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2017-03-17

The Legendary InterContinental Amman Jordan

Being one of the oldest international five star hotels in Jordan’s capital city of Amman, the InterContinental has lived up to its peak after 53 years at the same location with not much sign of showing any tiredness, thanks to it being well maintained and constantly upgraded, making this still being one of the most demanded hotels by international travelers that are visiting this exotic city for its easy proximity to the city center and historical sites year after year. mylifestyelnews writes.


Amman is a hilly city and moving around by car is essential and you may have to bear with the bustling busy traffic. With eight major roundabouts where the locals call it Circles by its number and narrow streets and mostly with one way traffic even on the inner city highway, you may begin to plan your arrival destination by allowing a little more time to be wasted on the road ahead while in transit.


The InterContinental Amman is located atop one of the seven hills of Amman at the east side of the city center in between the second and third circle. The gigantic sandstone theme color of the building exterior can easily be seen when our car was approaching this well-known landmark in the city. A typical classic InterContinental design color tone in this region highlights the contemporary architecture, as well as for the ease of maintenance to compete with such extreme weather and temperature changes throughout the different seasons of the year.


Security check is tight, with every vehicle coming into the hotel compound in Amman needing to be checked and scanned to ensure safety for everyone in the hotel premises. Our arrival was with no exception, after our driver dropped us at the InterContinental Amman hotel entrance with by the first security check, a second x-ray system check, like those at the airport, awaits before we were allowed to enter the hotel lobby to proceed for our check in. Be aware and do not get too intimidated with such security precautions, as this is quite common throughout the entire country.


The lobby is spacious and wide spread out to the lounge area and connecting to the Atrium, with the all day dining restaurant with a glass ceiling separating you from Amman’s glorious blue sky, under which is served a lavish buffet and various international specialties from around the globe.


Walking further in, the elevator takes you down to the lower level to get access to the indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as the gym and wellness spa center. These areas can also be accessed by the adjacent external long staircase via the entrance of the outdoor swimming pool area.


Our room was allocated on the third floor facing the lower roof with water tanks and generators as well as an abandoned obscure office tower. Not so charming, but the renovated spacious room with a few additional touches like the head board and side table lamps as well as a lazy lounge chair and a good size flat screen television give an added value to this half a century old establishment. Despite the bathroom being narrow, yet the InterContinental standard of amenities made their mark and the comfy king size bed was another bonus.


The outdoor swimming pool is under going a face lift during our stay.


The indoor lap swimming pool.


Since there was not much of a decent view from our room, we headed up to the Club Lounge for afternoon tea. The location of the hotel is already atop on the hilly side of the city, so the Club Lounge on the 10th floor of the hotel seems even higher than you thought. Plentiful natural sunlight draws in from the big floor-ceiling windows from both sides of the Club Lounge with an uninterrupted view of the entire Amman city which is simply mesmerizing. 


The InterContinental Amman Club Lounge 


The city contrasts a unique blend of the old and new between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley with tree-lined streets and avenues flanked by elegant, almost uniformly white houses. The old heritage style syncs well with the modern buildings faced with local stone. The view from the InterContinental Club Lounge is no doubt one of the best viewing spots in the city, offering such fascinating views that you can’t get your eyes off that quickly.


Vibrant, chic and stylish, plus a few well designed furniture highlights add a touch of Jordanian, slash Middle Eastern, adornments that dressed the Club Lounge with an incredibly warm and homely setting. Comfortable lounge chairs are well placed in accordance to the vast layout for better comfort and privacy.


Afternoon tea is another way to relax while gazing out the fascinating Amman city view at the Club Lounge. The evening cocktail hour is another highlight not to be missed while staying in the InterContinental Amman, Jordan.  A wide selection of premium teas, wines and beverages are available, as well as a semi-buffet with assorted cheese, cold cuts, savories, desserts and a daily change of cooked-to-order warm dishes, like roast beef and skewers.


Fascinating Amman City View from the InterContinental Club Lounge.


The next morning, we craved for a swim at the indoor swimming pool to do a few laps before heading for breakfast, since the outdoor swimming pool was closed for further upgrading during our stay. It would be another ideal rest and relaxation area when the face-lift is completed. A future visit is definitely to be anticipated.


Staying in the InterContinental Amman is certainly quite an experience to enhance the entire visit of this historic and exciting city. With a hotel that offers cosmopolitan amenities with a Middle Eastern sensation, together with their attention to thoughtful touches and pleasant surprises that truly delight, the Club InterContinental redefines luxury and aims well beyond one’s expectations.



Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Housekeeping: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Highlights:
Club Lounge

Islamic College Street
Amman, Jordan
Tel: +962 6 464 1361

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