Being my first time staying at a middle-eastern hotel, I didn't know what to expect until the driver arrived at the hotel parking lot. I must admit, it’s quite a sight seeing five or six vehicles lining up for security inspection. It took a while, but when we unloaded our luggage, we had to pass through another security post at the front entrance before reaching the front desk. Now this really tells me I’m in the Middle East, where security is taken seriously.
Since it was a one-day stopover tour of Jordan, I was already half-wasted from a long day at Petra. All I wanted was a clean and comfortable bed to collapse on. Fortunately, everything after the security point was a whisk, and I was in my room in no time. We had a living room area, dining table, bed chamber, and a nice-size bathroom equipped with a bidet (first time I’ve seen this device). The TV screen even has a personal message welcoming us to the hotel – though they got my last name wrong. Probably my only complaint here is that the height of the bathtub is too low – no chance to soak in a hot bath after a tiring day.
The lobby of the hotel is nice and big, with middle-eastern flavor décor. However, like standard Marriott hotels, free Wi-Fi is only available in the lobby area, so I had to sit here for a while to check my email and stuff.
Saw an outdoor swimming pool at the hotel, but I didn't get to use it during my stay.
I also had a chance to conduct a quick visit in the neighborhood with a map provided by the hotel. Word of advice: be careful when crossing the traffic circle near the hotel. The experience can get quite, um, adventurous.
Breakfast is as you’d expect from a quality hotel – with a selection of local food along with standard western variants. I got a bit too eager to try out some their local cuisines at breakfast; guess some of the heavy spicing didn't sit too well with my stomach (don’t get me wrong, my wife – who choose to remain with standard breakfast with bacon and omelet – was perfectly fine).
All in all, my short sojourn at Marriott Amman gave me a good impression of the hotel. Hopefully, next time I’d get more opportunity to explore the neighborhood and the city through a longer stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the ancient city that was once part of the Decapolis league. Amman, Jordan's capital is at least 5000 years old. Amman is an incredibly pleasant city that offers a wide variety of historical sites and cultural attractions and is complemented by wonderfully welcoming people. At the Amman Marriott Hotel you will be steps away from the allure of this modern yet ancient city. The Amman Marriott Hotel has very easy access to all business and tourist areas of Amman and Jordan. Accommodation in Amman could not be any better with our newly renovated rooms that guarantee a good night's sleep. The Amman Marriott Hotel is Amman's preferred choice for business & social gatherings through legendary service. The qualified staff and hotel facilities combined, translates into more comfort for each guest. Stay at the Amman Marriott Hotel and take pleasure in the true Jordanian hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Amman
- Amman Marriott