$190 a night is all you pay at Camp Bucca, which the hotel's developer hopes to turn into a "commercial oasis."
And, all Guantánamo Bay comparisons aside, there is some likelihood of that happening. Basically, Basra sits on a massive oil reserve, whose production is set to increase by almost 300% by 2035. That's a whole lot of oil. With increased oil production comes more oil company visitors, and with more visitors comes the need for more hotels. It's simple, see?
We just hope the hotel makes it clear from the onset that these "guests" are in for a more unique "hotel" experience than they're used to.
"The operators acknowledge that Basra Gateway is a work in progress. After all, the previous tenants had no right to be finicky. 'We are trying to create a more homey atmosphere,' said Andrew D. Quaile, a project manager with the Cater Corporation, an Australian contractor handling the food service."
Our suggestion: a nice big sign. Preferably without the words "miliatry," "prison," and "base."
[Photo: Andrea Bruce / NY Times]