On my recent trip to Amman, Jordan I stayed at the Al Fanar three times. The first time I had booked through my travel agent as I wanted to stay where my Exodus Trip was leaving from three days later. I was heading to Jerusalem for a couple of days and this allowed me to leave my luggage at the hotel and only take a day pack into Israel. (This all worked well and they provided free storage for my bag)
My first room was great, nice and clean, decent size and the bathroom was clean (although water pressure was poor).
My second room before my trip with Exodus was substantially worse, it wasn't as clean, it was smaller and the hot water didn't work (they came up and fixed it). In addition my key didn't work and I had to make three trips down to the reception area before it got fixed, the first time they told me I must be using it wrong but put it into the machine to try and fix it. The second time they did this again and the third time they finally came up and fixed the door and reprogrammed the key to match. This meant that at 2am when my room mate arrived (on a late flight) that her key didn't work and they did the same thing again for her. So the next morning my key no longer worked.
The third room on returning from the trip was terrible. The shower was a small square shower base with a filthy curtain around it, that blew into you as you were taking a shower, it was gross! In addition it didn't look like the bathroom had been given a proper clean for sometime. The door of the room didn't shut properly and I had to slam the door a number of time to get the lock to catch (not really nice at 2am in the morning). The key for the room also had to be inserted a number of times before it would open, sometimes it seemed it wasn't going to work and then on the 10th or so time the light finally turned green. In addition to this, returning at 2am in the morning to find that there was a plastic sheet on my bed that rattled (with a crunching plastic sound) every time I moved - so I ended up having to remove it (unfortunately waking my room mate while I doing this). (Not only uncomfortable but also noisy)
To catch a taxi downtown cost (using a meter taxi) 2.5 Dinar and the Rainbow Street 3 Dinar.
So I guess you could end up lucky and be in an okay room, or you could end up in the terrible room I had on my last night of my stay. Not sure it's worth the risk if there are other options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Fanar Palace Hotel is located in the heart of classy modern West part of Amman, the capital of Jordan, where it is convenient for both business and pleasure and just 30 minutes away from International Airport.Al Fanar is a newly built Hotel and has 147 wide modern rooms and suites. Al Fanar has a well equipped gym and a health club. Cafes and restaurants are well located in both lobby floor and roof top.Al Fanar has also excellent conference and wedding halls facilities and services. ... more less
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