Can't really disagree with any of the other recent reviews. The hotel itself is very impressive. Modern, tastefully designed and decorated, and very spacious (the resort itself is huge), but not in an over-bearing way.
As already mentioned, the resort has numerous pools, all of which are nice and unique in their own way. You are guaranteed to find peace and quiet at one if you can't at another.
The resort is located on the Dead Sea resort area alongside the Movenpick and Marriott, but on the recommendation of someone we knew from Jordon we opted for this one, as was informed it was regarded as the best.......I didn't see too much during our stay to disagree with this.
We stayed in a Junior suite in the main building which had the advantage of being close to the reception, concierge and the breakfast buffet. The pools were a good 5 minutes walk away down the hill. The villas have the advantage of being closer to the pools, but away from some of the services above, so pros and cons to both, but the walk was no problem, and they have golf carts to shuttle people around if you really dont want to walk.
We ate at the Thai restaurant one evening and the Italian on another. The food at the Thai was excellent, but the al fresco setting of the Italian was much better- sat out on the terrace overlooking the infinity pool and the ocean. Breakfast was also very good, with all the usual international offerings...
The only niggle we had was with a few instances of service. All the staff we encountered were incredibly friendly and sensed would do anything to make your stay as memorable as possible. It probably just missed a little bit of extra professionalism that you expected given how impressive the hotel was itself. It was a little bit annoying to have to get up once or twice to follow up with staff when our check in took over 30 minutes, plus we had to follow up on food and drink orders a bit during our stay as staff needed to be reminded various times about orders, but we were there at public holiday time, so things were maybe a bit busier than they were used to. If you had any issue, then the staff made sure to address it as best as they could, so you couldn't ask more than that.
We also had some spa treatments that were very nice- but they did come at a price. Felt that they were a bit over priced for what we got, but it was a nice treat all the same. The comunal spa, pool, steam room etc facilities weren't as plush as comparably priced venues I didn't think, but the treatments themselves were good.
We actually did a day trip to Petra from the resort itself, so it is possible just to be based there for your stay as opposed to finding a hotel in Petra as well. (The hotel can arrange a driver, but we did this cheaper through another firm). It is a 3 hour drive each way though, which makes for a tiring day, but we were personally glad we did it that way in the end as opposed to relocating to Petra- I think finding another hotel in Jordan to compete with the Kempiski Ishtar would be very hard indeed....
- 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