ISIS reopens five-star hotel in Mosul rated ‘excellent’ online

ISIS reopens a hotel in Iraq’s second-biggest city, Mosul, for the use of commanders and for catering weddings.

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has reopened the five-star Ninawa hotel in Iraq’s city of Mosul which boasted excellent reviews on TripAdvisor prior to the seizure of the city by ISIS last year.

The hotel will reportedly be used for hosting the jihadist group’s commanders and as a venue for weddings, according to CNN Arabic.

TripAdvisor, a travel-related review website, has the hotel rated as “excellent” from four reviews of visitors. One such review said that the hotel “is the best hotel in Iraq” and another said it boasts “a very large garden and a perfect restaurant and very good staff”. Other users also praised how affordable the hotel is, and the excellent facilities it has.

ISIS had forced the closure of all hotels in the areas that they control in Syria and Iraq.

Photographs published online show ISIS members destroying the hotel’s friezes, which they deem as unacceptable under the brand of Islam they enforce.

The published images show the reopening of the hotel, featuring the ISIS black flags in front of the building.

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