In December 2006, my fellow travellers and I were in Hama for only one night, on our way from Palmyra to Aleppo (via Apamea). Given our very short stay (arrived at sunset, and left by 9am), we wanted to know what we were getting, so we chose to pay the premium and stayed at the government-owned "luxury" chain hotel. While Apamée Cham Palace is reasonably priced by Western standards (~$100 per night), it is considered quite expensive in Syria, and particularly Hama. These "luxury" accommodations are comparable to a Sheraton or a Marriott in Europe or America, i.e. nothing grand. However, upon our return from Palmyra, where our "4-star" hotel was quite sub-standard, the government-style luxury of Apamée Cham Palace was warmly welcomed!
Unique Quality: The hotel was built in the mid-eighties, on the site of the tragic events of 1982, when a large section of the ancient city was completely destroyed in internal fights. The building is modern and the rooms are of a decent size. Though the best features of Apamée Cham Palace are its panoramic, unobstructed views of the city of Hama, the Orontes River and the Noriahs. Watching the sun rise over the city and the river was quite a wonderful moment. For those not on a budget who want to discover central Syria, this hotel could be a great anchor point.
Directions: Overlooking the Orontes River, across from al-Nuri Mosque in downtown Hama.
sharia al quwatli, Hamah
Sh Quwatly Street, Hamah
Abi Nawas St., Hamah
Al Jalaa Street,, Hama, Hamah
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Address: Abi Nawas St., Hamah, 111, Syria