Budget accommodation in Iraqi Kurdistan is usually reasonably comfortable and easy to find. A quick walk through the center of any town or city will pass by several, if not dozens, of hotel options, ranging from cheap and dingy to three-star quality. For the budget traveler, the cheaper options should be more than suitable as even these hotels all generally have lobbies, reception desks and relatively clean and spacious rooms, most with private bathrooms and sometimes, a refrigerator and television.
And of course, for those looking for a little more luxury in the form of a mid-range or upscale hotel, you’ll find some options as well. Just don’t expect international standards when you see 4 or 5 stars on the hotel sign.
Here is a general outline of what you can expect in terms of accommodation prices: (approx. $1 USD=1100 Iraqi Dinars / 1 Euro=1600 ID / 1 GBP=1900 ID)
Shared Room: A few ultra-budget hotels in each city offer beds inside of shared rooms (dorms) instead of private rooms, normally charging around 10,000 – 18,000 ID per night.
Single Room: Actual single rooms don’t really exist and so most hotels will charge approximately 75% of the double room rate for single occupancy. Prices range between 20,000 – 40,000 ID.
Double Room: Good rooms for two people are easy to find and are of great value, typically costing between 35,000 – 50,000 ID per night, which, when split between two people, is quite a bargain for what you receive.
Luxury Room: Staying in a 4 or 5 star hotel will cost between $65 – $200 USD per night with rooms not always living up to what you might expect from such an establishment at home. But they are usually a couple of steps up from the budget options in terms of quality and available services.
***Bargaining for hotel room prices is perfectly acceptable.***
Given the relatively low number of visitors to this region you’ll often find that many of the budget hotels are quite empty and the hotel staff may try and quote you a higher than normal rate. You can always make your own offer and negotiate. And, luckily, if you don’t like the price, you’re often not far away from plenty of other options.