We started and ended our family trip at the Four Seasons in Amman. From here, we went north to Jerash and South to Petra and Wadi Rum.
The hotel is about 45 minutes north of the airport through Amman, well past the citadel and roman ruins at the center of the city. We arrived late in the evening on a flight from Istanbul. The airport taxis all knew the four seasons, and the drive there was uneventful.
The hotel is a literally a shining palace on a hill (across from the equally dazzlingly lighted Sheraton). Security was tight, but not unusual for this part of the world and the hotel staff were warm, welcoming and efficient. The hotel is tastefully elegant in the classic Four Seasons style, without being garish or excessively opulent.
My wife and I travelled with our 14-year old son, and we all fit comfortably in a large room with two queen (or very large twin) beds. The corner room overlooked the large pool and had a great view of the large intersection outside the hotel and of the khaki hues of the hills of Amman. The room is what you would expect from a Four Seasons anywhere, a cut above the big chains and in the class of the Mandarin or Peninsula chains.
The breakfast room was well lighted and airy, and the buffet selection was generous but nowhere near the obscenity of choices of buffets in many hotels in Asia or Las Vegas. The Italian restaurant was pedestrian. Delicious, but not outstanding.
However, the hotel concierge made the stay and the premium price worthwhile. My son had misplaced his iphone (music, photos, etc.--teenage disaster!) in our hotel in Petra, but later that evening when we had returned to the Four Seasons, our guide called and said that the hotel had found his phone. My very American 14 year old then spent the next hour with the concierge, who patiently and cheerfully figured out how to get the phone onto a tour bus returning to Amman, and how to get the phone into a taxi from the bus depot to the hotel. My son and my wife then went to cool off in the pool and the phone was waiting for us just before dinner! Dinner was at a wonderful Arabic restaurant a short walk from the hotel in an upscale neighborhood of Amman, and was naturally organized by the same concierge.
There are upscale shops in the hotel, and the prices were comparable with the tourist traps outside but the quality of the selections was much higher. I wanted to buy a beautiful Yemeni Jambiya with a silver-inlaid scabbard and a bone handle, but couldn't agree on the price.
Overall, I highly recommend this hotel as a place to decompress after the mad rush through Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, etc.
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Amman
- Four Seasons Amman
- Amman Four Seasons