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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar- Dead Sea

By Andrew Satkowiak -

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar- Dead Sea, by Andrew Stakowiak  Kempinski Hotel Ishtar- Dead Sea, Jordan - Beautiful, gorgeous, bombastic! Located on The Dead Sea next to The Movenpick and Marriot Hotels, The Kempinski Hotel - Ishtar offers you the luxury and style that has been missing in the area. From the moment we walked into the temporary lobby of the Kempinski, I knew we were in for a treat.

Warmly greeted by the staff and whisked to reception was the start of a beautiful visit.

The lobby (temporary as they are still in the building process) was huge; decorated in neutral browns, tans and golds, giving it a warmth matched by the warm Jordanian sun and beautiful Jordanian people.

We arrived early and our room was not yet available so we took advantage of the time and enjoyed the large terrace - the views of the Dead Sea and the surrounding Kempinski Hotel property was spectacular. From my vantage point, I think I was able to find all eight of their swimming pools. Yes, eight pools!

Once our room was ready, we were escorted to our Jr. Suite. We were impressed with the size and decor, large and spacious, with a nice size patio and a very simple beauty.

The room also came with free wired or wire-less internet service and a complimentary mini bar. The view of the Dead Sea - Bombastic!

As I had mentioned above, they are still in the process of building the rest of the hotel so they are currently in a "soft opening" mode. I think it's because of this their room service is not up to the level it should be. Ordering dinner or drinks in the room was always a chore and waiting for it to arrive was like waiting for that first day of spring, you keep hoping it happens soon.

The quality of the room service was way below what we experienced in the restaurants.

Hopefully by the time of their grand opening (May 2007) they will have these things worked out. However, after ten months of "soft opening" it should be better than it was.

They are in the process of finishing their spa, which once it's complete it will be the largest spa in the Middle East. (That is, until Dubai gets wind of it and builds a larger one.) Because they were not fully staffed, getting an appointment was difficult. Actually, I was unable to book an appointment (if you are going, book ahead).

I tried two of their restaurants. I once said that plastic chairs could not be chick and trendy, but I was proven wrong. Kempinski - Ishtar's main dining room, where the breakfast buffet is served, is one of the neatest restaurants I've ever seen, even with the plastic chairs! And the buffet breakfast is one of the most extensive and varied that I have ever seen. Fantastic Bombastic!

Over all, Kempinski - Ishtar, Dead Sea, Jordan is Bombastic. If you have the chance to visit the Dead Sea, be sure to book a few nights at Kempinski - Ishtar, in my opinion, its the best hotel in Jordan.

Andrew Satkowiak is a free lance writer who writes about 5 Star and luxury hotels, resorts, restaurants, airlines and travel for his travel and information website



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