Advantages Location, Views and Pool in better weather than we had
Disadvantages Website is a bit rose-tinted - treat with caution
Best Laid PlansThe Plan was "Forest Lodge, Ajloun Reserve". The news was: site washed out. This provoked a succinct e-mail from my other half at home. Forest? Washed out? Neither of these compute with my notion of the middle East.
The people who came to the rescue were The Olive Branch on the outskirts of Jerash.Our Experience ~ Arrival & Room
It has to be said that, as a Group, we weren't in the best frame of mind when we reached the hotel. For many it hadn't been a good day. Me? I was just hoping that the griping would subside and the Group would gel in a more positive spirit as the holiday went on. (I'm pleased to say that it did just that.)It's a strange place to arrive into as there doesn't appear to be a "Reception" as such. We were lucky in that there'd clearly been a lot of phone-calling going on while the agents tried to get us all booked into the same place at no notice whatsoever. As a result two trestle tables were set up on the wide entrance hallway – one with complimentary fruit juices, the other with our room keys.
"Checking in" didn't, as such, seem to happen. We just milled about drinking juice for a very short while, during which Hazel & Mahdi (UK & Jordanian guides) had the necessary conversations with the owners. Then we identified ourselves, collected our keys, and our luggage and away we went. It would have been nice if the person handed over the key could at least have pointed us in the right direction, the signage isn't overly clear. Fortunately Mahdi was on the case and saw us all right.I was downstairs, which felt a bit odd. I hadn't been conscious of entering on the first floor and so did wonder if I was heading down into the basement. First impressions were ok, though. A simple enough room: two double beds, off-wide fixtures of headboards, a shared bedside table, a dresser-cum-desk, and a cabinet that held a TV (that I never bothered to try).
A pleasant surprise was on drawing back the curtains to discover I had a wall of window that opened onto the terrace, which at a sunnier time of year would have given direct access to the pool.
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