When I finally got a chance to go ahead with Jordan trip, the first I did was to book a 2-night stay at the W Amman. I did not want to pass on this beautiful and excentric property.
The hotel is located in the new and sleek neighborhood of Al Abdalli. A brand new area ideal for walking and shopping enthusiasts. It’s a 45 minute to walk to Amman’s city centre, or a 10 minutes drive by taxi/Uber.
I opted for the hotel private car service. I was picked-up at Queen Alia International Airport arrivals hall and driven to the hotel in a luxurious Mercedes for 35 JOD ($50). Keep in mind that the airport is a solid 25km from the city centre. A taxi would’ve cost 10-15 JOD less. Also, I landed late in the evening, I didn’t have any JODs on me and was not in the mood to negotiate a rate with cabbies. I can assure you the limo service was worth it: got charged to my room and I earned 5x Marriott Bonvoy points on it.
Although riding within Amman is quite cheap within the city, it is very expensive to and from the airport.
Security is tight at the hotel entrance. As I made my way to the elevators, I walked through the Canyon hall which is inspired by the huge rock formation of Petra towards the Treasury. I was truly amazed by the architectural prowess.
Check-in was swift and efficient. The agent thanked me for being a loyal Platinum member and upgraded me to the W Suite, a large corner suite. He mentionned it was a smoking room. I was concerned about the smell but he assured me that the rooms are cleaned thoroughly and that I would not be disappointed.
The W Suite
The W Suite is a large corner suite. Just like the rest of the property, its design is W-centric with a flavor of local culture. As I entered the room, I noticed there was a lot of storage room for luggage, clothing and shoes.
The king-size bed is very comfortable and the duvet made for a great night sleep after an exhausting 24h of flying.
The TV set has a 55in LED screen and is placed between the living room and the sleeping area. I was able to turn the TV set whether I was in bed or sitting on the sofa. A very well thought out concept which allows to only use on screen while keeping the suite an open space.
The +900 square feet suite featured a marble bathroom with the bathtub separate from the shower. The toilet is in a separate space with a bidet. Bathroom has double vanities with a makeup mirror section, also 2 robes and slippers were available.
Adjacent to the bathroom is the living room which feature a work desk and a large sofa. Bottled water tea service and coffee maker are located next to the desk. I struggled with the coffee machine and was unable to make an espresso.
Breakfast is wonderful at the W Amman. Although the buffet looks smaller, appearances are deceptive. I noticed that guests from different countries were able to have their habitual breakfast food: the French had pastries, yogurts and other morning sugar bombs, the anglo-saxons has their fill of beans and sausages and the Arab had choice galore.
The thing that impressed me was when the waiting staff offered to bring a typical Jordanian breakfast to our table.
Waiters and cooks came to our table and presented us each of the cooked dish. It was a first for me. Never have I been served with such warmth and attention by different staff members in the context of a breakfast buffet.
The chef at Al Bustan Ritz-Carlton Muscat did bring us maple syrup 😉
I had the chance to workout once during my 2-night stay. The gym has all the equipment one needs for weights, cardio and HIIT. Towels are available on a self-serve basis and were wrapped in plastic foil, thank you COVID-19.
The music was a bit loud. That being said the gym and locker rooms were clean and nicely designed. Unfortunately, the swimming pool was closed for the winter season.
Art at the W Amman
Let’s not forget that W hotels are all about art and design. W Amman does not disappoint. I came across beautiful pieces from the hotel entrance all the way to my room.
As soon as yo make you enter the hotel, the hallway which leads to the elevators simulates the Canyon leading to Petra. The Canyon bathes in a red light which adds to the fascination as I walked in.
Pieces of art work are more common on the 6th floor. That’s where the check-in desk , lounging areas and main restaurant are located. You cannot miss The Tree of Life!
I’m glad I stayed at the W Amman. A beautiful property, a pleasant and professional staff is all one can ask for. The hotel delivered on all of those. Also, I’m glad I opted for the private car service from the airport. A great value for so many reasons.
I will definitely book the W Amman next time I visit Jordan with the family.