Excited about a trip to Amman? With its eclectic mix of Biblical and Quranic heritage coupled with a modern mindset, there is much to explore in this spirited city. To help with your planning, we’ve collected a few recommendations for lodging. Our top Amman hotels are set in the city’s most interesting locations and offer some of the best amenities this side of Petra. Here’s an inside look:
We recommend setting up camp in Amman’s older Jabal Amman or Jabal al Weibdeh neighborhoods. They’re located just northwest of al Balad, or “Downtown” and within walking distance to top attractions, restaurants, cafés, and shopping areas.
Shmeisani is another good option – especially if you want something a little quieter. This district is newer, but includes a mix of residential and commercial properties. It’s slightly farther afield, too, at two miles northwest of Downtown. There are fewer restaurant and café options in the immediate area but a quick taxi ride will get you to downtown destinations in no time.
Hotels we like
Our recommendations below range in style and price, and should include something for nearly everyone. So, without further ado…
1: House Boutiques Suites (Jabal Amman)
The House Boutique Suites checks many boxes – luxe, functional, and fabulous. Part mid-century modern, part Art Deco splendor, the hotel seamlessly integrates a variety of styles to bring modern and luxurious comfort to its guests. Suites are outfitted in light wood, warm neutrals, and tall windows that together provide a comfy sanctuary after a busy day in town. There is a small but classy living area in each suite and kitchens come fully equipped. Did we mention all appliances are stainless chic? Bonus: An outdoor pool and rooftop terrace and bar provide ample opportunities for relaxing, while nearby restaurants and food stores make planning meals easy. Rates start at about 104 JD ($147) per night and include a yummy breakfast buffet.
2: La Locanda (Jabal al Weibdeh)
Just a hair north in Jabal al Weibdeh, the art and culture center of Amman, is themed hotel concept La Locanda Boutique Hotel. This is definitely something unique among Amman hotels. Each of the large 21 rooms is decorated in a motif that reflects the spirit of a Middle Eastern music personality. Take early 20th-century Syrian singer Asmahan, for example. One of the few female voices in the mainstream Arab music scene, Asmahan died suddenly in a car accident at age 32 in 1944. Her brief life was punctuated by turbulence: moving in and out of retirement, marriages, and political alliances. All of these, though chaotic, informed her musical style and spirit.
At the hotel, Asmahan’s whirling life story – rife with conflicts and contrasts – is interpreted with contrasting white and dark furnishings, splashes of regal red (she was apparently of Druze royal descent), and a graphic Warhol-esque portrait. Amenities are top-notch and include a contemporary-tiled bathroom design with a walk-in shower, a flat-screen TV, WiFi, A/C, and minibar.
The onsite Maestro Music Bar & Restaurant serves Mediterranean and Arab staples as well as local craft beers, wines, and classic cocktails. In keeping with the musical theme, live tunes are on tap at the Maestro several nights a week. Rates start at JD 75 ($106) per night and include a breakfast buffet.
3: Al Qasr Metropole Hotel (Shmeisani)
Al Qasr is our choice in the Shmeisani district. Upmarket, subtle, and smart, Al Qasr includes 66 rooms with light wood floors, sleek furnishings, and warm lighting. Modern amenities such as LED TVs, rain showers, WiFi, and automated curtains – not to mention fluffy slippers and upscale toiletries – earn it top marks on the comfort scale. When you’re ready, trot down to the gym and wellness center for a ride in the dedicated cycling studio followed by a sesh in the sauna and ice fountain. Finish with a siesta on a heated lounge chair. Ahh.
Three restaurants onsite make up for the relatively scant selection nearby, though you will have to venture out for Jordanian cuisine. Roof-top eatery Vinaigrette, with floor-to-ceiling windows and Insta-worthy views of Amman, features an international menu with crowd pleasers like Traditional Steak Frites and Slow-Cooked Whole Sea Bream, cooked in papillote with ratatouille and grilled lemon. Did we mention the sushi bar? For classic Italian, Trattoria is your go-to (pizza and pasta abound), or head to The Nub for a burger, local craft beer favorite Carakale, and a game of billiards.
Room rates start at 100 JD ($141) per night.
4: W Amman (Jabal al Weibdeh)
Part of Marriott’s W Hotels Group, W Amman’s skyscraping black edifice towers over its urban neighbors. With its prominent gold “W” logo and vertical glass stripe (colored red at night), it’s a bit more Vegas than maybe you would expect for Amman hotels. Still, with its fabulously vibrant block-color décor, contemporary glass and metal furnishings, and Bedouin-inspired motifs, it’s fun just being there.
Rooms are luxurious – sleekly designed with modular pieces, soft uplighting, and richly colored accents in violet, burnished orange, or azure. The odd modern art piece or hanging lamp completes the slightly retro, slightly space-age vibe. Amenities are predictably first-rate and include marble bathrooms, goose down comforters, 300-thread-count sheets, 43-inch LCD TVs, mini-bars, and free WiFi. If you dock here, be sure to head up to the Wet Deck, the decadently outfitted rooftop pool with canopied daybeds, throw cushions, and frosty cocktails.
Onsite eateries include Mesh, a Mediterranean-Middle Eastern mash up for meals throughout the day, and Ensõ for elevated South Asian cuisine and a sake or two. Drinks and small bites are also available in the lobby’s Living Room lounge area and the dance club-inspired Aura.
Room rates start at 110 JD ($155) per night.
5: Le Royal Amman (3rd Circle Area, adjacent to Jabal Amman)
For something a little Old World among the trendier, modern Amman hotels, try the Le Royal Amman. This city landmark is visible from miles away thanks to its soaring 31 floors of cylindrical grace and brightly lit façade. Designed to provide each of its 286 rooms and suites with an inspiring view of the city, the building’s exquisite curvature stone exterior just exude urban luxury. There are six onsite restaurants, including the Patio Restaurant for a fresh buffet breakfast and lunch; Diwan Shahrayar for a classic Lebanese dinner cuisine (we adore the Meza Platter, Grilled Lamb, and plentiful Arabic sweets); and Chester’s Steakhouse for a prime cut and a whisky, neat. For a drink later, head to the elegant Ivy Café in the hotel lobby.
The hotel’s Royal Spa includes an array of luxe treatments suitable for a princess – and that’s not even considering the onsite Dead Sea pool. Other amenities include a shopping arcade with specialty boutiques, a bank, and beauty salon. Rooms are outfitted in regal shades of deep reds, golds, and browns, and come equipped with free high-speed internet, cable television, mini bars, two-line telephones, and chic toiletries. Rates start at about 120 JD ($170) per night.
Finally, Amman has its share of well-known chain hotels, should you prefer something slightly more mainstream. The Grand Hyatt Amman and Intercontinental are two solid choices located in Jabal Amman downtown with room rates starting at about 115 JD ($160) per night.