For Valentine’s Day we decided for a stay-cation at Amman Rotana at the Boulevard in Abdali. It was the first time for us to stay in a hotel in Amman, since we live here and only stayed in hotels at the Dead Sea or Aqaba before. However, we wanted to try something new and get out of the home without traveling far, so we opted for a stay in Amman at Rotana Hotel.
If you have been to Amman, it is very unlikely that you have not seen the building which reaches for the sky and sticks out from pretty much any corner you look at it. The Hotel already impresses with a pretty unique shape, being round with a black glass facade. The interior is not less stunning and reveals and interesting architecture that allows to look between different levels from some of the restaurants and offers excellent views from the upper levels of the rooms which of course have a round window front.
After Check-In, we entered our rooms on the 42th floor. As we are a family, we were offered two rooms adjacent to each other. The rooms were very spacious, they have a huge glass front, modern bathroom design with both shower and free standing bath tub and window looking into the room. We were presented with lovely welcoming gifts, the rooms were spotless clean and everything was just right.
Soon after we entered our rooms, we went down for dinner at Gusto, the Italian Restaurant within the Amman Rotana, apart from Rodeo, Threesixty and Bar on Four. All the restaurants have an interesting layout and architecture due to the round building and they welcome their guests with an open kitchen. I love open kitchens and it makes the place really welcoming.
The menu offers a wide range of choices including pasta and pizza of course, but also antipasta, salads, soups along with meat dishes and seafood. We opted for salads and seafood as starter, pizza for the kids and meat as main dishes. We ordered a arugula salad that came with cherry tomatoes and cheese with a balsamic dressing. We also had the Messy Shrimps and the Grilled Octopus, which I can really recommend. It was a nice piece of grilled tentacle, in a tasty dressing. The messy shrimps were grilled shrimp in a spicy kind of garlic sauce, which we enjoyed as well.
For mains we ordered the Australian lamb shank and the Angus Ribs. The Australian lamb shank were just out of this world. Perfectly cooked and marinated with a rosemary coconut battering on a fine Jus. It was a mouthwatering dish that seeks a rival. The Angus ribs, were short ribs of finest quality served with cheese ravioli. The meat was tender and juicy and just enjoyable. The pizza frutti di mare, was excellent as well. Thin crust baked in the stone oven on site and topped with grilled seafood. One of the best pizzas you can get in Amman, I would reckon. We paired everything with a red Pinot and staff was professional, helpful and very polite.
After dinner, we headed back to our rooms. The beds were very comfortable and also the amenities in the rooms are great. All the lights are controlled by touch pads and temperature in the rooms was perfect without even having to pay attention to the controls. Anything you can think off, you will find in the rooms, from a dental kit to a wooden kamm, to a comfortable bath robe. The view from the top is special and it is enjoyable to watch the cars passing by without really hearing them.
The next morning we woke up in the comfy beds and made our way to Threesixty, the all day restaurant where breakfast is served. The range and diversity of the food as well as quality does not leave any wishes unfulfilled. Anything you can imagine you will find at the breakfast buffet, let alone freshly baked bread and pastries, fresh juice, an omelette station and many more. The place has a huge ceiling, lots of light and is very welcoming.
Summarizing, I have to say that our high expectations were more than met and that Amman Rotana is truely an exceptional Hotel regarding design, comfort, quality and service. The food was outstanding as well, and I am looking forward to come back to Rodeo, the steakhouse and Bar on Four one day.
I would like to thank the management and staff at Amman Rotana for inviting us to this exceptional stay.
Location: Amman, Abdali Boulevard