I arrived around 1am in downtown Amman from the Airport after 30+ hour in planes and airports, and considering the entrance to Abbasi Palace is off an alleyway and took me five minutes to find the recpetion, you won't be suprised to hear I thought to myself "dear god, what have I done".
But once you enter the reception (through a shady elevator) it becomes clear why the Abbasi is so popular. Even at the dead of night the staff were friendly and helpful, and the welcome tea was highly appreciated.
The rooms themselves are basic, but what can you complain about for 11usd? Not to mention a fairly decent breakfast in the morning, accompanied by more basil tea. All over Jordan breakfast is pita bread, hard boiled eggs, maybe a bannana and some condiments, so no place i stayed sttod out from the crowd.
I will say though that in winter it can be mighty cold in Jordan (I saw snow in late January) and Abbasi rooms can get very cold, and the hot water can be tempramental, so don't count on hot showers to warm you up. And being downtown it isn't the quietest place in the world, especially near the Al Hussein Mosque.
I should point out, how daunting downtown Amman looks at 1am doesn't describe what a safe, friendly place it actually is. Right across the roads sits the market and a five minute walk to the Roman Theatre, a short but good local attraction. Never once was I hassled or felt even remotely intimidated.
Overall, a good fun place to make friends in a vibrant unique city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in the heart of Amman's historic Downtown area, in walking distance to the old Hussein Mosque, the Spice Market, the Roman Theater, and the Citadel. We can be your friendly headquarters. The Abbasi Palace Hotel has 40 en-suite rooms all with hot water. Ask for availability of rooms with air conditioning and satellite TV. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Abbasi Palace Hotel Amman