We booked Farah Hotel as they advertised sightseeing trips on their website but didnt mention that these had to have a minimum number to run, so while we did have an excellent trip to Petra, the Northern Jordan trip didn't run and we had to organise this separately using the advise of the really friendly receptionist. He did give us a great itinerary & advise on buses etc but didn't mention that as we were going out on a Friday, that all the public buses would stop running at mid day - so while we got to Jerash... we did have to organise a taxi back to the hotel.
Trip problems aside.. we had a ensuite room which was basic in the extreme and quite depressing. Strip lighting added to the general air of an institution, the sockets were hanging off the walls and the mini bar was a none too clean fridge with a few bottles of water. Oddly, it had a price list for chocolate & soft drinks but they were not in the minibar/fridge. There was a beside lamp but it didnt have a plug.
The linen was very poor - seemed clean enough though rough and the towels supplied were threadbare.
The room itself wasn't terribly clean and the bathroom was dirty. Whilst my friend was showering I did pop into the communal bathrooms and they were foul.
Breakfast was poor, stale bread, hommous and some eggs. Also, the hotel doesn't close its main front door and some feral cats seem to live in the hotel corridors.. not a problem, unless a kitten gets separated from its mum...keeping up a continual wailing throughout the night...
I appreciate that Farah is a backpacker hotel but even so, it should provide better then this. If you are booking Farah due to the trips - then consider another place. Trips are available in pretty much every hotel in Amman and there are better, cleaner places to stay.
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