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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ali Nasouh Al Taher St. | Bldg No. 60, Amman 11192, Jordan   |  
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Ranked #89 of 116 Hotels in Amman
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“Good Location within walking distance to amenities, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown noise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

Upon our arrival in Jordan, we were booked into the The Larsa Hotel for 2 nights we forgot to extend our stay and were given the option to book with their sister hotel The Al Waleed hotel. Thankfully so as the Larsa hotel was situated just outside 8th circle and located no where close to any amenities. The Al Waleed is located in a central area of Amman near the 6th and 7th circles. The area around the hotel is somewhat mixed with the exception of Wakalat Street shopping area. This is a boulevard with high end stores and shops. There are a number of restaurants in this area. Just up the street is the Al Baraka Mall of a few. A typical modern mall with stores and food court etc. FYI the 6th / 7th circle is no where close to downtown 3rd, 2nd, 1st circles (which is roughly about 15-20mins drive), where you can visit the popular night area, Rainbow street (1st circle), or in the daytime the Roman ruins, Citadel etc. Taxi's are a popular form of transport and very safe, with meter running costs and will cost you about 1-2JD from the 6th circle into downtown (1st circle). Make sure your hotel gives you their business card with their hotel address written in arabic as well, or any places you need to visit day or night make sure the hotel writes this in arabic. Many drivers speak very little or no english and don't read english at all. There are many lovely restaurants downtown for good international meals if you get fed up with local cuisine depending on the duration of your stay, consisting of falafel, humus and the ever popular shwarma (which is the cheapest roughly 2JD, tastiest food the young & old eat depending on where you buy it. But most streets in and around the area sell shwarma).

If your booking a tour for the beautiful Petra (Pink Palace), Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Dead Sea, Jerash, or Um Qais (north of Jordan). I suggest you consider doing Petra, Wadi & Aqaba as a sleep over. The trip is roughly 5hrs to Petra by tour bus + 2-3 hrs to Wadi and Aqaba (which is far cheaper than hiring a private taxi). Make certain to contact a local tour company, as there is a big difference in price when we made some enquiries with an "international" tour operator. Check and make sure that your bus tour guide speaks english, we only found out during our trip that our guide does not speak english and only spoke arabic, and we ended up loosing out on (which was included in the tour price) a tour guide in Petra on arrival, a horse an carriage ride upto the main entrance of Petra "The Rose City". You cannot appreciate the beauty of Petra in under 3 hours and for the entrance price of JD50~ (very expensive for non locals) Petra requires at least 2~3 days to appreciate the vastness and most stunning landscape including monasteries I have ever seen. The Dead sea is a must off-course and is about an hour or less out of Amman city. Make sure to have your body covered in the mud. Next visit was Jerash, just over an hour drive from Amman city heading north. If your keen photographer best time to visit early morning sunrise or early sunset to capture the ruins in all their glory. We did not manage to visit another beautiful city Umm Qais (with many roman ruins) further north of Jordan, close to Syria border. Just north of Umm Qais is the Galilee Sea. Well worth making a part of your tour.

Most of the hotels, B&B's backpackers lodges in and around Jordan you will hear the call of prayer, no point in complaining this is part of the arabic culture, you either love it or hate it.. I personally loved hearing the call of prayer at a specific time and found it very soulful. With regard to the rooms, the room we stayed in was clean, large with 2 single beds, satellite TV, shower (although after every shower, the floor was always wet, so take care when stepping out the shower, if you don't put a towel on the floor). The room also had a refrigerator\bar. Some wear and tear here and there but nothing hugely obvious. The rooms are air-conditioned however most days did not use the aircon as the room was surprisingly warm this time of year November which is the start to winter. I requested a smoking room and was pleasantly surprised to find that the room did not have the usual dull smell of old smoke. As it is not a very modern hotel in terms of bells and whistles, rooms have actual keys and not swipe cards. Of note, there was no coffee/tea facility in the room which was rather annoying as you had to call room service each time and you lucky if they actually answer the phone an understand you, otherwise call reception. A downside to the hotel was that we have some friends in Jordan and as is customary in my country for friends to visit one's room when invited this was not allowed at the hotel considering the duration of our stay was longer than 5 days.

The staff at the lobby were courteous and helpful in finding places to eat, making phone calls for cabs with general politeness. Laundry is expensive be warned. The rooms have free wifi if you are traveling with your laptop. The lobby has free internet if no laptop although note that the hotel does not offer printing. Wakalat street has an internet cafe where u can easily have docs printed for +- 1JD. After our stay at the sister hotel Larsa, we had a few items no more than 6 medium pieces to have cleaned. Was surprised & shocked at the bill almost JD30~ so watch this if your stay is longer than 4 days.

We wanted to smoke some sheesha once we had settled in relaxing in the lobby and were first advised that it is not allowed in the hotel... however minutes later were asked if we were still interested in smoking and promptly had sheesha delivered to us in the main lobby this was about +- 5JD~

Overall, considering Jordan is a poor country but very rich in history, the JD is much much stronger than the US$, & equivalent to the Euro. So bear this in mind when planning a trip to this country as food and drinks are very expensive on a night out! This all said, I will certainly visit again and stay at Al Waleed where we met many lovely guests during our extended time here.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

This hotel was pretty awful. We stayed here for 4 nights, and I can safely say I would never come back.

