Formerly known as Philadelphia, Jordan’s capital, Amman, lies in an area that has been continuously inhabited since 6,000 BC, though few ancient buildings remain. The relatively modern and bustling city of Amman was not much more than a village when it became the seat of government in the 1920s. Since then it has grown dramatically - its population swelled by the arrival of waves of displaced Palestinians, who today make up the majority of the city’s residents.Read More
Nowadays, Amman has little of the atmosphere one might describe as typically Middle Eastern. Amman is essentially a very western-oriented city. However, the city does offer a number of historical attractions including a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, the Museum of Popular Traditions and the National Archaeological Museum. The Forum and Citadel Hill represent the few remaining Roman ruins of Amman. The hill affords a sweeping view of Amman and is a tranquil escape from the rest of the crowded city. Speaking of hills, Amman is built upon a series of hills with streets working their way along valley beds and the sides of steep cliffs. Dominating Amman’s hilltop citadel is the 8th century governor’s residence, the Umayyad Palace.
West Amman is worthy of exploration as well. Once a resting ground for Amman’s elite, the quiet leafy streets around 1st Circle on Jebel Amman are still lined with many fine old villas. In this vicinity is Rainbow Street where you’ll find shops, boutiques and other points of interest such as the Jordan National Gallery, which displays modern Jordanian and Middle Eastern art. Many of Amman’s best restaurants can also be found here.
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If you are planning a Amman holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Al-Qasr Metropole Amman
Recently refurbished, the Al Qasr Metropole is a modern and chic boutique hotel. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and include free Wi-Fi connection and luxury en suite facilities. All guests at the Al Qasr gain free access to the on site Fitness First gym as well as a complimentary breakfast. The rooftop restaurant has fantastic panoramic views of Amman and is a great place to spend the evening. The hotel is well located in Shmeisani, one of Amman's most prestigious neighbourhoods.
Crowne Plaza Amman
The Crowne Plaza is a modern and state-of-the art hotel offering comfortable rooms, superb service and excellent facilities. Guests can enjoy complimentary WiFi, a 24 hr business centre and a heated indoor and outdoor pool. Re-energise in the Crowne Plaza Spa with a choice of saunas, steam baths and massage centre or relax with a coffee in the street side Cafe Vienna. The contemporary rooms are beautifully furnished with premium bedding and warm colours with a small seating area.
Four Seasons Amman
Set atop the highest of Amman's seven hills, The Four Seasons Amman is a luxurious hotel with modern amenities and high standard of service. The generously sized rooms are contemporary in design with comfortable bedding, complimentary internet access, iPod docking station and seating area. After a long day guests can relax in the tranquil spa with natural sea salts and minerals from the Dead Sea, herbal botanicals and aromatherapy oils. The hotel provides a range of stylish restaurants offering dishes from Thai to Italian cuisine.
Amman Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Amman.