We stayed there at the end of May beginning of June, the hotel was clean and tidy and it was nice to be greeted at the hotel by a man in traditional dress who was very helpful, as were the reception staff.
We had a room at the front of the hotel and whilst we had a small balcony it looked over onto bare scrubland and wasn’t very nice. As you can imagine two females travelling together we simply had to sort out the most important things first – like ‘where do we plug in the hairdryer?’ We eventually managed to find a spare plug socket behind the dressing table which also housed the mini bar so it weighed a ton! We had fun and games moving that I can tell you!
This is definitely a business mans hotel and my friend and I felt a bit uncomfortable at the hotel despite the fact that we were staying there with a mixed group including children. On the days when we decided to rest and relax at the hotel we were sunbathing down by the pool – I must admit those pool side windows were sparkling – funny that! - A few women around in bathing costumes and suddenly the windows need cleaning!
One night we decided not to go out and we ate in the hotel the food was lovely but we felt as if we shouldn’t be there, we paid the full price on the menu whilst another couple who were travelling with us were offered a set menu – they ate the same as we did but paid an awful lot less! Couldn’t quite work that one out!
We then decided to go downstairs to the bar for a drink as it was still only about 10 o’clock! Hmmm bad move – the bar was full of middle aged men watching a huge TV screen showing nothing but swimwear fashion shoots with very very semi clad ladies! The waitresses certainly made no bones about the fact that we weren’t really welcome there!
And whilst I appreciate this is a Muslim country and they have their traditions – which we respected when we were out and about we did feel that for an ‘International’ hotel we should have been able to relax a bit more when in the hotel.
The location left a lot to be desired. It is close to the university so to find any decent restaurants you had to take a taxi ride into other locations, unless of course you prefer Burger King, MacDonald’s or Pizza Hut. Fortunately we were visiting friends out there so we only used the hotel as a base most of the time.
Jordan is an amazing country and Petra has to been seen to be believed – I’ve seen in on the TV – I’ve read about it in books but I really wasn’t prepared for just how spectacular it was. It’s a must! We went down by bus and stopped off at the Dead Sea on the way – we had a very relaxing afternoon wallowing in the sea and covering ourselves with the mineral rich Dead Sea mud – and yes it really does make your skin feel lovely and soft and glowing with health. We stayed overnight at a small hotel before getting up early to sample the delights of Petra – WOW!!
Whilst over there the Jordanian people we met were very friendly and polite and as we were there for a wedding we were made most welcome, it was lovely to be invited to join in their celebrations, the henna night (hen night minus men and alcohol) was an experience and although language was a bit of a barrier we did manage to have a nice evening and even got a henna tattoo into the bargain. The wedding party itself was full of tradition and we felt privileged to be there.
Shopping in Amman is another cultural experience and our suitcases were well over the limit on our return, costume jewellery, pashmenas, shawls and all manor of wonderful trinkets and nik naks!! Not to mention the nuts and the sweets!! (No best not mention them!!).
Taxis are cheap and plentiful but I advise you to close your eyes!!! Also some of the cars would never be allowed on the roads over here watch out for the fumes. We managed to find a very nice taxi driver called Emad who spoke extremely good English. We were so impressed with him we booked his taxi to take us to Jeresh for the day – and he acted as our unofficial guide – all for about £20! Talking to him we found out things about the culture that we would never have appreciated if we’d just been reading it in books. We were even invited to dinner by the lady who managed the rest rooms! With Emad as our translator we had a fascinating insight into the lives of the women over there – it makes you think about all the things we take for granted here! So if you want a really good taxi driver in Amman call Emad on 0795371307.
Have a great visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amman International Hotel is a luxury four stars hotel with many benefits of a five star hotel, Ideal for travelers who seek business, leisure, and home comforts where relaxing atmosphere, warm welcome and personal service are naturally extended with a genuine difference. Its excellent location gives easy access to all main city attractions such as King Hussain Sports City, Royal Culture theatre, Military museum, whilst Jordan University, The citadel, National archaeological museum and Roman Amphitheater and many other modern shopping centers are all withen minutes of driving distance, whilst Queen Alia International Airport is just 17 miles away. The hotel can arrange comprehensive range of tailored services which includes guided city tours, day trips around jordan etc.. ... more less
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