The Al Mansour is one of Baghdad’s older hotels and it looks and feels it. Even the refurbished rooms look run down, especially the scruffy carpets. Check everything before you accept your room. The first room I was checked into was a nightmare, the a/c didn’t work (not fun in September), the wi-fi was weak, the shower water pressure was a joke; this in addition to the filthy carpets. I complained and was checked into a second room on a higher floor. The a/c worked in the new room as did the shower – when there was water (hint: keep some wet wipes handy). But only one light in the bathroom worked and the wi-fi is still too weak. I was not comfortable with the sheets and pillows feeling they had a peculiar smell, but the beds are comfortable. Towels were clean and dry. The breakfast buffet at the Al Dijla restaurant in the lobby leaves much to be desired. The make your own coffee, for example, is granules, milk powder, sugar and hot water. At least they alternate some of the dishes in the buffet and you can order fried eggs. The Al Mansour only starts making sense if having a drink in the evening is a requirement. There is a sort of bar called the Al Mansour Café and a nightclub both equally sleezy and full of men smoking shisha, drinking and ogling the male and female waiters. Some Middle Easterners will feel right at home, Westerners will not. The staff at the Al Mansour are very friendly and accommodating. They’re not the most fluent on English but you’ll get by ok no matter what you want. At $160 for a single including breakfast, the Al Mansour is affordable by Baghdad standards. Next time I am in town I will pay a little extra and stay somewhere a little more comfortable.…
I stayed here for the 2nd time. The hotel is ideally located near the place which requires more time from me. The rooms are a little small though clean. The staff is friendly and extend courtesy. However, it's a business hotel and for being one they have a huge element missing, a tea coffee maker is an elementary thing which should be there but missing. The minibar isn't stocked except for a couple of bottles of water.
Terrible hotel. Horrible hygiene. Untrained staff. Disgusting food. Poorly maintained rooms and bathrooms. In short, DONT STAY HERE unless you have no other choices. I had to stay 1 night in this hotel because all other alternatives were fully booked.
It's an old legacy hotel in Central Baghdad that hasn't been updated since the early 80s. Temper your expectations and you'll be fine. The service is pretty crappy and the room I stayed in was dirty (crusty carpet, moldy shower, dirty curtains). On the positive side, the two restaurants I tried (which included the outdoor Al Mansour cafe) were good. Breakfast varied slightly from day to day and always had a mix of Western and local dishes (Kebbah!). Internet was also reliable during my stay. Laundry is done for a price and I got all my clothes back! The hotel is about half the price of the comparable Al Rasheed, which is probably more secure as it's in the Green Zone, but my four nights at Al Mansour were ultimately fine. I'd stay here again.
Pros Probably safe - certainly extensive security Nice view of grimy river. Cons Unmaintained and, arguably, dirty property where service seems to be a foreign concept Whilst you have to take what you get in Baghdad, id look somewhere else.