We stayed at the Kempinski Ishtar for two nights following business meetings in Jordan. It's less than an hour drive from downtown Amman to the Kempinski. The location right on the Dead Sea is nothing less than fabulous and the grounds are vast and very well laid out. it's a truly beautiful hotel -- the lower building is in a more traditional style and this is where we entered when we first arrived. The upper building is much more sleek and modern, and gives you a very different feel. Upon check-in we were upgraded to junior suites (it was during Ramadan and a bit slow); rooms were spacious and elegant, however, I found them to be a bit too cold and impersonal. All the pools were beautifully done and provided breath-taking views of the Dead Sea. There are a few different restaurant choices in the hotel; we tried the Italian one by the lower pool and it was good. The very unfortunate bit is that the upper level restaurant in the lower level building (!) is the main restaurant for breakfast (and lunch and dinner if you please) - but it's badly furnished with plastic chairs, poor acoustics, so-so buffet, and an overall cheap feel to it -- no ambiance what so ever. Service was generally good, but not top-notch. I would return as I found parts of the hotel irresistible and very relaxing; but I would have second thoughts about paying top dollar as the area generally is becoming more competitive. A location on the Dead Sea also provides a nice departure for a Petra trip; plus, then you can really relax the day after by soaking in the Dead Sea!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Amman
- Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Jordan