Mariam Hotel, Madaba
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Mariam Hotel
Agree a perfect place to relaxfrom concheman
The best place to base yourself in Jordan to see this wonderful country
A perfect place to relaxfrom photostravels
I choose Madaba over Amman because it is not so crowded and close to the airport.
Another plus: the swimming pool!
Clean, Comfortable, Not so Friendlyfrom ZacharyS
Good hotel, rooms a bit smallfrom LKKT
The swimming pool is a definite bonus on a hot day!
Rooms are clean and well appointed but a but small.
The en-suite shower room is a wet room (i.e water drains onto floor) and hence in hot weather the whole place can get a bit stuffy, and unfortunately the fan may be insufficient for a good night's sleep.
Very nice little Hotelfrom jctraveler
Clean rooms and friendly and helpful staff.
A nice and clean pool with enclosed restaurant.
When we come back to Jordan again we will stay there again.
Great Hotelfrom thomasjster
really a great base to explore the dead sea, bethany and mt nebo.
Good value hotelfrom Pippag
The hotel was good value at 24JD for a double room. The room was adequate in terms of furnishings but was a little cold. We were in room 21 and it wasn't noisy. It took us 5 minutes to get into the centre of town and there is atakeaway chicken place with a room next door to eat in a minute from the hotel.
We found Chral helpful when it came to arranging transport but not overly friendly. He wasn't rude but he was quite reserved and didn't offer us any particular advice.
But I would recommend this hotel nonetheless.
The Perfect place for Visiting Jordanfrom antistar
Charl is a great guy, and a mine of unbiased information. He'll not just tell you about the best ways of seeing the country, but I also talked to him at length about the politics and culture of Jordan and the Middle East in general. I've studied this subject in depth, and even given a few lectures at university on the subject, and even though I might not agree with his opinion, he is certainly knowledgeable. As a Christian Arab, it is also a very interesting and rarely heard perspective.
He cares passionately about his business too, and you can see that in the quality of care shown in the hotel, and the way the hotel has been adapted to the needs of modern travellers. It had everything I could possibly need for an enjoyable holiday in Jordan: free wifi internet for my laptop, cable TV, a good restaurant and bar, and a pick up point for all my tours, which Charl and his wife gladly arranged for me.
The tours are run by local taxi services which Charl personally vets to ensure your enjoyment. He solicits feedback on them, just as keenly as he does his own hotel, because their services reflect back on him. He claims to not take money out of them, and I can believe that when he would often insist I take public transport to places instead of a taxi.
The hotel is extremely clean, and the staff are all incredibly friendly and helpful. The staff insisted on bringing my beer to my room on a silver tray, with an ice cold glass, and a big smile, even though I was perfectly happy to get it myself. The restaurant serves good food, and they were happy to modify the dishes to my unusual tastes (vegetarian). The home made lentil soup was particularly good.
There isn't much in the way of bad things to note, but to be fair I should point out that some of the rooms are a bit noisy. I'd suggest avoiding my room, number 12, as this is on the ground floor, near the busy road outside, and next to the foyer and one of the corridor to the restaurant. I think the best rooms are probably those that overlook the swimming pool at the back.
The furniture and decor is homely, spartan and comfortable rather than fashionable and brand new. Some of the furniture is a bit scuffed, but nothing is broken and everything functions as it should.
The location of the hotel in Madaba is a little out of the center, perhaps a five minute walk.
Good Value Shame about the managerfrom Moofio
The hotel is cheap and good value for what you pay.
However I have to say I cannot agree with the comments about the owner.
When we arrived we tried to find out about things to do in the local area. He was actually quite ignorant towards us and we felt like we were not welcome. He couldn't manage more than a scowl, this was not the " Super Friendly Charl" that we had read about.
I also asked to use the safe for some expensive camera gear. I was told bluntly " No Room", and when I asked if there was an alternative place to store it the answer came via a shrug of the shoulders.
Despite this the other staff around the hotel were generally friendly and helpful despite spending all their spare time leering at my girlfriend. This is just something western women visiting Jordan will just have to tolerate.
On the whole its a decent budget hotel, it would be a good hotel if Charl made you feel welcome.
Pleasant and good vaule hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Madaba
great restaurant In the centre of Madaba is a great restaurant I forgot the name but ask Charl!
Attractions not a whole lot here, just a Greek Orthodox church, Mt. Nebo where Moses saw the promised land, and Bethany beyond the Jordan where Christ was allegedly baptized. There's no public transportation and it's best to book through the hotel or arrange with a taxi driver.
Airport Taxi Grab a taxi from Queen Alia International Airport. It should come at a set price of 12JD which you buy a ticket for. It's better to start your journey from here rather than Amman because it's more central and far less hectic. Plus the scenery and ruins in the town are great. The Archaeological Park is well taken cared of with an admission fee of whatever you want. Madaba is known for its mosaics which you can see in the Church of the Apostles and the Archaeological Park with its cardo maximus. There are also a set of ruins that are blocked off called Tel Madaba near St. Georges' Church. View the excellently preserved Jordan River Valley mosaic on its floors. It's a sight to behold.
Other names for Mariam Hotel
- mariam hotel madaba
- Address: Madaba, Aisha Um Al Mumeneen St - Madaba - 17110 - Jordan
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