I planned to stay at the Fairmont Amman on my last few days in Jordan after spending days in the middle of the Jordanian desert. I wanted to relax before heading back to the hustle and bustle of New York and I was happy to find afternoon tea is a daily fixture at the hotel.
Fairmont Amman is located about 40 minutes from Queen Alia International Airport. There’s roundabout circles all over the city and the hotel is located by the 5th, where other hotels like the Four Seasons and Sheraton are located. It’s centrally located but it’s not a very pedestrian friendly city.
There’s two places at Fairmont Amman that you can have afternoon tea. At the lobby level is Crystal. This lounge serves breakfast and all-day dining options, in addition to afternoon tea.
There’s a tea cart for different Jing tea leaves you can choose from.
If you booked a room on the 15th or 16th floor of the hotel, you have access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge.
It’s here that you can have afternoon tea in a lounge only open to hotel guests. The lounge is open for breakfast, snacks, afternoon tea and happy hour in the evenings.
Being on the top floor, there’s a beautiful view of the city. It just so happened on the day I was there that it rained for the first time in months, so it looks a little cloudy.
There were also books all over as decor. I spotted a Macmillan Collector’s Library!
Jing tea was served in teabags. I picked an earl grey. Down at the lobby Crystal lounge there’s also Jing tea (leaves).
At the Gold Lounge, there isn’t a menu but the servers said it’s the same as whatever is served at the Crystal lounge.
The Savory Part 2 – (four varieties per person)
Included are four sandwiches.
Classic sandwiches like smoked salmon, cucumber, chicken and tuna.
The Sweet – (four varieties per person)
Four classic afternoon tea desserts.
(I didn’t realize they didn’t serve scones until after I left.)
Food was served in an nontraditional way – in a four tiered box.
The Gold Lounge wasn’t very busy on a weekday. Staff working there were very attentive. There’s always someone at the front desk of the lounge to help with checking in and any other concierge questions you may have.
There is free WiFi accessible throughout the hotel.
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This was my first afternoon tea in the Middle East and it was just what I’d expect at any other luxury hotel that served afternoon tea. Nothing incredibly unique, but still an enjoyable experience.
Cost: Included with access to Gold Lounge
Tea Time: 4-7 pm at Crystal Lounge or Gold Lounge at Fairmont Amman
6 Beirut Street, 5th Cir.