron window frames. Each specialist had a separate two-room apartment and had to cook for himself.
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