Agence France-PresseMarch 19, 2013 01:15
Famous the world over for housing masses of foreign journalists during the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Palestine Hotel has since undergone a makeover and looks brand new. Now, all it needs are customers.
From employees cleaning dust off the faux marble to guards waiting to guide visitors through a metal detector, the 18-storey property's two-year facelift has it talking a big game since it reopened last year.
"We are a five-star establishment," hotel manager Fadhel Salman Hassan proudly declares. "We have 405 rooms, three bars."