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Where to Stay in Amman: Best Areas & Hotel Recommendations

Planning a trip to Jordan is almost an adventure in itself: for most of us, it’s a bucket list trip, and working to create your itinerary and understand transportation routes and options can be intimidating since you want to get it right.

Choosing where to stay is another hurdle, especially as you’ll be moving from place to place every night or two. In some communities, it’s not too tough; there are only so many Dead Sea resorts and hotels near Petra… In larger cities like Amman and Aqaba though, you might be quickly overwhelmed.

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In this post, and based on my own trips to Jordan, I’m sharing tips on where to stay in Amman, Jordan’s capital city. I’ll cover both neighborhoods/areas that have a generally good range of hotels to choose from, as well as the specific properties I’ve stayed at and recommend. Use this as a starting point to find the perfect place to stay, or follow my lead and sort out this part of your trip easily. Let’s get to it!

Best Areas to Stay in Amman

When looking for accommodation for your trip, we all know that areas are just as important as the hotels you choose.

Amman, the capital of Jordan, offers a variety of neighborhoods each with its own unique vibe and attractions. Whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife, cultural hotspots, or a quiet area with all the conveniences at your doorstep, Amman has something to offer. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best areas for where to stay in Amman:

  • Jabal Amman: History lovers will enjoy staying in Jabal Amman. This neighborhood is one of the seven hills that originally made up Amman. Today, it is near the downtown area and it’s known for its bohemian atmosphere and historic significance. Jabal Amman is ideal for first-timers wanting to soak in the city’s history. The area is also close to Rainbow Street, famous for its shopping and dining options​.
  • Rainbow Street: If you’re a young traveler, Rainbow Street is the best place to stay in Amman. This bustling street offers a vibrant mix of old and new, where traditional cafes and modern boutiques line the cobblestone streets. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and enjoy some people-watching in one of its many cafes​.
  • Jabal Al Hussein: Traveling on a budget? Jabal Al Hussein is a more residential area known for its mix of affordable accommodations and authentic local life. It’s less touristy, so you get to enjoy a more genuine experience of everyday life in Amman​​.
  • Jabal Al Weibdeh: This neighborhood is opposite Rainbow Street. It stands out for being a bohemian, hipster area – but it’s also one of the oldest neighborhoods in Amman, which is a nice juxtaposition. The neighborhood has an artistic flair and laid-back atmosphere; it’s filled with galleries, small shops, and cafes, making it a popular spot among locals and expats alike.

3 Great Hotels in Amman

Amman has literally hundreds of hotels to choose from, even if you narrow your search to the areas I recommend. I obviously haven’t stayed at all of them, but I have sampled a few and wanted to share my experiences. Below you’ll find the three Amman hotels I most recommend; if these work for your travel dates and budget, you’ll have a great stay!

1. La Locanda Boutique Hotel

La Locanda Boutique Hotel is a gem of a hotel situated in the cultural heart of Amman in the Jabal Al Weibdeh area. It’s where I stayed during my 2022 visit, and while I wouldn’t have picked it myself, Experience Jordan did a nice job with the choice since it’s a great location and a cool atmosphere.

This hotel is themed around music and offers uniquely decorated rooms that reflect various musical legends; they’re comfortable with all the modern amenities you’d expect, plus some rooms have really nice views.

It’s ideal for those looking to stay in a vibrant area close to arts and entertainment options​, as well as restaurants within walking distance. You don’t have to leave the property though; there’s a bar on the top floor overlooking the city and a restaurant attached. The restaurant is outside under the vines, well-lit with charming lights, and serves amazing food. 

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2. Le Royal Hotel

One of the most prestigious hotels in Amman, Le Royal features luxurious amenities including a spa, a variety of restaurants, and panoramic views of the city – it literally looms over the city from its perch on one of the city’s many hills.

Le Royal has impeccable service – you’ll be particularly impressed by the comprehensive services offered, from tour guidance and entertainment to fine dining and leisure facilities. Each room feels like a grand ballroom, adorned with fancy and golden accents, creating an atmosphere of luxury and elegance. It’s located centrally, providing easy access to major attractions and business centers. I know I said at the beginning, but the breathtaking city views set it apart from any other.

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3. Imperial Palace Hotel

Located a little further out in the 4th Circle, the Imperial Palace Hotel is a cozy hotel with great food and ambiance; it’s where I stayed during my first trip in 2016 and covers the bases if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option.

Of all the Amman hotels on the list, it’s not one of the fanciest but it does a good job of covering the basics. Rooms are large and well-appointed with all the amenities you need for a comfy stay; there’s also a pool and spa if you want to splurge on some self-care during your stay.

Location-wise, the hotel sits in a business neighborhood, a 25-minute stroll from such cultural sights as the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. As for food, you can get pretty decent breakfasts (it’s included in the nightly rate) and dinners – since the area is residential, you don’t have many alternatives to consider.

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While this isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, I hope it helps provide you some guidance on both areas and hotels to start checking dates and prices. Have any other questions about where to stay in Amman? Let me know in the comments below!

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I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.

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