Downtown Amman
Amman

Amman featuring landscape views, a city and night scenes

A jumbled layout and busy atmosphere amid markets and museums create a film-like scene in a historic district enclosed by a citadel and seven hills.

Downtown Amman is the area’s initial commercial area, dating back thousands of years. In this oldest part of Amman, you’ll find many of the city’s most fascinating historic attractions. Learn about its intriguing past through the array of sights adorning the city center.

As you stand in the heart of the district, admire the exceptional form of the undulating terrain. The city center appears to breathe, with hills rippling up and around it. Climb up and down the tall sets of steps connecting the hills to the valley, as you consider the long history of the place. The area is thought to have been inhabited since about 6500 B.C.

The seven hills are known as jabals, one of which hoists the imposing Amman Citadel that has been occupied by many different dynasties over the centuries. Within the citadel lies a range of architectural treasures. Marvel at the domed Umayyad Palace and enter through the Monumental Gateway to check out the ruins inside.

The Hashemite Plaza is named for Jordan’s royal family. This vast open space with fountains, gardens and cafés comes alive on weekend evenings. Get a sense of the local culture by exploring the souks and bazaars nearby. The sounds of street vendors and regional music boom from the charming alleys.

Beside the plaza is the Amman Roman Amphitheater, whose semi-ruined stadium with a capacity of 6,000 is one of the city’s enduring sights. Inspect the adjacent Odeon that was built at the same time as the amphitheater.

The district occupies the central core of Amman, lying within the perimeter of the seven hills that incorporate the citadel. It is sandwiched by the areas of Al Rjoum and Wadi al Srour. Get around the narrow lanes of this downtown area on foot or take a taxi.

With its markets and historic attractions, Downtown Amman is the heart and soul of the city.



Top hotels in Downtown Amman

Arab Tower Hotel
Arab Tower Hotel
2 out of 5
Al Hashimi Street, Amman
The price is £17 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Amman Citadel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.
3.7/5Good! (218 reviews)
OK hotel
"Staff was very friendly and helpful. Hotel condition particularly bath room was bad."

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Arab Tower Hotel
Al-Houriat Hotel
Al-Houriat Hotel
2 out of 5
Qourash Street, Down Town, Amman
Free cancellation
The price is £36 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Downtown Amman, this family-friendly Amman hotel is within a 5-minute walk of King Hussein Mosque and Amman Roman Theater. Amman Citadel is 0.4 mi ...
4/5Very Good! (13 reviews)
y at Amman
"Location is strategic, close to shops and tourist attraction such as amman citadel. Hosts accomodate to our needs for example prepare early breakfast when we left early for our trip to Petra"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2019

Al-Houriat Hotel
Layaali Amman
Layaali Amman
1 out of 5
105 Al-Hashemi St., Amman, Amman Governorate
The price is £30 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amman Citadel and Amman Roman Theater. King Hussein Mosque and Souk Jara are also within ...
Layaali Amman
Jordan Tower Hotel
Jordan Tower Hotel
2 out of 5
Building No 48, Hashemiyeh Street, Hashemiyeh, Amman
The price is £50 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Amman Roman Theater and Amman Citadel. King Hussein Mosque and Gold Souk are also within 10 ...
3.6/5Good! (108 reviews)
Glad we chose here
"The staff could not be nicer. They are really friendly, helpful and do everything to make our stay comfortable. The breakfast was great too."

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Jordan Tower Hotel
Roman Theater Hotel
Roman Theater Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Amman Downtown, Right Opposite The Roman Amphitheatre, Amman
The price is £29 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in Downtown Amman, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amman Citadel and Amman Roman Theater. King Hussein Mosque and Souk Jara are also within ...
3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
"The place is quite dirty. Looks like it hasn't been properly cleaned since rhe Romans left town. Stains on walls, dingy rooms, can't see through windows, decades of accumulated soot and grime on ceiling fan. The door lock was pathetic, tho there was always staff watching rooms. My room reeked of ..."

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Roman Theater Hotel
The Amman Pasha Hotel
The Amman Pasha Hotel
3 out of 5
4 Al Shabsough Street, Amman
Located in Downtown Amman, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Amman Citadel and Amman Roman Theater. The Boulevard and TAJ Mall are also within 6 mi ...
3.8/5Good! (329 reviews)
"Excellent location! Breakfast was good as well as Staff and the service. I would invest on maintenance if I was the owner but it is ok for the price"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

The Amman Pasha Hotel
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