Amman is a vibrant, amazing, and ancient city to visit with something for almost everyone. If you are a history buff you can marvel at architecture like the Umayyad Palace on Citadel Hill located directly in the center of the old downtown. And for those of you who are less concerned with old buildings and more interested in entertainment and nightlife, there are trendy hangouts all over the city for you to enjoy. And you’ll be able to find the perfect place to stay in Amman.
There is so much to do in Amman, the city has a lot of attractions which brings with it many tourists looking for something different. The city of Amman has been growing in visitor numbers year after year. It is projected that over seven million tourists will be visiting Jordan in the year 2020, and with Amman being the capital you can be sure it will be the place that makes up the bulk of that number.
With this influx of visitors, it is important to know the best places to stay no matter your budget. I hope this article will help you plan your trip, and fill you with ideas of where to stay when you do visit.
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If you are traveling to Amman with a large budget and are looking for something more luxurious, then I would recommend the following hotels for your stay.
Amman is not short of luxury hotels but if you want to splurge, this is the place for you. This is the hotel that hosts world leaders when they are in town.
Chances are that any dignitaries from around the world visiting Amman would have stayed here. Located at the 5th Circle, it’s a 10-minute taxi ride into downtown. But the short distance helps you feel a world away.
Off of the 5th Circle in the fashionable neighborhood of Abdoun, The St. Regis is an oasis of luxury offering all the latest in comfortable amenities. A brand new landmark in Amman, this iconic brand stands out in a city where few other brands reach the same level of luxury.
The St. Regis Amman prides itself on the exceptional service it offers its guests, including the famous St. Regis Butler Service with its great attention to details.
The Fairmont Amman is for those who care less about historic trappings and more about the modern luxury Amman has to offer. This can be seen through the critically acclaimed amenities on offer like a 2200 square meter Willow Stream Spa, full-service nail studio, hair salon, and an exclusive couples treatment room if you’re traveling with a companion.
The hotel also offers five well-appointed restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, along with Caprice, a world-class bar serving innovative cocktails and drinks.
The W Amman is a breathtaking hotel and stands out among the backdrop of the historical Amman city center. Located near The Boulevard, a purpose-built neighborhood with a mix of offices, shops, and malls, offers total convenience.
Housed in one of the tallest buildings in the city, it is an ultra-modern hotel offering spectacular views of Amman. The hotel has an array of interior design aesthetics, and amenities that make you feel energized and ready to explore the activity-packed city center.
The Amman Rotana feels like a tourist holiday hotel with a business travel twist due to its location near a central business hub, catering for both business and leisure travelers.
In one of the few skyscrapers in the city, standing 50 stories tall, the Amman Rotana has 412 rooms that offer a touch of luxury mixed with the coziness of home. Floor to ceiling windows in each room allows for unparalleled views of the hustle and bustle in this energetic city.
Mid-Range Hotels in Amman
Below are some places for those that want to have a great stay in Amman and not break the bank.
The mix of old and new that is present all around the city of Amman is manifested through the unique design of the Sheraton Amman, evoking the feeling of staying in a historic kingdom of a former emperor.
It is located at the 5th Circle on Zahran Street, one of the main arteries that connect old Amman with the new. The hotel is very up to date and modern, so expect all the luxuries of the modern age in your room along with the amenities that go with it. It also has a spa with extensive treatment options, with an indoor pool, and one of the better outdoor pools you’ll find in the city.
Owned by the IHG Hotel brand, The Crowne Plaza falls between the luxury of the Intercontinental Hotels, and the affordability of Holiday Inn hotels, two other hotel brands owned by the same chain.
The Crowne Plaza is a full-service hotel that offers all the amenities of a mid-range hotel. In the upscale neighborhood of Um Uthaina, you are close to many restaurants, and coffee shops. The hotel offers spa services, and has both an indoor and outdoor pool, along with a fitness area and gym.
The Landmark Amman is perfectly situated for getting to all the different parts of the city easily, its location is hard to beat. This hotel provides you with good value for your money with some of the biggest rooms and suites you’ll find in Amman.
The Landmark boasts six restaurants, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fully equipped gym to name a few of the extras to be enjoyed. Despite being budget-friendly, this hotel is rated five stars and has many of the amenities that you would expect from something much more expensive.
The best thing about the Marriott brand is that it is a good solid hotel at a reasonable price where you know what you are getting. A well-run hotel that is clean, comfortable and modern with several amenities at your disposal.
The Amman Marriott is in a busy part of the city with easy access to the Abdali area of shops and malls. This five-star hotel offers five different restaurants, a full spa, and exercise facilities, with the perfect mix of benefits to cater to any mood.
Located a short distance from the 3rd Circle in historic Jabal Amman, the Grand Hyatt offers an oasis from the busy city outside. With its four restaurants, full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools you will have plenty to keep you occupied.
They have a wonderful breakfast buffet that is worth a visit whether or not you are staying at the hotel. The service is very good, and you can expect all the comforts you’d expect from the Hyatt brand.
The less you spend on lodging the more you have for activities. If a cheap getaway to Amman is your prerogative then these hotels are for you.
This affordable hotel is located on the bustling Shabsough Street in downtown Amman. You get what you pay for at the Amman Pasha and this is not necessarily a bad thing. The tourist-friendly location of this hotel means that it is very close to landmarks that many visitors want to make sure they get to see. These include being less than a km away from both the Roman Theatre and the Citadel which means you won’t have to stray far to find something to keep yourself thoroughly entertained.
The Art Hotel holds the most culture of any listed so far. The Byzantine-style building is surrounded by historic architecture including a temple, an amphitheater, and a Byzantine church.
The hotel interior gives you everything you need to recoup after a day exploring and makes you feel comfortable since it is more like a well-furnished, cozy apartment. The rooms are individually painted with bright and inspiring murals and motifs, to help brighten your stay.
A mountainous area is the backdrop for this under the radar 2-star hotel on Al Hashimi Street. The usual roundup of attractions like the temple, the citadel and the amphitheatre are close by this hotel. But there is also the Temple of Hercules and the Roman Corinthian Column to spice things up and give you a wider variety of what Amman has to offer.
Amman’s old downtown is home to many historic landmarks that are world-renowned. If you want to be right next to these buildings from the past and not spend a fortune, this hotel is for you. The Zaman Ya Zaman Boutique Hotel on Al Hashimi street will give you amazing views and tons of activities to do while keeping you within your budget.
You can take private tours, book excursions to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and other places. This hotel also caters to solo travelers with events designed for guests to mingle and get to know one another.
One of the nice things about this hotel is that you get a lot of space for not a lot of money. A free breakfast, free wifi, and free parking comes with your booking at the Jad Hotel Suites. The all-suite hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms with a sitting area and small kitchenette for extended stays.
The bustling neighborhood of Sweifieh is just a short walk away, with its shops, restaurants, and malls providing you with virtually anything you are looking for.
A Variety of Options to Stay in Amman
I hope that this article has helped give you the knowledge you will need when you decide to visit Amman no matter your budget. I listed luxury hotels like the Four Seasons, Mid-Range Hotels like the Landmark, and even a few budget options like the Jad Hotel Suites so you will have plenty to choose from depending on the kind of trip you are looking to enjoy.
No matter what level of hotel you stay in, I will bet that you will have a wonderful time exploring Amman, Jordan.
About the Author
Tariq Nasir is an Arab American food blogger and founder of ChefTariq.com. He empowers the everyday home cook to bring Middle Eastern cuisine to their table.