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Hotels in Jordan

On our holiday, we stayed at four hotels and reviews of these hotels are shown below:

Grand Palace Hotel, Amman

Located out of the town centre, the Grand Palace Hotel was large and comfortable. Our bed was absolutely huge. The spacious lounge adjacent to the dining room was ideal for having a pre-dinner drink or waiting for friends. We enjoyed the buffet meals which were our first taste of Jordanian cuisine.

Julie needed to buy some sunglasses and we found a tiny shop in the reception area with some expensive sunglasses in a display case, but the shop was never manned. Exploring further past reception we found a small room packed with newspapers, postcards,

toothpaste, and so on, presided over by an elderly lady who spoke little English. This proved to be the place to buy cheap sunglasses.

We had no complaints about this hotel but, compared to other hotels we stayed at, it was nothing special.

The Grand Palace Hotel in Amman
Hotel entrance
Bedouin guard
Hotel security guard
Amman hotel view
View of Amman from our room

The hotel's web site

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Petra Panorama Hotel, Wadi Musa

The Petra Panorama Hotel is built into the mountainsideTwo things stand out about the Petra Panorama Hotel. One is its location on the side of a hill overlooking the mountains that surround Petra. The view from our room was absolutely stunning, especially at sunset. The lounge also had a very pleasant aspect; after breakfast we watched a boy herding goats much further down the valley. The other is its construction. As the picture shows, it is built into the steep hill which meant that getting from the communal areas (reception, dining etc) to the bedrooms involved an elevator (lift), then a walk of about 50 metres down a corridor, then another elevator. Julie had a problem in the bar - they would not serve her whilst she was on her own and I was summoned to act as chaperone. She also had to insist on entering her own PIN number when paying at reception, and was led through the back offices to the area behind the reception desk as the card machine could not be moved. The hotel's souvenir shop was opened on request. We had been told that souvenirs at Petra were the most expensive in Jordan, but the goods in this shop were reasonably priced.

The food was excellent and the staff efficient, though the acoustics of the restaurant made it rather noisy when crowded. Julie had an epileptic seizure (see in the restaurant and the staff were puzzled but did not make a fuss.

Mountain view from the Petra Panorama Hotel
The view from our room
View from the hotel lounge
The lounge view

The hotel's web site

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Aqaba Gulf Hotel

We liked this hotel which was spacious and well designed. In particular, we spent quite a bit of time in the lounge. This had a large-screen television (with the sound turned down), English-language newspapers and plenty of movable seating. Drinks, alcohol, colas, tea/coffee and biscuits could be ordered here and the location of the lounge near reception made it easy to socialise with passing members of our party.

The Aqaba Gulf Hotel is located on the Corniche, opposite the ruins of old Aqaba (Ayla) and next to the larger Movenpick. It is only a few minutes level walk to the town centre so it is easy to get from the hotels to the shops, sea front, restaurants and the cinema. Our room had a view of the harbour and of the town of Eilat just across the border in Israel.

Aqaba Gulf Hotel, Jordan Aqaba Gulf Hotel reception area Aqaba Gulf Hotel lounge

Aqaba view
The view from our bedroom and . . .
Sunset at Aqaba, Jordan
. . . sunset through a telephoto lens

The hotel's website

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Dead Sea Spa Hotel

View from the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, JordanThe hotel is spread out over a large area beside the Dead Sea. The complex includes a medical centre and shops. Most of the bedrooms have balconies and sea views. We could see Jericho in the distance from our balcony (see opposite). There are several outdoor swimming pools and we spent our evenings beside one of the pools, drinking colas and watching the amazing sunset (see main Dead Sea page). The food was excellent, though expensive, and the staff attentive. The breakfast choice was especially good. In particular, several types of tasty bread were available.Apart from the poolside bars, there was an inside bar cum library (stocked with books and magazines in German). On one night live musicians performed outside, but this was amplified so it was impossible to converse.There is direct access to the Dead Sea from a rather rough beach, and hoses are provided to clean off the unpleasant mud and salty water after going for the obligatory float.

We would have liked to spend a few more days here as it was a very relaxing and beautiful place to be. Our only hassle was being ignored in favour of pushier but later customers at check out time.

The Dead Sea Spa Hotel, Jordan Dead Sea beach Sunset at the Dead Sea

The hotel's web site

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