Checking into hotels in Amman, you may somehow have to lower your star-rating standard even with some international hotel brands on the reviews or as advertised. But, if they have the know-how to extend the hospitality and make your stay a memorable one, they nail it. “Tourism may not be as encouraging the past few years and hence, we need various forms of support to keep this going” Mr. Swalha commented.
Being brought up in Madaba – the ancient town of Jordan located southwest of the capital Amman and known for its 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and furthering his education in a Hotel school in Switzerland (where his next generation’s successor is now also following his footsteps), Mr. Swalha took over the hotel operation from his well-groomed father (who we bumped into during lunch with his wife iin Al Madafa restaurant that serves extravagant buffet).
The Madaba mosiac city map are clearly seen in the lobby of the Regency Palace Amman hotel
“The hotel is old and we are still finding ways to upgrade and bring it to the next level while keeping some of the old character and charm. The recent add on was The Oriental Lounge. We bought a house that was originally built in the early 1900’s, the genuine restored old Damascus room that once originally decorated the reception hall of an opulent Syrian residence.
The Oriental Lounge during the day with natural sunlight brighten the up the cozy room
At night, the Oriental lounge 's mood changes to a more elegant and sophisticated ambience
We dismantled the interior crafted wood piece by piece and numbered them in sequence and brought it to the hotel and transformed it into this colorful lounge. It took us nine long months to install the entire fit-out referencing the authentic Arabic interiors with vibrant and colorful cushions, dramatic details of color juxtaposing the remixed oriental music played in the lounge. Plus the adjacent Shisha terrace is perfect on cool nights during summer. ” Says Mr. Swalha with utmost passion.
Make time your own to embrace such an architectural gem as you will easily let time slip away and marvel at its complex craftsmanship in this gorgeous and cozy little lounge which was originally the old entrance of the hotel.
The Oriental Lounge is one of the best places to chill and to admire the interior brought back to life from the early 1900s
The nostalgic checked marble floored at Le Piano Lounge also serves as the lobby lounge and offers live piano melodies by the resident pianist just right outside at the doorway of The Oriental Lounge.
The classy Marble floor brings back some good old memories from the 1920's
The Enersto Cigar Club aka The Gentlemen's Club
The Ernesto Cigar Club is named after the legendary Ernesto Che Guevara for its quintessential indulgence for all cigar aficionados
Ernesto Che Guevara portrait is highly hung in the Ernesto Cigar Club
English leather club seats are plenty to accommodate more cigar aficionados especially in the evening
The Regency Palace Amman is located in the prestigious and commercial district of Shmeisani and steps away from the Royal Cultural Centre and Sports City.
If you need a pre-dinner drink or after dinner digestive, head down to The Trader Vic’s Restaurant & Lounge to savor the Polynesian island flavors complimented by salsa entertainment performed by some energetic Cuban.
The heated indoor pool