TheIntercontinental in Amman is one of the oldest hotels in Jordan. Built in 1963, it was the first five-star hotel in the country as well as the first hotel to have a swimming pool and ballroom. The hotel has changed a fair bit over the years, in 2010 the whole building had a face lift courtesy of interior designer Harry Gregory who has worked with hotels worldwide.
The hotel has a whopping 440 rooms, five restaurants, spa, outdoor pool, indoor pool, gym, club lounge and bar. Inside it’s easy to spot the familiar Intercontinental style which combines classic interiors with modern touches. The reception area is huge and with so many facilities it’s easy to take a wrong turn and end up lost.
We were in one of the Club Rooms and headed up to the Club Lounge to check-in. The lounge itself is a relaxed area with sofas, small bar, business centre, free WiFi and cocktail hour from 6pm – 8pm where club members can take advantage of complimentary cocktails and nibbles – we like!
Our twin room located on the 7th floor was large enough for two people to spread out in and contained everything we needed for a comfy stay including a plate of baklava, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, desk and large bathroom with a separate walk-in shower, bathrobes and slippers. Products were by Elemis which got the thumbs up from us and the beds were super comfy!
Whilst we couldn’t fault the rooms, the real highlight of our stay was the Lebanese restaurant
Bourj Al Hamam which served up the best food we ate during our whole seven days in Jordan. So much so that we also visited the Intercontinental Aqaba to try the sister restaurant on our last night. Fattoush, Hummus, Chicken Shish, Grilled Halloumi, Baba Ghanoush, a plate of chop your own Salad and basket of pitta breads made for the perfect feast – we really couldn’t grumble about any of the dishes, the service was friendly and efficient which is just what we needed after a long flight. Stuffed and satisfied, we waddled up to bed for an early night where we slept like babies.
The next morning after a swim in the heated indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi we opted to take breakfast in the Atrium restaurant where a huge spread was laid out – from smoked salmon to omelettes, hummus, fresh fruit, cereals, cheeses, meats, sausages, beans, breads, croissants… Whatever you could think of it was there.
Potter around the hotel and you’ll also find some boutiques, a stunning ballroom with beautiful chandeliers and during the Summer months a terrace for outdoor dining. For a comfortable stay in Amman with top notch food you can’t go wrong with the Intercontinental.
Room rates start from approx 120 JOD per night (approx £115 pounds) but we’d suggest paying extra for a club room which includes free breakfast and cocktails and nibbles in Happy Hour.
Islamic College Street, P.O Box 35014, Amman, 11180, Jordan