The Meridien Amman may be somewhat lacking in the charm department, but it does offer a high level of service and comfort and meets the standards set by the Meridien chain of hotels. The rather imposing building can initially come across as a little unfriendly, but the rooms are perfectly pleasant.
This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.
The Meridien Amman is located in the Shmeisani district of the city, not far from the Marriott hotel, and a 15-minute drive from the city centre, whilst the airport is 30 minutes away.
The hotel has a wide variety of restaurants offering various types of cuisine.
The imposing white building in which it housed makes this eye-catching hotel incredibly difficult to miss! You may feel somewhat lost on entering the large, cold, dark and rather unwelcoming lobby, and you may get distracted by the cosy lobby bar, with its huge glass vases, as you try to find the reception desk. When you do get there, though, you'll be pleased to see that there are plenty of sofas and armchairs provided, should you have to wait. There are also two bars in this area, one of which opens during the day, the other at night, and a Starbucks outlet serving pastries.This huge hotel offers its guests a wide variety of facilities, including a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, gym (overlooking the city), aerobics centre and massage treatments, as well as both an indoor and an outdoor pool where guests can relax after a busy day sightseeing. The hotel also boasts a large number of conference rooms to cater for its business clientele.
The 428 guest rooms at the hotel (which include 60 suites) are all decorated in the same sophisticated style, with high-quality dark wooden furniture, carpeted floors and incredibly original lamps. A heavenly, soft duvet and a silky midnight blue bedspread adorn the bed and the surroundings on the whole are very cosy.The one slight drawback is that the rooms don't have any balconies, though they do all have a television, telephone, minibar, air-conditioning, safe and tea and coffee-making facilities, and the direction of Mecca is indicated in all rooms. The very smart white marble bathrooms are rather small, but bathrobes, hospitality products, scales and a small mirror are provided.
With no fewer than 5 restaurants, there is no shortage of dining options to choose from. The main restaurant, La Brasserie, serves a buffet of international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Al Mukhtar, on the other hand, serves Lebanese cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner, whilst those who would prefer to try different Asian flavours can head to the Japanese restaurant, Benihana, or the Chinese, China Town, both of which are open for lunch and dinner. For a less Zen but equally welcoming atmosphere, your best bet is the American restaurant, 282 Steak and Lounge, though this is only open for dinner. Even the meat served here is 'Made in the USA'.