After COVID delays, Centro Mada preps for opening

The new property by Rotana promises high-end experience without the high-end price

(Photos: Handout from Centro Mada)
Luxury stalwart Rotana is slated to soon open a third option for travelers looking to explore Jordan. Centro Mada Amman, located near Abdoun in west Amman, will join sister properties Jordan’s Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana and Amman Rotana, both located in Abdali. However, Centro Mada hopes to cater to a younger, more travel-savvy crowd, with lower rates than the luxury brand’s Abdali location and a more youthful aesthetic. اضافة اعلان

It’s not a bad bet. Luxury five-star hotels rub shoulders with one another at prestigious locations throughout Amman. So, why not stretch the legs and set up shop in a less crowded area of the city, all the while catering to a group that is often looking to do the same while on a trip?

(Photos: Handout from Centro Mada)

Centro Mada manages to be modern and minimal without all the fuss. This is apparent as soon as you enter the lobby. Earthy greys mingle with light browns and silver from accent pieces, while light pops of yellow work to brighten everything up.

The aesthetic largely carries over to the rooms, where mirrors reflect sunlight from the windows, serving to once again brighten up the space. But, even with the modern touches, the subtle reminders you’re in Jordan remain. Artwork, done by local artists, is placed throughout the hotel’s halls. Using graphic design as the foundation, artists then went to work, depicting scenes around the country that are easy to miss if you are simply walking on by.

(Photos: Handout from Centro Mada)

The emphasis on locality extends to the staff as well, all of whom are Jordanian. Centro Mada’s General Manager Imad Akil said that the company wanted to offer as many jobs as possible to Jordanians, considering the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the country and the hospitality industry.

This seems to have benefitted the service, which is extremely professional, an aspect that is sure to appeal to the property’s other target audience — business travelers. But it is not the hotel’s only initiative. Centro Mada is completely powered by solar energy, supports the Green Wheelz initiative, which helps children with disabilities, and plans to support animal welfare organizations in the future.

(Photos: Handout from Centro Mada)

In terms of amenities, the property offers meeting rooms for both travelers and locals, a moderate-sized gym with views overlooking the city for when you take to the treadmill, and two restaurants and lounges. Glo, located on the roof, is where travel-weary guests can sit and relax by the pool, while taking in an extraordinary view of the city. Oh, and the pool features a mural by a local artist.

(Photos: Handout from Centro Mada)

After all that work soaking up sun, guests can head below for dinner, where next to the lobby, Centro Mada’s restaurant serves up solid Jordanian and international dishes. The emphasis on “focused service”, as Akil called it, really shines here. There are no hovering waiters, but at the same time staff are timely and friendly, adding to the lounge’s feeling of coziness and bringing the modern aesthetic full circle.

(Photos: Handout from Centro Mada)

The hotel is still working out kinks and finding areas to improve service, but if the recent visit was any indication of future service, Centro Mada’s December opening is sure to bring a much needed affordable and professional property to Amman’s list of hotels.

Best for those looking for a comfortable and modern stay, without wanting to break the bank.

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