The good bits:
- Free wifi in the rooms
- Good quiet location, near a pedestrian mall. About 1-2 Dhs taxi ride from the main city.

The bad bits:
- Breakfast was extremely average. We went to a number of hotels throughout Jordan, and this one had by far the worst breakfast.
- The room was awful. No natural light, very dark and dreary. Also we booked a three person room, and the third bed was a fold-out.
- The rooms use keys as opposed to swipe cards.
- Possibly the worst thing for us was the reception staff. They consistently ripped us off and were quite unprofessional. When we asked them to book a guide, it was all very dodgy and they clearly took a big cut. Also, later on they quoted us $100 (!!) for a tour, and when we booked it ourselves it cost $60. Amman is a city where it is very easy to get taken for a ride, so you really need a hotel reception who can tell you honestly what things should cost etc. We were just so disappointed with this.
- Finally, the rate we paid was not that great - $100 USD. For that price there would definitely be somewhere better.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2010

We booked the hotel via email...good prompt response from them.
We had some trouble finding the hotel inspite of directions but gave a sigh of relief when we saw it. It s a three star hotel with mostly business guests.
Impeccable clean and spacious room. The front office staff help us with taxi bookings at a reasonable rate.
The hotel is at the edge of a pedestrian high end shopping area which seems to be a major hang out with the locals. It was great fun strolling along and doing people watching. Women in Amman are surprisingly modern inspite of the mandatory head scarfs.
The breakfast was strictly OK. there was free internet (one PC) in the lobby area. The restaurant seemed to open only for breakfast.
Staff was good...service decent. All in all excellent for its price.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

Hotel was booked as part of tour with Desert Horizons tour company. The hotel is located about 8 km from downtown in a fairly upscale part of Amman. The hotel was clean and the staff were especially friendly and helpful. Nazir Masarweh assisted us at every turn and seemed genuinely interested in our happiness. There are a n umber of good restaurants in the area and a pedestrian mall beginning just outside the hotel.

Breakfast was typical Middle East - breads, olives, hard boiled eggs (they would cook one or two eggs too), cereal, yogurt, pancakes, cheeses etc.

The location makes it easy to get into and out of Amman as it is near the Desert Highway. We took cabs to downtown twice for less than 2 dinars each time (1 dinar = $1.41 US).

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

On my first trip to Jordan, I selected the Al Waleed Hotel in Amman. It was definitely a good choice. On arrival, Mr. Nazir Masarweh at the reception desk made my friend and me feel like special guests. After a long night and day of traveling, it was so refreshing to be welcomed so graciously.

Mr. Masarweh was always quick to greet us and chat with us whenever we passed by the reception desk. The night security guard and the staff at the breakfast were just as kind and gracious. I felt very safe and comfortable at the Al Waleed.

The room was small but very clean. Although we faced the main street, the thickness of the window blocked any noise. The street in front of the hotel is actually a more quiet cul-de-sac. The only negative things I could say about the room were that there was a crack in the sink, and the room doors use keys in the doorknob rather than a deadbolt or keycard system.

The area around the hotel was an upscale shopping area. There were many people, including families, out late at night. It made for great people watching just steps away from the hotel.

I would definitely recommend the Al Waleed Hotel as a safe, comfortable, and clean place to stay in Amman.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

We stayed here on the first 2 nights of our visit to Jordan and then the last night before we left. We had a very large room (king sized bed) with a good sized bathroom. Although the furniture and decor was a bit tired and the mattress very firm, the room and the whole hotel was extremely clean and the staff very relaxed and friendly which is important if you are suffering with culture shock and a late evening arrival from the airport! The water pressure was no different to the Intercontinental Hotel in Amman or the Mosaic City in Madaba so I would say that 'power showers' are not the norm in Jordan and why should they be with such a water shortage.

The hotel is a stones throw away from a pedestrianised 'shopping street' which has high end clothes shops and western shops like the Body Shop and a Starbucks. The street also has cafes and restaurants - it's very family orientated and alot of people obviously come to walk up and down with their friends and families and sit outside for a drink and watch the world go by.

Although, the hotel is located between the 6th and 7th circle so quite far out, you won't get stuck for ATM machines, shops to buy bottles of water and places to eat. There are taxis everywhere to take you into town if you need one.

What this hotel lacks in room decor and fittings, it more than makes up for in cleanliness, a feeling of security and a friendly face.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

As far as hotels go this is a basic tourist hotel no coffee or tea making facilities and very little water pressure for the showers. We stayed 2 nights one at each end of our tour of Jordan. Breakfast is basic although on the first visit we did have a fellow cook an omelette as long as you only wanted it plain. The staff were friendly and the location is handy for shopping and just walking around. Good for the checkin at night and out first thing.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ali Nasouh Al Taher St. | Bldg No. 60, Amman 11192, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Amman Governorate > Amman
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #89 of 116 Hotels in Amman
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — RUM Hotels - Al Waleed 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A modern blend of Arabian hospitality and top quality services, located at the heart of the Jordanian capital Amman, at Sweifeyyeh Area. The hotel is at the center of one of the major shopping areas in addition to being in close proximity to other areas in Amman. RUM Hotels - Al Waleed offers a comprehensive experience with guest enjoying the comfortable facilities, international cuisine, stylish outlets, and professional staff at the guest's service round the clock. ... more   less 
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