As the Switzerland of the Middle East, I knew that the Four Seasons in Amman had hosted the major players of the world's political stage, royal families, and A-list celebrities. I am none of those. But of course, as Four Seasons does best, they treat every single guest like they are royalty. This was our first hotel on the Jordan tour, where I'd spend two nights before going off to more, ahem, adventurous accommodations.
In Amman and in all of Jordan, all major hotels have extremely tight security. At Four Seasons Amman, you go through one checkpoint on the way in, and then you and your bags must go through a metal detector at the entrance. I never once felt unsafe in Jordan and actually enjoyed the security procedures at the hotels. I felt like a HIGHLY important world traveler doing HIGHLY important things that require security, you know, like travel writing.
When my sloth, jet-lagged self walked into the lobby, I loved seeing Four Seasons touches, like gorgeous flower arrangements, pristine floors and smiling staff. I happily saw a sign for a "Shopping Arcade" (for me, more accurately known as a "Window Shopping Arcade"). And when I got to my room, I couldn't stop staring at the most incredible Amman city view and sat there watching as the sun set over the White City. I'm in Amman! I'm in Jordan! It was the best way to begin the journey.
My room was decorated in a neutral palate with shades of blue, with a great bathroom and seating area where I continued to read "The Lion of Jordan."
The hotel quickly feels like your home in Amman. There is an indoor and outdoor pool with more city views, a lovely spa, and the best fitness center I found out of all the Jordan hotels I stayed at and toured. The huge International breakfast buffet made me happy with scrambled eggs, toast, cereal and fruit but also had traditional Jordanian options, like falafel and hummus.
I also got to tour the Royal Suite, which has hosted all those types-requiring-bodyguards I mentioned above. Here are some photos of the memorable suite, and once again, I obsessively took photos of the Amman city views.
I found myself really missing this hotel as our journey went on through Jordan, just how effortless and easy it was to be there. After long days of sightseeing, it was refreshing to be home in Amman at this hotel.
One more spot in the hotel that is not to be missed is The Square Bar, the hotel's cozy watering hole for guests and locals like. It was always busy but never too crowded to find a seat when I was there. By simply walking in, you know you're at a center of social life in Amman. I met a large group of building contractors from Arizona and a few businessmen and women from Amman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Not my normal New York posse but that's why I loved it.