The Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) delegation put up at Belle Vue Hotel in Amman for three nights. Although the website states that this is one of the newest hotels in the city, has a futuristic design and is a 4-star luxurious hotel, I beg to differ.
In my corner unit suite, Belle Vue Amman does have the look of luxury, but perhaps that was in the 1980s. Nonetheless, Belle Vue has many advantages.
Top on my list is its location, which is in the heart of the Jabal Amman area, known as the 2nd Circle. Imagine it as Amman’s version of Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang, albeit milder.
Belle Vue Hotel is so convenient – on the ground floor, sharing the same building is Donuts Factory. On the left to the hotel as you enter it is a local 7-11 store. Yes, it is open 24/7, so you can buy whatever you need there.
Then just around the corner, behind the hotel is a money changer (Khalil Alrahman Exchange) that gives one of the best rates.
As an example, the hotel was only able to give me JOD35 for EUR50 but I managed to get JOD41 from the money changer. That’s a whole 6 Dinar lost if I were to change at the hotel, or at any other retail shop.
Walking further down, there are lots of juice and salad bars as well as stores that sell Arabic sweetmeats. I didn’t have any Dinar with me when I was surveying the place, thankfully, or I would splurge on the food and drinks.
On the next street is like a Little Philippines. There is a Pinoy Store, probably owned by Filipinas, and where many local countrywomen who are in Jordan to work (usually as domestic helpers) hang out on their day off.
One of my travel mates, also a delegate of Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP), engaged the services of a neighbourhood laundrette at a more reasonable price than the hotel.
So, would I return for a second stay? Why not? Besides its convenient location, the staff is friendly and helpful, whenever assistance was required, especially with the room door lock! Seriously, that needs an upgrade.
Belle Vue Hotel in Amman has 92 spacious rooms and suites. 14 of these are non-smoking rooms. Two more are fully equipped to cater to guests who are physically challenged.
The hotel does not have a swimming pool. It does have a space for its Business Centre but it looks neglected as though it is no longer in use.
For all its shortcomings, its location is still a major win. Do take note, though, that the hotel has a baggage scanning machine and a body scanner at its entrance. Just consider these added security measures as providing added peace of mind for guests.
By the way, Belle Vue Hotel has a sister property in Dubai. I hope to have the opportunity to check it out one day.
The Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) delegation was on a humanitarian mission-cum-cultural exchange programme to Jordan from 23rd – 29th July, 2017.
Belle Vue Hotel
Add: P.O.Box 840385, Amman 11184 (2nd Circle), Jordan.
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