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“5-Star Prison” 4 of 5 stars
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Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Dead Sea Road, Sweimah 11190, Jordan   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Sweimah
Hamburg, Germany
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50 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“5-Star Prison”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

We stayed here in the end of January which is the low season with only a little amount of guests. The water of the Dead Sea was still warm, so we could enjoy the "seafront" all by ourselves and be the only ones floating around.

The hotel is huge and I don't want to imagine what it is like during peak season. What turned out to be the biggest problem here (this accounts for all the resorts next door: Kempinski, Hilton, Moevenpick) is the lack of absolutely any kind of shop in the surrounding areas / walking distance. For 10km in both directions there is not a single shop / supermarket / restaurant. This means you have to eat all your meals in the hotel. Not that the food is not good, but during our stay only two restaurants were open (low season). Unless you bring your own stuff in advance and don't have a rental car you have to drink from the mini bar (5 USD for a can of Pepsi, compared to 0.30 USD for a can of Coke in a shop / supermarket).

There is free Wi-Fi in the public areas. The breakfast buffet is very good. We stayed for 2 nights which was still okay but a third night would have been too much.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Perth, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Stayed for two nights and was very disappointed. Location is wonderful at the lowest place on earth but I had a room with a damaged toilet seat and a balcony of an allegedly no smoking room with a cigarette end on it. On the final morning was leaving early and asked for an early morning call and a breakfast box. In the event received neither - shocking service for a five star hotel. I also object to being treated like a terrorist suspect having to go through a security scanner every time I decided to dare to enter the hotel. The signs at various points in the grounds indicating the depth below sea level were wrong showing a complete lack of understanding of maths. We were not at -415 m below sea level we were at 415m below sea level or -413m below sea level. I would advice people to give this one a miss.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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82 Thank EGD44
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

we stayed here for the last night of our october trip, a luxurious treat for us as swanky hotels like this are not usually on our agenda.
service was efficient and friendly. room was huge and had large balcony where i watched sun rise over israel. magical moment not to be forgotten.
breakfast was amazing, our teen sons were in heaven.
i found access to dead sea difficult as i have ankle problems, would have liked to have seen something like a boarded path into the sea instead of having to hobble over stones.
we ate at the italian restaurant in the evening and had 2 large pizzas to share between the four of us. waiters were very friendly and chef came to say hello. watched the lights in israel flicker as we ate, another magical moment.

Room Tip: corner room has huge balcony
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Canada
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

Stayed here for some of our honeymoon. Food and drinks were wonderful, and the sea was definitely therapeutic. Breakfast was a major highlight for us. Amazing food.
Only complaint is lack of clean water to drink. It's like when I've been to Africa: you are responsible for your own clean water. Basically you get a couple of complimentary bottles a day, and then you purchase the rest at a large amount of $$. Holy. Don't even get me started on how expensive this place is. So we finally bought a bunch of huge bottles from a convenience store off of some highway to last us for days and save us a huge chunk of change. But the experience was worth the cost. We really miss being there and remember it fondly. Wonderful and romantic place. But, most of Jordan in our experience had delivered the same (besides the usual few shady characters you come across-such as certain taxi drivers in Aqaba) -wonderful country to visit.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank dneal
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Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Hotel was top quality, room was very nice with great view of the Dead Sea. We used room service which was fast with a courteous waiter. The only down side for us was that access to the sea was rather difficult.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank danielgriffin
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

right on the dead sea it cannot get better. there is plenty of dead sea mud that you can bathe in and u can swim in the dead sea or in their really nice pool. the rooms are luxurious with a nice view. i would definitely recommend staying there

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank AlexWalker1
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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40 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Nice hotel in the "hotel area" on Dead Sea on Jordan side. Lots of open space and 3 pools. The spa is large and excellent. There is a restaurants section closer to the water which had really nice ambience.

The access to the Dead Sea is a bit inconvenient though because you have to go past the three pools, and walk down the hotel, down the "beach" to get to the sea level to reach a small patch of land on the water. Its quite a hike to come back up.

Small indoor pool with Dead Sea water was a nice touch since the Sea itself was very choppy during our stay.

Free wi-fi in the lobby but the rooms don't have wi-fi access (even paid)

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank max_d1
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Address: Dead Sea Road, Sweimah 11190, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Dead Sea Region > Sweimah
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Sweimah
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sweimah
#3 Spa Hotel in Sweimah
#4 Luxury Hotel in Sweimah
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Hotel Class:5 star — Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa, Jordan's hospitality ambassador of life's healing grounds is surrounded by rugged purple mountains that subtly change in color as the day unfolds. This is where the spirit of Jordan fills the air and the pulse of history resonates in culture with an endless celebration of life and traditions. The Resort offers anticipatory and warm service that revives the soul, as well as a self contained blend of modern décor and generous space. Service is unparalleled, anticipating every need and the culinary delights are a pleasure to enjoy. The "Spa" is an integral part of the resort. It offers a retreat for guests to unwind, relax and rejuvenate and is designed to offer guests a unique experience and to help re-balance the body, mind and spirit. The treatments are specially prepared to invigorate the body and soul. In addition, the Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa is proud to be the first hotel in the Middle East to switch to solar panel energy for hot water. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Jordan Valley Marriott Resort And Spa
Jordan Valley Marriott Hotel Sweimah
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