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“Just awful. A bad breakfast, bad smelling room with bad plumbing and bad service.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Granada Hotel
Ranked #46 of 148 Hotels in Amman
Mexico City, Mexico
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Just awful. A bad breakfast, bad smelling room with bad plumbing and bad service.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2010

Basic, no frills hotels are a blessing for travellers who want to stay in big cities but keep their costs down. This hotel seems to be taking advantage of its good location to get clientele as everything else is terrible. The plumbing in many of the rooms doesn't work properly so that the showers overflow and the towels are ancient and paper thing like dish rags. Our room smelt strange ( like extra strong moth balls) the service is rude - I asked for hot water to make a cup of coffee at 7am and the receptionist just said: "In 30 minutes. Breakfast is at 7.30am". And don't hold your breathe for 7.30am as the breakfast is spartan and uses one toaster with a broken handle. On the second night we stayed our tour leader took us out for breakfast as he was so embarrassed by the hotel "spread". The room amenties are basic - one bar of soap and a box of tissues. Not even a hair dryer which is almost unheard of in a city hotel anywhere in the world these days.

If I had not been with a group I would have checked into another hotel. Amman is a sophisticated city and there are many more options than this place.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2010

Location: Right up the street from Rainbow Street, with a bunch of restaurants and bars to choose from. From a social point of view, this is a good thing. Also, there's Amigos the bar next door, which does happy hour drink specials every evening. Bistro One on the other side does very good Italian food. Lovely service. And Prego, on the top floor, is quite posh--which of course is exactly the opposite of the hotel rooms, so it's all quite interesting.

Rooms: Pretty basic, but with good bedding. The sheets are really thick rich cotton. (I DO NOT like the bedspread however.) Clean, but basic. Check out the video I'm going to upload.

Breakfast: Very very basic. Like cheese and olives and bread. One morning, we had to leave at 6 a.m. though and they were very sweet and left us some sort of orange breakfast cake thing.

Staff: Gruff at first, but I think it's more the language barrier. Once you got to know them, they were quite kind and helpful. I'll echo the person who mentioned the guy in his 30s. He was quite sweet.

AC: Yes. In room.

Wireless: YES. FREE. Great. There's also a PC in the lobby in case you didn't bring your own laptop or iPhone, etc.

Fridge: yes. in room.

Little Things: There's an old toothless woman who will do your laundry for about a dinar per piece. She doesn't speak much english beyond 1 though 10. But she's very nice.

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2010

While this hotel might not be for older people because of the two restaurants/pubs one downstairs and one upstairs playing somewhat loud music until 12 on weekends, it's still a great choice. We were a group of friends staying in different rooms and they were all good.

If you are expecting a fancy hotel with amazing facilities you might want to consider some other 5 star hotel (and pay for it), but if you want a clean place to stay in on a budget in one of the best locations in Amman, this hotel is the best out there.

The benefits of this hotel are so many:
1-The staff is so friendly and helpful. We formed a personal relationship with them and they helped us with whatever we asked, whether it was to arrange a driver to Wadi Rum or Laundry, or to choose a restaurant for lunch, they did their best to help us. Especially the mid 30s guy at the reception. We owe them this review.

2- The location is at the First Circle in Amman, a hip and restored area of the old Amman, so close to the "old and sketchy" downtown yet is set in a better and safer location surrounded by the endless restaurants, pubs and cafe in the "Rainbow Street" down the hotel where many of the Ammani Youth choose to hang out and where Jara street market opens several months a year on every Friday.

3- The hotel has a great French Restaurant downstairs "Bistro One", an irish pub with a pool table "Amigo" and on the roof one of the nicer shisha cafes/pubs where you can try flavored shisha "Prego".

4- All the rooms are good sized and clean, with basic furnishing and a small kitchen corner! The bathrooms are apparently new and clean. Some rooms get more sunlight than others but they were fine.

5- It is a good value for what you are getting! You can even negotiate a better rate if you are in a group or staying for an extended period of time.

6- Free wireless internet and parking.

So, in the end... If all you want is a good and central place to stay where it's clean and safe this is the hotel for you. This is an hidden gem in Amman.

We loved it, and everybody said they'd stay here again whenever they are back in Amman.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2010

very nice hotel, moderated price and a very good service,... the peop;e are so friendly and helpfull in the, it is a hotel wich is runned by a familly the same style of boutique hotels, very very nice a nd kind people.

rooms are soo clean, and it is placed in the heart of amman city in the Jabal Amman neigberhood, where stand the Rainbaw street about 100 meters from the hotel and the city center about 10 minuts walking, so if you want to go out to eat, drink or even just walk in a very nice neigberhood and very animated, i recommande you to stay in Granada hotel in Amman

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ALSmadi
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Manchester
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2010

We stayed at this hotel twice during a group tour to Jordan in two different rooms. Firstly the rooms are poor, in both rooms there was a power outlet at the top of the bed, so be careful where you put your arms in the night. In the first room the bathroom light didn't work at all (even after changing the bulb) and there was no hot water, the pillows were like concrete blocks. The bedding appeared to be fairly clean but the carpet was a bit sticky (maybe they spilt some paint?). In the second room the only things that didn't work were the hot water and the phone, the bathroom had a delicate aroma of drains, and the bedsheets had some interesting stains (not sure how often they change them if at all).

As part of our tour we slept in the desert under the stars at a bedouin camp, this had more charm, facilities and was cleaner than the Granada Hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jonc2007
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Brisbane
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47 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2009

We stayed at the Granada Hotel for two nights as part of an organised Gecko's tour in the middle east. The hotel was very well located in the first circle area, and we also went out to Rainbow Street's restaurants and cafes - very pleasant and only a short walk away. The hotel is close to shops, restaurants and ATMs.

The hotel itself is quite basic but we did have aircon and satellite tv and a mini fridge in our room.

Our room smelled a bit of smoke and there was an empty cigarette packed in the trash bin so they must have missed the bin when they cleaned up.

Our bathroom also flooded when we took a shower - the drain on the floor could not clear the water quickly enough and within about 10 minutes the whole bathroom floor is wet and flooded and it takes very long to drain.

This hotel is a good choice for budget conscious tourists as long as they know that the hotel is very basic with no frills. The breakfast was also quite sparse, with some bread, jams and hard boiled eggs and instant coffee / tea and madeira cake. There is a free internet terminal in the lobby for use of guests.

A recommendation as to where to eat when staying here - in Rainbow street there is a restaurant called "Fitatri / Fatatri" where we had the most beautiful fateer - middle eastern pizza style food with layers of filo pastry instead of traditional pizza dough. Try the nutella fateer for dessert with delicious grated pistachio nuts on top!

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Expl0rergirl
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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2009

I stayed at this hotel 3 different times during a two week your in Jordan. Each time I stayed the rooms were completely different and ranged from poor to o.k. Some rooms were large and some were very small. The biggest complaint I had was that some of the doors seemed to have been kicked in and on the first night my door did not close very securely and the lock and closure part was all banged up and bent. Also I had a bathroom door that had definately been kicked in and had no ability to close. I got a large splinter from the broken wood. I also had one almost nice room, large and bright but the towel was dirty and the shower had no closure so water ran everywhere.
The service also ran from terrible to very good depending on the person behind the counter. The one pro was the location, as it was near the first circle and it was easy to walk around.
All in all I would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hurlygirl
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Property: Granada Hotel
Address: P.O. Box 2321, Amman 11181, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Amman Governorate > Amman
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Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #46 of 148 Hotels in Amman
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Granada Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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