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Old Dec 14, 11, 12:01 pm
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Fairmont anncounces new property in Amman, Jordan

TORONTO, December 14, 2011 - Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will welcome a new hotel to its growing portfolio in the Middle East - the Fairmont Amman, expected to open in 2014.

This luxurious hotel will be situated next to the Fifth Circle in the heart of Amman, less than 30 minutes from the airport, adjacent to the Embassy District, the new Royal Jordanian headquarters, the Abdali Development and its growing commercial enterprises as well as the desirable residential community of Abdoun.

The Fairmont Amman will feature 290 luxurious guestrooms and suites including Fairmont Gold, the brand's hotel within a hotel featuring amenities such as private reception and guest lounge. The hotel's food and beverage offerings will provide unique concepts designed to add flair and sophistication to an already exciting city. There will be a number of specialty restaurants and bars taking full advantage of the views and outdoor venues. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in Willow Stream, Fairmont's signature Spa brand, as well as enjoy panoramic city views from the pool deck. For corporate events, weddings and local galas, over 2,000 square meters of function space, including an 800 square meter ballroom, will allow Fairmont to customize all aspects of meetings and events for meeting planners.

A contemporary design in harmony with the Jordanian landscape is under the aegis of award-winning WATG, the world's leading design consultant for the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries. Interior Design will be led by London-based GA Design International, with over twenty years of experience and with offices located in London, Budapest and Kuala Lumpur.

Isam Khatib and Partners, the developer of the Fairmont Amman, has established one of the largest and most reputable real estate groups in the country, with vast experience in developing high end commercial and residential projects.
"Amman is a key gateway destination in the region, and this property will be an important addition to the growing Fairmont brand," said Jennifer Fox, President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. "Jordan has seen increasing investment in a variety of business sectors and we believe the market will respond positively to the entry of a new luxury hotel in the capital. We are privileged to join with Isam Khatib and Partners who are well regarded for their expertise in this industry, and we look forward to the debut of this exciting property."

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Amman blends heritage and history with modernity, offering visitors a welcoming destination for business or leisure. Fairmont Amman joins Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Fairmont Dubai, UAE; Fairmont Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt; Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, Saudi Arabia; Fairmont Nile City, Cairo, Egypt; Fairmont Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE (2012); Fairmont Fujairah, UAE (2012); Fairmont Riyadh, Business Gate (2012) and Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
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Old Dec 14, 11, 12:37 pm
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Cool. I hope to make it to this one.
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Does any one happen to know if a suite upgrade at this property includes lounge access a la Singapore? It seems according to their website that suites provide lounge access, so in theory the upgrade should too.
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Originally Posted by nomadic.relief View Post
Does any one happen to know if a suite upgrade at this property includes lounge access a la Singapore? It seems according to their website that suites provide lounge access, so in theory the upgrade should too.
I called to get a suite upgrade and initially I was told no lounge access according to what the agent could see in the room description on her end. After pointing out what is shown on the website, the agent noted there was a discrepancy with what she saw, and she eventually agreed that I would get lounge access and said she will make a note about it in the reservation to make sure.
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Fairmont Amman = Top Luxury Hotel in the City

Fairmont Amman

1 Review | 100% Recommended

Fairmont Amman

6 Beirut Street - Fifth Circle P.O. Box 831370 Abdoun Amman, JO 11183

Fairmont Amman = Top Luxury Hotel in the City (34 Photos)

Fairmont Amman

Fairmont Amman opened in November 2017 so I wanted to give it a try.  I often find that in secondary markets where the Fairmont brand is not very well known, you can get a very high quality product for a good price because a lack of widespread name recognition acts as a ceiling on prices.  You end up with great value for the money, and Fairmont Amman is a perfect example of that. 

I used a Fairmont suite upgrade certificate and at this property suite guests get access to the Gold lounge, similar to Fairmont Singapore.  The common areas of the hotel are very impressive.  The lobby is in a massive hallway which is long and wide and has very high ceilings with huge chandeliers.  Off the hallway is a classy library for guests to stop by and relax.  

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Location

It was my first visit in Amman so I am not very familiar with the city.  The Fairmont is located in the 5th circle which is an upscale neighborhood and it seems to be “5-star hotel central”: at the other corners of the same round-about, you can find the Sheraton, Four Seasons, and under construction a Ritz Carlton.  Only 0.5km behind the Sheraton will be a St.Regis which is scheduled to open soon. In addition, the W and the Grand Hyatt are only 3 km away.  So if you book a 5-star hotel in Amman, this general area is most likely where you will be. This location is about a 15-minute taxi ride to downtown and from the airport it’s a bit more than half an hour.

