Booked 6 nights directly through the hotel. Stayed there from late Dec, to early Jan. The rate was 50 USD per night, plus 22% tax (this is always excluded on reservations regarding hotels in Jordan, and added upon check-out). Still, the total room rate totalled to around 44 JOD per night, which is a good value for Jordan.
The hotel is located very close to the 5th circle, it's located in a quiet residential area. The Four Seasons Hotel is about 200 metres away. There is also a small convenience store located 100 metres from the hotel. There is, however, nothing else of interest nearby. But taxis are cheap and plentiful in Amman, so going downtown or to City Mall/Mecca Mall won't take more than 6-7 minutes.
We arrived late at night, but were quickly assigned to a room on the 2nd floor. The room was large and spacious, but rather spartan. But this wasn't a problem for me, as the price paid compensated it. Everything was in working order, except the heater. The room was little too cold, and called the reception twice before they managed to fix it. The TV-set were connected to a satelite, so there were more channels to choose from in this hotel than in the Four Seasons! There were also a large (and empty) fridge in the room, which was very convenient. You can stock up to a fragment of the price paid when using hotel minibars. The two twinbeds were little hard, but just okey to enable a good nights sleep. The bathroom were okey too, everything in working order. The water pressure and hot water were excellent. No problems here either. The soap and shampoo provided were of poor quality though, but you can easily get your own from Carrefour.
Did not eat in the hotel, so can not provide information about the restaurant. It was always empty, as far as I could see.
The service was adequate, the staff were quiet and not imposing. I did not interact much with them, as I know Amman and my way around very well.
Some tips: check your bill carefully when checking out. The price quoted were higher than the price confirmed on my reservation. This was easily solved when I showed my confirmation to the receptionist - so bring a printed copy of your reservation confirmation.
There is wifi in the rooms, but I did not use it, as you have to pay to use it. You can, however, use free wifi in City Mall.
Upon depature to the airport I asked the reception if they could call a regular cab for me. I was told that this was impossible, as they could only call the one and only company they had a transportation agreement with. "Their" transportation company charges 28 JOD to take you to the airport. This is just [--]! I ventured out of the hotel, and grabbed a regular cab from the street outside. I paid 18 JOD, which is the normal price when going from the city to the airport.
Will return to this hotel on future trips to Amman, as long as the room rates stays low. I would not pay more than 60-70 USD per night though. But at 50 USD per night it is a good value! It's not a luxury retreat, but a adequate and comfortable hotel for the low price paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Gondola Hotel, where originality resides in our quiet intimacy and lively location in the heart of the beautiful city of Amman. Gondola Hotel is the ideal place with affordable rates for tourists, diplomats, businessmen & expatriates working on local projects. Our customers vary - they can be single, couples, or families. Gondola accommodates all types of customers and needs. We have studios consisting of a bedroom, bath, and a kitchen with a nice living area. Or suites which consist of a twin bedroom, living room, a kitchen and a bath, in addition to a balcony with a charming view of the city. Guest Services: wired & wireless fast internet in all rooms & suites, elegantly furnished lobby, fully equipped kitchen in each suite, same day dry cleaning and laundry, secretarial and business services (internet access, fax & e-mail services), housekeeping and fresh linen supplied, a relaxing terrace coffee shop, central heating and air conditioning, 24 hour room service, color TV with satellite channels, Oriental and European restaurant, pool table, safety deposit boxes, foreign exchange, car rental for individuals, and small and large tourist groups. Reserving tickets for travel by air, sea, and land. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gondola Hotel Amman