Jihadists needing a little R & R after slaughtering the latest batch of Yazidis, Christians, or Kurds, reportedly now have a 5 star hotel in conquered Mosul to relax in.
Pictures circulated by Isis-affiliated social media accounts show members tending to a well-maintained garden, polishing floors and cleaning windows, expansive swimming pools and two black Isis flags flying at the front of the multi-storey building.
The hotel is believed to be the Ninawa International Hotel, which received a number of positive reviews on TripAdvisor before being overtaken by militants and stripped of its branding. It has 262 rooms, two restaurants, two ballrooms and a gymnasium, among other facilities.
Isis affiliated Twitter accounts were promoting an event to mark the hotel’s opening night on 1 May, where all Muslims were told they could attend for free.
Images from the event show dozens gathered around pools during the day, followed by a firework display in the evening.
Via The Daily Beast:
The local ministry of propaganda has posted a series of pictures showing jihadis refurbishing the hotel, including one of workmen hammering away at intricate carvings on the front deemed idolatrous. One picture of the hotel lit up for re-opening night shows the Islamic State’s black flags unfurling in the breeze; others show workmen planting the flower beds, trimming hedge rows, cleaning floors and windows, and making the place spick and span. Colored balloons are outside for inaugural night and there are photographs of bearded male guests milling around the reception with not a woman in view, covered up or otherwise.
Reports suggest the hotel will be reserved only for commanders, but jihadi brides apparently will be welcome for weddings. Drinks will be soft, only, there’ll be no smoking, a strict dress code will be enforced, and punishments for infractions, if you are woman, will range from the application by female enforcers of a medieval-style spiked device to your breast, whippings, beatings, and death by a wide variety of means.
And don’t be checking in as Mr. and Mrs. Smith when the Ninawa opens to the general public. Adultery will get the missus stoned to death. If you are a gay couple, check into separate rooms. Otherwise you risk being hurled off the hotel roof or, yet again, stoned. (You might get an expiating hug before you are killed, but that’s not much consolation.)
“Relax, ” said the Imam, we are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave! ” (Unless of course we throw you off the roof!)
The Ninawa International Hotel in Mosul was once considered to be among the most luxurious hotels in Iraq, catering to foreign guests and local dignitaries. Now that its 262 rooms will be used by bloodthirsty savages, (with the no pets rule being changed to allow goats,) that luxurious 5-star status will almost certainly be reduced to a lesser 4 – star, then 3 – star, 2 – star, and finally 1 – star rating in record time. I don’t think hotel reviewers give out 0 – star ratings, but they should probably make an exception for Hotel ISIS.