'Palatial' make-over for hotel
The Regency Palace Hotel, in Amman, has had a makeover.In the words of its sales and marketing director, Ghaleb Sawalha: "It has undergone a renovation fit for a Palace." The design selected, said Sawalha, is a combination of elegance and luxury, with a new entrance lobby and limestone cladding on the exterior. The hotel gives business and leisure travellers the opportunity, not only to work in an atmosphere conducive to relaxation, but also access to centuries-old archaeological, trading, and spiritual sites. The 14-storey hotel - of which two are executive floors - offers 258 rooms including a Royal, Princess, Regency, Honeymoon, six Business, 25 Cornea Suites; and of course the unique Oriental Suite in addition to a Business lounge. All rooms are equipped with a fax, computer link, voicemail, colour TV with multiple satellite channels, two telephone lines, a mini bar, a personal safe and individual climate control. The bathrooms are equipped with an audio system and telephone. Non-smoking rooms are also available. The Regency Palace says it offers a variety of dining experiences: The Al Alali Nightclub on the rooftop features a panoramic view. With its lively shows and bands the club offers fine dining a la carte French cuisine. The Al Madafa Restaurant can seat up to 250 guests and serves several buffets, with a selection of both international and local delights. The classical styling of Le Piano Lounge is an ideal place to unwind. The lounge serves the best of international cocktails with an a la carte selection accompanied by live piano music. The Ernesto Cigar Club is famous for its selection of rich Cuban cigars. The Library and Al Rabia Terrace also serve snacks, and hot and cold beverages. The hotel has a number of rooms catering to the needs of banquets and business meetings. The largest room is the Petra Ballroom, which is divided into two halls, with theatre-, u-shape-, and classroom-seating styles; and a capacity of 450 guests. There are three other rooms with capacities ranging from 100 to 16. The global economic and political crisis has affected the tourism industry the world over, and Jordan is no exception to the rule, said Sawalha. He is, however, optimistic considering that the Ministry of Tourism, along with the Jordan Tourism Board have joined forces to launch a marketing campaign promoting Jordan as a peaceful and relaxing destination. "A number incentive agents, tour operators, group organisers and retailers from Europe and Asia are being invited to bear witness to the fact that Jordan is indeed a safe destination," said Sawalha.