Located in central Amman, this hotel is within walking distance to eateries, markets, ATMs, money exchange facilities, mosques and attractions. Walking up the steps to the reception located on level 2, the pink walls, yellow lighting and gaudy plastered archway reminded me of a chinese restaurant. Beware that smoking in doors is widely accepted in Jordan so the common area/breakfast room, reception and landings all smell of smoke. We checked into a triple room and were able to negotiate the 40 dinar rate to 35 per night. Room 408 was on the 4th floor (but labelled as level 3 in the elevator) and looked out on to the busy city below. The room itself was very tired looking but was clean and welcoming. There were 3 single beds made up with a throw, blanket and flat sheet. There was a 12 inch colour tv with a set top box on a long dresser which we didnt use. Our room also had airconditioning which we also didn't use since there were always refreshing breezes from our 1x2 metre balcony. The bathroom had a toilet, bidet, shower with curtain, sink and vanity. The bathroom is in desperate need of a refurbishment and is so small that it is impossible for one person to use it with the door ajar. We stayed for 2 nights and all had a very comfortable sleep. On the first night the power went out from 9pm-12am which meant no tv, aircon, lighting, power to charge our phones/camera or hot water. When I asked if we were eligible for any special considerations or discounts, I was told that it was the power company's fault and that 6 buildings on the block were also out of power despite us being able too see the exterior lights on during the outage. Reception staff were very friendly and professional, writing directions in Arabic for taxi drivers and suggesting fair prices to pay for trips. We went on a day tour organised by the hotel to the Dead Sea (inc stops to St Georges Church & Mt Nebo), which cost 16 dinar pp which did not include engtance fees. In hindsight this is quite expensive, but since it was only a small group of 4, it allowed for more flexibility. Overall I'd say this is a good place for a budget traveller looking for cheap accomodation in the heart if the city. PROS: location & staff. CONS: bathroom, dated interior & meager breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palace Hotel in the heart of the capital city, Amman, is one of the oldest and most well-established in downtown. The hotel has been well maintained and completely refurbished, designed for function, quiet relaxation, and elegance. Superior standards at competitive rates! Our customers satisfaction and comfort is assured with individually controlled air conditioning, central heating, satellite TV channels, laundry services, direct telephone, and 24 hour room service. Internet service is also available. Our staff is well-trained for exceptional service and the art of hospitality, and are always available to answer any questions you may have. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palace Hotel Amman