Cristal Group to reopen flagship Baghdad hotel
Firm announces deal to upgrade and relaunch 20-storey Ishtar hotel
Hospitality firm Cristal Group has announced that it has signed a deal to reopen the Ishtar Hotel in Bahhdad - now renamed the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel.
The building, which is one of the tallest in Baghdad, is also currently undergoing a refit. It has 20 storeys with 307 rooms and suites containing 92 standard rooms, 62 deluxe rooms, 40 junior suites and two presidential suites.
Cristal Group president Peter Blackburn said: “It is our honor to be the first international hotel operator in Baghdad in over 20 years and to be managing the prestigious Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel, where extensive development is underway.
"We see it as the beginning, and we look forward to being part of Iraq’s growth and development."
The hotel initially opened in 1982.