We’d had the Talisman Al Ameen recommended as a beautiful cultural hotel restored in an authentic fashion, and we stayed there on our last night in Syria. We’d stayed at the Four Seasons on our first four nights in Syria, and loved it. Although the staff at the Talisman wasn't as warmly professional as the Four Seasons, I think the Talisman also could have been a good place to stay. It’s a lovely hotel, peaceful and quiet. Our room, #5, tucked away in a corner of the courtyard, was gigantic and very comfortable, with a large bath, and separate WC room. Foliage outside the bedroom windows provided privacy, even with the curtains open. Dining in the hotel's area was good, with two excellent restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel.
The overly fastidious might not enjoy the plumbing, as toilet paper isn’t flushed, but goes into the waste basket. If you travel a lot, this will not be the first (or last) time you encounter this situation, although usually not in the better quality hotels.
While we were there, the staff was very friendly, but the service level was a little off. That night, we asked them to arrange a car to the airport at 6:15 AM the next day, and asked about breakfast, which came with our room. The front desk person said he was sorry, but breakfast didn’t begin until 7:00. While we checked out the next morning, we were brought coffee and tea...but it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think they also could have provided a small cold breakfast, like cereal. I hope they will consider this for their future guests with early departures. Another problem: our car was twenty minutes late arriving. There had been no note made of which car service had been called, so the next morning there was no way to check if the car had actually been sent. Fortunately, it did arrive at last. And since we had factored in extra time, in case of a situation like this, we had no problem meeting our flight. I would stay at the Talisman again, despite the few glitches, as I feel we had no chance to take full advantage of the lovely surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Talisman is more than an hotel: it is your second home. We will provide you all the services and luxury of a five stars residence. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Talisman Hotel Damascus