It can be disconcerting when arriving in a city or country never visited before to find your airport pick-up from the hotel did not arrive on time. I have had my share of such experiences. Thankfully, that didn’t happen when I arrived in Amman. The moment I exit from the airport, I was grateful to see my name on the placard held by the driver sent by Toledo Hotel – nothing is ever more reassuring than that.
The arrival experience continued to be pleasant the instant I stepped into Toledo Hotel, the hotel that I stayed for two nights in Amman. I walked into the lobby ornately decorated in a Moorish style with keyhole arches and marble flooring. Check-in was smooth, just what I needed after being on flight and transit for 10 hours from Malaysia. The front desk staff was courteous and helpful with my enquiries about maps, locations of sights and WiFi access (yes, available and free!)
My room was located on the 7th floor, an air-conditioned room fitted with twin beds, TV, desk, tea & coffee facilities, bar fridge, closet and a private safe box. I found no faults with the room (including the attached bathroom) as it was very clean, tastefully decorated, comfortable bed and everything functioned as it should be.
The only snag I found was the size of the room which was smaller than expected, and there were no free mineral water bottles available in the room. You have to either pay for the ones in the bar fridge or order from the hotel restaurant. Later on I realised that hotels in Jordan do not provide free mineral water bottles in the room, unlike in South East Asia. I guess it’s a different practice in this region. Having said that, I was very pleased with my room and its facilities, and especially to have this view at sunrise and sunset 🙂
For guests who wish to maintain their fitness regime during their travels, the hotel also has a gym and indoor pool.
On the same floor as the lobby is the Moorish-designed Andalusia Cafe where breakfast is served, its buffet spread is pretty decent with Arabic and continental food (eggs, french toasts, pancakes). Lunch and dinner are also served in the cafe – do check with the hotel for more information.
Guests need not have to worry about noise and heavy traffic as Toledo Hotel is located in Abdali, a largely residential area of cream-coloured townhouses and apartments intermixed with a couple of government and commercial buildings. The nearest bakeries and shops are within 15 minutes’ walking distance, and the major tourist attractions are a few minutes’ drive away, costing only 2-3 dinar by taxi.
Or should you wish to book a city tour or day tours outside of Amman, the front desk will gladly assist you. I hired a driver from the hotel for a half day tour to Jerash, and the same driver offered to drive me to Madaba and sightseeing to Mount Nebo, Bethany and the Dead Sea during the following two days – all for a reasonable price – and more information on that in future posts.
As I travel more frequently now, I find that I’m leaning towards hotel accommodations that are located slightly away from the city centre. Nothing beats having some quiet downtime in an accomodation that is warm, friendly, comfortable and refreshing especially after a day of sightseeing. And Toledo Hotel has all of that to make your stay in Amman memorable.
Location & Contact:
Jabal Al-Hussein, 37 Al Razi Street,
Telephone: +962 6 465 7777
*My stay at the Toledo Hotel was complimentary except for the airport pick-up costing JOD30; many thanks to Toledo for having me. Opinions and photographs in this post are, as always, my own.
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