Room

The Fairmont being a new hotel, the suite was obviously in great shape and very modern.  In the living room the furniture is of very high quality.  In front of the sofa is a fireplace with sounds and lights to simulate a fire.  On the coffee table we received a nice Platinum welcome gift with more Arabic desserts than we could handle!  After nibbling on a few pieces they even brought us some more a couple of days later. Since this suite was a corner room, there were windows on two sides of the living room with electric curtains. Off the living room is a small dining area with a round table and chairs.  There is also a small kitchen in the corner of the room for those who want to cook.  The bedroom is finished to a high standard and large enough to accommodate a small lounge chair by the window.  They had prepared a beautiful arrangement on the bed for our special occasion which was a nice touch.  The make-up area is in the large walk-in closet, making it a clever use of space. The main bathroom has a large rain shower area separate from the bathtub which is outside of the shower.  If there is one minor drawback to the room it is that the main bathroom was a bit dark, having no natural lighting.  The light fixtures in the shower are hidden inside the moldings of the ceiling which contributes to the weak lighting situation.  To conclude about the room, there is a small half bathroom next to the entrance.

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Dining

Included with the suite upgrade was the choice of breakfast either in the Gold Lounge or the restaurant, which is generous because some hotels limit the breakfast to the Lounge only.  The quality of the food in the restaurant is excellent.  Among other things, I enjoyed having figs for breakfast and a specialty kiwi juice.  The restaurant has a main dining area next to the buffet, and also stylish separate rooms with a few tables that we liked due to the added privacy.  

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During a week day, if going to breakfast in the restaurant towards the tail end (11am) it was relatively quiet, however one weekend morning we arrived after 10am and it was crowded so we went to the Gold Lounge instead. Obviously there is less choice in the lounge, but quality is equally high if not better in the lounge, and choice was good enough that we had a preference for the quiet environment.  Cannot beat having the entire lounge almost entirely to ourselves!   

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We also appreciated the Gold Lounge during happy hour (5-7pm). The lounge is a very long and narrow room with posh furniture throughout.  As you walk from the entrance of the lounge all the way to the end at the food station, you have multiple seating areas each with their own style which can accommodate different group sizes.  The layout of the lounge made it possible to find a quiet spot even if there was a louder group present somewhere else in the lounge.  For example, there is an enclosed area near the windows; loud folks there do not disrupt other guests.  There is also an area with high chairs on a small counter, right in front of the windows which is ideal for guests who travel alone and want to enjoy the view.  Overall, this is a very well designed lounge and it is hard to find flaws to it.  

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There were 4 hot food options during happy hour in addition to various cold choices and it was enough to make it a dinner.  On the evenings we went there, we had beef/chicken skewers, a chicken & onion dish, fried shrimps, mini-burgers and pizzas, etc.  Alcohol was not self-serve even though they had a display.  I found the quality of the wine much higher than most hotel lounges – the Chilean red wine was particularly good.  

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Service

Service in general at the hotel is excellent.  We were addressed by name in the restaurant during breakfast and the director of operations stopped by to chat and ensure we had a nice stay.  Service in the lounge was friendly although sometimes they would be less proactive about re-fills than in some other hotels.  Pre-arrival service was great as well, as mentioned above preparing our room with a nice welcome gift and coordinating in advance to check at what time we would arrive at the hotel to ensure a fresh arrangement (which happened to be useful since we arrived after midnight).  A point of improvement would be housekeeping which occasionally forgot to replenish some items such as water, shower gel, shampoo, face towels, mouthwash, floor mats, etc.  Not a big deal, and after we called they came promptly.  

Overall

Overall this is a great addition to the Fairmont portfolio and arguably the best hotel in Amman right now, which you can book (depending on dates) for a very modest price premium over alternatives such as Sheraton, Marriott, Grand Hyatt, W, and more often than not, cheaper than Four Seasons.  While I have not tried them personally (so take my opinion for what it’s worth), the Grand Hyatt and FS have been reported on FT as being  somewhat aging hotels and given my experience at Fairmont Amman I am fairly confident Fairmont is a great choice comparatively speaking.  The upcoming St.Regis will probably be a closer match to Fairmont once it opens in a few months but until then I think Fairmont is most likely the top hotel in Amman.

If you still have a Fairmont suite upgrade certificate to use before they expire, this is a great hotel to do so and you will get fantastic value for the money.  Once they expire, guests who also have elite status at other chains might find the value proposition more difficult at Fairmont because there will be no more free breakfast, free lounge, and free suite upgrades, unlike what you can get at Marriott/Starwood properties for example.  But for the moment, as far as I am concerned booking at Fairmont Amman is a no brainer.  

 

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Old Sep 22, 18, 7:45 am
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Thanks for this very nice review. We have been planning a trip to Jordan. We did Oman this year and there is unfortunately no decent AccorHotels property there.
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Very nice review. Thank you.
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