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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Sweimah
Reviewed October 1, 2009

SERVICE/FOOD: all great! in fact, our favorite breakfast throughout our Jordan/Egypt trip was here
LOCATION: Amazing. I really don't understand why people stay in Madaba or Amman as a starting/central point throughout their Jordan stay. Madaba is a small but congested, hectic and unscenic location. Amman (haven't been) but hear it's crazy busy. Why don't people stay here where they can relax at the Dead Sea in a quiet, scenic, beautiful, amazing place that's quite close to many of the norther Jordan sites (10 min from Bethany Beyond & Panoramic Dead Sea View, about 30 min from Madaba & Mt nebo, 3.5 hrs from Aqaba)
EXTRA FACTOR: loved the fact that we could just walk down to the beach and float in the Dea Sea after lathering ourselves with Dead Sea mud while overlooking into Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Jericho. How amazing is that! They also have this amazing infinity pool that's open til 11pm and you can jus relax whlie looking into the Dead Sea!
LASTLY: We only stayed here one night on our 4nt/5 day stay in Jordan and would definitely stay here again if we came back. Wouldn't stay here for the entire stay as we found it easier to stay in the various other hotels throughout Jordan (Kempinski Dead Sea 1nt, Petra Movenpick 1nt, Wadi Rum desert 1nt, Hammamet Main 1nt)

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2009

My husband and I spent one night at the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea. It is really a beautiful property. The swiming pools (the Infinity pool very romantic at sundown), water fountains, and manicured gardens were gorgeous. The room was very comfortable with a nice size balcony, complimentary mini bar with juices, water and refreshments. Large, excellent bathroom with separate shower, bathtub and great toiletries. Separate dressing area with large closet space.

The Dead Sea is an experience not to be missed. Use the mud provided by the hotel and cover your body. Let it dry and then go in for a very, very unique experience. Watch your eyes and mouth, the salt content is very high .

The buffet breakfast was excellent with many selections. We had dinner at their main restaurant at the extensive buffet with many International selections as well as MiddleEastern food. The food was okay, nothing to write home about. Rather pricey,$37 Dinar ($53 US) per person and alcoholic beverages were outrageous. Two glasses of wine were $31.US.

If we went back I would not eat at the buffet but try one of the other restaurants and order a la carte instead.

The Kempinski is truly a beautiful resort worth the stay! We highly recommend it and would stay here again if we ever went back!!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2009

We check-in and were shocked from the first moment we entered the room .. even before al the space in the hotel is decorated trully wow! The room is big .. and has very nice .. gives you so much relax just to look at the decoration , the bathroom its a dream !!
shower cabine I have never seen anyhting more beautiful .. and the bath tab is for the honemooners to stay togetehr hours :) even the level of the tab is lower than the floor , which looks really inviting , and all of these with a nice smell sticks everywhere in the room and the bath !!! I belive all the rooms have sea views, also I liked the staff so much !
The area is so big and veeeery beautiful ! The smart design of the pool gives you impression that you swim just in the sea, beacuse you cannot see the line when you watch between the sea and the pool , very smart idea, also they have very nice children pool. So many gardens and trees make this hotel so wonderful ! In addition to all there is Dead sea with healthy mad, which is brough by hotel every day new and there is shower to clean this mad, and there is funny swimming in the Dead sea itself .. and all of these we had with 200 dol per night ... it was really wow ..

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2009

Having been in the industry for a very long time, it takes a lot to impress me!

Upon check-in, the staff were very friendly and professional....

Throughout the stay, I had a mud treatment on the beach which was great! Despite the silly look!

The service is second to none, the staff are all very friendly, the detail in the rooms is excellent.

It was a flying visit, as I had to return to work in Egypt.

Excellent - can't wait to come back again!

Many thanks team!!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 15, 2009

This was my second stay at the hotel, I stayed there once last year. I still love the rooms, the layout and the pools but the food remains hit or miss and coffee at breakfast is the worst I had anywhere in a long time. The food and alcohol in the restaurants is pricey too so always check the price before you order. As last year, we ended up going for dinner next door to the Marriott which has much better restaurants. I would still recommend it as it is beautiful and grand and the villa rooms are extremely comfortable.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2009

This hotel was so amazing. First off, floating in the Dead Sea is something you have to do if you are in the area. As far as the hotel, the rooms were large and very modern. The minibar was free, which is rare. The food at the hotel is great, the breakfast was amazing, they had a giant buffet which I enjoyed.

The views from the rooms are stunning and it is close by to lots of stuff like Mt Nebo and the baptism site of Jesus Christ. Security here was great and I was well taken care of. This was one of the best hotels I have been in.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 28, 2009

The Kempinski is in respect with the standard, but the hotel was originally builded in front of the dead sea, they recently built a new area where the rooms are nice, but they really make us feel like business trip.

Therefore, we asked to move in sea front, where they have junior suites that look nice with a more "friendly" decoration , with nice terrasse.

Room Service is good in any way, the rooms are really clean; very well maintained, very clean.

They built a very big spa, traetments where really good, but the spa was still in "final organisation" so not fully opened when we where there.

Food, the menu restaurant has very special design, food is average...
Restaurant on round pool is not special either, the menu is very standard, we regret there was no kind of mix food with jordanian - oriental - delights...
It is also sometimes full of flies (maybe only in that period of late september) ... hudreds on your plate with in a minute, and staff doesn't seem to be concerned, and no solution at all seems to be expected...!!!... They could at least easally provided cover top for plates...!!!

The Italian restaurant, sea front, is quiet good, with far better service, somhow the card is really simple, do not expect traditionnal italian food... it is "wolrdwide" italian food.

A must, is to visit Petra... tne hotel organise it for us with a very nice and pleasant chauffeur... but be aware it is a 2 hour trip... then when you get there, do not take a horse... it 's a sting... Originally we were allowed 10 years ago to visit by horse... not anymore.. the horse ride is only for 400 meters.. from the guichet, to real entrence of Petra.
Take good shoes and walk as much as you can :o) IT IS AMAZING.
If you can, plan to stay maybe one night in Petra (Movempick) because Petra is really Huge and deserve as much time as you can if you like architecture, archeology....

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Dead Sea Road | Dead Sea, Sweimah 11194, Jordan
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Location: Jordan > Dead Sea Region > Sweimah
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Sweimah
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sweimah
#2 Spa Hotel in Sweimah
#2 Luxury Hotel in Sweimah
Price Range: $176 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea 5*
Number of rooms: 345
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar gives you the opportunity to enjoy its riches where Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra once strived to unravel mystery. Situated gracefully on the shores of the largest spa in the world the Dead Sea, unique for its ozone-rich air, mineral sea water and ultra-violet filtered sunshine. Surely there is no region on earth where nature and history have more wonderfully conspired, where so exciting drama has obtained a so beautiful theatre. ... more   less 
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