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Things to do in Amman

Bathe at the lowest point on Earth

Just 30 minutes outside of Amman is the Dead Sea, a salt lake some 400m (1,312ft) below sea level. It's the lowest (and saltiest) place on the planet and is also the ideal spot for a float as its famous hypersaline waters keen bathers above the waves. Join the hordes slathering themselves with its mineral-packed mud: immortality and china-smooth skin await.

Climb to the top of Citadel Hill

Amman was originally built atop seven hills and upon the highest is Jabal al-Qalaa (Amman Citadel), where the ruins of the Roman Temple of Hercules, erected under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, sit. While it’s easier to get a taxi up, the walk from Al-Malek Ali bin al-Hussein Street is worth it.

Have a snooze at the Cave of Seven Sleepers

Located 10km (6 miles) outside of Amman is this offbeat tourist attraction. The caves are reportedly where seven persecuted Christian boys took refuge from the Roman Empire, and slept for 309 years. The footing is a bit rough, so it's best to leave the sandals back at the ranch.

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Corp Amman Hotel

Located opposite the Royal Cultural Centre, the Corp Amman Hotel has 108 rooms, so if there's nothing on across the road, it opens up ample bargaining opportunities for nabbing a knocked down price. Sleeping quarters approach apartment sizes, and each comes with a large TV, free Wi-Fi and soundproofed windows. The small gym and swimming pool is enough to keep guests primed during their stay, while the rooftop lounge is best at dusk.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman

Undoubtedly the city's most luxurious hotel, the Four Seasons knows its place as it sits atop the highest of the Amman's Jabels (hills). Naturally, the hotel's signature service, beds and ambience are otherworldly, but you can't put a price on its wonderful views. Dead Sea mud treatments and salt scrubs are available in its spa and its run of excellent onsite restaurants might mean you don't eat anywhere else.

Toledo Hotel

Modern with a hint of faux-Moorish architecture, this moderately priced, 4-star hotel combines a great location with tasteful decoration and air-conditioned bliss. Under the shadows of some 5-star stalwarts, Toledo Hotel offers decent room dimensions, a restaurant that marries East and West, plus a spa with a lap pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Amman

At Crowne Plaza hotel, you can overlook the white city of Amman. International fast food restaurants, the main shopping area of Sweifiyeh, and the popular Gold Souk of Um Utheina are within walking distance. This 5 star hotel is an acclaimed destination for business trips, family visits and even solo travels to Jordan.

The Amman Pasha Hotel

Look past the floral bedspreads, and rise above the dodgy water pressure, and The Amman Pasha Hotel is a bit of a bargain. Leaning towards the hostel side of accommodation, rooms are clean and staff are friendly, and there’s a lovely roof terrace. The quirky café is adorned with stained glass windows, and Arabian carpets and onsite cooking classes are worth a few hours of your time. Toss up between rooms with views of the Roman Theatre or those away from the hubbub of the road outside. Breakfast is included.

ibis Amman

With a solid stamp of standardisation, ibis Amman works hard to provide perennial hotel needs: quiet rooms, decent beds and clean bathrooms. The location is central enough, while Wi-Fi and breakfast is included as part of the deal. Funky, Ikea-like furniture adorns the public spaces and staff are super helpful.