I've ended up staying here about half a dozen times over the last year. Each time I hoped it would get better, but alas it was the same everytime.
It is one of the nicer hotels in the region. The rooms are reasonably well appointed with a good level of cleanliness. They have good facilities (pool, gym, turkish bath, etc) and the hotel restaurants have reasonable variety. Note the aircon only works in summer though!
The main things that let it down are price and service. It is expensive, both for rooms and for everything else. Remember it is the Middle East though so negotiation is possible. With an extended stay (and threats to go somewhere else) we got them to knock $100 off the rate, which made the price only moderately outrageous.
However service here is underwhelming but unfortunately typical of all the places I've stayed in Kurdistan. It has the semblance of good service (lots of staff, managers, etc) but it's really all for show. The staff aren't particularly attentive and seem to almost get annoyed when you ask for something. The exception to this is the top floor restaurant which again is expensive but has the best service I've seen in Iraq.
The hotel now accepts credit card payment (Mastercard only) which is pretty unique for the region. There is also an ATM in the lobby if you want Iraqi dinars. Otherwise it is cash only, which to be fair, is the standard in this part of the world.
One recommendation would be to try the Masgouf (grilled fish) in the restaurant outside. It's a fairly popular venue, often with live music. It (and a venue beside the hotel) are often used for weddings on a weekend (Fri/Sat) so be prepared for the occasional party noise and Xena-like cries into the night.
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