Fayez Alkayyali

Midnight chess - Jordan
crew - Fayez
Location:
Saraya Hotel, Amman, Jordan
Day job:
Hotel manager
Dream job:
Peace envoy to the Middle East, or CNN reporter
Film:
The Age of Stupid
Time on the job:
One long month
Jet, jeep, bus or bike:
Never leave the hotel so no need for transport
Original connection:
Memorable moment:
The Iraqi refugee children putting on a talent show in my hotel lobby as part of the "finished the film" party
Scared of:
More bombs
Guilty of:
Trading in oil stocks

Biography:

Lizzie filling in for Fayez as Hotel Manager: Producer Lizzie Gillett showing the strain of the intense month filming in Jordan. The filmmakers stayed with the infamously "superfriendly" Fayez, in his hotel Saraya, in central Amman. Here Lizzie took over his office and started running the hotel due to boredom & frustration that nothing with the film seemed to be working out. Date: August 2007 Location: Amman, Jordan Copyright: Spanner Films Credit: Sabri Hakim / Spanner Films Restrictions: Free for use in Age of Stupid-related promotion. No resale.Lizzie filling in for Fayez as Hotel Manager: Producer Lizzie Gillett showing the strain of the intense month filming in Jordan. The filmmakers stayed with the infamously "super friendly" Fayez, in his hotel Saraya, in central Amman. Here, Lizzie donned full Fayez costume and took over his office to run the hotel due to boredom & frustration that nothing with the film seemed to be working out. Date: August 2007 Location: Amman, Jordan Copyright: Spanner Films Credit: Sabri Hakim / Spanner Films Restrictions: Free for use in Age of Stupid-related promotion. No resale.

I am the "Super Friendly" manager referred to in the Lonely Planet guidebook and make friends with all my guests, playing chess late into the night with anyone who chooses to join me in my office.  I have had many peace activists and journalists stay at my hotel.

Based in the downtown area of Amman, Saraya Hotel offers a friendly, affordable, comfortable and accessible location for your stay in Jordan's thriving capital city.  Saraya Hotel's close proximity to beautiful monuments and bustling bazaars allow you to sample the delights of Jordan on your doorstep. 
Our 50-room hotel has the capacity to cater for many different sized groups, offering rooms for 1 to 4 people. Prices also include a fine breakfast.  Renowned for it's friendly and helpful staff, Saraya Hotel is the choice for seasoned travellers or for first-time visitors to Amman.
 
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our accommodation and availability, or would like to know more about how we can help plan your journey regardless of whether you remain in Jordan or are travelling on to neighbouring countries.

And, as you will hear many times on the streets of Amman :-

 

YOU ARE WELCOME